A Rough Draft Life

A Rough Draft Life

Two authors editing our lives one day at a time to make tomorrow better than today.

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October 18, 2021 34 min

 

A huge welcome to our first Season 3 guest, Dr. Natalie Ford! 

Mental health is such an important part of our overall wellbeing but the way it's been handled and viewed has changed a lot in the past thirty years. Join us as we discuss those changes, our own personal journeys, and resources you can use to improve your own mental health. 

Referenced in this episode: 

- Amen Clinic

- NAMI

- TI Lowe, Under the Magnolias

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In this episode, Kristi and Lindsey talk about politics! Well. Sort of. What we are actually discussing is the fact that people can actually hold two (or more) different opinions, emotions, ideals, and have them be in conflict with each other. 

The conversation starts because of the difficult scenario the heroine in Elizabeth Camden's A Gilded Lady finds herself in, torn between loyalty to her country and her job and love for ...

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September 20, 2021 20 min

Cancel Culture (n): the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure (credit: Merriam-Webster)

After considering a social media discussion about Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain along with an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (linked) Kristi and Lindsey discuss the repercussions of "Cancel Culture", especially when things are taken out of context. W...

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September 6, 2021 29 min

Welcome to Season 3! 

We are so happy to have you joining us as we embark on our third year with A Rough Draft Life. Our listening family means a lot to us and we're glad to be back in your ears. 

Lindsey and Kristi spent a great deal of time over the past few months discussing how to make A Rough Draft Life the best it could be. There's going to be a few changes around here but they are going to be for the better! 

A ...

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As we bring Season 2 to a close, we wanted to share with you a few things we're loving these days and give you a way to provide a little feedback as we prepare for Season 3. 

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Thinking about becoming an author and need an overview of the publishing paths? Curious as to how that book went from idea to entertainment? 

 

Kristi and Lindsey sit down with Teresa Tysinger to talk the pros, cons, similarities, and differences between independent publishing, small press, and large houses. And yes, we'll define those terms for you as well. 

 

Join us as we answer one of our most asked questions: How did y...

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Three work-at-home moms talk about how they manage juggling family and job in general and particularly in the summer months. 

With helpful thoughts on work-life balance and information on Lauren's new book, you won't want to miss this conversation. 

Lauren K. Denton is the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of THE HIDEAWAY, HURRICANE SEASON, GLORY ROAD, and THE SUMMER HOUSE. She was born ...

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Joining us today is our new friend Nancy Naigle! We had a great time chatting with her about intergenerational friendships as well as her new book, The Shell Collector, out this week!

 

NANCY NAIGLE is a USA Today bestselling author whose many contemporary romance novels include the Adams Grove, Boot Creek, and Christmas in Evergreen series. Several of her novels have been adapted to the television screen, airing on the Hallmark ...

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Do Kristi and Lindsey DNF books? What does DNF mean? How can readers help authors? What's up with libraries? 

There are SO many questions about reading and books that we get on a regular basis and in this episode, we're giving you the answers. Peel back the curtain and learn whether ebook or paperback is preferred and how you can find brand new authors to love. 

 

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April 30, 2021 37 min
For our April Bonus Episode we are here with food blogger and bookstagrammer Jordan Millsaps who has planned the most delightful literary menu for spring! Follow along with Jordan as she cooks her way through life and her favorite books at Read.Eat.Repeat.   Not only can you use these recipes when you're trying to simplify supper, you can also load up your TBR with this menu of fantastic reads.   Still Waters by Lindsey P. Brac...
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    Kristi attempts to read Chapter One of her new book, Winning the Gentleman, with an English accent....

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    When life gets busy, how do you go about feeding yourself and your family in a way that still fulfills your personal values and desires? 

    This week Kristi, who doesn't cook, and Lindsey, who loves to cook, chat with Kimberly Duffy, who not only loves to cook but highly values making everything from scratch with natural ingredients. 

    No matter your level of cooking skills, you'll find something of use in this episode to an...

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    April 12, 2021 18 min

    The need to protect, attack, and justify that seems to permeate much of our social media presence seems to have filtered into our every day lives until we become paralyzed by the weight of all the opinions in the world. 

    What does it mean when we share something with the world? 

    How do we manage expectations - of others and ourselves? 

    Perhaps most importantly, how do we determine whose opinions are going to drive our daily deci...

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    Once again we talk Lent with Leslie Kirby DeVooght but this time Lindsey's here! We discuss what we've learned during this season and how we'll carry forward after Easter.

    Follow Leslie DeVooght and read some of her flash fiction by visiting her website

    Links Mentioned
  • 1440 news source
  • NPR news podcast
  • Uncovering the Love of Jesus, a Lent Devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu
  • Previous episode about Lent with Leslie DeVooght
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    March 26, 2021 33 min

    For our spring What We're Loving episode it's clear we've both broken out of our reading slump! But we're also loving a few television series, comfy clothes for the still-working-from-home situation (truth: we've always worked from home), and practical items for organizing (but not cleaning, let's not get crazy).

     

    Links Mentioned

    Lindsey loves:

  • Marie Bostwick books
  • side-pocket yoga pants
  • The Next Right Thi...
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    Our lives are filled with chance encounters, with moments impacted by people we've never met or hardly know. How do we make the most of those moments? How to we see the people around us as potential relationships and God-inspired encounters instead of bodies we pass on our way to other duties? 

    Kristi, Lindsey, and special guest Eva Marie Everson discuss some of those encounters that changed our lives and how we can make the m...

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    March 15, 2021 25 min

    On the one year anniversary of a massive life change, Kristi and Lindsey reflect on how they've learned the power of mindfulness and intentional thinking during the pandemic months. 

    What has being forced to slow down and consider the way we think and approach things taught us and how are we moving forward in growth? 

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    March 8, 2021 19 min

    What is the history of Daylight Saving Time? Why did we do it? Why do we still have it? How can we keep it from wrecking our life? 

     

    Kristi and Lindsey discuss all that and more, including our upcoming virtual gathering with Carol Stratton, author of Deep End of the Lake.

     

    Links Mentioned:
  • Farmer's Almanac History of Daylight Saving Time 
  • Carol Stratton Virtual Launch for Deep End of the Lake on March 9, 6:30 pm EST
  • Tips fo...
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    March 1, 2021 24 min

    Sleep affects so much of our life and health. What are some of the small, or even large, habit changes that can improve your sleep? 

    Kristi and Lindsey share things they've tried, things they've heard of, and how sleep has changed for them. 

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    Ah, the romantic comedy. A date night staple, a girls' night go-to, a sick day comfort. It's a well loved - and well mocked - genre, but which movies truly stand out? 

    Kristi, Lindsey, and special guest Bethany Turner, queen of RomCom knowledge and part-time Colin Firth obssessor, walk through the last four decades of RomComs. Which were the best? Which are the hidden forgotten gems?

    Will Lindsey and Kristi's friendsh...

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