Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Now You Can Binge-Listen! ...

This morning, I listened to the finale of the inaugural season of Seth Godin's podcast, Akimbo.

Whether from his podcast or his blog, he regularly conveys perspective that tweak my thinking, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.

Today, for the final episode of this 16-show run, he answered questions. One in particular, which he deemed "audacious" (in a good way), was about education. Seth has spoken before about how we need to re-imagine education for the age in which we're living. The current method is woefully outdated. You should listen to the podcast and hear how he discusses it.

After listening, I tweeted a link to the episode with this comment:

"Seth’s dissection of education is paradigm-shifting. We need to get away from our outdated model and begin to teach kids — and adults — to think more critically and creatively."

Which led me to talking to myself, as I do, when I'm noodling on an idea. And that let me to make a connection that kind of blew my mind, which led me to think of other examples, which led me to think that the memoir I've been trying to write for some time that hasn't gelled in my head needed me to have today's thoughts because that's what I should really explore.

And, happily, an email arrived the other day from Marion Roach Smith that read, in part, "I am about to launch a new class. It's one you've been asking for. This time, as you have requested, you can work at your own pace, on your own, getting all the knowledge you need to structure a piece of memoir. I'd love to tell you more about it, and I will, in two upcoming free webinars on June 5, 2018."

YES. Structure. That's what I've been trying to figure out. A framework. Writing a memoir without one, for me, feels like trying to build a house without a blueprint. Yes, I know a house needs a foundation and walls and a roof and flooring and plumbing and electrical but I have absolutely no idea how many rooms it will have or where it will be or how I want it to function, other than being a house.

So, today feels very gel-y, puzzle pieces coming together.

I texted my lovely friend Dawn, who's one of my biggest writing cheerleaders, and we hopped on the phone so I could share my glee with someone who really understands from whence I'm coming.

And all this has flowed from one answer to one question, even though I've heard Seth discuss the topic before. Sometimes, we need to hear things more than once.

If you're not already hip to Akimbo, now you can listen to the whole first season. I'd pace myself if I were you. There's a lot to take in. But you can also go back and listen to episodes again. The whole first season is available on Apple Podcasts (or, I presume, wherever you get your podcasts).

I hope you glean interesting insights, too.

I'm looking forward to building on this memoir momentum!

Dawn, I'll keep you posted!


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