We take on a book about shaking loose your creativity.
We think of three fun and-or weird projects for each other to do. And then just keep coming up with stuff!
We talk about people who inspire us in different ways - but also why it can be hard to feel that inspiration and encouragement.
We talk a little bit about what to do when you can’t make things, for whatever reason. Is it always a bad thing?
Do you have a special hat you put on to paint? A candle that helps you write? We discuss the rituals and habits we create around our art – and what to do when those rituals don’t, in fact, trick the muse into showing up.
A listener email has us talking about the differences in getting ready to do BIG projects and smaller ones. Does the giant mountain start to feel smaller after you climb it once?
Julia talks to writer and podcast neighbor K. Tempest Bradford about being a creative, teaching people how to write, and whose stories get told and by whom. (Content note: There is discussion of racism and some of the less pleasant things that can happen to women and minority groups in literature, especially sci-fi and fantasy.)
We take on a listener question about feeling like you’re not doing your hobby right and producing worthy things, and how that can make you hesitate to even do it at all.
A whole room? A rented space? A tiny corner? There are lots of ways to set up a studio for the stuff you make. Not everything will work for all people, but there are a lot of things that can be good to think about.
When do you give up on things? Or entire crafts? Basically, we try to answer the fundamental question: ”What IS fun?”