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NaPodPoMo and Why Do Scary Things?

Did you know that November was NaPodPoMo?

NaPodPoMo, for the uninitiated, is National Podcast Post Month. The challenge, which is in its 12th year, is for podcasters and would-be-podcasters to post one new podcast episode each day in November. That’s 30 podcast episodes in 30 days.

That’s no mean feat, since in my women’s podcasting facebook group a recent thread discussing time spent podcasting indicates most podcasters are spending 8+ hours per episode producing our podcasts, by the time you add up the recording, the editing, the posting, the promoting, the scheduling and all that jazz. And most of us have jobs and families and lives beyond podcasting as well. So it’s pretty impressive to think of taking a task like that on.

Google “November 30 day challenges” and you’ll find quite the list. It seems like every endeavor under the sun from exercising to meditating to walking to watching horror films has a 30 day challenge for November. The granddaddy of them all is, of course, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which goes back to 1999 (that means it’s in its 20th year, people!) NaNoWriMo invites participants to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. As a past participant, I can tell you it’s quite the ride.

So what’s the draw of a 30 day challenge? Diving in and creating a lot of content in quick succession is a great way to jump start the creative process. If you have to churn out 1600+ words or a new podcast episode every day, you don’t have time to get stuck overthinking and if one day is a rough day you don’t have time to fixate on that because you get to do it again tomorrow. That’s terrifying…but liberating.

In my experience, the hardest part of any endeavor is starting it. Sustaining it is not easy, either, ask my NaNoWriMo draft from last year, but that is a priorities issue. Starting something in the first place is a confidence issue, which is what these challenges are designed to get around. It’s the creative equivalent of throwing you in the deep end and hoping you have a swimming instinct. Except if you fail you still have…something. Which is more that what you had before.

I’m in need of some confidence building at the moment as I look at some big goals for early 2019, including launching a new interview-style podcast (in addition to, not as a replacement of, NEW,) launching a new business and launching a new website. That’s a lot and the biggest thing keeping me from tacking any of it right now is, well, it’s scary. It’s hard to try new things. It’s hard to put yourself out there. There’s a reason it’s called a leap of faith.

So for November, I am attempting NaPodPoMo. An abridged version, as I do have a 12-week-old and I am not an insane person. I can’t physically put out 30 podcast episodes in November. Remember that 8 hour plus per episode thing? I simply do not have the bandwidth. But I can record them, which is what I am doing, and then release them in early 2019 to take a little of the pressure off while I try to do…all the things.

Watch this space. I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going, if I can find the time. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to try something scary this November. The jump is the hard part, the falling is exhilarating.

Be well,


Episode 118: The BSC is You and Me

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Today’s books are:

The Baby-Sitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin. Scholastic, 1986-2000

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003.

Other books mentioned on today’s episode:

Harry: a history by Melissa Anelli. Penguin Group, 2008.

Dear Genius: the letters of Ursula Nordstrom, edited by Leonard S. Marcus. HarperCollins, 2000. (my apologies for my mistake in the episode. Ursula Nordstrom was with Harper & Row, not Random House.)

I’ll Get There. It Better be Worth the Trip by John Donovan. Harper & Row, 1969.

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982.

Geography Club by Brent Hartinger. HarperCollins, 2003.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Dutton Books, 2010.

Other Things Discussed Today:

Scholastic Book Orders

The Baby-Sitters Club Movie

Ann M. Martin

“The Gay YA” book recommendations website

Banned Books Week

Baby-Sitters Graphic Novels

Raina Telgemeier

The Bechdel Test

The Baby-Sitters Club Club Podcast

Please Find Me on Social Media!





Happy listening,



Episode 117: Anne of Green Gables Part 5: War, Women, and Historical Perspective

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Today’s books are:

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland and Stewart, 1921.

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson. Random House, 2016.

Other things discussed today:

Hardcore History podcast

The War Poets at Westminster Abbey

John McRae

The text of “The Piper” from The Blythes are Quoted

Happy listening,



Episode 116: Anne of Green Gables Part 4: Love and Marriage

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Today’s books are:

Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery. McClelland, Goodchild, and Stewart, 1917.

Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace. Thomas Y Crowell Co., 1955.

Other things discussed today:

Episode 112, when we first talked about Betsy

A list of the Betsy books

The “Anne With an E” TV series.

The 1980s Kevin Sullivan Anne miniseries

Nancy Pearl, rock star librarian

Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter in the U.S. Senate

Happy listening,


Episode 115: Anne of Green Gables Part 3: Anne, Jo, Louisa, and Maud

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Today’s books are:

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Co., 1915.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Roberts Brothers, 1868-1869.

Other things discussed today:

#12daysofannestagram on Instagram

ProposalGate! Who copied who? Here’s a blog post on the topic or skip right to the video (bad quality.)

Louisa May Alcott as covered by The History Chicks

Some wild speculation on the men in Louisa May Alcott’s life.

Tune in next episode for Anne’s House of Dreams with Betsy’s Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Happy listening,


Episode 114: Anne of Green Gables Part 2: Avonlea, Idlewild, and Being Home

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Today’s books are:

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1909.

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. Avon Books, Inc., 1997.

Other things discussed today:


The history of Oprah’s book club.

Camp Nanowrimo

Happy listening,


Episode 113: Anne of Green Gables Part 1: Anne, Emily, and Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Today’s books are:

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. L.C. Page & Company, 1908

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery. Frederick A. Stokes, 1923.

Other things discussed today:


Instagram accounts @carrottoppapershop and @thebooksellersdaughter

The History Chicks episode on L.M. Montgomery

Anne movies: the 1919 silent film, the 1934 film (yes, that actress did change her name to “Anne Shirley” for the role, and the 1985 miniseries.

The Anne of Green Gables musical.

The newest graphic novel version.

The new TV series “Anne With an E”

The TV series “Road to Avonlea”

Is Emily in the public domain? It was published in 1923. If you can decipher this chart to tell, you’re smarter than I am.

“The Alpine Path” and the poem that inspired both L.M. Montgomery and Emily.

Happy listening,



Special Episode #20: Librarian Life #1: A Guy Named Dewey OR How the Library World Got In Order (and why it matters)

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A special episode in which I tell you the story of a guy named Dewey (or sometimes Dui,) some numbers, and the democratization of American libraries.

Here’s an overview of all the categories and call numbers.

See you soon for the first of our Anne of Green Gables summer series. In the meantime, are you following the #12DaysofAnnestagram? You should be, because it is delicious…

Happy listening,


Episode 112: Two Girls Named Betsy: going back to the books of my childhood

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episode 112

Today’s books are:

“B” is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood. Harcourt, Brace, & Co., 1939.

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. HarperCollins, 1940.

Blog posts about Carolyn Haywood from the Free Library of Philadelphia:

Part 1

Part 2

Complete list of Betsy-Tacy books with synopses

Thank you for being here for this our 3rd anniversary episode.

Find our first anniversary episode here.

And our second anniversary episode here.

Happy listening,


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