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SPOILERS: In this episode, Steve and Tananarive unpack the themes and events in Jordan Peele's latest film, NOPE. On spectacle, Hollywood, horror, marginalized artists - and a Black director solidifying his place as one of the most influential in Hollywood history.  LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL at https://www.speakpipe.com/LifewritingPodcast (We might play your message!) Join our MAILING LIST at www.lifewritingweekly.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to award-winning director Reginald Hudlin (Boomerang, House Party, Marshall) about how he has kept his optimism in Hollywood, his love for comics and Black History, Milestone Media, and the 30th anniversary of Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.  Lifewriting Premium course: www.lifewritingpremium.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk about Jordan Peele's new horror thriller NOPE - and play excerpts from their interview with him in 2018 for their online Black Horror class: a portrait of the artist as a young(er) man - when he was first attracted to horror, the link between humor and horror, the impact of GET OUT, and his advice to creators to "think about what the world is not ready for yet."  For the full interview: www.sunkenplaceclass.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to author/screenwriter/playwright/actress Colette Freedman about how acting and improv lessons can help writers learn to better inhabit their characters. (And with a sample exercise!)  Lifewriting Premium: www.lifewritingpremium.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive recall some of their most painful rejections in Hollywood and give tips on how to maintain joy and creativity in the face of setbacks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older about his Star Wars projects, the impact he tries to have with his books, navigating family and writing life, building community, how writing is always political, and the joys of being married to another writer.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive discuss the joys of being soulmates - both as writing collaborators and as husband and wife. They explain that they believe everyone has more than one potential soulmate, and being soulmates is a process, not a destination. They also share tactics they use to keep the peace and thrive.  Their upcoming new Soulmate Process course is at www.soulmateprocess.com - pre-registration discount!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to Steve's longtime friend David Gerrold -- who wrote the classic 1960s Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles." The award-winning writer talks about his career as an author, how he balances his life and his writing, and how his iconic Tribbles episode came to life at the dawn of the Star Trek era.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Tananarive and Steve talk about her recent bout with COVID, how she got it, her symptoms, and strategies on how to keep a creative spark alive even when you're not feeling your best.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
ENCORE EPISODE from February 5, 2022. In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to MacArthur Genius Fellow and multiple Hugo Award-winner N.K. Jemisin (THE CITY WE BECAME, THE BROKEN EARTH trilogy) about creating art during a pandemic, the importance of writing short stories, writing for love versus writing for commerce, and strategies for coping with stress.  Subscribe to the Lifewriting course at www.lifewritingpremium.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Fighting Stress

On Fighting Stress

2022-05-2953:12

In this episode, Steve and Tananarive reflect on deadly current events and how they can have an impact on a writer's life. They share the ways they have used their art to get through stressful times and share strategies on how to keep a creative spark when times are tough.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to screenwriter/producer Akela Cooper about her process, why she loves horror and science fiction, and writing for the new Paramount Plus series "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." She also talks about writing the hit horror movie MALIGNANT (directed by James Wan).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk about the benefits of learning creative flexibility to write in many forms and genres: adapting a short story from a novel, or writing a graphic novel, screenplay or scripted podcast in addition to traditional prose. Learn to break down internal barriers to make the most of your creative talents!  ENROLL FOR THE COURSE: www.lifewritingpremium.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to author and editor Sheree Renée Thomas about her journey with Afrofuturism -- from editing the groundbreaking DARK MATTER in 2000 to writing a short story in Janelle Monáe's MEMORY LIBRARIAN and Thomas's upcoming Marvel novel, BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER'S RAGE. As the editor of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, she also talks about do's and don'ts when submitting short stories.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk about the dreaded Writer's Block: what they think it really is, when they have experienced it, and strategies for murdering it in its sleep so you can flow with joy no matter how high the stakes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to their friend Nalo Hopkinson, the award-winning Afrofuturist author of novels like SKIN FOLK, MIDNIGHT ROBBER and BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, named a Damon Knight Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2020. She talks about overcoming homelessness, her journey in the arts, and transitioning to comics with Neil Gaiman. Also, how she copes with stress and uncertainty.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive play excerpts from an interview they conducted at the home of the the late Octavia E. Butler in 2000. Butler was a longtime friend of Steve's, and the interview excerpts showcase the wisdom of the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and multiple award winner, bringing her words to life. Butler shared her secrets for facing down her difficulties as a writer - and lays out a path to success that other writers can follow.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to actress and author Rachel True (The Craft) about her book True Heart Intuitive Tarot: Guide and Deck - as well as her history in Hollywood, her recent role in "Fugue State" in Shudder's Horror Noire anthology movie (which Steve and Tananarive wrote!), how she copes with anxiety and imposter syndrome, and how her intuition has helped save the day!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hollywood Horror Stories!

Hollywood Horror Stories!

2022-04-0301:01:09

In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk about their history in Hollywood and moments when everything went wrong. Plus, tips for coping with stress as artists trying to navigate new, difficult territory - including visualization exercises.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Steve and Tananarive talk to writer Rodney Barnes (Executive Producer of "Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty") about how Hollywood almost killed him and the steps he took to reclaim his joy and find his greatest voice as a writer. He also discusses his colorful history in Hollywood -- from being the stand-in for John Coffey in The Green Mile (when Stephen King recommended Tananarive's novel My Soul to Keep to him!) to writing and executive producing shows like "The Boondocks," "Everybody Hates Chris," "American Gods" and now "Winning Time"!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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