OMG, dreams do come true!
In her newsletter yesterday (I was on horseback without the internet—my timing… or rather, my husband’s timing!), Laura Belgray writes that she always fantasized about being one of my guests. “Yup: After having my sights set on it for years, I’m finally, finally on The Beautiful Writers Podcast…with none other than #1 NYT bestselling author and straight-up LEGEND Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess.”
And, as luck would have it, I’ve always fantasized about being featured in her addictive newsletter!
So it was a big day, in more ways than one, especially since we didn’t get hit by lightning in the sudden monster rainstorm.
Back home, safe and dry, I’m so happy to tell you I’ve brought the podcast back with THREE episodes I’ve been dying to release forever.
First, as mentioned: Laura Belgray and Jenny Lawson, TMI Queens: The Art of the Overshare.
It’s open books all the way with these two TMI queens and their no-holds-barred, hilarious ways. They’re the perfect duo to break my 6-month hiatus from the show. What a hoot to be back with three-time New York Times best-selling memoirist Jenny Lawson (Broken, Furiously Happy, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) and her blogtastic comedic twin, Laura Belgray, joining us here while on book tour for her debut memoir, the national bestseller, Tough Titties: On Living Your Best Life when You’re the F-ing Worst.
Y’all, this one’s a mood booster! And a total love match, as you’ll see. If you’re ready to laugh and shake off the funk from your Doomscrolling, this is the show for you.
This may be Laura’s first book, but she’s one of the most successful career writers I know, starting in TV writing for NBC, HBO, USA, Nick at Night, Nickelodeon, TV Land, VH1, and others. Let’s just say the girl gets around. Her blog and newsletters at Talking Shrimp are wildly popular (addictive!), as are her programs, like Inbox Hero and The Copy Cure, Laura’s creation with Marie Forleo.
Join us as we dig into wisdom on crafting headlines, run-on sentences that hypnotize, avoiding husbands as beta readers, and how having children is like living with an undercover agent tapping all your phones. We also dish on hiding during Zoom calls, editing drunk, getting mailed boxes of dildos in the mail (like you do), blowjobs Laura gave in the early 90s, titties that grow back after reduction surgery, and the ghost living under Jenny’s house. Told ya, TMI.
Next up, my first-ever episodes (Part 1 & Part 2) on self-publishing—with invaluable intel for ANYONE hoping to sell their wares successfully.
It’s been a show highlight for me to cover the topic of self-publishing—something I haven’t yet done here. Stay tuned if you thought you couldn’t make a fortune being your own publisher. Hal (and Dr. Jody Carrington, the author in the second episode) have wildly exceeded anything I thought possible without a publisher’s support, earning millions of dollars and more importantly, having a massive impact.
As you’re about to hear, Hal has repeatedly stared death in the face, overcoming nearly insurmountable tragedy. But you wouldn’t know it by his attitude or his gratitude. Luckily, his miraculous mindset is fast, fabulous, and, in many ways, foolproof.
I can’t with this soulmate client. I’m pressed for words to share how much I love this woman, author, and communicator. I promise you’ve never met anyone like Dr. Jody Carrington. I call her Canada’s Brené Brown (mixed with some Jerry Seinfeld), so that’s close. But, well. Just see for yourself.
When I met Jody at one of my Carmel retreats at the start of her writing career, it only took two minutes to know that I was sitting with a superstar. I’d never before encouraged someone to forgo traditional publishing and run straight into self-publishing, but that was the vibe. Within months, Jody had sold so many pre-orders for Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with Those We Teach, Lead, & Love that she funded her first two printings. A quarter of a million books later and a second in the series (Teachers These Days: Stories and Strategies for Reconnection), Jody was approached by a top-five publisher for her latest book, Feeling Seen: Reconnecting in a Disconnected World.
Jody is a mama, a wife, a speaker, and a connector. She’s a first responder, the rare psychologist who cherishes going into schools AFTER a school shooting to soothe hearts and minds. Her capacity for caring for her people (and other people’s people) is unending. Plus, she has the most delightful potty mouth while simultaneously making you laugh and cry.
I could write my own book on her countless accomplishments and benefits, but for now, I’ll close by saying that if you want to write, speak, and touch the masses, you couldn’t be in better hands.
Follow the show for upcoming episodes and let me know what you think! So far, I haven’t used any advertisers—each episode is a labor of total LOVE, my gift to you. If you’d like to give me something in return, solid ratings and reviews help the algorithm gods share us with more writers. Magic! You know the drill, and I love you either way. Write on.