Ep.56 When the Heart is Ready the Book Will Appear w/ Amir Karkouti

Amir is one of my closest friends and also the author of 5 books. He joins me at my house for a lively conversation about the perils of “trying to write a best seller”, the new book I’m currently writing and more.

Do Nothing to Get EVERYTHING by Amir Karkouti
Lessons From My Coach by Amir Karkouti

Ep.55 Writing Retreats, Poetry and Drinking Wine w/ Monica Day

Monica Day is a writer, artist, creator, producer, performer, coach, entrepreneur and instigator, with a deep commitment to an ever-unfolding personal journey. She brings a unique combination of training in creativity, sensuality, diversity, and business to her work.

Our conversation happens at the end of a 3-day writing retreat Monica did outside of San Diego, and she stopped in to debrief with me. We share lots of laughs, some great wine and great stories.


Monica’s website

Ep.54 Ten Million Words and a Lifetime of Experience w/ Charley Kempthorne

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.


Charley’s website
Charley’s book “For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History”
WSJ Article “The Power of Daily Writing”

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Ep.53 Sabbaticals, Work/Life Balance and Inspiration w/ Karan Bajaj

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.

Karan has a new book called The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, which is now available wherever fine books are sold.


Karan’s New Book: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent
Karan’s Website

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Ep.52 Honoring her Father, Dealing with Grief and Inspiration w/ Paula Marie Coomer

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.


Jagged Edge of the Sky by Paula Marie Coomer
Paula’s Website
Paula on Facebook
Troubadors of Divine Bliss
Ep.35 with Paula Marie Coomer (1st Interview)

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Ep.51 NaNoWriMo, Songwriting and Reading the Classics w/ Brett Randell

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.


Brett’s new album “Rise” on iTunes
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Ep.50 The Zone, Everything As Art and the Science of Switching On w/ Steven Memel

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.


The Science of Switching On
Robin Williams Inside the Actor’s Studio
[Bonus Content] conversation between Steven and Dave Booda about careers & patience

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Today’s music was Cherrywood by Dawn & Hawkes, who were guests on Episode 44.
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Ep.49 Screenwriting, Storytelling and Delivering Great Feedback w/ Michael Hauge

Michael Hauge is a screen writing coach and is has worked with screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network.

the best selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds, as well as the new 20th Anniversary Edition of his classic book Writing Screenplays That Sell.


Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
Michael’s website storymastery.com

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