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The Rest Room is a podcast about living well with chronic illness. I'm Natasha Lipman, an award-winning chronic illness blogger and journalist from London. I've been working with experts to bring you evidence-based guides on a whole host of topics like pacing, exercise, and chronic pain. I'll also be talking to people who live with chronic illness and disability who are doing awesome things and learning how they make it work, as well as digging deep into the businesses and brands that are fo ...
 
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Heading to university can be a rollercoaster of emotions – for many, it’s one of the most exciting experiences, but also one of the most overwhelming. And for someone living with a chronic illness, it can be a minefield. In today’s episode we aim to take the stress and uncertainty out of the university experience, so you can enjoy the ride. Author,…
 
Sam and Jim invite Doris McGill into the room, and together they work on her comedy about finding your place and fitting in, tentatively titled "Baby Gay". Join us in the room for a discussion on crafting scenes that serve the core story, establishing the engine of the show in the first scene, and creating a logline that makes readers ask for more.…
 
In this Scene Study episode, Sam and Jim invite Zach Freshley and J Hunter Richardson back in to the room to read and rework scenes from their pilots. If you'd like to follow along, you can download the scenes from our website! Scenes can be found by clicking the Guests tab. In our first segment, we read the opening to "Under Investigation", a ligh…
 
Sam and Jim invite Jerry Landry into the room and together they work on his semi-dystopian comedy, tentatively titled "Dust Country". Join us in the room for a discussion about how to build layers on to a character with each scene, making sure that each scene has a turn and gives the reader new information, and creating memorable antagonists. Follo…
 
Sam and Jim invite Claire Nauman into the room, and together they work on her "Love Interest of the Week" dramedy procedural, tentatively titled "Love Is...". Join us in the room for a discussion about making your characters essential to the story, crafting the central relationship so that it drives story, and sustaining a season long arc in a proc…
 
Sam and Jim invite Campy Draper into the room and together they work on his supernatural dramedy about a true crime podcaster investigating a small town disappearance, tentatively titled "The Seacouver Mysteries". Join us in the room for a discussion on how to help yourself in the future by starting with an intense and personal drive for your main …
 
In our first ever Scene Study episode, Sam and Jim invite Annette DeLorean and Kat Boyd back in to the room to read and rework scenes from their pilots. If you'd like to follow along, you can download the scenes from our website! Scenes can be found by clicking the Guests tab. In our first segment, we read the opening to "Horsehair", Annette DeLore…
 
Sam and Jim invite Yasmin Asif into the room and together they work on her feature about the price of ambition and a box of cookies, tentatively titled "Cookie Cutters". Join us in the room for a discussion about race and identity, creating characters that are grounded in their backstory, streamlining the plot of a feature, and using different char…
 
Sam and Jim invite Phillip into the room, and together they work on his comedy about the trials and tribulations of fatherhood in Music City, tentatively titled "Nashville Dads Club". Join us in the room for a discussion on how to use "cheap deep" to give your story heart without taking up too many pages, and creating character motivations that wea…
 
Sam and Jim invite Ellie into the room and together they work on her adaptation of the Hades and Persephone Greek myth, tentatively titled "Darklands". Join us in the room for a discussion about shedding complicated backstories to allow emotional and visual stories to blossom and how to approach established writers to forge a connection. This episo…
 
Sam and Jim invite Travis in to the room and together they work on his genre-bending sci-fi romp, tentatively titled "Big Brain". Join us in the room for a discussion on the pros and cons of crossing genres, creating complex characters, and shooting for the stars in hopes of breaking past the atmosphere. This episode brought to you by Caveday. Use …
 
Sam and Jim invite Laurel in to the room and together they work on her drama about a teen witch in grave danger learning to help spirits cross over, tentatively titled "The Restorer". Join us in the room for a discussion about creating great act breaks, condensing story to create an effective pitch, and creating IP to help your story sell. This epi…
 
Sam and Jim invite Clarence in to the room and together they work on his fantasy drama centered around two opposing families and the magic of their land, tentatively titled "Blood and Soil". Join us in the room for a discussion about how to use character conflicts to express complicated themes, creating a magic system that integrates with the lives…
 
Sam and Jim invite Stephanie, Scott, and Rusty in to the room and together they work on their cocaine fueled cartel comedy, tentatively titled "Dog Eat Dog". Join us in the room for a discussion on writing partnerships, using simple love stories as a foundation for more complicated world building, and making sure all characters are connected to cre…
 
Sam and Jim invite Stephen in to the room and together they work on his half-hour comedy about the importance of family and the greater importance of a good hustle, tentatively titled "Huckster Grandpa". Join us in the room for a discussion about creating a cohesive story even after your characters hit the road and how pitching can help you refine …
 
In this (very belated) episode, I'm joined by the brilliant New York Times bestselling author of steamy, diverse romance, Talia Hibbert.Her latest book is "Act Your Age, Eve Brown", an autistic romance, and her first book "Get a Life, Chloe Brown" features a protagonist living with Fibromyalgia.Talia says she "lives in a bedroom full of books. Supp…
 
Sam and Jim invite Jovanna in to the room and together they work on her demon hunting fantasy story, tentatively titled "The Watchers". Join us for a discussion about creating art from grief, the pitfalls of talismans, and using specificity to overcome tropes and make a story stand out. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.…
 
Sam and Jim invite their good friend Malcolm Spellman in to the room. Together they talk about high stakes pitching and then they break an original idea, submitted to us by Meagan Daine. More about Malcolm Spellman: Malcolm Spellman Executive Produced and served as Showrunner of Marvel's newly premiered THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, currently …
 
Sam and Jim invite Macenzie into the room and together they work on her small town murder mystery, tentatively titled "Sins". Join us for a discussion on making sure your pilot is jam packed with your best ideas and finding the most interesting ways to move the plot forward. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Th…
 
Sam and Jim invite Jeff into the room and together they work on his drama about skimming credit cards to skip town, tentatively titled "Skimmer". Join us for a discussion on how to create motivations for your characters that justify bad actions and keep the story moving. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal L…
 
Sam and Jim invite Annette into the room, and together they work on her animated Christian death metal comedy, tentatively titled "Horsehair". Join us in the room for a discussion on creating a story engine that will power you through a season. Annette's work can be found on YouTube. Punk Rock Yoga Bitch vs. The Goat Demon: https://www.youtube.com/…
 
Sam and Jim invite J into the room, and together the work on his multi-verse hopping drama, tentatively titled, "Singulars". Join us in the room for a discussion on how to wade through the world-building duties of genre scripts and come out the other side with strong characters that will carry you through a season and beyond. Follow us on Twitter a…
 
Sam and Jim invite Lauren in to the room, and together they work on her half hour comedy about the ties that bind us as family, tentatively titled "Inconceivable". Join us in the room for a discussion on where to end a pilot, what you need for a series bible, and how to use a character matrix to generate story. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @…
 
Sam and Jim invite Adam in to the room, and together they work on his hour-long drama set in the world of high-society run non-profits, tentatively titled, "Not For Profit". Join us in the room for a discussion on how to create a compelling inciting incident, and what makes us care about the characters we watch. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: …
 
Sam an Jim invite Mary in to the room, and together they work on her biting satire set in the inevitable future when Amazon has colonized Mars, tentatively titled "The King of Mars". Hang out in the room with us this week for a discussion on how to drill down on a character to deliver an emotionally driven plot quicker than Prime. Follow us on Twit…
 
Sam an Jim invite Zach in to the room, and together they work on his gumshoe marital drama, tentatively titled "Under Investigation". Hang out in the room with us this week for a discussion on how the specificity of a character leads to emotionally driven plot points. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal Logo…
 
Sam and Jim invite Sean-Joseph in to the room, and together the work on his drama pilot about the costs of war and the challenges of peace, tentatively titled "Ceasefire". Tune in this week for a discussion on how to take characters with deep emotional issues and pair them with a sustainable story engine. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesam…
 
Sam and Jim invite their good friend Ben Watkins, creator of Hand of God, in to the room for this very special episode, brought to you live from South By Southwest thanks to Blue Jeans by Verizon. Ben talks about how he got his start, shares some advice, and then Sam, Jim, and Ben break an original idea. The episode ends with a Q&A, with questions …
 
Sam and Jim invite Mary Birdsong in to the room, and together they work on her dramedy (based on her own family), tentatively titled "Hot Mess". Mary opens up about her relationship with her mother and sisters as she crafts a story that is as hilarious as it is touching. Don't miss it! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R…
 
Sam and Jim welcome their friend Tamara Becher-Wilkinson, executive producer of HBOMax's Doom Patrol, in to the room. Together, they talk about the highs and lows of their writing careers and then Tamara helps break an original idea, giving insight in to her writing process. There's a lot to learn this week! You don't want to miss it! Follow us on …
 
Sam and Jim invite Max Rissman in to the room, and together they work on his feature "Voiceless", a story of twin teenage girls navigating high school while sharing only one voice. Tune in this week for a story that straddles that superfine line between genius and insanity! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Tha…
 
Sam and Jim invite Stacy Lumbrezer in to the room, and together they work on her dramedy "Family Law and Disorder", which centers on a small-town juvenile probation officer looking for redemption. Tune in this week for some big time crazy in a small town setting! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal Logo Desi…
 
Sam and Jim invite Faraz Abidi in to the room, and together they work on his "Untitled Indian Independence Script", a story that sets themes of identity and ancestry against India's fight for independence. Whether you have questions about how to write a character driven story in an epic setting, or you'd like to learn more Indian history, you won't…
 
Sam and Jim invite Kat Boyd in to the room, and together they work on her Detroit-based, police task-force pilot, tentatively titled "The D". Take a break from re-binging The Wire and listen to Kat break a Motor City story where family, crime, power, and politics crash in to each other at break-neck speed! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesa…
 
Struggling with reading is something that can be really upsetting to many people, so last year I took to my Instagram Stories to find out what your biggest challenges are when it comes to reading, and what has helped you find a way to make it more accessible. Helpfully, and perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the reading issues that people shared can b…
 
Jim and Sam invite Erin Kron, an LA based writer and singer, in to the room and together they work on her time traveling folk music pilot, tentatively titled "Visions of Johana". It's a freewheelin' discussion you won't want to miss! Don't think twice, check it out! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @thesamandjim Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal Logo D…
 
Television veterans Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn welcome you to their writers room. On this podcast, they will be inviting aspiring writers in to the room to help them develop their stories. Thanks for joining us! Producer: J.R. Zamora-Thal Logo art: Julien Debar-Monclair, @jude.orange Music: Buddha Rays, @buddharays…
 
I’m joined by one of my best friends in the world, Colin Gorrie. Or should I say Dr. Colin Gorrie.Colin is a linguist and lifelong language learner. These days he works on bringing knowledge of language and linguistics to a wider audience online. Colin also lives with EDS and experiences a lot of brain fog and fatigue, so I thought it would be a go…
 
Welcome to Episode 3 of The Rest Room!In the last episode, we looked at ways to address the barriers that come up when figuring out how to start incorporating movement and exercise into your life.We learned that we need to throw the whole ‘workout’ mentality in the bin, especially if movement is new to you, but we didn’t cover how to get started in…
 
Changing behaviour can be really hard, even at the best of times.How many of you have embarked on a new fitness regime to help with your health condition, only to stop within a day, a week, or a month?That could be because of pain, fatigue, lack of confidence, lack of support, or one of many other reasons.We often underestimate the difficulties we’…
 
The Rest Room is a podcast about living well with chronic illness.I'm Natasha Lipman, an award-winning chronic illness blogger and journalist from London.I've been working with experts to bring you evidence-based guides on a whole host of topics like pacing, exercise, and chronic pain.I'll also be talking to people who live with chronic illness and…
 
This week, Kelly and Rachel have a "girls only" conversation, talking to Kristin Schell about her turquoise table and hospitality and then discussing women in the church. Whether you're a woman or not, listen in to this conversation about building community of all kinds in all areas of life, and join us on https://www.facebook.com/crosswalkpodcast …
 
This week, Shawn McEvoy interviews popular author and pastor Max Lucado about his upcoming book "Anxious for Nothing" and the editors discuss anxiety in our culture today. They also debate "radical" versus "ordinary" based on two popular Christian books that have made waves in recent years-- which one is better? Which should we be pursuing? Is it p…
 
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