The most common question creative people get asked is, "Where do you get your ideas?" That's what Originality is all about: exploring the wheres, hows, and whys of creative genius with K Tempest Bradford, Aleen Simms, and a diverse assortment of guests from a variety of fields.



Latest Episodes

#20: Creating a Fake World People Can Believe In

March 15th, 2018 · 65 minutes

In this episode, Tempest, Aleen, and guest Grace Fong explore how artists tell stories, how they add to existing stories, why mind palaces are important, and how travel contributes to it all.

#19: You Don't Have to Be an Expert

February 1st, 2018 · 56 minutes

Marisa McClellan joins us to talk about how to build an audience in this chaotic world where everyone is scrambling to get noticed.

#18: Turn on the Fountain of Words

January 18th, 2018 · 77 minutes

Tempest recently got to spend a month at an artist's residency in Idaho. How did it go? What did she learn? Listen to find out!

#17: Stuff People in a Couch

January 4th, 2018 · 76 minutes

Jodi Eichelberger has been a puppeteer on Broadway, Icelandic television, and even in movies. He joins us to talk about life behind the puppet, moving from New York to Boise, and finding a community of creativity.

#16: Someone Needs Me to Talk About Jem & the Holograms

December 8th, 2017 · 96 minutes

In this truly outrageous episode, we're joined by Kelly Thompson, author of the Jem and the Holograms comic books (among many others!) to talk about trying to do it all, switching work modes, and working within existing intellectual property.

#15: You Can't See Them But They Can See You

November 23rd, 2017 · 60 minutes

Author and illustrator Nilah Magruder joins us to talk about the importance of creating art and how it helps creators of all stripes see their works in a new way.

#14: Interconnected Art

November 9th, 2017 · 63 minutes

Your hosts discuss the value of finding ways to think outside of your creative box and unusual collaborations.

#13: I Need to Stand Next to the Pyramids

October 26th, 2017 · 71 minutes

This time, we talk about research and research trips! Because sometimes, creativity comes purely from your imagination. Sometimes, accuracy is important. And sometimes, reality is the best source of inspiration.

#12: Writing is Time Travel

October 12th, 2017 · 75 minutes

Tabletop games writer Monica Valentinelli joins us to talk about how she started writing RPGs and her experiences creating them.

#11: Stuff Your Inner Critic in a Box

September 28th, 2017 · 69 minutes

It's almost November, the month where writers all over the world roll up their sleeves and write a novella. Jason Snell joins us to talk about NaNoWriMo, why people do it, and how to avoid common pitfalls.