Writer Ninja Podcast Episode 8: Starting from Scratch

What have you made from scratch lately–whether it’s something to eat, wear, use at home, or give away? We may live in a world that often feels prefabbed, but there are plenty of opportunities for us to contribute pieces of ourselves to make things better or more interesting. Tune in to the Writer Ninja Podcast, available on iTunes and on this site. Then post your ideas in the comments section below!

Also listen to Jo’s interview with four smart writer-editor-artist people–John Brantingham, Ann Brantingham, Elder Zamora, and Scott Creley–who came together to organize The San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival from the ground up.

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Writer Ninja Podcast Episode Four

Writer Ninja Podcast Episode Four

Episode Four, “Mothers and the Others, ” now available on iTunes and on this site.

What does a happily married woman with no kids have in common with a happily married mother of three–who’s now expecting her fourth child? More than you might think. Drop your stereotypes and listen as Jo chats with Lindsey Frandsen, founder of Thinking Moms in Riverside, California.

Creative Tools–from Barry Michels and Phil Stutz

As promised on Writer Ninja Podcast Episode Three, here’s a thought-provoking set of insightful tools for thinking about that “block” you keep having. Maybe you’re clinging to it! Let go!

The toolkit appeared online in early 2011 in the New Yorker. Therapists Michels and Stutz have been getting a lot of media play recently for their work with helping creative folks get back on the wagon of writing/producing/acting/developing.

Thank you to John Cusack for the great Twitter tip-off!

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Writer Ninja Podcast Episode Three

What music, art, or artists inspire you as a writer? as a thinker? as a human being? Who–or what–gets your imagination unstuck?

What is the “Z-list” (whatever your field of expertise!)–and how can you claim your zen there?

Check out Epidode Three of the Writer Ninja Podcast on iTunes or here at the site.

Jo shares some of her creative influences–with a special thank you to John Cusack–and invites you to name your own names. You’ll also hear Jo talk about the Z-List with author and publisher Chiwan Choi and share info about a great tool kit from creativity gurus Barry Michels and Phil Stutz.

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