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Everything We Loved in 2021!

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Danielle and Gwen both can’t sleep and are very tired. No one at Fresh Fiction told Danielle about her book’s cover reveal and it went really well; the cover of THE ACCIDENTAL PINUP is now out in the world! Gwen made two new recipes ahead of the holidays: beef pot roast stew and apple cranberry sauce.

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Our Faves of 2021!

Danielle’s Faves

TV: Only Murders in the Building, Ted Lasso, Virgin River Season 3, Insecure, Dickinson

Movies: Raya and the Last Dragon, The Mitchells vs. The Machines, In the Heights, Passing (Danielle mentioned a Reddit thread and Salon article about the book Passing by Nella Larson, how it relates to The Great Gatsby, and how perhaps Gatsby was passing, too)

Books: Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson, The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams, Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

Gwen’s Faves

TV: Tuca & Bertie season 2, Rick & Morty, Succession, Hacks, White Lotus, Insecure, Ghosts

Movies: King Richard, Tick, Tick, Boom; Malignant, Candyman, Barb and Star Go to Del Mar

Board Games: Fort, Abandon All Artichokes, Accension Realms Unraveled

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2021 “SENIOR SUPERLATIVES”

The Media that Saved You

Gwen: Podcasts and reality TV

Danielle: Graphic novels

Something That Made You LOL

Danielle: Nailed It! On Netflix; this clip of Prince Harry and Prince William doing obstacle courses set to Do You Remember 

Gwen: Noodle the Pug

Under the Radar

Gwen: Bo Burnham’s INSIDE

Danielle: We Are Lady Parts on Peacock (Premium)

Wild Card

Danielle: Romancelandia Stickers

Gwen: Alba Botanicals Natural Vegan Jelly

What We Want to See in 2022

What we hope to see in entertainment in 2022

Gwen: History, but not just what we’re already used to

Danielle: Diverse stories, more voices represented, and more HAPPY content.  

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

BIGGEST GOAL FLOP FROM 2021

Gwen: Drinking water

Danielle: Re-reading Austen

BIGGEST GOAL SUCCESS FROM 2021

Danielle: Anything writing related

Gwen: Uncrossing my legs at my desk

BIG GOAL or INTENTION for 2022

Gwen: Creating and finishing something

Danielle: ENJOY releasing a book! 

GOALS FROM LAST WEEK:

Danielle: Finish The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante by the end of the year—ALMOST DONE!

Gwen: Finish Christmas shopping—YES!

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Gwen’s New Goal: Enjoy the next two weeks of traveling

Danielle’s New Goal: Book 2 Revisions, round 1. 

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A Riches of Witches + Lana Harper!

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We want to hear from you! For our Thanksgiving episode, we want our listeners to tell us what to talk about! Email podcast@freshfiction.com with your ideas/requests/topics/questions and we’ll yammer on about it at the end of November.

 Gwen has made a ton of soup. She is really proud that she had a game night with some of their new friends, and played Abandon All Artichokes, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate, and Clank. Danielle has a wild plan to finish her current WIP and maybe (possibly) write another book before the end of the year...

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Main Discussion

We both love witches and the broad scope they cover in entertainment. We both hold the 1996 film THE CRAFT close to our hearts. And we loved the trajectory of a character like the Wicked Witch of the West, who we grew up with in The Wizard of Oz, then saw the flip side of in WICKED by Gregory Macguire, and again with the musical.

Gwen’s recs: Hocus Pocus, The VVitch, Tara and Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Street 1666, Lore Podcast, American Horror Story (Coven and Apocalypse), and Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid 

Danielle’s recs: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Scarlett Witch from WandaVision, The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling, Witch Please by Anne Aguirre, Big Witch Energy by Kelly Jamieson, Alexis Daria’s Audible original: What the Hex, Witches of Brooklyn series by Sophie Escabasse (middle grade), Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis (YA)

 

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Recs from LANA HARPER

Lana has written in different genres! Be sure to check out all of her books on her website: https://www.lanapopovicbooks.com/

Lana’s Favorite Pop Culture Witches: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Magicians, True Blood. Danielle mentioned the Wicked Witch of the West but also brought up Gregory McGuire’s WICKED and the Broadway Musical; Gwen brought up Hocus Pocus and American Horror Story: Coven. Then we all remembered Practical Magic and The Craft!!

Lana finds immense comfort in perfume! She’s also enjoying The L Word: Generation Q and For All Mankind.

Look for Lana’s next witchy romance, FROM BAD TO CURSED, in Spring 2022.

Follow Lana on Twitter, @LanaPopovicLit, and Instagram, @LanaLyte. For more info, go to her website: https://www.lanapopovicbooks.com/.

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Goals/Comfort & Joy

Gwen made so much soup with the stock she made last week! This week she wants to wake up by 6:30am. And she finally got a cozy “shacket,” aka a Plush Shirt Jacket from Costco.

Danielle turned in her copyedits! This week she wants to start prepping for NaNoWriMo. And she made Double Chocolate Coffee Addict Cookies by Sweet & Simple Kitchen.

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