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Activism and Resilience with Christy Tending: Writing Through Grief and Joy

Jump Start Your Joy

Release Date: 07/02/2024

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Read the full show notes: https://jumpstartyourjoy.com/2024/07/activism-and-resilience-with-christy-tending-writing-through-grief-and-joy/

I'm welcoming back my friend and author Christy Tending. Christy is joining me to discuss her new book, "The High Priestess of the Apocalypse," which is a lyrical exploration of disobedience, grief, healing, and climate activism. Packed with heartfelt reflections and practical advice for activists, Christy's book offers a unique blend of memoir and guide.

We also dive into a thoughtful conversation about the personal and societal challenges we've faced over the last few years, highlighting the importance of community, preparedness, and personal resilience. We discuss the practical aspects of activism, the emotional toll of recent global events, and how Christy's writing has navigated these complex landscapes.

Key Highlights:

  • Christy talks about the inspiration and process behind writing "The High Priestess of the Apocalypse," including the challenges of writing about deeply personal and societal issues.
  • The importance of community and collective efforts in activism and beyond.
  • Practical tips for personal and activist preparedness, including a PSA about phone security.
  • The process of submitting work to literary magazines and dealing with rejection as a writer.
  • Encouragement for creators to pursue their projects without waiting for external validation or permission.

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Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction and Warm Welcome

00:20 Introducing Christy and Her New Book

00:33 Exploring the Themes of the Book

01:04 Community and Resources for Listeners

02:08 Christy's Journey and Writing Process

03:37 Navigating Modern Challenges

10:47 Practical Tips for Activists

15:13 Emergency Preparedness and Community Support

21:39 The Power of Community in Publishing

26:56 The Weird Book Thing

27:05 Self-Publishing Journey

27:48 Making Cool Stuff Without Permission

29:04 The Challenges of Writing a Book 

30:18 Processing Isolation and Loss

39:37 The Role of an Editor

41:16 The Importance of Specificity in Writing

48:58 Finding Joy in the Little Things

50:59 Final Thoughts and Inspiration