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James and Ashley Stay at Home

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James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews with other writers, they’ll try to inspire, build fellowship and entertain, or at the very least, explore how staying at home has its benefits.

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James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews with other writers, they’ll try to inspire, build fellowship and entertain, or at the very least, explore how staying at home has its benefits.

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James and Ashley Stay at Home

Latest release on Jan 19, 2021

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Rank #1: 19 | Crossover! Nerds at Home with Dani Vee from the Words and Nerds podcast

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In this special crossover episode, James and Ashley interview Dani Vee from the Words and Nerds podcast and vice versa. It's a fascinating conversation about podcasting, health, reading, and why we're all doing what we're doing. 

This conversation is being simultaneously released as an episode of Words and Nerds. Big thanks to Dani for editing this chat. Find out more about Words and Nerds at the official website, or by searching for it wherever you get your podcasts.

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Jan 19 2021

43mins

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Rank #2: 18 | Learning how to learn with Nardi Simpson, author of 'Song of the Crocodile'

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James and Ashley interview Nardi Simpson, Yuwaalaraay musician and author of 'Song of the Crocodile.' In it, they discuss Nardi's transition from writing lyrics to prose, the preservation of Indigenous languages, and the importance of non-Indigenous Australians accepting that some elements of Indigenous culture are not accessible to them. 

Find out more about Nardi at her website, and buy a copy of 'Song of the Crocodile' from your local bookshop, Booktopia, or wherever else books are sold.

Books discussed in this episode:

  • 'Bindi' by Kirli Saunders
  • 'The Road to Woop Woop' by Eugen Bacon
  • 'The End: My Struggle Book 6' by  Karl Ove Knausgaard

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Find out more about the online memoir and narrative non-fiction workshop Ashley is running in January 2021 at Mirrabooka Writers. 

Jan 05 2021

46mins

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Rank #3: 17 | The Best Writing Tips from 2020

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In the last episode for 2020, James and Ashley gather some fantastic writing tips provided by authors interviewed in the first sixteen podcasts. It features contributions from Kate Mildenhall, Anna Downes, Elizabeth Tan, Petronella McGovern and Ada Palmer. Don't forget to listen to the whole interviews these excerpts came from if you haven't already! 

Books and authors mentioned in this episode:

  • "Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration and the Artistic Process" edited by Joe Fassler, with a piece on getting the words down by David Mitchell
  • Shaula Evans on the logogentics writing prompt
  • "The Perfect Wife" by JP Delaney 
  • "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Dec 22 2020

33mins

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Rank #4: 16 | Living in different universes with Ada Palmer, author and historian

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James and Ashley interview Ada Palmer, historian, composer and author of the 'Terra Ignota' sci-fi/fantasy book series. In it, they discuss Ada's astonishing body of work and how she's managed to achieve it while managing a number of invisible illnesses. They also explore the impact of COVID-19 on research, the relationship between identity and disability and why the renaissance wasn't actually a great time to be alive...

Find out more about Ada, her work and her writing on her website, and check out her blog, Ex Urbe.

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Find out more about the online memoir and narrative non-fiction workshop Ashley is running in January 2021 at Mirrabooka Writers. 

Dec 08 2020

52mins

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Rank #5: 15 | Wanting it - James and Ashley share writing motivations, processes and more tips

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James and Ashley discuss their very different motivations for writing, the processes they use to translate that to words, and some tips they've each learnt along the way. 

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Nov 24 2020

44mins

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Rank #6: 14 | Moulding stories like clay with Elizabeth Tan, author of 'Smart Ovens for Lonely People'

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James and Ashley interview Elizabeth Tan, author of 'Smart Ovens for Lonely People.' In it, they discuss the public health crisis of loneliness, the personal experiences that inspired some of these stories, and an unusual but highly effective writing prompt.

Find out more about Elizabeth on her website, or buy a copy of 'Smart Ovens for Lonely People' from your local bookstore, Booktopia, or wherever else books are sold. 

Find the writing prompt discussed in this episode here

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Nov 10 2020

51mins

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Rank #7: 13 | Navigating creative anxiety with Kate Mildenhall, author of 'The Mother Fault'

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James and Ashley interview Kate Mildenhall, bestselling author of 'The Mother Fault' and 'Skylarking.' They discuss the craft of novel writing, the challenges of penning a second book, and the creative anxieties that plague writers. 

Find out more about Kate on her website and buy a copy of 'The Mother Fault' from your local bookshop, Booktopia, or wherever else books are sold. 

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Oct 27 2020

43mins

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Rank #8: 12 | Magic cures and snake oil with Petronella McGovern, author of 'The Good Teacher'

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James and Ashley interview Petronella McGovern, bestselling author of 'The Good Teacher' and 'Six Minutes.' They discuss the allures and dangers of fringe healthcare, the similarities shared by many Australian communities, and the differences between writing a first and second novel.  

Find out more about Petronella at her website and buy a copy of 'The Good Teacher' from your local bookshop, Booktopia, Amazon, or wherever else books are sold. 

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Oct 13 2020

37mins

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Rank #9: 11 | Stuff it up, we want to hate this too! with Anthony Jeannot, comedian

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James and Ashley interview Anthony Jeannot, a stand-up comedian who has spent the last decade taking a test-and-learn approach to anxiety management with the help of a professional therapist. They discuss the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on mental wellbeing, the mental health challenges faced by young men, and the idea of the Nintendo life. 

Find out more about Anthony on his website, or get in touch with him on Twitter. You can stream his debut stand up comedy album on Spotify or Apple Music, or wherever else you listen to music. You can read his article, 'The Anti-Anxiety Techniques That Prepare You for a Crisis' on Tiny Buddha

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Sep 29 2020

44mins

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Rank #10: 10 | Living with chronic illness: James and Ashley talk health

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James and Ashley discuss health - more specifically, their own chronic illnesses. In this episode, they explain their conditions, discuss how these affect day to day life, and explore how illness has impacted their senses of self. 

Get in touch!

Ashley's Website: ashleykalagianblunt.com

Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt

James' Website: jamesmckenziewatson.com

James' Twitter: @JamesMcWatson

Sep 15 2020

35mins

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