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Pro Runner – Tim Olson pt1 Ep33

Tim Olson is someone I had hoped to talk to for a while. He is one of the most well known ultra runners out there but he has a lot of things that make him unique. The unique things that some people see are his look with his long blond hair, his dietary habits have gotten a lot of attention as has his embracing of meditation. I wanted to know some other things though like what is it like trying to be a pro runner and having a family? Is racing worth it when you don’t win? And when did he know that he could make a living from this? What is it like to be sort of a poster child of meditation and diet?

Tim also talks about the growing other side of his career his Adventure Mindful retreats. He and his wife Krista have started putting these on with some other friends and partners and I really came away thinking that Tim’s meditation retreats are about the only I’d ever consider going to as he shared his approach which was, find what works for you. Anyway a little plug for his passion project.

Follow Tim the following ways

Instagram –@timothyallenolson

Facebook – www.facebook.com/timothyallenolson

Travel & Adventure Blogger – Heather Balogh Rochfort pt2 Ep32

Heather Balogh Rochfort the writer behind the Just A Colorado Gal blog and the new book Backpacking 101 is back for part two. Find out more about her best adventures, the good and bad about being a woman in the outdoor publishing world, my blabbing and more!

Travel & Adventure Blogger – Heather Balogh Rochfort pt1 Ep31

Turning your travel, adventures, photography and writing into a career is something a lot of people wish they could do. Heather Balogh Rochfort is someone who is actually finding ways to do it. From blogging, to writing for magazines to now writing a book Backpacking 101 Heather has been finding paths to make her passion for travel and exploration pay. We talk more about how she got started in the world of a blogging and being a paid influencer and what that world is really like.

Travel Writer – Fran Golden Ep30

Sometimes you go on a journey to get a career you want and sometimes that career finds you. In a lot of ways travel writing found Fran Golden and it sure seems like she has been enjoying the journey. When the journey is getting paid to cruise around the world and write about it I guess it makes sense that she’d try and find things to enjoy. That said I was amazed in talking to Fran how much she works to churn out stories. The hustle is real! If you ever thought travel writing looked like a great job this is an episode for you.

This episode brought to you by Toad & Co makers of travel clothes tough enough for the trail but stylish enough for the tavern.

Also brought to you by Rocky Mounts who offer outdoor enthusiasts and professional athletes a higher quality and more colorful product to transport gear to their next legendary ride or backcountry adventure.

Features Writer – Jane Marion Ep29

Jane Marion has been writing features about celebrities, artists, chefs, restaurants and quirky Baltimore people for 30 years! First as an editor and writer at TV Guide magazine and more recently at Baltimore Magazine. When it comes to writing, working on features always struck me as the fun stuff. You get to meet interesting and sometimes weird people, ask them practically any question you want and they answer. Basically like my podcast! It is an area or writing though where you do really get to meet an incredibly wide swatch of interesting people and Jane is a teller of those stories.

You can find her on Twitter @charmcityjane

Or check out her work at Baltimore Magazine 

Author – Scott Carney part 2 Ep28

Scott Carney and I continue our conversation about what makes books sell, what motivates him to write, what question he is trying to answer with all of his writing, what he think of Wim Hof and his strategy for talking to hard subjects. There are lots of good insights into the world and career of writing for anyone aspiring to be an author themselves.

Check out Scott’s newest book and New York Times best seller What Doesn’t Kill Us as well as his past works The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain. The audio books are great for all those too if you are into being read to like I am!

You can also see more of Scott’s writing at www.scottcarney.com or find him on twitter @sgcarney

Also if you are interested in more info about the business of freelance writing check out a previous project Scott did called www.wordrates.com

Author – Scott Carney part 1 Ep27

Scott Carney is a writer who has investigate some strange and dangerous things. His books have explored the economy for human body parts, extreme meditation and what can go wrong and how learning techniques for coping with extreme cold can perhaps help your health. He is also very savvy about the business of writing. He shares what he’s done right when approaching the business and some of the mistakes he’s learned from.

Check out his newest book about Wim Hof called What Doesn’t Kill Us anywhere you get books or check out the audiobook like I did. Carney’s previous books are The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain.

You can also see more of Scott’s writing at www.scottcarney.com or find him on twitter @sgcarney

Also if you are interested in more info about the business of freelance writing check out a previous project Scott did called www.wordrates.com

Creative Writer – Duncan Sarkies Ep26

When it comes to creative writing Duncan Sarkies has nearly done it all. He is a novelist, playwright, tv and movie screenwriter, humorist, story writer, writing teacher and now writer of an epic absurdist musical humor podcast The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium.

Duncan hails from New Zealand and talks about how he started writing when he was a young kid, fell into a group of like minded people in Wellington NZ that help shaped his comedy and how he’s worked to pursue doing fun stuff with fun people.

Check out his newest work at www.unclebertie.com or search Uncle Bertie’s anywhere you get podcasts.

Corporate Writer – Mara Whitten Ep25

Mara Whitten is a communications specialist for Land O’ Lakes, yes the butter company. Mara will let you know it’s so much more than butter though. Indeed Land O’ Lakes is a 13 billion dollar co-op that also owns things like the agra brand Winfield and the animal food brand Purina…except not the cat and dog part…more the race horse, deer, pig, bee and cattle feed part.

Whitten’s job is to tell the stories of those brands, the members of the co-op, the factory workers and the corporate employees though writing, video, websites, multi-media, newsletters and more. It’s not a job that a lot of people know about, but for the last few years I have worked with Mara doing photography to help tell those stories and couldn’t help but think that’s actually a pretty cool job. I also couldn’t help but think of all the people who I went to school with who got english or journalism degrees and struggled to do anything with them and wondered if they knew about this corporate writing world. Mara was kind enough to explain how she found that world and what it’s like.

To see a taste of the work Mara helps produce check out the Land O’ Lakes Inc Instagram Page – https://www.instagram.com/landolakesinc/

and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/LandOLakes2010

Freelance Writer – Matt Hart part2 Ep24

Round two with freelance writer and journalist Matt Hart. We go down some rabbit holes about things like the book Born to Run, straddling the line of fiction,  FKT shoutouts, short attention spans, long form vs writing for web, why I may or may not be a good interviewer and how I got rejected by Kara Goucher. Why Kara, WHY!?

Check out more of Matt’s work at and clips at www.thematthart.com and @thematthart on twitter.