Episode 98: Hello, Goodbye

Larry and BQ in the GrottoPod
Larry Rosen and BQ.

This week marks the final studio appearance for hosts Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn, who usher in a new era of the GrottoPod by completing the cycle they began 98 episodes ago. In this hour, BQ interviews Larry about the ups and downs of his 27-year (and counting) writing career. They also chat about 2019 finances vs. 1990s finances, the secret code for freelancing and “finding out what you’re good at.” Say goodbye (for now) to your OG hosts, and check this space for some big news about what’s in store for the GrottoPod.

“You can’t wait for your ship to come in; you’ve got to swim out to it.” 

Episode 88: BQ and Larry On Motivation’s Fickle Fortunes

BQ and Larry

BQ and Larry

Larry and BQ dig deep this week in an episode that checks in on both of their writing projects, probes the fickle fortunes of motivation, explores the ups and downs of networking with other writers and much more. 

“The process from book deal to book is the opposite of Dante’s Divine Comedy. You start out in parades, and you end up in Hell.”

1:40: Larry has an idea for a new podcast.
6:48: Are you comfortable telling someone, “this is the best book (movie, TV show, etc.) ever?”
11:54: What’s happening with BQ’s new book.
20:00: Larry’s latest attempt at a new book.
26:44: How do you get motivated?
41:42: BQ talks about the perils of networking.
53:20: Keeping Larry accountable while he’s in Switzerland.

Episode 79: What’s New In Your Writing Life?

Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn

Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn

Beat the dog days of summer by stepping into the GrottoPod, where BQ and Larry await. This week, your hosts sit down for a wide-ranging discussion about the writing life that touches on everything from process to payment, 1,000 words a day, BQ’s looming book deadline and Larry’s now-defunct magazine column. Guest- and filter-free, this GrottoPod episode takes a deep dive into the minds of two working writers who happen to double as podcast hosts. 

Episode 48: Larry & BQ On Managing Your Writing Career

Bridget Quinn and Larry Rosen

Bridget Quinn and Larry Rosen.

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Does it have something to do with writing? Do you want to write and publish more (or less)? Ease into the new year — and your literary resolutions — with Larry and BQ, who toss around some thoughts about how to approach writing, how to keep yourself in the flow and how to manage your writing career.

Episode 26: Larry and BQ On The Sticky Business of Writing

Bridget Quinn and Larry Rosen

Bridget Quinn and Larry Rosen

Why do you write? Or, rather, how do you write? This week, hosts Bridget Quinn and Larry Rosen address these issues, landing on questions of motivation, ambition and outcome as they share their respective “state-of-the-writer” stories. This episode closes with a pair of unexpected twists: we’re proposing a 500-word-a-day “GrottoPod Challenge” — and we bring you a new track from our house band, Sugartown.

Episode 20: Writers’ Retreats

Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn

Larry Rosen and Bridget Quinn

To retreat or not to retreat? That is the question on this week’s special, guest-free episode of the GrottoPod. Join BQ and Larry as they engage in a spirited conversation about what makes writing retreats and conferences irresistible (BQ) or easily resistible and somewhat enigmatic (Larry) — and where writers of all kinds can go to find their community. Also, in a GrottoPod first, BQ gets bleeped.

Episode 8: Bridget Quinn

John Doe and Bridget Quinn

Bridget Quinn (right, with John Doe)

Bridget Quinn removes her co-host hat and gives us the backstory of her first book, Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art & Made History (in That Order). Born and raised in Montana, Quinn followed a nonlinear path to NYU’s Institute of the Arts, where she dropped the dream of a Ph.D in art history in favor of the dream of writing a Vasari-like Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects — but about women. Two decades later, Broad Strokes is earning accolades. Quinn’s essays have been published in Narrative Magazine as well as in anthologies; “At Swim, Two Girls” was included in Best American Sports Writing 2013. In addition to other upcoming events, she will be teaching creative nonfiction at the Mokulē‘ia Writers Retreat in Hawai’i in May.