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Season 2.Episode 24: Dave Astor on Writing

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Dave Astor and I are once again  bridging the 3,923 kilometers between New Jersey to Vancouver.  

As you all know, the book on top of my 2020 stack of books,  is Dave Astor’s Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors and the Greatest Novels of All Time: The Book Lover’s Guide to Literary Trivia. Dave has a marvelous way of going deep to find the story that is hidden in the folds of history. 

A few days ago, I read this brilliant comment: “When things are hard, books are there.”  Books are the best companions and a comfort during times of uncertainty. They build our resilience and courage.

I have been very interested in the transition from reading to writing.  For some, it seems to be a natural progression. Dave is here to answer questions about his experience in writing. So listeners, put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on

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Thank you for joining Dave and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you and shout out to Dave. He continues to inspire me.  You can connect with Dave on Dave Astor on Literature.   There is always an adventure in reading waiting for your arrival on his blog.

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

15 replies on “Season 2.Episode 24: Dave Astor on Writing”

And you have a marvelous gift of sharing knowledge, experience, wisdom. I enjoy are conversations and look forward to many more. Life is the best adventure, especially when shared with kindred spirits.

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Wow, this podcast is chock full of goodies, especially for career writers: teacher encouragement, how reading inspires the creative process, community/family support, suffering & catharsis, indie vs. traditional publishing, indie community support, and the reward of self-satisfaction with the creative process. Dave’s blog, Dave Astor on Literature is fantastic fun for bookworms with his creation of unique categories of literature. And, Rebecca, your many wonderful blogs are also models of writing and reward. Congratulations to you both for honoring the craft. Blogger support is a wonderful example of community, especially today. For readers not acquainted with your prodigious blogs, I suggest for a full list, I think 🙂

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Thank you for your heartwarming and gracious comments. Your willingness to share your poetry has been a profound affirmation of the need for the poet’s voice in our lives. When I first started to blog I was so excited that I chose to have blogs for specific purposes. LadyBudd was for photography, ChasingArt was for exploring painters and art work. The day my father passed, he asked me to leave my 30+ career and embrace a creative lifestyle. I had no idea what he meant at the time, but on that very day, I handed in my keys and embarked on a new path, not knowing what that may be. What I have learned it that the path unfolds in its own time. So I continue to see a few steps ahead and await what is around the next twist in the road. Blogging is my way of recording the narrative of my time and place. And in so doing, I have the privilege of reading the stories of fellow bloggers and journeyers. Hugs coming your way…

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Thanks so much for the kind comment, Mary Jo! I totally agree that Rebecca brought up MANY interesting topics — her supply of great questions never runs dry. 🙂

I also love Rebecca’s various blogs; not sure how she does them all — one blog is all the blogging I can handle. 🙂 And, yes, a blogging community is a wonderful, interesting, supportive thing. I’m very glad that the three of us, and others, have that.

Also glad, Rebecca, that you made that career change. You, and we, are the beneficiaries!

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Great content here! I am a huge fan of Dave Astor’s writing. It’s nice to hear his voice. Dave is full of so much knowledge. I appreciate that. And I like Rebecca’s astute comment: “Creativity comes in community.”

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I am delighted that you stopped by and joined the conversation. Dave Astor is a wealth of knowledge and his generosity is heartening. I’m looking forward to our ongoing dialogue. Take care and stay safe!!!

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Thank you very much for your kind words, YogiMa! And I agree that “Creativity comes in community” is a great quote — one of many great quotes Rebecca comes up with herself, or cites. 🙂

I enjoy reading your blog, YogiMa!

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