In this episode, I use some very personal stories from my own past to demonstrate how important it is to avoid toxic relationships and our own toxic behavior if we want to be productive and prolific in our creative lives.
Along the way, I submit that, while it sometimes means making difficult and painful choices, avoiding toxic people and behavior is part of the artist’s responsibility to the rest of the world, let along to ourselves.
Before all that, you’ll get a little update on my own creative endeavors, including the addition of this podcast to most of the popular podcasting apps and directories, and a new serial fiction perk for my patrons.
It’s a deep, “real talk” episode, albeit not without some humor! I hope my experiences and life lessons have some value.
Want to talk about it? Leave a comment!
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- Sonitotum is now in some of the most popular podcasting apps and directories:
- All past and future installments of Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started,” my Sovereign Era serial fiction featuring characters from my books Brave Men Run and Pilgrimage, are now available to my patrons. Not a patron? Read the first three installments of Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights for free and then pledge your support for as little as $1.00 per month for full access!
- The CW is a United States broadcast television network known for prime time soap operas in the New Adult genre.
- Falkor the luck dragon (link includes spoilers for The Neverending Story)
- There’s no way to link to just one definition of “the artist’s responsibility,” but I make my interpretation of that concept clear in this episode. After listening… what do you think is the artist’s responsibility?
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Making the Episode
This episode took about seven hours to record, edit, and produce the two different editions of the show, and to prepare and write these show notes.
Equipment and Software
For those who are interested (folks sometimes ask), here’s what I used (and use) to make this episode. I have affiliate arrangements with some of these products and services. If you make a purchase when you click through using my links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s a great way to help support the podcast… so thank you!
- Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Zoom R16 Recorder:Interface:Controller (digital multitrack recorder)
- Akai Professional MPD218 (MIDI drum pad controller for performing drum parts of “Anastasia”)
- Sennheiser HD 202 headphones
- Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio (digital audio workstation / music creation software — used when recording and producing “Anastasia”)
- Adobe Audition CC (digital audio workstation for recording, editing, and producing audio — used to mix and produce the podcast)
- Zencast.fm (podcast media file hosting and distribution service)
What Do You Think?
For me, a podcast is much more than just talking into a microphone and putting the result out into the world. It’s an invitation to a relationship; to community.
I strive to be as transparent, honest, and vulnerable as possible in this, and every episode… perhaps especially in this episode! Let me know that’s valuable to you, and return the favor:
Tell me what you think about the episode, and if you’re willing, please share your own experiences with toxicity in your relationships and in our own behavior, especially with regard to how those toxic elements affected your own creative progress and process. Let’s hear from you in the comments!
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