Interviewing Michael Nobbs, and other exciting news

There's so much to tell you about this morning, I hardly know where to begin. 

Let's start with Michael Nobbs, the creator of and the author of Drawing Your Life, whose work has been a comfort and inspiration to me over these last difficult months. I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael in the latest episode of Retrospective: The Podcast. If you're doing creative work inside of time or energy constraints, you won't want to miss this conversation. Jump over and give it a spin, or subscribe and listen in iTunes.

What's next? Well, at 8am PST, registration will open for the Story Excavation Retreat on the Oregon Coast with Liz Lamoreux and Kelly Barton, which is the only 5-day retreat I'm teaching at this year. This coast is a sacred landscape for me, where I've done much of my own healing and becoming. I can't imagine anything I'd love more than to cozy up on the sofa next to you.

Lodge at Gearhart (photo by Vivienne McMaster)

Lodge at Gearhart (photo by Vivienne McMaster)

Finally, a quick update about the Indie Kindred summer screening tour: we are totally doing this. I have our route and itinerary in place for July and I'm working on August dates and getting venues lined up. My girls and I are traveling from coast to coast to see you, and I can hardly wait. (Stay tuned--details to come.)

Thank you for all the enthusiasm and support for this work, in all of its manifestations. Now, back to the film cave . . .

Ophira Eisenberg Takes Humor and Story from Stage to Page

Photo by  Dan Dion

Photo by Dan Dion

Ophira Eisenberg is one of my favorite comedians and storytellers. I think it's her honesty above all else that wins me over--I feel like she's telling the truth to me because she tells the truth to herself. Her insight, self-reflection and wit are a powerful combination and her new memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy is as thought-provoking and genuine as it is funny.

Ophira is my latest guest on Retrospective. Click here to listen--this is one conversation you don't want to miss.

You can also listen and subscribe in iTunes.

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For more of her storytelling wisdom, check out the Telling Your Story multimedia course, where Ophira is one of the featured instructors.

Self Care: Not a Luxury, a Necessity

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In the latest episode of Retrospective, meet my long-time friend Caren McLellan Gazley, who is the author of Ritual & Rhythm: A Guide to Creative Self Care. One of the biggest obstacles to taking good care of ourselves are the internal conversations we have about being selfish/being of service and more. You'll love hearing Caren's story, which has taken her all over the world, and her deep but pragmatic wisdom about how to sustain a life of passionate contribution.

I remind myself so often lately that the more work there is to get done, the more intentionally I must rest. It's a new way of life to learn, but for me it has meant the difference between burn-out and endurance, between feeling despair and a life that always holds space for joy.

Listen to our conversation, and check out our books for more in-depth guidance on creating inside environments of care:

We'd love to hear from you! Tell us in the comments section: What self care practices are a necessity for you?

Novelist Diana Spechler on Retrospective

I was thrilled to interview Diana Spechler for the Retrospective podcast. Diana is the author of the novels Skinny and Who by Fire, and the truth is: I just plain like her. We met through storytelling here in New York, and last fall had the pleasure of sharing a Moth GrandSLAM stage.

In this episode of Retrospective, Diana talks about:

  • fiction, nonfiction, and where your secrets come out
  • dealing with being seen during a very personal book release
  • "punch and get out" --lessons learned from storytelling
  • keeping ego untangled from the creative process, and
  • wrestling projects into submission.



Listen here, or subscribe to Retrospective in iTunes. You can find previous episodes here.

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011). She has written for the New York TimesGQ; O, The Oprah MagazineCNN Living; EsquireNew YorkParis ReviewSelf;Details; the Wall Street JournalSalonSlate;NerveSouthern ReviewGlimmer Train Stories; and elsewhere. She is also a four-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on NPR. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and the writer-in-residence at Portsmouth Abbey School. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, she teaches writing in New York City and for Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio.

Phil Gazley on anti-human trafficking, art, culture and more

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I confess: sometimes when I'm with my friends, I just want to enjoy being with them. But when I was talking with my friend Phil Gazley over morning tea during his latest visit to New York, he was saying such interesting things that I thought, I really should turn on a microphone. So we did, and now you can listen in on our conversation in the latest episode of the Retrospective podcast.

Phil works as an educator and coordinator of anti-human trafficking efforts. Human trafficking is one of those issues that is so heart-breaking and so global in scope that it can be really overwhelming. Understanding and supporting the approach that Phil and his teams take has been really helpful for us.

Phil also has interesting things to say about art and culture, working grassroots, commercialization and creative integrity and more. It's an important conversation, and I hope you'll listen here or in iTunes.

Liz Lamoreux on Being a Companion and more

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Liz Lamoreux by Vivienne McMaster

In this week's episode of Retrospective, Liz Lamoreux and I have a candid conversation about our recent collaboration and more. 

Click here to listen for more about:

  • the difference between being a guru and being a companion
  • offering supports to share instead of trying to "fix" people
  • invitations versus sales pitches
  • the journey from idea to tangible object, and
  • what it's like to be seen all along the way.

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