In episode 056 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, I’m inspired to remind myself (and you!) that creativity neither benefits from suffering, nor need wait for suffering to pass.
Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode
- There are new words written on Shadow of the Outsider, the follow up to my previous novel Light of the Outsider and the novelette “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay.” Huzzah!
- Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” is my fiction serial set in the 1980s and delivered weekly, for free, to subscribers. Get in on it and start at the beginning!
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- My latest non-fiction book is Indie Author Marketing Infrastructure, a distillation of some of what I teach when I coach new writers considering self-publishing.
- There are a ton of articles on the benefits of eliminating processed sugar from your diet. Here’s one.
- Does the brain really clean itself while we sleep? Check this out.
- I once made a Big Plan, which I link here as an example of why we, perhaps, should not do so… or at the very least, not judge ourselves when… something something asunder. Coincidentally, the release of this episode of Sonitotum is exactly two years to the day after I posted The Big Plan! Yikes!
- To be fair to myself, that Scribtotum article is about a lot more than dates and deadlines, and it’s worth revisiting. Which I will, in the next episode of this podcast, and in a new article.
- Does creativity benefit from suffering? Alice Walker and the Dalai Lama might beg to differ. So might Elizabeth Gilbert, and she would know.
- This episode’s main topic was inspired by something C.S. Lewis once told an audience, which I discovered in the always wonderful blog Marginalia.
- I continue to read Natalie Goldberg’s memoir Long Quiet Highway, and it continues to feed my soul and help me create. Give it a shot.
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Hi Matt, listening to this episode streaming from your website because for some odd reason the episode is not showing up in Apple Podcasts. (The most recent episode is #55.) Just giving you a heads up in case it’s an issue you’re not aware of.
Hey, Harold! Thanks for the heads up — it’s distressing, but yep, for some reason the RSS feed took a header. The episode wasn’t distributed to any(!!) aggregators. I played with the settings and worked on the cache, and duplicated the post with a tiny change… and now it’s picking up.
Pisses me off — both the failure of the tech and my own failure to verify. Couple with the fact that Sonitotum 057 is very late (it’s recorded, but personal stuff has put me far behind on producing it and getting it out in the world) and my stats / growth are hosed….
I very much appreciate you noticing the issue, and taking the time to let me know..!