Since the start of my journey as a writer, in the autumn of 2017, I've been working hard to grow as a writer and to get some words in every day. Then, we bought a house. A big house with a pasture. An old house in desperate need of a facelift.
Between that and my fulltime job, my writing time became more and more scarce and reading felt more and more like a guilty pleasure. Every moment spent reading was a bit of free time I didn't spend writing.
And then I crashed and burned after forgoing sleep in favour of writing for over three months. It took me over a month of reading and nothing much else to even figure out that the pit I found myself in wasn't bottomless after all.
After two years of forcing myself to rest and recharge my brain with reading, I've finally found the perfect compromise. Audio.
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I've become an absolute podcast binger. I take my earbuds to the grocery store. I listen to podcasts while mucking out after my horses or grooming my dogs. I bike to work through dawn and dew, guided by the voices of my favourite podcasters.
I've built up a subscription list that manages to keep my braincells nourished without dipping into my budgetted writing time.
So in the coming weeks, I'd like to take you all on a trip through my playlist and talk about the podcasts and podcasters I've grown to love, in the same way as I order it on my phone. By alternating fiction and non-fiction.
Here's the list, in the order in which I found them myself:
- Print Run Podcast
- The Drabblecast
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- The Creative Penn
- The 21st Century Creative
- Escape Pod
- Cast of Wonders
- Marvel's Wolverine: The Lost Trail
- Alba Salix
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- The Writer's Well
- The Career Author
- The Other Stories
- The No Sleep Podcast
- The Self-Publishing Show
- Story Grid Podcast
- The Exploress Podcast
- The New Yorker: Fiction
- The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice
- The Wicked Library
- Geek's Guide to the Galaxy
- Story Grid Editor's Roundtable
- Lightspeed Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Strange Horizons
- Asimov's Spotlight
- The New Yorker: Poetry
Wow, that list looks a lot longer than it does on my phone. Holy cow. Hopefully, you'll discover something you like. I know I did.
See you soon.