ThinkingOutLoud 20: The Ideas are True, Not the Events

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Elisabeth and Merianna are joined this week by Molly, a college sophomore who is working at Harrelson Press this summer. In their usual fashion, they talk about books, publishing, and chase a Cold Water Challenge rabbit. Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their summer writing challenge and what it takes to commit to writing or revising a novel. They also discussion the statuary limits on novels and the Amazon/Hachette debate.

Show Notes: 

What Elizabeth is Reading

What Molly is Reading

What Merianna is Reading 

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ThinkingOutLoud 19: Exotic Fruit Night

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about exotic fruit night, and what it means to try new things. They also talk about their writing tunnels and writing barricades and what it means to be a professional writer. They talk about the risks and the bravery it takes to step out and believe in yourself.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 18: Summer Reading Lists

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about Elisabeth’s Bay to Breakers race, Merianna’s experience at the SC Book Festival, and share some snake stories. They also discuss what it means to market yourself as a writer and how you can find your own style of marketing that stays true to who you are without becoming just another banner booth. They end their discussion by sharing their summer readings lists with each other.

Show Notes:

Elisabeth’s Summer Reading List

 Merianna’s Summer Reading List

 

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ThinkingDaily 28: Having the Courage to Make the Leap

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The universe goes out to get us and life is uncertain. As humans beings, we are highly geared to be resistant to change for a number of biological impulses.

But where’s the deciding line between when change is beneficial or when it’s too risky?

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2750065/

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ThinkingOutLoud 17: Sticking Out like a Glittering Sore Thumb

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about finding their own story of yourself and your characters and making sure it doesn’t stick out like a glittering sore thumb. They also talk about the secret selves that all of us have and try to hide and how finding that hidden self can help create richer and deeper characters in our writing.

Show Notes:

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingDaily 27: You Won’t Believe What This Marketing Professional Says to Small Businesses

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Social media is important for small and large businesses, nonprofits and churches. Even more important is the idea of the “push web” and the backbone of notifications.

The homepage is dead, and the social web has won – even at the New York Times

Internal NYT report could be valuable for other publishers mulling digital future

Pushbullet

InstaPush

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ThinkingDaily 26: Marketing After the Web is Dead

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We’re moving towards a mobile web experience of apps rather than what we’ve traditionally considered “the web.” How does this change how businesses do marketing “online”?

In short: you’ve got to be everywhere (but only where it matters).

Couple of links to consider about this transition that will be more important than the evolution from “offline” to “online” marketing:

www.theatlantic.com/live/articles/2…ot-good/370806/

gigaom.com/2014/05/14/facebook…eam+%28LG+Stream%29

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ThinkingOutLoud 16: A Jumble of Hey I’m Working on This

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their workspaces and how they have evolved. They also talk about Srivener and other apps for helping authors create and publish their work. Then, they talk about the joys of starting a new book, the woes of being in a book club who chooses a bad book, and moving issues.

Elisabeth’s Work Space

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Merianna’s Work Space 

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Show Notes

Scrivener

EPub Create

Carriage Driving Events

Obstacle for the Carriage Driving Event

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 15: If the Zombies Attack, I Will Die

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Elisabeth and Merianna discuss how the world of books and movies and TV impact how we view life. For Elisabeth, her new found love of running was inspired by the realization that if the zombies attacked, she would die because she wouldn’t be fast enough and running away from a chance to meet Matt Smith because she needed him to remain Dr. Who. For Merianna, it means that she views all of Connecticut through the eyes of The Gilmore Girls and has no real desire to visit the sets in LA. Join them as they wander between the world of story and reality!

Show Notes:

Lenny (Of Mice and Men)

Veronica Mars Movie Trailer

George Martin Creative Process

50 Shades of Grey Selling Statistics

Elizabeth Gilbert Interview On Writing the Novel of a Lifetime

Madeline L’Engle Books

Diane Keaton Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty

Jon Hamm Big Date 

Petra Temple of the Sun

Star Wars Abandon Books

What Elisabeth Just Finished Reading

What Merianna Just Finished Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 14: How long is a short story?

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the frustrating process of customer service, whether libraries are dying and finally get into a discussion about how long short stories, novellas, and novels are. There might also be a discussion about ghost writing in the middle somewhere. There’s never a dull moment with these two!

Show Notes:

How long is a short story?

Writer’s Digest How long is a short story?

Are Libraries Dying?

Celebrity Ghost Writing

Ghostwriting

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

 

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