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The Stories Between Us

Jun 21, 2022

In this, our final episode of the season, we talk about how, occasionally, hard things happen in life that change our creative direction. The key, we think, is to pay attention, to ground ourselves in this present moment, and to be on the lookout for beauty, even in the midst of devastation.

We may or may not come back...


Jun 14, 2022

What now?

That's the question Shawn and Maile explore after Shawn's recent check-in with his agent. Unimpressive book sales make it difficult for an author to continue to receive offers on new books, so what do we do if we find ourselves in this situation?

We have to figure out, are we going to keep going?


Jun 7, 2022

Shawn finds an 8-year-old goal he set way back in 2014, so he and Maile spend some time talking about it. Maile shares her perspective when it comes to goal-setting in the midst of raising six children. Welcome to the Smucker dinner table! 

They also talk about a scary experiment Shawn is going to be doing over at...


May 31, 2022

Graduation is in the air. Today we're talking about our own high school and college graduations, what our hopes and expectations were as young writers, and what we would tell our 18-year-old selves about setting out on the writing journey. 


May 24, 2022

Today we're reflecting on having reached the age where we have a high school graduate, what we're reading and watching, and, perhaps most importantly, that one thing that can transform your creative life.