Another First: Interview on Tea Toast & Trivia!

 
Click image for link to Tea Toast & Trivia.
I’ve chosen this happy yellow photograph of wildflowers taken on a trip to Economy, Nova Scotia to express my delight in sharing my first-ever podcast interview! Blogging friend Rebecca Budd invited me to have a conversation with her about what is most dear to my heart after my family: writing.
Rebecca and I had a wonderful conversation, and I do hope you will head over to Tea Toast & Trivia to have a listen and add your thoughts to the comments.
While you’re there, please take a look around at what else the site has offer in the way of engaging conversation. I’m sure you will find much there to pique your interest. 

So, put the kettle on and click on the happy yellow flowers to be taken to Tea Toast & Trivia!

 

108 thoughts on “Another First: Interview on Tea Toast & Trivia!

  1. My comment on Rebecca’s site:

    Fabulous conversation, Rebecca and Liz — with the bonus of you, Liz, reciting your evocative lighthouse/whittling poem near the end!

    I was impressed with all the eloquent thoughts and advice on writing — how the Internet has changed who is considered a writer, how writing success is defined, respecting a writer’s approach rather than trying to change it, how different people interpret the same writing differently, the importance of a blogging community, etc.!

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    1. I completely agree, Dave. What I found refreshing was her candor about the lack of encouragement of genuine creativity in some academic environments. Classroom workshops shouldn’t be a stifling experience! I hope she returns for more podcasts!

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      1. Thank you, Mary Jo! I think a more useful approach is, rather than ask students with no experience to act as developmental editors, to ask them to respond as beta readers, then move the discussion to the writer’s intent for the story or poem and where there might be gaps.

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    2. Dave, Liz & Mary Jo: Your approach to writing and poetry has given me the courage to embrace my personal creativity. You have confirmed that, within community, individual effort reaches full potential. Thank you for your support and encouragement of these vital conversations. I have learned so much from our discussions. Looking forward to the conversations waiting for our arrival.

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  2. I enjoyed the talk Liz, although my comment appeared in random places… I was replying to your words as stated. I took my BA in Writing to celebrate my 50th birthday, here in Perth, Western Australia and although I had been a writer all my life, my curiosity wallowed in happiness surrounded by so much support and encouragement.

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    1. I am so glad to hear that you had a good experience pursuing your BA in Writing! My workshop experiences (undergrad and grad) weren’t bad. In retrospect, they just weren’t as helpful as they could have been.

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    1. Yeah, those graduate literature classes were a surreal experience. It was as if the creation of the literature were incidental because the “artifact” only served to support one or theory or another.

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  3. Very interesting.At the end of the day , only a writer can truly define him or herself. Once anyone take up the urge to write , such a one is a writer even if others disagree .

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  4. Liz – thank you for your commitment to writing, poetry, the creative process and, most importantly, your support of the writing community. You cheer us on and challenge us to take the next step, even next leap (YIKES!!!). What an adventure we are on…..

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  5. Hi, Liz. Just listened to the interview and discussion on Tea Toast and Trivia. Loved every moment of it. Great to hear your voice ; especially the reading of your poem. Have a great day.

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  6. Liz…A) such a pleasure listening to you
    B) Wonderful advice on creativity
    C) )I so agree on your point about community and the need to find your strength there
    D) My apologies for the delay in picking up your book. Very soon now!

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    1. Thank you for listening, Sonia! I’ve see from your blog that you have embraced the idea of building community and been very successful in a short period of time. I do hope you’ll pick up Telling Sonny!

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  7. Liz, it was wonderful to get to know you even better through your physical voice. Delightful interview, lovely poem. The more I learn of your writing perspectives and experience, the more I am in awe. And every new thing you try turns out wonderfully well. You’re a true role model for other writers and bloggers. Thank you.

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      1. Thanks for asking, Liz. I’ve been copyediting too much to have time, energy, creativity, or (most important) desire to write more than an essay or a blog post every few weeks (or months). My 2018 NaNoWriMo draft gathers dust, and I’m at a writing crossroads. We’ll see what direction I take—or whether I leave the path altogether.

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          1. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Whatever decision I make, I’m the one who will have to live with it! And yes, for a few years I’ve been very aware of The Conscious Style Guide and have been on its email list. This past Tuesday, I sat in on an hour-long Zoom chat with its creator, Karen Yin. She’s quite well known in copyediting circles. I’m glad you found the style guide, and I highly recommend your including it in your editing module.

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              1. Yes, I read it there also, Liz, and I wondered if that’s where you’d received the information. I’m glad Jane is spreading it far and wide, with her many readers.

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          1. It’s great to hear, Liz. After blogging and wrote poetry for many years, I collected two years’ worth and published my poetry book. I haven’t done too many new poems in two years since my first granddaughter was born. I don’t seem to have enough time to do things and my mind is not relaxed enough to write poetry. But I’m working on other genres.

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              1. It’s good you could write poetry that way, Liz. Whatever works for our minds is great. In fact, my mind is not working in any consistent way. I think I wrote more poems before my husband retired. I was retired five years before he. I was home by myself during the day without human distraction. Right now, with him home all the time, he seems to needing to talk to me every now and then and interrupt my train of thoughts.
                I’m trying different ways to write, such as sitting in my garden writing longhand, then transfer to the computer. I wrote a little bit more doing it that way.

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                1. That’s a good idea to try different ways to write if our customary way isn’t working. Now that you mention it, the tanka I’ve been writing I write in longhand and don’t transfer to the computer until they’re finished.

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  8. Liz, wonderful interview. And I LOVED your poem this morning at North of Oxford! I got the email and saw your name and thought OH FABULOUS and then so enjoyed reading it! Right up my alley! By the way, I finally got Telling Sonny loaded on my kindle so now it’s in the queue!

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    1. Thank you for listening to the interview, Luanne! It was a lot of fun to chat with Rebecca. I’m glad you enjoyed “At Summer’s End.” I was thrilled when North of Oxford accepted it. I’m in very good company there, yourself included! I hope you enjoy Telling Sonny. Thank you for your support!

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    1. Thanks, Cecelia! My grandmother grew up on a farm on Economy Point, so the trips I’ve made to Nova Scotia have been extra special. It’s such beautiful country (At least in the height of summer!)

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      1. Just got there… Can you believe it? I went last night but immediately had to leave it ‘cause dinner was ready. Went back to it after dinner, but was immediately reminded by my beloved that we were going to watch something together… So, ended up being today…lol. Oh, left a comment there. 🙂🙃😀

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  9. Fabulous interview Liz. I completely agree about the contribution of the blogging community to the world of writing and writers. It was lovely to hear the voice behind the words, especially the reading of that wonderful poem of yours.

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  10. I loved your interview, Liz, and it was so lovely to hear your voice. It is as friendly as your comments/writing. Your comments on blurring fact and fiction made me smile. Family events do take on their own drama, don’t you think? I’ll second the comment about how very encouraging you are. Thank you for being you.

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  11. Listened to your uplifting interview today! Especially appreciated your reflection on being an encourager for other writers. That has definitely become part of my calling as a blogger. I love being a positive voice for others, and felt delightfully validated when you affirmed the importance of doing so. Thank you, Liz!

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