Retrospective: Tim Manley

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I’m going to make my art (whatever that might be) with everything that I’ve got and make it matter to me and really really hope that that means something to other people. And the strange thing—at least that I’ve experienced—is that almost every time that I let out more of myself or I make my work more ‘me’ . . . it almost always means that more people connect with it. Almost always.
— Tim Manley on Retrospective: The Podcast
Tim Manley is one of my favorite people with whom to talk, write, and share a storytelling stage. His honesty makes you feel at home just listening to him, and his generosity nudges you to ask him a good question. And then another. 

On November 5th, Tim's new book, Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairytales for a New Generation comes out. Join us for this conversation about: 

  • Changing careers and going all-in with creative work
  • "Millenials" and Tim's own journey through his 20s
  • Not apologizing for one's work (despite the temptation to do just that) 
  • Having an unconventional drawing education
  • Finding work that sits well with your soul, and
  • The benefits of looking at your accomplishments through the 5-Years-Ago Lens.

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Tim Manley is the writer and illustrator of Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation (Penguin Books). It is based on his tumblr, Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings.

Tim is a Moth StorySLAM winner, mentor with PEN American Center’s Prison Writing Program, and a former English teacher at School of the Future in New York City. He has officiated eight weddings, one of which was Beatles-themed. 

Retrospective: Diana Spechler

One problem a lot of us suffer from is getting partway through something and then dropping it . . . but what if you finished it first, and then made that decision? It could be very surprising. And I’ve found breaking through those times of feeling discouraged has often resulted in my best work.
— Diana Spechler

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Skinny and Who by Fire.  In this episode of Retrospective, Diana talks about:

  • fiction, nonfiction, and where your secrets come out
  • dealing with being seen during a very personal book release
  • "punch and get out" --lessons learned from storytelling
  • keeping ego untangled from the creative process, and
  • wrestling projects into submission.

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Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire (Harper Perennial, 2008) and Skinny (Harper Perennial, 2011). She has written for the New York TimesGQ; O, The Oprah MagazineCNN Living; EsquireNew YorkParis ReviewSelf;Details; the Wall Street JournalSalonSlate;NerveSouthern ReviewGlimmer Train Stories; and elsewhere. She is also a four-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on NPR. She received her MFA degree from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and the writer-in-residence at Portsmouth Abbey School. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, she teaches writing in New York City and for Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio.