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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.
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For writers and creatives with day jobs they enjoy. Marginally is about supporting and encouraging people for whom writing – and all forms of creative pursuit – is part of a full life, not the only life. We’re not trying to have it all, but we do have a lot to do. We have day jobs, caring responsibilities, and other life commitments that are important to us. Maybe we don’t aspire to write full time. Maybe we do. Maybe we are on a longer journey to that destination, and we'd like you to join us.

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Episodes

Pep Talk #2: Intuitive Time Management

2/19/2018
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In this pep talk, Meghan suggests taking an intuitive approach to scheduling, one that honors our mental, emotional, and physical energies. These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is “It’s Time” by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:02:23

Pep Talk #1: Remember to Play

2/19/2018
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In this first of our short Pep Talks, Olivia reminds us of the importance of remembering that writing is fun. Remember to play! These short pep talks are designed to give you a little boost of motivation or inspiration and help you along with your day and your project. You can find more information and get in touch on our website, marginallypodcast.com. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast Theme music is “It’s Time” by Scaricá Ricascá

Duration:00:02:49

Episode 24: Pep Talk Debut!

2/18/2018
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This week, we introduce a new short segment — the pep talk! These short chats are designed to be listened to whenever you need a lift, and they are inspired by times in our own writing lives. They’re as much pep talks to ourselves as to you. So catch our first two talks and the stories behind them in this episode, and look for just the talks themselves as single releases. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners...

Duration:00:21:55

Episode 23 with filmmaker and librarian Ashley Maynor

2/10/2018
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Today we have a fun and wide-ranging conversation to share (just check out how many things we talked about in the show notes!). We talk with Ashley Maynor, who is a university librarian by day and an award-winning filmmaker by night. Ashley is a long and dear friend of Olivia’s. We loved having the chance to record this discussion about incubation, divorce, getting in touch with your inner octagenarian, chickens, touching your work every day, and lots more. As always, we’d love for you to...

Duration:01:19:57

Episode 22: January and February writing prompts

2/4/2018
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Today we have our monthly writing prompt episode — we do a mini-critique of our January responses and share the February prompt. We also play our “everything is terrible/what’s working now” game. To join in on the writing prompts, and be entered into a drawing for some surprise writing mail, send us your response! You can add it to the post on our blog, send an email, voice memo, semaphore, whatever. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app,...

Duration:00:49:19

Episode 21: YA author Brian Katcher

1/28/2018
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Today we have award winner Brian Katcher on to talk about writing for young adults, starting new, starting over, and really killing your darlings — like, whole project kind of darlings — and how to move on from disappointment and celebrate success. We also talk research and balancing work with a day job. Brian is a school librarian and the author of five books for young adults, including the Stonewall Award winner Almost Perfect, which also was named one of the American Library...

Duration:00:25:37

Episode 20: Everything is Terrible / What’s Working Now + Listener feedback

1/21/2018
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In today’s short and sweet episode, we debut our new check-in segment, “Everything is Terrible/What’s Working Now.” This week, everything is terrible for Olivia, and Meghan shares what’s helping her with revisions. We also revisit jealousy, and share some of the conversations we’ve had with y’all over the last week. We love hearing from listeners, so keep the comments and voice memos coming! As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this...

Duration:00:12:59

Episode 19: So jealous

1/14/2018
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This week, we have a really open and honest conversation about jealousy and friendship. We talk about the things we’re jealous of, what’s at the root of them, and give tips on how to handle jealousy. As always, we’d love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes, a Tegan and Sara video, and to get in touch. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast

Duration:00:45:48

Episode 18: December prompt responses & January prompt

1/8/2018
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This week, we talk about how our new mantras and words are going, and we talk through our first week of January. (We both have a cold, so I hope you’ll excuse some croaky voices.) Then we read through our December writing prompt responses - the one where your characters meet outside the timeline of your novel. Finally, we share this month’s writing prompt, which is basically to go look at some resumes or CVs on a job-hunt site, and put yourself in the place of one of those people. What...

Duration:00:22:14

Episode 17: What are your plans for 2018?

12/31/2017
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Happy New Year, everyone! In this episode, recorded just a couple days before New Year’s Eve, we talk about our ideas and plans for the new year: how we feel about goals vs resolutions, why we are feeling a little bit stuck trying to think of goals, and our alternative ways of approaching the whole New Year thing. Rather than making lists of goals or things to do, we have come up with mantras and words to guide our thinking and being this year.

Duration:00:46:49

Episode 16: What’s on your gift list?

12/17/2017
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For all those listeners out there who were wondering what to send us for your year-end holiday of choice, all your questions are answered in today’s episode! For real, though, we’ve put together an extensive list of great gifts for writers, beyond just the usual pens and writing books (though we do love those). Giving a writing-related gift to a writer is an excellent way to show them you believe in their writing, that you recognize them as a “real” writer, even when they don’t (whatever...

Duration:00:41:34

Episode 15: Mini episode with December writing prompt

12/10/2017
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This week’s a short one, with just quick updates about our writing and work lives, and this month’s writing prompt. As always, please rate and review us in Apple Podcasts, as this helps other listeners find the show. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch. Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast

Duration:00:08:31

Episode 14: What does yoga have to do with writing? An interview with Divya Kohli

12/3/2017
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We sit down with Divya Kohli, Olivia’s yoga teacher and friend, to talk about how the practices of yoga and writing relate to each other. Divya teaches yoga and meditation for “the whole being”, a practice which can enliven our bodies, minds and consciousness and help us throughout our path in life. London-based and a dedicated practitioner since 2000, she’s been a full time senior level teacher since 2006 offering community classes, retreats and bespoke tuition. A former newspaper...

Duration:01:06:04

Episode 13: The truth about Thanksgiving

11/26/2017
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We were on holiday last week, celebrating American Thanksgiving with our families, so we’re bringing you a quick mini-episode with check-ins from the week. We’ll be back to our regular schedule next week, when we kick off a month of self-care for writers. Thanks for listening. Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Duration:00:07:38

Episode 12: Surviving Thanksgiving

11/19/2017
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Happy Thanksgiving week to those in or from the United States, and happy penultimate day of November to everyone else. We’re so grateful for each and every one of you! This week, we give some podcast recommendations in response to a listener question, and we do a mini-critique session for this month’s writing prompt. Then we wrap up with nine tips for surviving Thanksgiving (or any busy or disruptive period). Share yours and let us know what you think. Get Marginally on iTunes, Stitcher,...

Duration:00:49:10

Episode 11: Alicia de los Reyes | DIY writing retreats, rejection, and being a real writer

11/12/2017
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Today, we have the pleasure of talking to writer Alicia de los Reyes about making time to write no matter what your circumstances are, and how she was able to take the rejection of her first novel and use it to grow as a writer. Alicia is a writer based in Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband, son, and cat. She has her MFA from University of New Hampshire. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Archipelago, The Billfold, and others, and her fiction has been published in Best New...

Duration:00:56:58

Episode 10: Updates, NaNoWriMo, and November’s writing prompt

11/5/2017
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This mini-episode is an update on our NaNoWriMo rebel progress and our draft revisions. Check out our blog post on where we’re hanging out, and add us as writing buddies. We’re joined by a live studio audience, Olivia’s friend Andreas.

Duration:00:16:12

Episode 8: We get scared (for us)

10/23/2017
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In this episode, we do the scariest thing we cocanuld imagine: we share really raw writing with you, and we do a mini-critique on them. We’d love it if you would join in next time - or even this time, now that we’ve done this to break the ice. Please feel free to send us your responses to the writing prompt, which was: Your boss calls you into their office and closes the door. What happens next? In addition, Meghan shares an epiphany, which also prompts Olivia to consider a new motto.

Duration:00:42:52

Episode 7: Keeping it Real

10/16/2017
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We’re keeping it real this week. Really real – all about how you keep going when your work is busy, or you’re just not feeling it, or you’re tired. (Don’t worry, it’s not whiny.) Have a question you’d like us to try to answer, or a topic you’d love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here, or send an email to podcast [at] marginallypodcast.com. Thanks for listening, and keep up the good work!

Duration:00:36:44

Episode 6: Mini-episode with updates + writing prompt (and cats)

10/9/2017
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It’s our first mini-episode! We’ll bring you these update/writing exercise mini-eps every other week. Let us know what you think! This week, we catch up on what we did this week, and share clips from the off-podcast voice memos we send each other most days. We’ve been doing this since midsummer, and find it’s a great way to keep our writing partnership close and maintain momentum. Plus, it’s fun. We cover all the fun stuff — yoga, plotting, cheating yourself, cats, bad moods, day job...

Duration:00:21:44

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