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The #1 literary podcast from the perspective of the writer, editor and podcaster. Supportive. Instructive. Provocative. Hosted & Produced by Mark Antony Rossi. {IPv6 compatible with emerging markets}

Episodes

In the final episode for September 2020 we delve into the meat and marrow of what constitutes identity, how it is lost, how it is gained, how it is maintained and how large a role it plays in the creative life of an artist.

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STBH brings another facet of creativity by encouraging the practice of journaling. In this episode we cover:

 

1. Informal Journaling (collected note-taking)

2. Formal Journaling (in actual journal with extensive commentary)

3. Notes on Notes

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The last in the series takes us to Fantasy, in this episode we will talk about some of the greats and classics in fantasy novelization:

 

JRR Tolkien -- The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

C.S. Lewis -- Chronicles of Narnia

Ursula K. Le Guin --- Tales of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness

 

 

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By outlining and speaking to some of the major contributing factors to a writer's creative funk we seek to lessen the negative impact and therefore help restore productivity and a sense of belonging once more.

 

Guilt -- parental, martial, sexual, racial

 

Pride -- the insistence of living off resume, geography or culture instead of hard work and good faith. This path often steers towards arrogance.

 

Perfection:  really more of a fantasy that insists on control but actually becomes less secure and more paranoid. 

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How much is too much of a subject matter for writing? Well, you guessed it, traveling and trying to incorporate the experience can be a test of writing skills or of one of patience.  In this show we cover three subtopics:

1. Shading: travel locale sprinkling through writing

2. Detail: Full blown detail oriented writing on a event, locale, geography etc, that merits more substance.

3. Overblown: when we attempt to fill all we write with foreign names, locales, events, cute phrase, unknown sayings and start losing focus on the writing and disconnecting from the reader.

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In perhaps one of the most controversial of podcasts on word usage we delve deeply into hateful words that have no place in our writing or lives.

Gender --- B-word

Sexuality -- lesbian --- lesbo, dyke

                   gay --- fairy, queer, faggot, homo, pansy, sissy

                  transgender -- tranny, he/she

Disability --- retard, gimp

Race -- N-Word

            intro -- evil word should not be used by anyone

           n-word rap music, authentic theories, taking back word theories

           mark twain, dick gregory, luke cage, remember the titans, atlanta

 

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Lately this form of creative instruction, due to Covid, has migrated more than ever to online, Skype and even Zoom. Less in class personal instruction is taking place but in this episode I will address both Coaches & Courses.

Pros & Cons (individually & comparison modeling)

seeking references, understanding impact of assignments

creative goals, writing exercises and "homework"

Managing Expectations --

What is self awareness, self definition and self instruction

 

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More listeners have requested a show on Bukowski than any other literary figure in history. Even Poe. In this extended episode of plus ninety minutes I will explore in an artistic manner what Bukowski was as a person, a persona, a writer and possibly a philosopher. It should reveal some new facts, new viewpoints and help demystify a seemingly dysfunctional countercultural icon and celebrity.

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In one of the more unique episodes we answer emails on how and why this podcast exists and how it may be different from other literary or artistic endeavors. In this episode we cover questions:

On how compose interesting titles

Whether show is from top of head or more structured

The sources of many of its ideas

Why show not as formally polished as others in the medium

 

The subject breakdown is as follows

 

titles

outlines

constructing the show

improvisation mixed with structured thought frame

injecting the personal to lend more humanity into topics

 

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