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Why So Serious?

Nicole Wells and Nikki MacCallum

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Spend some time with Nicole Wells (Communications Coach and Hypnotist www.speakwells.com) and Nikki MacCallum (Career Coach and Author www.nikki-maccallum.com) as they help you navigate your way through corporate America without taking yourself too seriously. These New York City based ladies cover topics such as executive presence, difficult conversations at work, mastering your year-end review, and more. And they do it all with a sense of humor.
 
A New Podcast for Writers. Already a writer of serial fiction or curious to learn more from other serial fiction authors? Authors Christine Daigle and JP Rindfleisch introduce The Writer's Serial Fiction Show. Let's up our serial fiction game together! Links: Christine Daigle - christinedaiglebooks.com JP Rindfleisch - jprindfleischix.com Three Story Method - threestorymethod.com Music - Voxel Revolution by Kevin McAllen https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/7017-voxel-revolution License: ht ...
 
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This week, Martha sits down with former Democratic presidential candidate and New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, to discuss his new book Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy. Andrew shares why he started the Forward Party and what it means for the future of Independent voters. Plus, he and Martha weigh in on the decrease in the …
 
Haunted House Horror The Heartwood Asylum has been abandoned since the massacre of 1918. Nobody has been able to solve the mystery of what really happened at the Asylum that caused so many to perish. And now, 100 years later, there is a mysterious website that broadcasts a live stream video feed from the Asylum whenever anyone dares enter. Owen has…
 
YA High Fantasy Romance The cold, cruel tip of a knife pressed against her neck. Aranya stilled. "Since we are apparently threatening one another," Kai said smoothly, his mouth just above her ear. His voice took on an edge she'd never heard, harsh and unforgiving. "How about I give you a threat of my own?" Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.a…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B095FXZVGF ProWritingAid: prowritingaid.com DISCOUNT CODE!!! SERIAL20 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jpr…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B099P15CH5 ProWritingAid: prowritingaid.com DISCOUNT CODE!!! SERIAL20 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jpr…
 
Chris Hines bonus episode! Chris is a surfer and activist best known for being one of the original driving forces behind the original incarnation of Surfers Against Sewage. Today he enjoys a reputation as one of the most respected and successful communicators in British environmentalism.This is actually my third conversation with Chris after his in…
 
Paranormal Comedy So, ghosts are real and there is an underfunded government agency that help the recently deceased transition into the afterlife. Spiritual energy is running wild in the rural Midwest and when a remote NRDS office settles in, nothing goes according to plan. Follow this cast of NRDS as they work through spirit cases, struggle with s…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B09H65GWR2 ProWritingAid: prowritingaid.com DISCOUNT CODE!!! SERIAL20 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jpr…
 
This week, Martha sits down with former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, Karl Rove. Karl weighs in on the current outlook for the 2022 Congressional Midterms and specifically what role the state of Texas will play. Plus, Karl gives his analysis on why the border crisis has affected President Biden’s approval ratings, as well as a …
 
Pirates vs Ninjas Airship Adventure Peace between the United Airborne and the Rin Clan has unraveled as a surge of survivors exit the mysterious clouds of Caelum. Admiral Felicia Dawn struggles to provide supplies to the Southern Territories while she loses control of her vast forces. Lord Rin has vanished while his faction of ninjas roam the land …
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B099FJH6B3 ProWritingAid: prowritingaid.com DISCOUNT CODE!!! SERIAL20 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jpr…
 
Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comThis week’s guest Torren Martyn is probably the most individual, interesting and certainly most celebrated surfer in the world right now. Draw a Venn diagram of all the modern-day talking points in surf culture - board length, style, the craving for some substance among a world of throwaway …
 
This week, Martha sits down with FOX News Chief Political Anchor, Anchor of Special Report & Host of Bret Baier's All-Star Panel podcast, Bret Baier. Bret and Martha reminisce on their favorite memories at FOX News as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the network. Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMacCallum…
 
Swords and Sorcery Parody. Some jerkwad moon mage shoves the consciousness of Petra's three-year-old into the body of a full-grown barbarian. Petra's stuck in a halfling. There are pissed-off rangers, angry giants, a pompous vampire, and a necromancer out to kill her and her child. Despite being caught in a world where everything threatens to shuff…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. WRITERS Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B092RHR4CS Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fic…
 
This week, Martha sits down with the Host of The Australian Sky News and Author Sharri Markson to discuss her new book, What Really Happened in Wuhan. Sharri shares her experiences as an investigative journalist covering the origins of the coronavirus at a top-secret lab in Wuhan and how this all played out during an election year. Follow Martha on…
 
Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comMy ‘lifer’ episodes, in which I interview somebody without the profile of my more famous guests, but who nevertheless has dedicated their life to the culture with similar dedication (and, in many cases, has had a similar influence), are always among the most beloved Looking Sideways episodes…
 
Dystopian Detective Two years ago, a swarm of self-replicating, flesh-eating microbots known as the Ash spread across the globe. Twelve percent of humanity died in the first month. Everyone else sealed themselves inside. Now, to locate a missing scientist who may know how to end the machine plague, Detective Kai Braddock will have to do what no one…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0995WDJZQ Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fiction: lp…
 
This week, Martha sits down with author Toby Harnden, to discuss his new book First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11, and why he decided to revisit the story of the first CIA military group to get into Afghanistan. Toby shares he wrote this book for people to understand where America has been in order to remember how thi…
 
Fairytale retelling. A bookish strongwoman longs for freedom. A beast searches for a cure. Together, they’ll break man-made curses. After her own father sells her to the unscrupulous Ringmaster, Belle thinks she’ll spend the rest of her days performing cheap stunts while the Nuzaran masses gawk at her ether-poisoned body. A chance encounter with a …
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B092RW1Y5J Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fiction: lp…
 
Grimdark urban fantasy. The way chaos stalks Morghan Windstarr, she must have angered the gods. But Morghan doesn't believe in a higher power. She's woven the tattered fabric of her life together with hard work and a level head. Things were finally looking up, until a man with an impossible knowledge of her past makes her an offer she isn't allowed…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0981M4YD4 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fiction: lp…
 
This week, Martha revisits her conversation with former Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, Jean Becker, to discuss her new book The Man I Knew. Jean tells the fascinating story of George H.W. Bush’s post-presidency, and the bond she developed with the him in his transition from the most powerful man in the world to elder statesman. Plus,…
 
Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comI first asked Ben Powell to be a guest on the show back in 2017. In the end, it has taken almost five years of chipping away to get him to agree, and this week’s sprawling conversation is the result. Why was I so bloody-minded about getting Ben on the show? Because I challenge you to find an…
 
Post-apocalyptic zombie fiction. When the zombie apocalypse hits Los Angeles, the undead aren't the only monsters unleashed on the city. Bea "Bug" Aisling is a survivor trying to find what's left of humanity in herself and the people still living. When Bea is bit but doesn't immediately turn, the race to understand the mysterious connection between…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0979PC9ZP Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fiction: lp…
 
On this episode, Martha is joined by Debra Burlingame and Kathleen Deparis, who both lost a brother on the day of the 9/11 terror attacks. Debra and Kathleen reflect on the 20th anniversary of that horrific day and share their thoughts on the impact of President Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of August. Fol…
 
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Post-apocalyptic zombie fiction. Where were you when you turned? The Wormwood Prion infected millions with an uncontrollable need to chew, with a distinct preference for human flesh. Chaos. Martial law. A cure. Allison Rose worked three part-time jobs and barely avoided poverty. Newly cured, Allison wakes up in a Temporary Recovery Center where onl…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B098KPHB79 Support the Show: patreon.com/serialfictionshow Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Christine's co-authored serial fiction: lp…
 
This week, Martha sits down with Gerald Sanford, a former FDNY Firefighter, New York City Police Officer, and author of It Started with a Helmet: A Retired Firefighter’s Return to New York City the Day Before 9/11. Jerry explains how he ended up returning to New York City the day before September 11th, and he shares stories from the ensuing weeks.…
 
Ghost horror. Loner with a heart of gold Kira can see dead people. When her bad boy best friend convinces her to stay at a haunted hotel with him, the terrifying night becomes an internet sensation. Camera in hand, they hit the road for America's most haunted locales. Poltergeists, cursed items, timeslips, and more test their reflexes and sanity as…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B098WJVJXB Reader's Companion Episode: https://anchor.fm/readersserialfictionshow/episodes/Americas-Most-Dangerous-Ghosts-by-Risse-Landstrom-e16ejro Christine's website: christineda…
 
Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comOn this week’s episode I welcomed the great Lesley McKenna back to the show for her second visit, a mere four years after her first appearance in June 2017. If you don’t know Lesley, she’s a snowboarder and Olympian who is, to my mind, one of the most original and quietly influential thinker…
 
This week, Martha sits down with former Afghanistan TV Producer Rukhsar Azamee who shares her story of escaping Afghanistan in 2015 and has not seen her family since, who remain in the country. Rukhsar tells Martha what life was like before the Taliban took over and the painful reality of what her family and those in Afghanistan are facing. Follow …
 
Dark Magic, Academy Romance. Scottish fae mafia. Wickedly hot water mages. A killer at large. Teddy’s first year at Bevington College is going to be anything but boring. And if they don’t figure out who killed the only other Earth-witch at Bevvy, they may be next. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0981GMBGK Chr…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B0981GMBGK Readers Companion Episode: https://anchor.fm/readersserialfictionshow/episodes/Teddys-Boys-by-EJ-Frost-e15q00c Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website:…
 
This week, Martha sits down with Chicago City Council Member Raymond Lopez, ex-gang member and community activist Pete Keller, and former D.C. Police Detective and Fox News Contributor Ted Williams to discuss the rise of gang violence in Chicago. The panel takes a look at the causes of shootings, underlying disputes within gangs, efforts to dismant…
 
Full episode and Show Notes - www.wearelookingsideways.comThese days, the notion of water therapy is fairly well mainstream. Think ‘blue mind’ theory, and the sheer number of Instagram account and Guardian articles extolling the virtues of cold showers and cold water swimming. But back in 2011, when this week’s guest Joe Taylor set up The Wave Proj…
 
Urban Fantasy Mystery. After surviving a horrific attack, Tom joins the Magical Enforcement and Secrecy agency in hopes of keeping others from suffering like he did. Teamed up with a loyal werewolf and an elemental with scars of his own, Tom has what it takes to become one of the best agents, but he'll never reach his potential until he can embrace…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B094FHJJ8T Reader's Companion Episode: https://anchor.fm/readersserialfictionshow/episodes/The-Magical-Enforcement-and-Secrecy-Agency-Files-by-Elizabeth-Kirke-e15dho7 Christine's we…
 
This week, Martha sits down with former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield to discuss his take on how to tackle the coronavirus Delta variant. Dr. Redfield takes a look back at the hypotheses surrounding the lab leak theory, where America is now, as the country faces a substantial increase in infection, and also explains the consequences of virtual l…
 
Contemporary fiction. Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn. Their love changed history. Max King & Daisy Colston. Their hatred is ruining a film. Each plays a role in what is supposed to be a blockbuster about the Tudor love affair. A chance encounter at a tarot shop could seal their destiny. Some love stories last forever. Some are tragic. Some need magic. Li…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B097Y5B5JK The Career Author Summit affiliate link: thecareerauthor.com Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Find out more about Christine…
 
Memoir. There are eight billion miraculous collections of stardust living on this planet, each one with a story worth telling. This is mine. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B093RQ166D The Career Author Summit affiliate link: thecareerauthor.com Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprind…
 
It's time for a break down! Let's talk craft and see what makes this serial fiction episode work. Links: Read on Kindle Vella: https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B093RQ166D The Career Author Summit affiliate link: thecareerauthor.com Christine's website: christinedaiglebooks.com JP's website: jprindfleischix.com Find out more about Christine…
 
This week, Martha sits down with mother of five and contributing writer to Deseret Magazine, Bethany Mandel, to discuss her most recent Op-ed “Modern Motherhood Has A PR Problem.” Bethany aims to debunk the stigma around motherhood halting a woman’s life and wants listeners to know that it is a wonderful experience and is not the end-all life path …
 
Type 2 is a podcast from Looking Sideways in association with Patagonia that explores the intersection between the outdoors, action sports and activism.My guest for this episode of Type 2 is Rob Hopkins, a ridiculously prolific UK-based activist, author, podcaster, lecturer and environmentalist who describes himself as a ‘champion of the collective…
 
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