Around the Writer’s Table

Conversations on Craft, Creativity, and Conscious Living! The advice is universal: if you want to write, just sit your butt in a chair and start writing! Creativity isn’t always “on call,” though, and the act of writing tugs on all parts of your life: energy, time, focus, dedication, endurance, resilience…the list goes on. Around the Writer’s Table is a podcast that explores the crossroads of creativity, craft, and conscious living for writers of all ages and backgrounds. Join Gina, Melody, and KimBoo around the writer’s table as they bring their unique perspectives to the trials, tribulations, and joys of writing!

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Episodes

Monday Aug 01, 2022

Melody, Gina, and KimBoo return to the Five Spirit Medicine paradigm from Melody's book, Soul of the Seasons, with an look at what it means for writers and other creatives to be feeling the heat of summer! (We live in Florida, we're allowed to make jokes about how hot it is!) Summer as a creative experience can happen anytime during the calendrical year, and represents a specific time in the cycle of creation. In summer, visions are brought to fruition, we work on developing and maturing projects we've started, we prune here and feed there as we commit to finishing what we are working on. It is a time of revision and reaching out to our community for support and encouragement.  We cover a lot of ground in this episode, and invite you to join us in exploring what it means to come up against what KimBoo has labeled "The Two Chapter Problem."  Links and Resources:Hot Mic with Houston and Hogan podcast (Spotify link)Summer Worksheet (downloadable at our podcast website) Transcripts available at our website. 

Friday Jul 01, 2022

Writers (and other creatives) often think of boundaries as negative things — restrictions that hold us back from actualizing our creative visions! But that is not always true, and in fact is often the opposite of true.  In this episode, Gina, Melody, and KimBoo talk about the good and the bad of setting boundaries, and the different kinds of boundaries a writer sets sometimes without even realizing it! Is an outline a boundary? Yes! Is setting aside writing time and telling your family not to disturb you a boundary? Yes! Is using specific writing tools a boundary? YES!  You will be surprised to discover the boundaries you already use as a writer, and might even find some new ones that help you explore your creativity in new ways!  Thanks for joining us Around the Writer's Table! Please visit this podcast's page at our website and leave us a comment, ask a question, or suggest ideas for future podcasts!

Tuesday May 31, 2022

This episode starts our new series, Seasons of Writing! We will be exploring the writing process through the lens of the Five Seasons matrix as taught by Melody, A Scout in her book, Soul of the Seasons.  Our first stop is spring, a time to find or remember our visions, define healthy boundaries, and make quality decisions about moving forward with our writing projects! More than just a simple metaphor, the five seasons teach us about the value of attuning to our own natural rhythms and life cycles as well as the world around us: “The seasons of the earth are a matrix that connects every living thing on our planet. These seasons reveal to us the story of true community, where each element and living being shares an intimate connection to each other and, in turn, is our connection with the world. Time and time again, evidence reveals that changing just one element of a system, even a tiny one, changes the entire system. So, this is the essence of community: That which affects one, affects all." Visit the Around the Writer's Table website for downloadable worksheets that you can use to help illuminate your own writing process!

Saturday Apr 30, 2022

This episode is the final entry in our "meet your hosts!" triptych, featuring an interview with Melody, a Scout, who is the author of the book, Soul of the Seasons: Creating Balance, Resilience, and Connection by Tapping the Wisdom of the Natural World. She took nine years to write and edit this book, which she started during her time training with her plant spirit teacher, Eliot Cowan.  Melody shares with us a bit of her journey to becoming a published author and a lot about how the concepts of the five seasons and plant medicine intertwine with learning to live a creative live.  "Expectations are premeditated resentments." ~ Robert Ohotto    [Transcript available on our website, Around the Writer's Table]

Thursday Mar 31, 2022

Welcome to the SECOND(!!!) episode of Around the Writer’s Table: Conversations on Craft, Creativity, and Conscious Living!  Next up in our journey of interviews with the hosts of the podcast, Gina and Melody put the screws to KimBoo York aka the Author Alchemist (you can tell that KimBoo is the one writing this description!) and find out more than they ever knew to ask about motivation, inspiration, fanfiction, writing while traumatized, neuroatypical brains, and more! Join the fun and listen in as KimBoo rambles on a lot about seeing Star Wars: A New Hope in the theater when she was a kid.  As discussed (at length!) in this episode, here is the link to Archive of Our Own (AO3), the fanfiction archive built and run by fans!

Sunday Feb 27, 2022

Welcome to the first episode of Around the Writer's Table: Conversations on Craft, Creativity, and Conscious Living! We're really excited to kick this off.  We're starting with an interview with one of our own: Gina Hogan Edwards! Writer, editor, creativity coach, and WomanSpeak Leader! We cover a lot of ground in this episode, jumping off from talking about Gina's long career as a professional writer and editor to issues such as dealing with your inner editor and how to approach long-term writing projects. Join us! ~ Melody, Gina, and KimBoo

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