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The Writing Record

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The Writing Record is a place to unpack the creative process, content links to jumpstart creativity, and a reminder that our art matters, no matter where we come from. Produced by J. Alejandro | Check out for more creativity podcasts and original content!I'd love to hear what you're wo… read more

56 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

3.22.22 Update on the Square

March 22nd, 2022


My friends, here's a few thoughts on the Coalition's debut project The Square, as well as me atoning for the delays on just about everything.

Much …

2.24.22 | Cluster 1 Woes and Wins

February 25th, 2022


Had a rough few days. But we're moving forward! Here's an update on the Cluster 1 project.


2.16.22 | Cluster 1 Update: 2 Weeks to Go!

February 17th, 2022


Hi friends,

I am creating original work and have two weeks to do it. This is an update on what's to come: Cluster 1, due at the end of February. Stop by for more info:

Much …

2.6.22 The Coalition for Digital Narratives | Cluster 1

February 7th, 2022


Hi friends,

Started the Coalition for Digital Narratives this year. This is an update on what's to come: Cluster 1.

Stay tuned for more short updates!

Much love,


11.19.21 - The Writing Record on Hold

November 19th, 2021


Hi friends,

It pains me to do this. It pains me to let go of projects I enjoy doing so much, but oftentimes, life is a lot to accommodate and a decision had to be made. I'm cutting down on a few creative things to make …

10.29.21 - Soapbox rant on thinking locally, 2 spooky movies, 2 links to inspire

October 29th, 2021


Hi there,

Back on track! I've been thinking this month of not only spooky things, but how to be more actively in my local creative community. This is when the soapbox comes out, while I desperately watch the words out …

9.24.21 I made a movie a long time ago, thanks to my amazing friends, and my own delusion.

September 24th, 2021

Hi there,

We made a film a while back. I think it's time I celebrate my friends' performances in this project. I am forever grateful they helped …

9.17.21 - RIP Norm, 3 links to inspire you, and quantum tunneling on my mind

September 17th, 2021


Hi there,

Here's a few things on my mind and some links to get the creative brain jumpstarted:

  • Norm Macdonald passed this week, and it's a bummer.

9.3.21 - Rest in peace, merv.

September 3rd, 2021


Hi there,

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Mervyn McManus' death. I found out about it on the anniversary of his passing. He was a musician I found on myspace long ago. I wanted to share a few words and …

8.13.21 - Collaborating with technology, CLOSAT to organize our writer thoughts, and a list of stuff to inspire you

August 13th, 2021

Hi there, here's a rant for creatives!

I talk about my love and hesitation to collaborate with technology.

I wonder if the Storybot Writing Prompt App

8.6.21 - Deleting files like an idiot, and some links to inspire writers

August 6th, 2021


Hey everyone!

Welcome to the new and improved Writing Record! I feel there is purpose in the air. Check it out!

I'd like to share a lesson about not deleting your super important files. Unless you're looking to have an …

7.30.21 - Arts Calling begins!

July 31st, 2021


Hi there,

I am pleased to announce Arts Calling is now available! A new podcast to celebrate creatives across disciplines and cultural backgrounds, …

7.7.21 - Mea culpas and keeping up with yourself

July 7th, 2021


Okay, here’s a long overdue Writing Record about where I’ve been the last month. My sincere apologies for the delays on the current projects. I hope …

6.4.21 - A discussion with myself about my first #pitmad on Twitter

June 4th, 2021

Hello there,

  • Today I'm talking to myself about my first #pitmad event on Twitter.
  • This leads me to wonder whether what publication means to me now.

5.28.21 - Interviewing creatives, post-covid transition, and a few words of optimism for you

May 28th, 2021


Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

So here we are friends, I am relieved to be done with the week:

  • Schedule change threw me for a loop and it seems the …

Arts Calling: A Conversation with Trevor Lutz

May 25th, 2021

Hi there,

I'm trying something new. Episode 1 of what may become a limited series in the next week or so. Today I have the pleasure of chatting with my pal Trevor Lutz about life, the cosmos, and how he approaches his …

5.14.21 - Ramble about Clubhouse, the Short Form, and UFOs while farting around on Bandlab.

May 14th, 2021


Lunchbreak episode where I decided to experiment with Bandlab during a podcast session, to test out a feature on my Zoom L8. And so today you get a …

5.7.21 - Exposing your stasis, every day poetry, one person show

May 8th, 2021


Hey there,

I'd like to talk to you about a few things:

-How this audio play is helping me discover my writing stasis. -Every day poetry is helping me get through busy days once again. -Maybe it's time to start planning …

4.30.21 - Scary Stories Doc, and an extemporaneous rant about how spectacle and theme converge

April 30th, 2021


Hi there,

I am working on an interactive audio drama, so I was thinking of spectacle this week. Specifically, I was thinking of how its tools can …

4.16.21 - Lessons of Darkness Doc, Lessons of Tone and Mood

April 16th, 2021


Hey friends,

This week I've been haunted by Werner Herzog's Lessons of Darkness. It is a masterful documentary on the aftermath of the oil fields in …

4.9.21 Audio monologue draft, I need cereal to write, and memories of audio

April 10th, 2021

Hi there, let's talk and reminisce from the heart:

  • Today I finished the draft of Erin's audio monologue!
  • Is it me, or do you have to eat a big bowl …

3.29.21 - As the spirit fades, the form appears - a ramble on outlines

March 29th, 2021


Hi there!

I'm testing the Zoom L8 to look into podcasting in our living room. I ran the file through noise reduction through Audacity a few times for minimal post and this is what we got. We'll see what the living room …

3.22.21 Recording Again! And a near death experience becomes a story

March 22nd, 2021


Whoa I'm back at it again!

Thanks for your patience as I come out of this allergy fog to start recording again!

I want to talk to you about my close call during our recent snowstorm, our toilet deciding to ruin …

1.28.21 - Sustainability, and a pep talk for times of hesitation

January 29th, 2021


Back at it again. Moving forward with audio only versions of these ramblings. I meditate on my hesitation to keep growing the Write/Rec Lab. I am relieved to vent about this, because I don't want to let any of my …

1.4.21 - Lessons from 2020, and onward!

January 5th, 2021


Hi everyone,

I recorded an episode last week but I hated doing it on my phone (now posted on youtube), so here's a better recap of 2020, what I've learned three months into the Write/Rec Lab, as well as some words of …

12.14.20 - Question Workflow, Splitting the Week, Bond with the Fam

December 14th, 2020


Hello friends, here's what I was reminded of this week:

  • This week I challenged my workflow. It is hard to impose or question the way you do things, …

12.7.20 - Walk the Talk, Self-Champion, My New Poetry Book!

December 7th, 2020

Hello all!

Welcome to The Writing Record, a creative journal in podcast form where I share lessons I am learning along the way as a working class creative. I am here to write, record, and remind you that I believe in …

11.6.20 - Expectations and setbacks

November 7th, 2020


Came down with something early last week and it derailed my podcasting plans. Feeling a bit better, so here's this week's show a few days late!

On this one I'm talking to myself about being accommodating to my awesome …

10.26.20 Pivot wisely, and improving organization

October 26th, 2020


Hello all,

If you hate listening, it's cool, here's the what I've learned this week:

  • Projects may be postponed, things may take longer than you …

10.19.20 - Letting family down, and how to learn from it

October 19th, 2020


Hey all!

I recorded this on Friday 10.16.20 because the schedule was a little wonky, but alas. I've had a week of deep thought and realignment. Have …

10.12.20 - Days off are the key

October 12th, 2020


Happy Monday folks!

Here's a fresh rambling on the most recent barriers to creativity. Also, I don't want to do a video version of The Writing Record …

10.5.20 Setbacks, and two reminders

October 5th, 2020


Trying out video once again for this episode of the Writing Record, if you want to subscribe to our podcast,



9.28.20 Video Episode - Prioritizing the Spinning Plates

September 29th, 2020


Experiment time! I recorded a video episode! You should probably watch it instead as I am not sure if the audio only version makes sense on its own, …

9.20.20 - Vindication Episode: Children's Book Progress, Mini-Musical Almost Complete, Short Film Shot!

September 21st, 2020


Hey friends!

Please forgive the allergy voice, I am working on getting that taken care of. I just had such a great week and weekend that I couldn't …

9.8.20 - Elevate others to elevate yourself, and don't forget to Gather.

September 8th, 2020


Hello all!

Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you don't want to listen, here's what I am affirming for myself today:

  • Bite-size projects …

8.25.20 - Solving the Hyphenate Problem, Get right about your North Star

August 25th, 2020


I love it when this podcast becomes a confessional. It has helped me sort a few things over the last couple of months, and hopefully, it will help …

8.17.20 - Reach Out, Start Small

August 17th, 2020


Hello all!

Some off the cuff thoughts about my week off and how it helps to just calibrate what's important in life and art.

  • Creative Community is …

8.3.20 - Cutting to 1000 Words, Humility, Monday Victories

August 4th, 2020

  • I cut down the children's book to 1000 words!

  • I am humbled and grateful by this project.

  • I'm tired, but I won Monday.

Much love,


Go here:

7.27.20 - Self care and time management venting session

July 27th, 2020


Happy Monday All!

Come along as I discuss a few attempts at self care this past week, as well as the tangle of projects in need of problem solving. …

7.20.20 - A small project with big lessons, and other children's book developments

July 20th, 2020


The hardest part about opening up about writing and how I problem solve, is finding the humility to vocalize my errors out loud. That's why I'm …

7.13.20 - Childrens Book Breakthrough + Poetry Collection Complete!

July 14th, 2020


Hi people!

  • I wanted to breakdown a massive breakthrough I had while writing the third draft of my children's book from scratch once again. I talk …

7.6.20 - Videotape Complete! And Lessons learned from Poetry

July 6th, 2020

  • I talk about this old script I brought back from the dead and submitted to a competition. You learn a lot about how far you've come when you …

6.22.20 - Videotape Play Submission and Other Pressing Matters

June 23rd, 2020



I had something come up and I am working on it:

  • Reformatting my play "Videotape or Lupe at the End of the World" for a play contest.

  • Etc.

6.15.20 - Charlie Bird No More, Poetry Epiphanies, Rode Podcast Competition

June 15th, 2020


I had a fun filled weekend:

  • Massive road block with Charlie Bird, should have googled it sooner.

  • Poetry breakthrough

  • Rode Podcasting …

6.11.20 - Charlie Bird Typed Up, Publishing Options, Hyphenate Problems

June 12th, 2020


Can you tell I'm home? I get to record at lunch with ease, so many episodes!

  • Typing up Charlie Bird from the handwritten draft.

  • Publishing …

6.9.10 - Rejection and Distraction, Learning Poetry with Humility, The Tumble

June 9th, 2020


I forgot a few things about this weekend:

  • Poetry Rejections, keeping me humble and putting me in the right path to learn what poetry actually is …

6.8.20 - Poetry Chapbook Progress, Billy Collins Masterclass, Back to Charlie Bird

June 9th, 2020

  • Poetry Chapbook Progress. I took this week to gather my poems to put together a chapbook to self-publish. It was time.

  • Billy Collins Masterclass. …

6.3.20 - Self-Publishing a Chapbook, Poetry Submissions, The Act of Gathering

June 4th, 2020

  • While the children's book draft is in the rearview mirror, I take to assembling my first chapbook to self-publish!

  • Starting to keep an eye out …

5.30.20 - Charlie Bird, Draft 1 Complete! Now What?

May 30th, 2020


I finished the draft of the children's book the day I recorded the previous episode. Now what?

  • Drafts to make the text amazing.

  • Must find an …

5.27.20 - Charlie Bird: Organic Theme, A Memory, and Lunchtime

May 28th, 2020

  • Charlie Bird is coming along! Theme is a naturally occurring thing.

  • A memory of when I didn't recognize my Dad when I was six.

  • The things I do …

5.21.20 - An Introduction to Charlie Bird

May 21st, 2020

  • Testing my "cost-effective" lavalier mic for my ipod, so I can record on the go!

  • First project on the list: Charlie Bird: A Children's Book for …

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