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Podcasts, my new love

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I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes.

How long have podcasts been around?

No, please don’t answer. It’s embarrassing. They’ve been around too long.

You constantly hear of celebrities coming up with podcasts. By the way, the definition straight from the dictionary: podcast = a digital audio file available on the internet for downloading to a device, typically available as a series or new installments.

So, driving to work again, I decided listening to a podcast would be a good way to kill time.

And I found Serial, by Sarah Koenig.

Just like that, the drive became too short. Serial is very well done. Of course, the first season is sad. It’s about a murder. About finding out if the man in jail for it is really the guy. What Sarah Koening does well is remaining impartial and inviting the listener to solve the mystery with her.

I came away not sure. I want to like the young man behind bars – his vibe of innocence – but I’m not sure. The emotion is there. The character development is top notch. Descriptions done well enough to put the listener right there in the heart of it all. Detailed oriented, but not over the top.

The series is a master class on good production, and in general, good storytelling.

As a writer, I aspire to being able to do that: stay out of the story while telling it. Take the reader to the desired effect, without giving the impression of directing. All in all, we aspire to telling good stories, allowing the reader to draw a conclusion based on what and how we write and not telling the reader what and how to think. Not to the point it’s an opinion piece.

Though, eh?

I like Serial. Not always easy to listen to, but very realistic in my view.

The installments are good storytelling. And I am finally getting with the times and listening to podcasts. I’m sure by now there’s something newer and fancier than a mere podcast available, but I’ll be the last to get with it. Again.

What do you listen to on long drives, or when you just want to listen?

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Comfort Zone

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Between a sinus infection and a life that keeps on keeping on, I’ve missed coming in here and chatting with you, dear blogging friend.

I don’t remember when I last had a sinus infection, but this one wiped me out. Will power meant nothing. I simply had to stop, too tired to focus.

My Toastmasters group also needed attention, as I sort of abandoned my duties there for the past month. So, it was nice to return and evaluate a speech.

Moreover, I am working on a speech, which I will deliver October 14th. Amazing how I actually enjoy speaking in public now, something that couldn’t have been further from the truth two years ago. The nerves are still kicking my gut, but they seem to settle down after the first few words are spoken. 

I try to envision the speech as a storytelling event, and storytelling, writing, is what I love.

I’m always interested in similar experiences, or ways to conquer such fears. Public speaking, or any sort of public interaction that requires we step outside our comfort zone, how do you handle it?

Imagination – Day 2 of 3-Day Quote Challenge

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Inspiration has no limits.

We’re surrounded by stories, music, oceans, the patterns of fleeting water. The wind, the sun, art, people. Obstacles and victories.

Creativity, love and nature are all fuel for the soul ~ G Brian Benson.

Yet many times we feel empty. Can’t formulate one creative thought.

Why?

We had a dream. In fact, we had lots of them.

But then life happened. And worry crept into our life, sucking the creative energy out of us like a leech.

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Now we feel flat.

Grey. Uninspired. Heavy.

And we don’t know how to turn on the light.

Sure, we want fireworks. We want inspiring stories and belly laughs. We want passion.

Heck, right now all we want is a tiny spark. The ability to pull the story out of the emotional depth inside us and write it down. One word at a time.

So, what to do?

What reignites the spark for one writer may fall flat for other. However, I will share what works for me … most times:

1. Read, read, and read some more. Or if you enjoy other creative endeavor do it, again and again. Creative work produces creativity.

2. Let nature hold us. Walking, hiking, any outdoor activity will do. Becoming one with nature works wonders for creativity.

3. Let out your inner child. Be silly. Hug harder. Laugh louder.

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We know exercising helps creativity. Well, laughter does the same thing. It decreases anxiety, improves mood, enhances resilience, adds joy to life.

In the end, the forces that subdued the story can be the forces that bring it out.

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