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The Stories Between Us

Feb 25, 2020

We talk a bit about our trip to Kentucky to hang out with other writers, and then Maile makes a surprising admission about Elizabeth Gilbert and her wonderful book on writing and creativity, Big Magic. We dig into Gilbert's novel approach to rejection letters, how to create in the face of resistance, and why you...


Feb 18, 2020

We talk with Andi Cumbo-Floyd about why (and why not) to pursue an MFA, how she found a path she loves in the independent publishing world, and the key to making money as a writer. Well, not really THE key, but she offers a few ideas. We wonder together why we let writing become something other than play. Also, is...


Feb 11, 2020

Today Maile and I tell the story of why we stopped homeschooling. Except it's not really about homeschooling. I mean, it kind of is, but mostly it's a story about making hard decisions in an attempt to free up creative space.

We talk about our fear of public city schools (I grew up in the country), the importance of...


Feb 4, 2020

Shawn and Maile chat with author Christie Purifoy about why she got her PhD and then left teaching, what it's like for writing to keep surprising you, and how to balance (or not) the writing life with other minor things like family, a spouse, and real life.

Christie's writing is beautiful, reminiscent of...


Jan 28, 2020

Shawn and Maile share the story of how they met, and how during that time they read Annie Dillard's The Writing Life. They discuss the importance of being willing to edit out even the parts of our writing we love, when necessary. What role does trust play in working with an editor? And, finally, writing can put us...