Draft 1 Complete: Now What?

On this episode of The Writing Record, I have good news: The first draft of my children’s book is done, now what do I do? This is uncharted territory, so here’s the gameplan. Happy Saturday!

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5.27.20 – Progress. New Writing Record Episode.

  • I talked it out at lunchtime and recorded the third episode of The Writing Record! It’s not so much a podcast, but me documenting my writing process to better examine what my approach is. The first project I’m discussing on it is my children’s book named Charlie Bird. I found the theme and it was the best! Subscribe to check out this confessional style writing podcast/journal about the writing process, thoughts on creativity, and other emotional notes. It’s insanely liberating to be open about my writing progress, shortcomings, and victories. Welcome!
  • Finished the Charlie Bird Draft. Left a little in the tank to fix it up tomorrow.
  • The value of the pocket notebook is starting to make its way into the work. The act of gathering is one of my favorites. Do you carry a notebook everywhere you go?

A good day. Hope you had a good day too.

Much love,


CD32 – Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme by Rob J Blevins

Hello all! Today on the Creative Drive Podcast, we feature the poetry of Rob J. Blevins: “Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme” Three moments of poetry that were a joy to record.

Rob J. Blevins is a songwriter and author currently sharing content on the blog, Cooking with Crayons, as well as producing a podcast of the same name. Stop by for more poetry and creative work from Rob! https://www.cookingwithcrayons.com

To sign up for Rob’s email list, as well as links to his Amazon books, visit his site: https://cookingwithcrayons.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Rob!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today! https://idlewy.blog/you/

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,



A thought: Vanilla Sky was a huge influence on me as a storyteller. At this point, any early 2000s movie was a sure-fire influence on me. I went back to listen to Cameron Crowe’s commentary on the film last night. A tremendous film just like the original, with terrific performances, a hell of a soundtrack too! It’s just what I needed after a long week, a thought-provoking, inspiring film on a low-key Friday night. Made for a great Friday night as I reworked some things on the website.

Affirmations 5.21.20

Putting pen to paper is half the battle. I wrote at lunchtime, and went back to the magic.
  • I’m getting a good flow of life, work, and creativity. Tuesday was the hardest day of the week, everything else has been manageable.
  • The Writing Record has a much better tone than when I recorded Creative Drive. It feels like the thing I’ve always wanted to do: Capture the process! An audio journal as I write. I can’t wait to record again! Project 1 begins, the children’s book.
  • I thought buying those ice cream drumsticks would reduce our ice cream intake because it would mean less trips to Dairy Queen. I did not get the desired outcome.

The Writing Record

Journal entries disguised as audio recordings of writing sessions, self care, and working class creativity.

Now that Creative Drive is exclusively a podcast about sharing the work of creatives out in the world, I remembered I still need an outlet to help keep me accountable. So I started a thing. Sometimes you need to hit the record button and vocalize the challenges ahead, as well as the victories. This is my self care. Some episodes will be shared here, others will not be. Either way, it’s okay. This will be The Writing Record: Journal entries about my writing process, emotional progress, and other projects.

You can listen if you like, but nothing’s required. Much love,


CD31 – Raconteur by Mark Gordon

Creative Drive: A Podcast to Showcase Indie Storytellers + Creatives

Hello all! Today we feature the poetry of Mark Gordon!

Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and Canada. He is presently living in Toronto.

“Raconteur” was recently published in Gravitas, edited by Andrew Lafleche. Please check out this wonderful literary magazine! https://andrewlafleche.com/gravitas-poetry

Visit Mark on Twitter for updates on his latest work, and on his website http://www.markgordonauthor.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!

If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,