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Girl In Space

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Girl In Space

Sarah Rhea Werner

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Nothing fancy here -- just the simple audio diary of a girl in space. Also, there’s this weird and potentially ominous light in the distance that seems to be growing steadily closer. Listen for science, guns, trust, anti-matter, truth, beauty, inner turmoil, and delicious cheeses. It’s all here. In space.
 
Take a walk with Alex C. Telander, as he takes a trip around the regional parks of Sonoma County, and talks about writing: what it means to him, what he's learned over decades of writing, and how it's changed his life. And be sure to check out the Writing Walks Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/writingwalks/) for photos of his trips.
 
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The Hidden Scribes

Lemondrop Media and the Seven Sages

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This is a place where unknown authors tell their stories. Each episode is a miniature audiobook where the words of an unknown author are taken off the page and into listeners' imaginations. We also sit down with the author to discuss their writing journey. At the end of the season, the audience will help determine a “winner” who will return at the season’s end to talk more about their journey, as a Hidden Scribe.
 
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Sarah Rhea Werner and Alex C. Telander are back at it again, chatting about a book they both loved. This time it's the fantastic "My Heart is a Chainsaw" by Stephen Graham Jones. Get it wherever books are sold, or check it out from your local library. They end the episode with their Halloween read recommendations, both by the same author, Ray Bradb…
 
Marissa chats with writing duo Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman about their young adult fantasy - ALL OF US VILLAINS - as well as using archetypes to guide your decisions when building a large cast of characters, then adding layers through personality details; developing a complex magic system and determining when and how to break your own ma…
 
Marissa chats with Tif Marcelo about her contemporary YA romance - THE HOLIDAY SWITCH - as well as the importance of being flexible, whether that's making adjustment to your career path or trying something new with your writing to see where it leads; discovering your characters in your first draft, and "putting them together" in revisions - yes, ev…
 
Marissa chats with Jennifer Donnelly about her fairy tale retellings - STEPSISTER and POISONED - as well as Marissa's newest novel - GILDED! We delve into some of the deeper themes in our favorite stories, and how writers can use retellings to change an ongoing discussion in our society; how so many retellings come from a place of irritation with t…
 
Marissa chats with Roseanne A. Brown about her new fantasy novel - A PSALM OF STORMS AND SILENCE - as well as weaving together two storylines with alternating points of view by ensuring that each subplot consistently informs the other; developing big stakes and powerful motivations for your protagonists that will continuously increase the book's su…
 
In this bonus episode, Marissa chats with her own literary agent - Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Answering questions from listeners, topics include how Jill became Marissa's agent and the author/agent relationship (which shares a lot of similarities to marriage); what, exactly, a literary agent does and why it's important to f…
 
Marissa chats with Rachel Smythe about her debut graphic novel - LORE OLYMPUS, Volume 1 - collected from her popular web comic. Topics include recontextualizing Greek myths for a modern audience; respecting your old work - no matter how cringy you feel about it - because it got you to where you are on your creative journey today; how sadness and an…
 
Marissa chats with Soman Chainani about his new story collection - BEASTS AND BEAUTY: DANGEROUS TALES - as well as the incredible feeling of gratitude one feels when they know they are following their true calling in life; weaving layers and subtext into your short stories, and how those nuances will be interpreted differently by readers depending …
 
Marissa chats with Ayana Gray about her debut young adult fantasy - BEASTS OF PREY - as well as using online resources to learn from other writers about the publishing journey, and as a way to know that you're not alone; choosing your descriptive words carefully in order to evoke a particular feeling, whether you're describing a minor character or …
 
Marissa chats with Sarah Rhea Werner - host of the Write Now podcast and creator of the award-winning audio drama "Girl in Space" - about All Things Creativity! Topics include the definition of "creativity" and how all types of creative expression deserve credit and affirmation; why the practice of conscious consumption is step one in generating lo…
 
We're constantly trying to move toward being better writers — but how do we make ourselves bulletproof against life? Is one particular system or another the answer... or is it, as we fear, impossible? For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/the-bulletproof-writer-wn-140/ To support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast, beco…
 
Marissa is joined by listener Allison Phillips to chat with Marie Lu about her new futuristic duology - SKYHUNTER and STEELSTRIKER - as well as how characters who speak different languages and have different communication styles makes for some unique writing challenges, but ultimately add depth and realism to your world building; what to do with th…
 
Welcome to another Teabreak episode of While There is Tea There is Hope, where host Alex C. Telander gets to chat with Friday Elliot of Friday Afternoon Tea. For more info on Friday Afternoon Tea and to buy some of their amazing tea, be sure check out their great website: https://fridaytea.com/. And you can find them on Twitter under the handle: ht…
 
In this new episode of Writing . . . Talks, Alex is once again joined by Sarah Rhea Werner, as they talk about the book "The Fisherman" by John Langan, what they liked about it, what they didn't like, and what they got out of it as writers. They also talk about motivation and then end the episode with recommendations for "Billy Summers" by Stephen …
 
Are you ready to take on the Hustle Culture? Then tune in to this week's episode, where I get to interview fellow podcaster, novelist, and journal enthusiast Amie McNee! Together, we'll talk about transforming the narrative, choosing yourself, and finding your creative stride. Don't miss out! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.co…
 
Marissa joins Kendare Blake for the virtual launch event of her new paranormal murder mystery - ALL THESE BODIES - hosted by Square Books. Topics include the horrifying real-life murders that inspired the story; what happens when you make a book idea wait to be told, sometimes for years, while you tackle other projects; the decision to leave an end…
 
Have you ever experienced that magical moment when the words pour from your fingers and send you into a timeless creative zone? That's what I call flow, and this week's episode explores what it is and how to get there. For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast, become a patron …
 
Marissa chats with Caitlin Sangster, host of the Lit Service Podcast, about her new fantasy novel - SHE WHO RIDES THE STORM - as well as writing that complex, multi-POV fantasy heist novel, and why Caitlin starts with the characters and their motives; determining the "aboutness" of your story, and how to dig deeper into the heart of your book to un…
 
Where do our ideas come from? How intentional are we about curating our input and inspiration — and how does it affect our creative output? Today, we’re exploring different types of creative input and how what we pay attention to affects our art. For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I do here at the Write N…
 
Marissa chats with Farah Naz Rishi about her new contemporary romance - IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU - as well as writing sibling dynamics and relationships that are as complex and interesting as real-world families; the roles that fate and coincidence can play in a romantic storyline; a few interesting narration techniques that act like different came…
 
If you've ever wasted time waiting for the perfect creative opportunity to come along, then you need to listen to today's episode! In it, we talk about what it takes to stop waiting for opportunities and start creating our own! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I do here at the Write Now podcast, become …
 
Marissa chats with Sarah Raughley about her new historical fantasy - THE BONES OF RUIN - as well as balancing incredible superpowers with weaknesses and drawbacks - whether physical, emotional, or psychological; using your protagonist's greatest desires, and the consequences they'll face if they don't get what they want, to create escalating suspen…
 
Thank you for listening to While There is Tea There is Hope, we hope you enjoyed our sixth episode, Lord of the Teas. And be sure to check out the logo for this episode which Tarran had fun making. The hosts featured in this episode were Alex C. Telander and Tarran Merlo. This episode was edited, sound designed, and produced by Tarran Merlo. In thi…
 
In this special episode of Writing Walks, Alex is joined by a guest in Sarah Rhea Werner, of the Girl in Space Podcast, and the Write Now Podcast. They talk about a book they both read: The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry, from the viewpoint of writers when it comes to plot, writing style, characters, and the pros and cons of the book. They then talk…
 
Marissa is joined by her daughters, Sloane and Delaney, to chat with Maryrose Wood about her new middle grade novel - ALICE'S FARM: A RABBIT'S TALE - as well as writing in third person omniscient point of view (yes, even for young readers!) and how multiple perspectives can be used to show the interconnectedness of your characters, subplots, and th…
 
Like all creatives, I deal with the fear that comes with producing new things—and I don’t always deal with it well. This fear is the reason I haven't created a solo episode in weeks, and it might just be the reason why you're stuck in a creative rut right now. So tune in, and let's tackle the fear together! For show notes, please visit: https://www…
 
Marissa chats with Victoria Aveyard about her new fantasy novel - REALM BREAKER - as well as a surplus of juicy craft discussion! Topics include the three-act, eight-sequence structure for screenwriting and how it can be applied to novels and series; focusing on plot escalation over the course of multiple books, and using callbacks to show how far …
 
In this bonus episode, Marissa chats with Mason Engel, sci-fi writer and filmmaker, about his documentary: THE BOOKSTOUR. Topics include a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the documentary making process; why bookstores are the best places to make new friends; the adventure inherent in any roadtrip (hurricanes, pandemics, power outages, oh my!); the u…
 
Charlie Jane Anders has a list of publication credits as long as my arm, so you can imagine my excitement when she agreed to let me interview her! Join us as we talk about her new books, her experience writing for TV, her past in journalism, and more! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I do here at the Wr…
 
Marissa chats with Margot Wood about her debut contemporary novel - FRESH - as well as using unusual narration techniques to break down the fourth wall between narrator and reader, to absolutely hilarious effect; trusting your instincts and ignoring the naysayers, even when/especially when you're writing something very different from the current ma…
 
Is your fear preventing you from releasing your creativity into the world? Then you'll want to check out the recent interview with my friend and mentor, Rebecca Wiener McGregor! Rebecca is a transformational hypnotist, love amplifier, and all-around life coach, and she's ready to shed some light on our fears as creators. It's an insightful intervie…
 
Marissa chats with Tori Bovalino about her debut young adult novel - THE DEVIL MAKES THREE - as well as tapping into your own fears in order to write effective horror and really scare your readers; treating your setting as its own character, and using real-life locations to hone in on atmospheric details; how completing higher education can change …
 
Have you ever wanted to write an audio drama but didn't know where to begin? Then you need to join me as I interview fellow audio dramatist David S. Dear! David is the creator of A Ninth World Journal, and we discuss everything from plotting an audio drama, where to find inspiration, how to use elements of theater, and more! For show notes, please …
 
Marissa chats with Julie Murphy about her first adult romance - IF THE SHOE FITS - and her 8 million other projects (PUMPKIN, FAITH, anthologies, oh my!); as well as a little bit of TWILIGHT appreciation; working with a publisher on packaged projects and how much creative control Julie had in her Disney-based romance; placing characters, especially…
 
In the latest episode of Writing Walks, Alex answers and talks about some prompts from a listener. First he talks about how to know when writing if you have too many characters or not enough, then he talks about how he does research for the Ostium Podcast. He ends it with a recommendation for "Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir. If you enjoyed this ep…
 
We hope you enjoyed our first Teabreak episode with Sarah Rhea Werner. This episode featured host Alex C. Telander with Sarah Rhea Werner of the Write Now Podcast. It was edited and produced by Alex C. Telander For more information on Sarah Rhea Werner and her various shows be sure to check out her website: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ In the inter…
 
Want to talk about Science Fiction? Then I’ve got the perfect interview for you! Join me as I interview the one and only Kate (K.B.) Wagers, author of the Indranan War trilogy, the Farian War trilogy, and more! It’s a show you won’t want to miss! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I do here at the Write N…
 
Marissa chats with Amy Kim Kibuishi and Kazu Kibuishi about their graphic novels - REALM OF THE BLUE MIST: BOOK ONE OF THE REMA CHRONICLES and AMULET - as well as the bittersweetness of reaching the end of a decades-long project; why romance might be more "acceptable" in middle grade graphic novels than prose novels (though Marissa would love to se…
 
There's nothing quite like a deep conversation with a good friend, and that's why I'm excited to bring you this week's episode! In it, I get to talk with Lee Shackleford, the creator of RELATIVITY, about loss, the burnout of creativity, and how to accept ourselves for who we are. Don't miss it! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.…
 
Marissa chats with Axie Oh about her new contemporary romance - XOXO - as well as... K-Pop! The music, the phenomenon, and our personal BTS biases. On the writing front, we talk about using music as inspiration and curating a book's playlist before or after you've written it; why celebrity romances call for a strong protagonist with dreams of their…
 
Marissa chats with Brandie June about her debut YA novel - GOLD SPUN - as well as All Things Rumpelstiltskin! We compare and contrast our different takes on this beloved fairy tale, covering topics that range from giving our protagonists more agency and independence, to deciding how villainous (or swoony...) to make Rumpelstiltskin and the King. Al…
 
This week, I had the honor to sit down with Kate Brauning, one of the developmental editors at Dovetail Fiction, the creator of the Breakthrough Writers' Boot Camp, and the author of several YA novels with an unusual twist. If you're an author or writer of any capacity, then you need to listen to this interview! For show notes, please visit: https:…
 
Marissa chats with Basil and Kevin Sylvester about their co-written middle grade novel - THE FABULOUS ZED WATSON - as well as writing aspirational "weird kid" characters that can help encourage self-acceptance in readers; the power of brainstorming as a duo and how receiving instant feedback and bouncing ideas off each other can make for speedier w…
 
This week, I get to visit with my good friend (and acclaimed author) Jamieson Ridenhour! Join us as we discuss Jamie’s work on acclaimed audio drama “Palimpsest”, as well as his upcoming play, "Bloodbath: Victoria's Secret." We'll also explore what it's like to have a Ph.D. in 19th Century Gothic Literature, writing for different narrative forms, a…
 
Thank you for listening to the fifth episode of While There is Tea There is Hope. We hope you enjoyed it. This episode featured hosts Mike Nye, Tarran Merlo, and Alex C. Telander. It was edited and produced by Tarran Merlo. In the episode Tarran recommends the organic white peony from Seven Seas Tea, which can be found here: https://www.sevenseaste…
 
So this was the episode Alex was really hoping to record in Yosemite National Park while he was on vacation there, but unfortunately, as you'll hear in the episode, that didn't quite work out. In the episode he talks about where you can find ideas for conflict and using it in your writing. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe, and if y…
 
Marissa chats with Emiko Jean about her contemporary romance - TOKYO EVER AFTER - as well as channeling your inner teen to write an authentic (and potentially hilarious) protagonist; developing a romance around two characters who are polar opposites, and watching the sparks fly; casting off the idea that we only get "one shot" at a publishing caree…
 
Join us this week as we sit down with author and fellow audio-dramatist Marguerite Croft to talk about honoring the Dreamer in our lives and stories. We'll also talk about her work with Point Mystic, as well as what it means to figure out what you want from your life, and to be surrounded by people who support you. Tune in today! For show notes, pl…
 
This week, I get to interview my good friend, author Jimmie Bise, Jr.! We talk about the uncertainty and fear involved in claiming the title of “Writer”, starting and giving up on projects, and the necessary but often overlooked element of fun in our craft. It's an interview you won't want to miss! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwer…
 
Procrastination and laziness often go hand-in-hand, but those labels do not define you or the work you do. Today, we’re exploring the various ways we procrastinate, where our procrastination comes from, and how we can take time to own our "laziness" and put it to work! For show notes, please visit: https://www.sarahwerner.com/ To support the work I…
 
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