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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Nov 13, 2020

Mark interviews Joshua Pantalleresco, the host of Just Joshing, an Aurora Award Winning podcast that features Joshua interviewing authors and other creatives and business people about life, the universe, and everything.

Prior to the main content, Mark shares comments from recent episodes, shares a personal update, welcomes a new patron (Connor Whiteley) and a word from this episode's sponsor.

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In their conversation, Mark and Joshua talk about:

  • How Joshua could sum up his career as one great big accident
  • The books and authors Joshua loved reading, and the novel he wrote when still in high school
  • Josh's start interviewing people for a comic book website
  • How working for one of his heroes led to a great moment of trial and tribulation for Joshua
  • How a miscommunication about an interview Josh did with Robert J. Sawyer led to his recent podcast
  • The fact that chocolate chip cookies were initially an accident - and look how they turned out
  • How creating and sharing actually helps others to keep creating and sharing themselves
  • How staring down the Grim Reaper can humble a person in a very real way
  • The strength that it takes to be open and vulnerable
  • A few things that Joshua is afraid of and something he is trying out that he has always wanted to do
  • What makes Joshua ruthless and brutally honest
  • Reflections on the bad experience he'd had with a hero of his that he worked with
  • Perspectives on optimism, realism and cynicism

After the conversation, Mark reflects on the benefits that come with being willing to take a risk.


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Joshua Pantalleresco is a writer, poet, podcaster and freelancer. His Podcast Just Joshing is a three time Aurora Award Winning Finalist and one time winner.


The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0