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Episode 63: Reviving abandoned projects with Holiday Mathis

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Emerging Form is a podcast about the creative process in which a journalist (Christie Aschwanden) and a poet (Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer) discuss creative conundrums over wine. Each episode concludes with a game of two questions in which a guest joins in to help answer questions about the week's topic. Season one guests include poets, novelists, journalists, a song writer, a circus performer, a sketch artist and a winemaker.
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Ninety-seven percent of people who begin a novel don’t finish it. But what about all the people who finish it and then set it aside? What happens to that novel in a drawer? Well … sometimes it goes to novel heaven and finds a publisher–and we have proof. In this episode we talk to Holiday Mathis (who was our guest in episode 23, The Daily Grind), and she tells us how she wrote her new novel, why she set it aside, why she picked it up again, what she learned from the experience, how the world changed since it was written, and what she would say to that younger self that hid away the project in the drawer. Other possible titles for this episode were “overcoming creative self-consciousness” and “creative seasons.” It’s an episode for all who doubt their work, for all who doubt themselves, and for all who need that little nudge to put themselves and their work out there again. 

Holiday Mathis writes the daily horoscope for The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and hundreds of newspapers around the world. In her decades-long syndication she's published over 8 million words on luck, the stars and the human condition. She's also a multi-platinum selling songwriter with songs recorded by Miley Cyrus, Emma Roberts and more. Holiday is the author of several books including the upcoming How to Fail Epically in Hollywood.  

Holiday Mathis
Today’s horoscopes by Holiday
Holiday’s video Ephemera on the transient nature of horoscopes
Some of Mathis’s songs
Christie’s blog post about Mathis: I Know Astrology is Bullshit, But I Can’t Stop Reading My Horoscope

Here’s a Holiday horoscope that speaks to today’s topic: