Today’s conversation is with Charley Kempthorne. I heard about Charley recently after reading an article about him in the Wall Street Journal. My Mom cut it out of the newspaper and gave it to me, the title was “The Power of Daily Writing in a Journal”.
Charley has been keeping a journal for 52 years and by rough calculations he has written about 10 million words. He currently writes about 1 million words a year. He now helps senior citizens recall and record their life experience by sharing the power of journaling.
Karan Bajaj was born and raised in the Indian Himalayas and now lives in Brooklyn New York.
This conversation reminded me in a big way of why I do this podcast. Immediately in this interview I’m inspired by Karan’s life and how he balances work and play. He does something he calls 4:1:4, which is 4 years of work, 1 year sabbatical.
Today’s guest is Paula Marie Coomer. I’m happy to have Paula back on the show, she was a guest on episode 35 and we had such a memorable conversation that I was really looking forward to having her back.
We talk about the sex scenes in her new book and what makes a great sex scene vs a boring sex scene. She also tells some amazing stories surround the passing of her father two months ago. I was amazed. It turned into a very moving conversation.
Brett Randell and I met several years ago at a songwriting workshop and funny enough, I had no idea he wrote novels until we talked about him being on the show. I really enjoy his songwriting and it was great to hear about his book and story writing as well.
We talk about NaNoWriMo, which for those of you who aren’t familiar stands for National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers from around the world commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Brett is currently writing 1750 words a day and we talk about how he’s doing that and how he balances a careers as a musician with his writing.
The song in the introduction is one of Brett’s and throughout the episode I’ll be playing songs from his new album which I’ll link to in the show notes, darkenthepage.com/051. He’ll also be playing a segment of one of his new songs live in the middle of the episode.
Steven Memel is the creator of “The Science Of Switching On”, a system that enables him to achieve rapid and dramatic results with all performers in helping them get into the zone and stay there. I’ve personally worked with him and I’m proud to call him a friend and a mentor. Since I’ve started this podcast I’ve been wanting to have him on the show and I’m happy it’s finally worked out.
In this episode we talk about his discovery that there is only one art, and why that made such a difference in all his artistic pursuits. We also dive deep into what the feeling of being in the flow is. I would say we really geek out on that, so for the creativity geeks out there you’ll love it.
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Steve Chandler is the author of over 30 books, well known public speaker and someone who has had a huge impact on my life. He is our second repeat guest on Darken the Page and is actually responsible for the title of this podcast. “Darken the Page” comes from advice Steve gives to writers who are blocked. He tells them to simply “darken the page”, don’t try and write a masterpiece, don’t worry about how it comes out, just write.
Luke Wade is a singer, songwriter and passionate man. Luke and I met a three years ago through our mutual friend Chris Hawkes and we played some gigs together. I’ve always admired Luke’s passion for songwriting and the way he pours himself into his music. He’s one of the most expressive performers I know.
Lately, he’s been on a wild ride. He placed top 8 in season 7 of The Voice and has been touring literally non-stop for the past 10 months. We sat down on a rainy day in Los Angeles to talk about how he writes, what moves him and he shares some of his most recent songs. He also plays one of them live, and it’s an instant classic. Don’t miss it.