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The most common question creative people get asked is, "Where do you get your ideas?" That's what Originality is all about: exploring the wheres, hows, and whys of creative genius with K Tempest Bradford, Aleen Simms, and a diverse assortment of guests from a variety of fields. Hosted by Aleen Simms and K Tempest Bradford.

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The most common question creative people get asked is, "Where do you get your ideas?" That's what Originality is all about: exploring the wheres, hows, and whys of creative genius with K Tempest Bradford, Aleen Simms, and a diverse assortment of guests from a variety of fields. Hosted by Aleen Simms and K Tempest Bradford.

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So Grateful

By American Metalhead - May 29 2017
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I'm really glad this podcast exists. Love the topics, makes me feel less alone as a creative person, great guests, makes me think about things I never considered before and on and on. Literally redownloaded iTunes just to rate this podcast. I want it to keep going. FOREVER

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6 Ratings
Average Ratings
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1

So Grateful

By American Metalhead - May 29 2017
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I'm really glad this podcast exists. Love the topics, makes me feel less alone as a creative person, great guests, makes me think about things I never considered before and on and on. Literally redownloaded iTunes just to rate this podcast. I want it to keep going. FOREVER
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Originality

Latest release on Feb 13, 2020

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Rank #1: Originality 26: Everything is Really Difficult

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Tempest and Aleen get back to the future (well, the present) with a new episode about the value of habits — and how and why they don’t work for everyone. They’ll discuss the importance of sticking with routines — and when to stop being productive long enough to do the things (like eating) that keep you productive. Also, “pantsers” vs. gardeners; how routines that prepare your brain can help you reach a more creative place; how to use bite-sized goals and rewards to keep working; feline obstacles to productivity; why “grit” is super annoying; and the importance of taking time to step back, look at the big picture, and be kind to yourself.

Links and Show Notes:

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Episode 24: Bury Your Shoulds

@aleen
@tinytempest

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Apr 29 2019

45mins

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Rank #2: Originality 25: You Are Not Alone

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This week, Tempest and Aleen talk about how to stay creative under the mental toll of life in America in 2019; the importance of friends, family, and community to sustain your creativity; using data to figure out what works for you, without judgment; when you should or shouldn’t listen to “experts” about how to create better; and why it’s good to ask for help when you need it. (Even, or especially, in the form of cat pictures.)

Links and Show Notes:

Delila S. Dawson on Twitter
Kameron Hurley on Twitter
John Scalzi on Twitter
“The Election and Productivity” by John Scalzi
Emma Newman’s talk about Fear and Writing from the 2017 Writing Excuses Cruise
Thomas Edison’s (apocryphal?) quote about failure
Kiini Ibura Salaam
Kiini Ibura Salaam’s 2013 acceptance speech for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award
100+ Creative Writing Exercises for Fiction Authors

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Apr 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: Originality 6: Engage the Hashtagery

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In eight years, Dan Moren wrote and edited and published a novel.
When it was done he sat back and hoped that it wouldn’t be a debacle.
If he’d done his job, it would warm his readers’ hearts to their cockles.
Now it’s here! Dan has created a new world, its danger full-throttle.
What would he change, how does he feel? Did he write a book without wobbles?

Guest Starring:

Dan Moren

Links and Show Notes

Sons of Caledonia on The Incomparable
forgottentowel on Twitter
Dan Signing Aleen's Book
A Calendar of Tales by Neil Gaiman
Dan Moren on Twitter
Dan on Instagram
Dan's Website
Six Colors
Articles by Dan Moren on Macworld
The Caledonian Gambit on Amazon

Jul 20 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #4: Originality 7: Will the Universe Take Care of Me

Aug 03 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #5: Originality 17: Stuff People in a Couch

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Sometimes life takes you
In unexpected directions
And to unexpected places
Like Portland
Or Broadway
Or entirely new continents and countries
And then, sometimes,
Life takes you right back to where you started
So you can foster your own creativity
And help others as they foster theirs

Guest Starring:

Jodi Eichelberger

Links and Show Notes

Free Agents
Tears of Joy Theatre
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland - Wikipedia
About Avenue Q
LazyTown
Sesame Street: Kermit and Joey Say the Alphabet - YouTube
Finding Nemo the Musical
Surel's Place
Story Story Night: True stories, live. Boise, Idaho.

Jan 04 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #7: Originality 3: Unicorn Sidekick

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Have you ever looked at your email with scorn
and thought, “I could really use a unicorn
to sort and tidy this digital thorn?”

Be of good cheer, don’t be forlorn!
There sidekicks who are foresworn
to help fight our battles before we’re careworn.

Guest Starring:

Kathy Campbell

Links and Show Notes

The Unicorn Sidekick
Art Supply Posse
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast on Amazon
App Launch Map
Writing the Other
CocoaLove
The Fabulous
Habitica
21 Tips From Normal People That Prove Bullet Journalling Is For Everyone
Relay FM Membership
Kathy Campbell on Twitter

Jun 09 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: Originality 13: I Need to Stand Next to the Pyramids

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Imagination!
It's a wonderful thing but
Sometimes, you need more.

Maybe you'll travel.
Or go to the library.
Librarians rock!

Wikipedia!
It's a place to get started.
Footnotes are awesome.

Links and Show Notes

The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC
Rosicrucian Park
Tempest's Patreon
App Camp 2020: Help us expand to 3 new cities!
Originality #11: Stuff Your Inner Critic in a Box

Oct 26 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #11: Originality 12: Writing is Time Travel

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Sometimes flexing the muscles of your creativity
Means writing for something like an RPG
What do people want to do?
Where do they want to go?
The possibilities seem endless
And it’s up to you to help them enjoy the flow.

Guest Starring:

Monica Valentinelli

Links and Show Notes

Monica on Twitter
Monica's website
Total Party Kill - a podcast from The Incomparable
Total Party Kill Episode 61 - Aleen's first time playing D&D
DM of the Rings I

Oct 12 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #12: Originality 22: I Am Hugely Motivated by Spite

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This time around, Kelly Sue DeConnick joins Tempest and Aleen to talk about learning from critique and criticism (and practicing how to take the feedback), how people perceive the series Bitch Planet, and the importance of collaborative relationships.

Guest Starring:

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Links and Show Notes

Milkfed Criminal Masterminds
Kelly Sue on Twitter
Kelly Sue on Instagram
Pretty Deadly on Image Comics
Bitch Planet on Image Comics
Exploitation films explained on Wikipedia
Writing the Other Roundtable: How To Stay In Your Lane
Children of Blood and Bone on Amazon
The Chronicles of Narnia on Amazon
Valentine de Landro's website
Emma Rios: Paper Artist, Pen & Ink illustrator, Set Designer, London

Aug 24 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #13: Originality 5: 73 Million Blank Notebooks

Jul 06 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: Originality 14: Interconnected Art

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Both here and elsewhere, you’ll hear it a lot:
you need to find new points of view to have creative thoughts
That means seeking out different perspectives
maybe with someone with different objectives
to create something
unusual
exciting
and
new

Links and Show Notes

Less Than or Equal #91: Lisa Schmeiser
BOMB Magazine
Travels with the Snow Queen - Uncanny Magazine
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
Interstitial Arts Foundation
Nighthawks - Wikipedia
Jonah Lehrer - Wikipedia

Nov 09 2017

1hr 3mins

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