In this first episode of 2017, Leonora discusses her desire to transfer her fear of failure into a fear of dying before completing her novel, just to get the damn thing done. She also talks about tricking herself out of procrastination by using a vintage timer and small rewards, her chai latte addiction, using her therapist as a sounding board for novel ideas and how her anxiety sometimes causes her to eat her own face.
Leonora Stein is a high school English teacher and an aspiring novelist. While working on the second draft of her novel, she is also developing a pitch for a television series that will hopefully be as popular as The Walking Dead. For seven years, she ran her own bookstore in Brooklyn, Babbo's Books.
Tune in to hear the fascinating Michelle Austin talk about collaborative prose writing across continents, anxiety, perfectionism, therapy, her love of fan fiction and much more!
Michelle Austin is a writer in New York City who spends way too much time arguing with New Yorkers about where exactly "Upstate New York" is located. Her blog littlegentian.com is going to be three years old in March, and she couldn't be prouder. Currently unpublished, she is in the middle of the first of three novels and a collaborative project with her friend who is a 3D artist.
It’s not that Amy Dupcak is unaware of the real world, it’s just that she finds it easier to live in the world in her head. She loves to interact with other humans, but she also really needs her alone time. She has been described as always happy, yet she has a penchant for the macabre and suffers from migraines. The protagonist in her first novel, The Grid, sees a pattern of lines that happens to be the underlying fabric of reality, but people think she just has schizophrenia. All this and more in this month’s episode.
Amy Dupcak is the author of the short story collection, Dust, published on Lucid River Press. She has also published fiction and creative nonfiction in Sonora Review, Phoebe, Litro, Fringe, Runaway Parade, Chicago Literati, and other publications. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the New School and teaches writing workshops for kids and teens at Writopia Lab in Manhattan. She loves editing the works of other writers and often reads at Lyrics, Lit & Liquor events, for which she also creates original trivia.