The Writer’s Lens – Episode 50: Me? A Greedy Writer? Come On Now….

This episode is all about Greed – another of the Seven Deadly Sins most commonly associated with a love of money.

So, keeping that in mind, how might we avoid the pitfalls of becoming too “Greedy” with our creative works? Let’s discuss and find out.

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The Narrative Wars: 01 – What Is Your Life’s Story?

Welcome to the #NarrativeWars

There are stories happening all around us. And they are all competing for our attention. Some are explored in book or film format. Others are occurring in real time. And some walk the line between fiction and fact.

In these shorter episodes, I’ll be exploring some big (and small) narrative ideas; starting with the narrative of our own lives. What does that look like? Is my personal story true of whom I want to be? Or am I trying to be something else, driven by someone else’s words?

These agreements can shape our identities. The story we are living can be out of a true self, or a false one. So with this episode, I start exploring this concept and why we latch onto certain narratives.

March Recap – “The Writer’s Lens”

Here are some of the episodes you may – or may not – have caught this month:

Interview 14: EG Graves, “A Mistaken Identity”

  • Eric “EG” Graves has been writing plays for much of his adult life and recently has brought another to the stage with Mistaken Identity. EG explains how stage plays and motion pictures can differ and where his life as a playwright began. Video link here.

Episode 48: How Can Envy Kill Our Creative Pursuits?

  • The first of the “Seven Deadly Sins” series I’m embarking on. How can these ageless vices affect our creative journeys?

Interview 15: Austin Gohn, “Discovering Rest In A Restless Age”

Episode 49: Can We Be Gluttons For Our Writing? 

  • How can an obsession with food derail our writing lives? Well, there’s more to Gluttony than food cravings.

Be sure to tell someone you know about The Writer’s Lens if you think he / she would benefit from tuning in. You can find me on YouTube and Facebook too. Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 15: Austin Gohn, “Discovering Rest In A Restless Age”

Austin Gohn is the author of the (now available) book, A Restless Age: How St. Augustine Helps You Make Sense Of Your Twenties.

My interview with Austin focuses on his path to publishing as well as his individual story – what inspired him to write a book for young adults and why the words of St. Augustine find relevance even in the 21st century.

For more on Austin, you can visit his website here or follow him on Twitter @austingohn

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Interview – Video and audio

The Writer’s Lens – Episode 48: How Can Envy Kill Our Creative Pursuits?

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins. There’s Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, and…Envy. Of those seven, I find Envy to be the least talked about. Or rather, it’s the least recognized of the seven. In this solo episode, I talk about why I think Envy can be a major hindrance on our writing pursuits.

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Podcast: The Writer’s Lens

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews….

In addition to providing dialogue on storytelling, I do interviews here on The Writer’s Lens.

If you prefer, audio, then check out the discussions that are happening here. I have conversations with all sorts of folks: artists, playwrights, filmmakers, other writers…among others.

And if you’re an audio AND a video junkie, then you can see myself and other smiling faces here. The same cast of characters applies here too.

Proceed with caution, but always proceed.

Till next time,

J.C.L.

My Video Interview with David Ramos

#ICYMI, I did an interview with fellow self-published author, David Ramos recently.

David is extraordinarily talented at building a platform and has the scars to prove it.

You can find the full audio on Podbean, but it’s also on YouTube (for all you visual peeps out there).

David Ramos

 

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 12: David Ramos, The Long Road To Authorship

David Ramos has been writing for years. He’s published nearly two dozen books (thus far) and for his efforts, has built a small community of readers around him. He even has a new book on the way, Magnetic Faith, due out in March of 2019.

But, David didn’t just “fall into” publication. He sat down and made it happen. He learned what worked; he learned what didn’t work. And let’s be honest, he’s still learning as he goes.

David Ramos

And that’s the theme of my next interview with David Ramos on The Writer’s Lens – staying persistent and being disciplined about your goals. David and I discuss what it’s like to face rejection and how we, as writers, grow and develop as we continue to put ourselves out there. It’s a valuable life lesson and one that can’t be ignored if one is to cultivate a life’s work of writing and publishing.

For more on David, you can check out the links below:

Website – Ramos, Author

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YouTube – Link

And P.S., don’t forget that David has a new book coming out this year called Magnetic Faith. It will be available through Amazon for purchase.

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 11: Loren Reash-Henz, “Does Music Tell Stories? And How Do We Value Art?”

Does music tell a story? This was a question I posed as the primer for my next interview with fellow creative, poet, and voice teacher, Mr. Loren Reash-Henz.

Loren Reash-Henz

Loren and I connected at a book signing last year and as I’ve come to find out, Loren has a real penchant for all things music –  teaching, theory, its roots, and its expression. In this conversation, Loren and I sit down to talk about all things music and writing. And how we are all striving to be original and authentic, but oftentimes, we get mixed up on what this can look like. I found this to be a fun and engaging dialogue that opens up a lot of boxes on what we think creativity and art do for a person’s soul. And, ultimately, for our culture.

Loren also works for Apollo’s Fire, a baroque orchestra, here in Cleveland, OH. You can find out more about them here.

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 10: Willie Scott, aka FOLD

When it comes to using the term, “creative”, I’m still a newbie. I happen to think I’m creative (I’m a writer, after all) so tying creative and writer together isn’t a problem. When it comes to other creative types, I – like many others – tend to recognize someone for a single gift: making a craft, making music, writing, etc. These all make up the “creative” part of our persona. But is that all we are made for? Just one facet of creativity? For sometimes we encounter someone who is not only creative in one area, but in several different venues too.

Cue the guest of my next interview: Willie Scott, aka FOLD. (click here for the interview)

Producer Matlock (left) and Willie, “IAMFOLD” (right)

Willie is a return guest on The Writer’s Lens and in addition to being one-half of Better Than Blended and co-founder of TKI Publishing, Willie is also a recording artist. He truly puts the idea of putting one’s creative interests to work while simultaneously debunking the notion that we have to be so singularly focused on one aspect of our creativity, thus starving our other creative outlets. So in this interview, I explore with Willie all the dynamics that come with being an entrepreneur, a creative writer, a father, and a husband.

This was a fun interview for Willie and me and I think you’ll find it equally enjoyable.

For more on Willie and his music, you can check out these links below:

Better Than Blended – WebsiteFacebookInstagram

TKI Publishing – WebsiteFacebook

Matlock and FOLD – Facebook

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Matlock and FOLD – “Favor
Matlock and FOLD – “ICIT – In Christ I Trust
Matlock and FOLD – “Turn up