Nicole Sharp

Writer, Wanderer and Coffee Lover living "la dolce vita"

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Literary listening

Library of Congress LC-USZ62-67641

The Radio Concert

Imma take a break from the writing sand I’ve had my head stuck in for the past little bit. You see, I’ve been polishing my book and query letter for the agent world once again.

I am not in the mood to do much of anything. But I have my list of things that need to get done. So of course I’m going to procrastinate. While procrastinating I thought it a good idea to put on a podcast. It’s not like I have a ton of podcasts I listen to.  I have two whole podcasts I listen to at the moment. They both have a literary bent and I don’t know if I’ve told you about them? So why not tell you about them now?

Sherman Alexie and Jess Walters, both rather well-known Northwest writers, have joined forces for a podcast called A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment. I love both of these men. They both have a litany of books behind their names. There are times I think I might love Sherman Alexie if I had only ever read the title of his books, my favorite of which is The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. As for Jess Walters, the book that made me love him was Beautiful Ruins.

In their podcast they talk about the craft of writing and lessons they’ve learned on their own personal roads in the writing world. The bonus of this podcast is that they read their work! Pieces they are working on, stuff that’s never been seen before,  words that inspire me and as a writer, give me confidence and courage.

My second favorite podcast lately, is called The Dead Authors Podcast. This podcast was started in 2011 and I am ashamed to admit that I just heard about it. It’s awesome. The premise is this: H.G. Wells finds a time machine and travels through time to bring famous authors from the past back to the future to be interviewed.

Nuff said!

So if you are looking for a pod cast of the literary bent, well, there you go.

Sensing Accomplishment

Family listening to the radio, library of congress

LC-H234- A-9968      A Family listening to the radio circa 1921          

In October I was fortunate enough to see Jess Walters (author of Beautiful Ruins, among others) and Anthony Doerr (a local writer whose book All the Light We Cannot See recently won the Pulitzer Prize) speak here in my little corner of the world.

It was wonderful and I do believe I droned on about it in a blog you can find here.

The friend I shared the evening with recently told me that she had checked out a podcast that is done by Sherman Alexie and Jess Walters. This podcast, it seems, was advertised in the program from said evening; but apparently I was too lost in the moment to find it. This is why we have friends, by the way, so that they can point us in the right direction!

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