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Saturday, August 18, 2007

hip tranquil chick podcast #96: the writing life

Welcome to the 96th edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat.

Today’s menu features a must-have pose in On the Mat, an insightful interview with Jeff Davis on the Writing Life in Off the Mat, and we’ve got Omwork and Savvy Sources for you too. View our shownotes at

On the Mat: Hero Pose

Off the Mat: Today’s podcast is on the writing life with Jeff Davis. A national workshop leader, writer, editor, and yoga teacher, Jeff Davis is author of The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices as Muse for Authentic Writing (Penguin 2004) and City Reservoir (1998). He serves as Contributing Editor for Wildlife Watch Binocular, and his essays, articles, short stories, and poems have appeared in publications around the country and in London including The Comstock Review, The Sulphur River Literary Review, Conscious Choice, and Wisdom Publication's You Are Not Here and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction. He teaches at Marist College and leads or has led creative writing workshops at the Taos Summer Writers Conference, The Writers Lab in Skyros, Greece, and the Block Island Poetry project among other places. He is researching for his next nonfiction book and is completing his next poetry collection Woman Burning Another Woman. Jeff resides near Woodstock, NY, between the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Mountains, where he tracks wonder and fixes broken steps at his old farmhouse.

Omwork: To encourage a sense of diving deeper into today’s podcast, I will post Omwork relating to this segment on our HTC forum. Please connect with fellow HTCs there and play with the following:

1. Is there a book inside of you?
2. What keeps you from writing it?
3. Are you in touch with your authentic voice as a writer, woman, yogini?

Savvy Sources: Read!
Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
Jeff's website:

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Soirees, Chats, Booksignings & Retreats: Come to Costa Rica over Labor Day weekend (1 spot left!) and to our next retreat in the Catskills of NY in March. I’ll be leading workshops and hosting book signings in Montreal and the Boston area in November; Charleston, WV and Charlotte, NC in February; and back to Denver in April. Details for all special events at I hope our paths will cross.

Join us for our next le chic teleclass chat focused on savvy self-care on Monday, September 10 at 8:30ET. Details here.

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Mentoring: Interested in diving deeper into hip and tranquil topics 1:1? If so, view all the scoop here.

Au Revoir: Share your hip tranquil chickness with me, request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing We’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music from Podsafe Music Network. Today’s selection is The Empty Feeling by DJ Fuego. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of her music at and DJ Fuego's MySpace page.

Thanks for joining me for the 96th edition of the HTC podcast. 4 more to go until our centennial celebration interview. Namaste.
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1 comment:

Maree Jones said...

I really enjoyed this podcast Kimberly, as you suspected. :) I really get the idea of weighing down writing with expectation and this is an idea I've been playing with a lot lately - what would I write if I could make it all expectation free? Jeff was delightful to listen to as well - lots of wisdom! Maree