CD34 – The Time We Had by Susana Ramirez

Big show today! We’re back in business featuring a personal essay in dramatic form! The Time We Had, by Susana Ramirez.

Susana Ramirez is a wife and mother of two. She is the Founder of Save The Sharks, a South Florida non-profit organization working to promote healthier shark populations through education, research and outreach. Susana immigrated from Cuba, living in Finland before settling in the U.S. She began writing at an early age, focusing on conservation work throughout the world. Today, she understands the power in having a voice and hopes her words can have an impact on others, leading to a global shift on how humans interact with wild animals and their environments.

Find Susana on Twitter @susanaiswriting and check out Save The Sharks! This piece was originally published in The Selkie: https://theselkie.co.uk/the-time-we-had/

Brenda Zamora is an L.A. based actor, follow her adventures on Instagram!

Produced by J. Alejandro. Visit idlewy.blog, a place for working class creatives!

MUSIC FEATURED: Dreamsphere 7 by Sascha Ende Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/458-dreamsphere-7 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Calm In The Night by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6232-calm-in-the-night License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 5 vor 12 by Sascha Ende Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/2973-5-vor-12 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

On the Edge of Forever – http://teknoaxe.com/Home.php Simple Piano Medley 1- http://teknoaxe.com/Home.php Freezing by Warm by Meydan: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Meydan/Ambient_1860/Freezing_but_warm

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CD32 – A Clear Solution by J. Alejandro

A few words and a poem too. #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace

Campaign Zero: Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Unicorn Riot: Nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues. https://unicornriot.ninja/

George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

Submit your poetry and flash fiction today for the Creative Drive Podcast: https://idlewy.blog/you/

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,

j

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,

j

CD30 – Elevator Pitch by Zach Murphy

Creative Drive: A Podcast to Showcase Indie Storytellers + Creatives

Today we feature the work of Zach Murphy!

Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Ghost City Review, Lotus-eater, WINK, Drunk Monkeys, and Fat Cat Magazine. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Also, check out Zach’s movie review website: http://fadetozach.blogspot.com/

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Zach!

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

Don’t be idle, make art! Much love,

j

CD29 – Roundabouts, by Mark Anthony Smith

Phase 2 of the Creative Podcast begins today: Featuring the work of Mark Anthony Smith!

“Roundabouts” was originally published in Fiction Kitchen Berlin, please check out this wonderful literary magazine!

Mark Anthony Smith was born in Hull. His writings have appeared in Musicians for Homeless and Be their voice, Spelk and Truly U. His latest work, Hearts of the Matter, is available on Amazon.

Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter for updates on his latest work. 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,

j

Affirmations 4.17.20 (and now accepting poetry, flash fiction, and monologues for podcast readings!)

  • I need to hear poetry in my life again, and be a part of it. I want to recite it and make it a part of my daily life. I’m longing to perform and use my voice and have fun! I’m firing up a new phase of the Creative Drive Podcast to offer a new space for collaboration: Let me recite and narrate your short works! I will be offering poetry, flash fiction, and monologue readings on the pod, I just need your help! This is an affirmation of my soul. A labor of love. A chance to get to know you and your work, one short piece at a time. Send me your work!
  • No matter how tired I am, I am pushing myself to write again. I finished my lyrics this week, and this weekend, my writing project is to hash out the second half of my mockumentary script. I just need ten more pages. It’s doable. It just got scarier in my head because of how long it’s been since I scribbled on a page. Writing gets scary when you get away from it for a while. For me, writing has always been a cocktail of fear, laziness and distraction. I am tackling laziness by doing. I am tackling distractions by making a list and checking it twice. I am tackling fear by taking baby steps into the dark. I will fight this. I will get it done. I will overcome. It’s no big deal. It’s getting to be fun, and less of a chore. You can do it too!
  • Adjust as much as possible. The scales have balanced this week from a busy workload to copious servings of creativity. I’ve gotten a lot done, but now feel as if I could be there for my family more. Even in quarantine, there is emotional distance to overcome. I will try to make my way back to a healthy balance, thinking of new activities and fun things to do as a family.
  • Music that heals and inspires. On my way home to listen to the new Fiona Apple album. Looking forward to this.
  • Haircuts are important. I understand now.

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CD24 – Two Steps to Start Making Art + Courage to Share Your Creativity

Some stream of consciousness musings and conclusions:

Step 1. Produce and create unashamedly. Step 2. Collaboration fuels and accelerates creative improvement.

I’d also like to share an anecdote about talented friends bailing out my art. It happens.

Have you ever had a project completely transform for the better through tough collaboration? I would love to hear your story. Let me know here: https://idlewy.blog/you/

Much love,

j