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The Savvy Creative

Christina Castaneda

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The Savvy Creative

The Savvy Creative

Christina Castaneda

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What's stopping you from making your creative work your life's work? The Writing Life doesn't have to be lonely and frustrating, once you start writing the stories you've been dying to tell for years, you will start living a life of creativity, love and freedom. The Savvy Creative with Christina Castaneda celebrates authors, screenwriters, bloggers and writers of all forms pushing past creative blocks to create stories worth sharing.

Latest Episodes

Writing Cross Cultural Folktales to Reflect Modern Times with Leila Aboulela

What happens when three friends get together to talk about writing? In this episode, have fun with us as co-host, Zvezdana Rashkovich returns with our guest, award-winning author,Leila Aboulela,Listen asLeila shares herjourney, starting with leaving Sudan for Scotland with two young children, and how she and Zvezdana revisited their childhood in Sudan. Leila also shares about having her novels critiqued in the academic field and the piracy authors face with their books. And if you're having trouble writing, reading, or just trying to focus through the pandemic, you may be feeling 'Rona Anxiety'and thinking about priorities differently. If you're writing a novel and thinking, "should I add COVID or not?", thenlisten as we talk aboutif and why adding social distancing, masks, and other new regulations will make our writing more realistic or not. There are so many things to talk about here, and it's all FUN with Writing Friends!Bird Summons is available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bird-Summons-Leila-Aboulela/dp/147460093X/More about Leila Aboulela:www.leila-aboulela.comFollow Leila Aboulela:Facebook: @LeilaAboulelaOfficialInstagram: @leilaaboulelaSubscribe to Zvezdana's YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVMzmGnPyuuOXoQticAXzBQGet more exclusive offers, giveaways and updates from The Savvy Creative:https://mailchi.mp/143cb46dab1e/podcast-subs-general

53 MIN3 d ago
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Writing Cross Cultural Folktales to Reflect Modern Times with Leila Aboulela

Storytime AudioDrama: The Last Magician Part III

Part III of The Last Magician continues as our heroine wanders post-apocalytpic Los Angeles in search for the last source of hope-Magic--untilshe's met by an unexpected lone warrior on a similar quest. This episode is brought to you in a collaboration with Director Dalya Guerin, Actor Fernando Rivera, and Sound Designer Lily Rodriguez.Follow Dalya Guerin:www.dalyaguerin.comTwitter:@DalyaGuérinInstagram: @dmg80Sign up for exclusive audio, contest giveaways and writing challenges from The Savvy Creative:https://mailchi.mp/143cb46dab1e/podcast-subs-general

23 MIN1 w ago
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Storytime AudioDrama: The Last Magician Part III

Defeating the Fear of Rejection to Build an Inclusive Writing Team with Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers

Meet Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers, who is the visionary behind an all inclusive community of writers and artists. In this episode, learn how she gathered a team who wanted to create an inclusive literary magazine, how she overcame the fear of rejection to create a much needed writing community, the story of how she won her early poetry awards, andall the work behind the scenes of publsihing and performing poetry.Support the IndieGoGo Campaign and get a copy of the literary magazine:https://igg.me/at/KindWriters2020/x#/Submit for the 2021 magazine and contest:Kindwriters.comInstagram: @Kind_WritersFacebook: @KindwritersTwitter: @Kindwriters

47 MIN2 w ago
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Defeating the Fear of Rejection to Build an Inclusive Writing Team with Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers

Story time: The Last Magician Part II

Far from perfect, here is the next scene in the series, The Last Magician. Parts 3 & 4 will be aired in the upcoming weeks.There are multiple chapters to this story however I decided to share this scene because it reflects the dark place I suffered durign quarantine as a leader with others depending on me. Enjoy!Listen to part 1 of The Last Magician:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/storytime-quarantine-edition-the-last-magician/id1360873426?i=1000473963858Check out our programs at The Savvy Creative Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/Get our FREE Guide to Podcast Guesting:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/podguestingopt-inFollow us on Instagram: @savvycreativechristina

15 MIN2 w ago
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Story time: The Last Magician Part II

Why We Should Never Give Away Our Power by Acting Out of Desperation with Nydia Simone, Founder of Blactina Media

EMeet Nydia Simone, the founder of Blactina Media, an independet film production company whose mission is to amplify AfroLatinx voices in media. In this episode, be inspired as she shares how she walked away from a dealto keep the integrity of her writing and culture, pipeline jobs in Hollywood, why she left the US to live in the Dominican Republic and how her love of play writing "turned Russian plays Dominican AF".Nydia's filmmaking and storytelling opensup an essential conversation about the colorism in mainstream mediaand why it's important to build our own platforms so we can "align with the people WITHOUT the power" tobetter help our communities.Support the GoFundMeBlactina Film Fund for AfroLatinx Film & TV:https://gf.me/u/x8ps4sBlactina Stories eBook:https://www.blactinamedia.com/blactina-store/qz9dpd1civwqks2w8wbzmsdi4h0u0sFollow Blactina Media on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/blactina/Website:https://www.blactinamedia.com/

67 MIN3 w ago
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Why We Should Never Give Away Our Power by Acting Out of Desperation with Nydia Simone, Founder of Blactina Media

Understanding Practical Magic and What the Summer Eclipses Mean for Writers with Lisa Star Dust

Horoscopes are the first thing I love to read every morning, but not just for planetary predictions, but for the inspirational messages that tell us how to read the current energy. Meet Lisa Star Dust, the writer behind horoscopes in publications like Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, the Hoodwitch and more. Listen as we talk about her monthly Teen Vogue feature, Practical Magic (with a throwback to The Craft), the upcoming summer eclipses, and how writers can work with the energy to live their highest and truest lives.Follow Lisa for more:Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/lisastardustastro/Book a Reading:https://lisastardust.com/

61 MINJUN 10
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Understanding Practical Magic and What the Summer Eclipses Mean for Writers with Lisa Star Dust

Becoming Aware of Biases and Speaking Up when Encountering Racism

In respect of current events, we remained muted to participate in the Amplify Melanated Voices movement to support Black Lives Matter. I want to share this short episode to update you with our views on the current events and I want to sharethis story of family history that I've never mentioned before. There are so many moments where we can fight racism bylearninghow to stop brushing off those moments of encountering ingnorance to start speaking up. We need leaders for real change!Donate to help the Black Lives Matter Movement:George Floyd Memorial Fund:https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloydMinnesota Freedom Fund:https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/Black Visions Collective:https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/Campaign Zero:https://www.joincampaignzero.org/Black Lives Matter:https://www.Blacklivesmatter.comMinneapolis NAACP:https://www.paypal.me/mplsnaacp4050BSign a petition and ask your audience to sign:Send the text "Floyd" to number 55156 to sign a petition for a lawsuit for justice for George Floyd

12 MINJUN 8
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Becoming Aware of Biases and Speaking Up when Encountering Racism

The Best Methods to Capture the Writing Downloads with Espionage Thriller Author MC Fox

Next time you have the writer's "download", try tapping into the strength of your sacral chakra to help you get unblocked and start your story. Meet MC Fox, author of the espionage thriller CountdownAmerica. Listen as we talk about her lead female character, CIA agent Isabella, and how she created her vulnerabilities, critiquing conspriacy theories-including the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, and a newSpy Game adventure she used to research her book (and it sounds like an amazing bucket list adventure)!Follow MC Fox:Get Countdown America on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Countdown-America-M-C-Fox/dp/1732914427mcfoxauthor.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/m.c._fox_author/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormcfox/Learn more from The Savvy Creative Media Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/podguestingopt-in

46 MINMAY 29
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The Best Methods to Capture the Writing Downloads with Espionage Thriller Author MC Fox

Bilingual Writers that DON'T Get Lost in Translation with Iris Velez

Meet Paranormal Romance and Fantasy writer, Iris Velez, who decided to go from writing in her native language in Spanish to writing her series in English to be sure to keep the essence of the story without being lost in translation. Her determination and love of writing vampires, demons, fairies will inspire you and make you swoon. Listen to this episode where we talk about: identifying your weaknesses as a writer to drive your ambitions, book boyfriend characters, and how she used Wattpad to build her fan base.Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Tied to Darkness:https://www.instagram.com/p/CAaYzsXgJD6/?igshid=15epghevn3xv6Follow Iris on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mainei_bluerose25/Join us at the Savvy Creative Academy and start your creating your content:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/

53 MINMAY 22
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Bilingual Writers that DON'T Get Lost in Translation with Iris Velez

Storytime Quarantine Edition: The Last Magician

What have you been writing during quarantine? Since it's been 7 weeks, it's time to share a section from a draft of a dystopian short story with a monologue (because it is audiodrama). Yes, I even had to do this with my mask on too.What happens when all of this goes too far? This is part of the Los Angeles I imagined, or what is left of it.Check out our programs at The Savvy Creative Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/Enter to Win our latest Giveaway:https://mailchi.mp/cdcdb4b8636c/savvycreativecontestzvezdanaFollow us on Instagram: @savvycreativechristina

17 MINMAY 8
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Storytime Quarantine Edition: The Last Magician

Latest Episodes

Writing Cross Cultural Folktales to Reflect Modern Times with Leila Aboulela

What happens when three friends get together to talk about writing? In this episode, have fun with us as co-host, Zvezdana Rashkovich returns with our guest, award-winning author,Leila Aboulela,Listen asLeila shares herjourney, starting with leaving Sudan for Scotland with two young children, and how she and Zvezdana revisited their childhood in Sudan. Leila also shares about having her novels critiqued in the academic field and the piracy authors face with their books. And if you're having trouble writing, reading, or just trying to focus through the pandemic, you may be feeling 'Rona Anxiety'and thinking about priorities differently. If you're writing a novel and thinking, "should I add COVID or not?", thenlisten as we talk aboutif and why adding social distancing, masks, and other new regulations will make our writing more realistic or not. There are so many things to talk about here, and it's all FUN with Writing Friends!Bird Summons is available now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bird-Summons-Leila-Aboulela/dp/147460093X/More about Leila Aboulela:www.leila-aboulela.comFollow Leila Aboulela:Facebook: @LeilaAboulelaOfficialInstagram: @leilaaboulelaSubscribe to Zvezdana's YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVMzmGnPyuuOXoQticAXzBQGet more exclusive offers, giveaways and updates from The Savvy Creative:https://mailchi.mp/143cb46dab1e/podcast-subs-general

53 MIN3 d ago
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Writing Cross Cultural Folktales to Reflect Modern Times with Leila Aboulela

Storytime AudioDrama: The Last Magician Part III

Part III of The Last Magician continues as our heroine wanders post-apocalytpic Los Angeles in search for the last source of hope-Magic--untilshe's met by an unexpected lone warrior on a similar quest. This episode is brought to you in a collaboration with Director Dalya Guerin, Actor Fernando Rivera, and Sound Designer Lily Rodriguez.Follow Dalya Guerin:www.dalyaguerin.comTwitter:@DalyaGuérinInstagram: @dmg80Sign up for exclusive audio, contest giveaways and writing challenges from The Savvy Creative:https://mailchi.mp/143cb46dab1e/podcast-subs-general

23 MIN1 w ago
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Storytime AudioDrama: The Last Magician Part III

Defeating the Fear of Rejection to Build an Inclusive Writing Team with Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers

Meet Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers, who is the visionary behind an all inclusive community of writers and artists. In this episode, learn how she gathered a team who wanted to create an inclusive literary magazine, how she overcame the fear of rejection to create a much needed writing community, the story of how she won her early poetry awards, andall the work behind the scenes of publsihing and performing poetry.Support the IndieGoGo Campaign and get a copy of the literary magazine:https://igg.me/at/KindWriters2020/x#/Submit for the 2021 magazine and contest:Kindwriters.comInstagram: @Kind_WritersFacebook: @KindwritersTwitter: @Kindwriters

47 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Defeating the Fear of Rejection to Build an Inclusive Writing Team with Sophia Apodaca of Kind Writers

Story time: The Last Magician Part II

Far from perfect, here is the next scene in the series, The Last Magician. Parts 3 & 4 will be aired in the upcoming weeks.There are multiple chapters to this story however I decided to share this scene because it reflects the dark place I suffered durign quarantine as a leader with others depending on me. Enjoy!Listen to part 1 of The Last Magician:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/storytime-quarantine-edition-the-last-magician/id1360873426?i=1000473963858Check out our programs at The Savvy Creative Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/Get our FREE Guide to Podcast Guesting:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/podguestingopt-inFollow us on Instagram: @savvycreativechristina

15 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Story time: The Last Magician Part II

Why We Should Never Give Away Our Power by Acting Out of Desperation with Nydia Simone, Founder of Blactina Media

EMeet Nydia Simone, the founder of Blactina Media, an independet film production company whose mission is to amplify AfroLatinx voices in media. In this episode, be inspired as she shares how she walked away from a dealto keep the integrity of her writing and culture, pipeline jobs in Hollywood, why she left the US to live in the Dominican Republic and how her love of play writing "turned Russian plays Dominican AF".Nydia's filmmaking and storytelling opensup an essential conversation about the colorism in mainstream mediaand why it's important to build our own platforms so we can "align with the people WITHOUT the power" tobetter help our communities.Support the GoFundMeBlactina Film Fund for AfroLatinx Film & TV:https://gf.me/u/x8ps4sBlactina Stories eBook:https://www.blactinamedia.com/blactina-store/qz9dpd1civwqks2w8wbzmsdi4h0u0sFollow Blactina Media on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/blactina/Website:https://www.blactinamedia.com/

67 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Why We Should Never Give Away Our Power by Acting Out of Desperation with Nydia Simone, Founder of Blactina Media

Understanding Practical Magic and What the Summer Eclipses Mean for Writers with Lisa Star Dust

Horoscopes are the first thing I love to read every morning, but not just for planetary predictions, but for the inspirational messages that tell us how to read the current energy. Meet Lisa Star Dust, the writer behind horoscopes in publications like Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, the Hoodwitch and more. Listen as we talk about her monthly Teen Vogue feature, Practical Magic (with a throwback to The Craft), the upcoming summer eclipses, and how writers can work with the energy to live their highest and truest lives.Follow Lisa for more:Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/lisastardustastro/Book a Reading:https://lisastardust.com/

61 MINJUN 10
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Understanding Practical Magic and What the Summer Eclipses Mean for Writers with Lisa Star Dust

Becoming Aware of Biases and Speaking Up when Encountering Racism

In respect of current events, we remained muted to participate in the Amplify Melanated Voices movement to support Black Lives Matter. I want to share this short episode to update you with our views on the current events and I want to sharethis story of family history that I've never mentioned before. There are so many moments where we can fight racism bylearninghow to stop brushing off those moments of encountering ingnorance to start speaking up. We need leaders for real change!Donate to help the Black Lives Matter Movement:George Floyd Memorial Fund:https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloydMinnesota Freedom Fund:https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/Black Visions Collective:https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/Campaign Zero:https://www.joincampaignzero.org/Black Lives Matter:https://www.Blacklivesmatter.comMinneapolis NAACP:https://www.paypal.me/mplsnaacp4050BSign a petition and ask your audience to sign:Send the text "Floyd" to number 55156 to sign a petition for a lawsuit for justice for George Floyd

12 MINJUN 8
Comments
Becoming Aware of Biases and Speaking Up when Encountering Racism

The Best Methods to Capture the Writing Downloads with Espionage Thriller Author MC Fox

Next time you have the writer's "download", try tapping into the strength of your sacral chakra to help you get unblocked and start your story. Meet MC Fox, author of the espionage thriller CountdownAmerica. Listen as we talk about her lead female character, CIA agent Isabella, and how she created her vulnerabilities, critiquing conspriacy theories-including the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, and a newSpy Game adventure she used to research her book (and it sounds like an amazing bucket list adventure)!Follow MC Fox:Get Countdown America on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Countdown-America-M-C-Fox/dp/1732914427mcfoxauthor.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/m.c._fox_author/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormcfox/Learn more from The Savvy Creative Media Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/podguestingopt-in

46 MINMAY 29
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The Best Methods to Capture the Writing Downloads with Espionage Thriller Author MC Fox

Bilingual Writers that DON'T Get Lost in Translation with Iris Velez

Meet Paranormal Romance and Fantasy writer, Iris Velez, who decided to go from writing in her native language in Spanish to writing her series in English to be sure to keep the essence of the story without being lost in translation. Her determination and love of writing vampires, demons, fairies will inspire you and make you swoon. Listen to this episode where we talk about: identifying your weaknesses as a writer to drive your ambitions, book boyfriend characters, and how she used Wattpad to build her fan base.Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Tied to Darkness:https://www.instagram.com/p/CAaYzsXgJD6/?igshid=15epghevn3xv6Follow Iris on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mainei_bluerose25/Join us at the Savvy Creative Academy and start your creating your content:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/

53 MINMAY 22
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Bilingual Writers that DON'T Get Lost in Translation with Iris Velez

Storytime Quarantine Edition: The Last Magician

What have you been writing during quarantine? Since it's been 7 weeks, it's time to share a section from a draft of a dystopian short story with a monologue (because it is audiodrama). Yes, I even had to do this with my mask on too.What happens when all of this goes too far? This is part of the Los Angeles I imagined, or what is left of it.Check out our programs at The Savvy Creative Academy:https://savvy-creative.mykajabi.com/Enter to Win our latest Giveaway:https://mailchi.mp/cdcdb4b8636c/savvycreativecontestzvezdanaFollow us on Instagram: @savvycreativechristina

17 MINMAY 8
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Storytime Quarantine Edition: The Last Magician
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