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An Obsessive Nature

An Obsessive Nature

By Brenna & AC
We’re geeks but we’re also writers now.
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Legendborn Chat with 2 UNC Grads
In this week’s episode, we rave about Legendborn, the fantastic YA fantasy set at our alma mater. We share our feelings on different aspects of the story, from its historical significance to its love triangle, all from the perspective of former UNC students.
December 02, 2021
Loss & Dreams
On today's mini-episode, Brenna gives a little querying update and AC talks about the challenges (and positives!) of writing a eulogy.
November 04, 2021
Books We Hate (jk, but look out Margaret Atwood)
Today, we talk about books we have issues with. From classics to whole series, we spill all the tea.
October 07, 2021
Bleeps, Book Twitter, and a ~ Live ~ Writing Exercise
In this month’s new episode, we do something a little special. Brenna gives an update on her publishing journey, AC shares a story about [REDACTED], and we do a LIVE writing exercise. Tune in to hear our impostor syndrome in action…
September 02, 2021
Obsessions Update: Adulting and Such
Today’s episode is a Summer 2021 obsessions update! We complain about being adults, praise the greatness of Loki, talk hitting the motherload of craft supplies, and so much more. Ps. Please forgive the awful second half of Brenna’s audio! (We promise she won’t be a robot next time.)
August 05, 2021
How We Can Learn From and Have Been Influenced by Our Favorite Writers
Today we chat writing influences (and the lack of them). Be sure to send us your thoughts on this month’s episode on Twitter @obsessnaturally! Ps. Take a shot every time we say “concise”.
July 01, 2021
The Magnificence of the Disney+ Show Format
This is the way. On today’s new episode, we fangirl over Disney+. We talk about why Marvel and Star Wars are killing it on the platform, the little things that make each show great, and why longer form content like this is so beneficial to large franchises. Happy listening!
June 03, 2021
Q&A on Stage Management & Scenic Design: From Loch Ness to COVID
We’ve talked books, TV, music, and movies… but never theater. Today we change that! On this month’s episode, we chat with our friend Brig all about his experience working in the industry. Learn what it’s like to be a Stage Manager and Scenic Designer for productions across the country and get a microscopic glimpse into how the pandemic hit the industry hard. Brig is our favorite, so show him some love! Happy listening.
May 06, 2021
YouTube Subs: K-Pop to NC Natives
Today, we do something we’ve been planning to do for a while: delve deep into our YouTube subscriptions! We list some of our current faves, talk about the evolution of the YouTubers we grew up with, and so much more. Hope you like it!
April 01, 2021
The Querying & Publishing Process Unveiled
In today’s new episode, Brenna shares a general overview of what it takes to get traditionally published! It’s knowledge we wish we had when first starting the process… so we hope it helps someone out there too. Enjoy!
March 11, 2021
Reading Our Embarrassing, Sexy Writing
In today’s special episode, we finally read some of our old writing. (With a lot of self-deprecation thrown in for good measure.) Ps. Sorry for the poopy audio quality this week! We love you!
February 18, 2021
Obsessions Update: From Bondi Rescue to WandaVision
It’s about time we shared another obsessions update, don’t you think? (Spoiler: Brenna talks about k-pop some more.)
February 04, 2021
Fave Heroes: From Cap to Buffy
It’s time for the heroes! In today’s chaotic episode, we gush about some of our favorites and share why they ROCK.
January 21, 2021
Fave Villains: From Doofenshmirtz to The Walking Dead
In today’s episode, we talk about our favorite villains and explain why they are the best (or absolute worst). “Alexa, play the ‘Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated’ jingle.”
January 07, 2021
Exposing Our Embarrassing Writing Confessions
In our last episode in the hellscape that is 2020, we expose some of our worst confessions as writers. From barely reading to basing stories off our own fantasies—we spill it all. Fellow writers: tune in if you want to feel better about yourself…
December 24, 2020
Obsessing for One Year: What We’ve Learned
This week’s episode is a special one. *drumroll please* We’ve been podcasters for ONE WHOLE YEAR! Today, we chat about what we’ve learned, how we’ve improved (and still kind of suck), our favorite episodes, and what’s to come for An Obsessive Nature. We can’t thank you enough for following us on this journey!
December 10, 2020
If Little Mix Were Men: Underrated Females in Music
In this Thanksgiving Day episode, Brenna’s friend Robbie joins to chat about some kick-ass female musicians. If you want to hear us rant about how screwed up the music industry is when it comes to gender, tune in! *rolls eyes*
November 26, 2020
Writing: Finding Inspiration in Music
In today’s episode, we delve into how music shapes our writing habits, sets the mood to write, and influences our writing itself. Tune in to get some song and artist recs! ;)
November 12, 2020
Julie and the Phantoms and The Evolution of Musical TV and Film
In today’s special episode, we’re joined by our sisters to gush about the brilliant “Julie and the Phantoms!” We chat our favorite songs from the show, the evolution of musical TV and film, how casting real musicians makes a huge difference, and so much...
October 29, 2020
Underrated Female Characters & Go Vote!
Today we talk about characters we love to hate on but are actually pretty awesome. (Ps. Please go vote.)
October 15, 2020
Our Most Influential Movies
On today’s episode, we gush about some of our favorite films and share how they’ve influenced our lives—and writing—along the way.
October 01, 2020
Childhood Reading: Fav Books, Slow Groups & WTF Even Counts
Brenna's little sister Mia is back to talk all things childhood reading. What did we each grow up reading? Why are some books so ambiguous in what age group they are actually for? How young were we when we read Twilight? We discuss.
September 17, 2020
Fandoms: Millennials vs. Gen-Z
In today's episode, we're joined by Brenna's little sister to chat about the similarities and differences between Millennials and Gen-Z's! We dive into Disney Channel, social media (yes, Vine vs. TikTok), celebrities, and more. Enjoy!
September 03, 2020
Obsessions Update: Summer 2020
What have we been obsessed with since our last update? Weirder stuff, we promise.
August 20, 2020
Working From Home
Are you guys working from home? We are. Today, we chat about our experiences and give some of our tips on how to thrive in this new era.
August 06, 2020
Writing Slumps: We're Always in One!
Today’s episode is all about writing slumps. We talk about how we’re in them more often than not and give some tips on how to work through them. If you’re a writer, I promise you’ll feel less alone after listening. :)
July 23, 2020
Fandoms: Best & Worst Experiences
In today's episode, we're diving into more fandoms! We talk about our best and worst experiences with them, including our feelings on everything that has happened with the Harry Potter fandom in recent weeks. Enjoy!
July 09, 2020
Revision: Crying, Deleting Josh, and What Works
Revision is kind of like a lot of things in life: whatever works for you works. In today's episode, we talk about our own revision processes and what Josh Hutcherson has to do with all of this. (Ps. If you have anxiety about recycling your writing, this...
June 25, 2020
Brenna's Fiction Publishing Journey
In today's episode, Brenna talks about her two YA manuscripts! From starting them in high school to beginning to submit them to agents last year--we follow the entire process. Hopefully it helps those of you who have no idea where to get started! Enjoy....
June 11, 2020
Obsession Update: Quarantine Edition
On this edition of Obsession Update, we talk about what we've been up to during the past two months in quarantine. From Tiger King to our creative endeavors, we divulge it all.
May 28, 2020
Why We Love Genre Fiction
Today's episode is all about genre fiction and why we love it! Simple as that.
May 21, 2020
Our Published Work: From Journalism to Personal Crisis
Just because our novels aren't published yet doesn't mean we can't celebrate our work that is! So, today's episode is all about where we ARE published and our experiences along the way.
May 14, 2020
Art and Writing: How to Become an Art Critic
On this week's episode, we chat about AC's life as an art critic and Brenna’s as a former journalism student. We cover AC’s background with art, how she stumbled into writing articles, how she does her research, and how Brenna’s studies relate to what...
May 07, 2020
Writing Hacks: Our Favs and Where We Found Them
Today's episode is all about our favorite writing tips and tricks. Listen to find out where we learned them and how we use them in our own work!
April 30, 2020
Personality Types: Insightful or Bullsh*t?
In today's episode, we go over our results for some popular personality tests: Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, and more. Tune in to see if we think they are valuable or a bunch of crap! (Ps. Brenna even gets sorted into her Hogwarts house for the very first...
April 23, 2020
Glee's Curse and Cultural Impact
It's time to dive back into the cultural phenomenon that shaped our early teen years: Glee. From our favorite New Directions moments and songs to the tragedies that befell the cast in real life, we cover it all.
April 16, 2020
Are Creative Writing Programs Beneficial?
In today's episode, we chat about our time with the UNC-Chapel Hill creative writing program, along with other writing class experiences we've had over the years. Do we think they were beneficial in our writing journeys? Tune in to find out!
April 09, 2020
Impostor Syndrome & Writing: It Sucks
Today, we dive into our insecurities and chat about when and why we feel like we have impostor syndrome... along with most other writers in the world!
April 02, 2020
Obsession Update: March 2020
On today's episode, we give a little update into what we've been obsessed with this month! We hope to do these every once in a while, so be sure to look out for more of our obsessive shenanigans in the future.
March 26, 2020
Sex in YA Fiction: Yay or Dear God, No?
On this one, we talk about the different ways sex makes an appearance in YA fiction... and if it needs to stay or go. (Plus the times it makes us super uncomfortable.) Enjoy the awkwardness!
March 19, 2020
Underrated Books: What You Have to Read Now!
Today, we chat about books (and authors!) we think are underrated. We also go off on a mini-tangent about how visuals are different for each of us when we read… so be sure to tune in!Ps. Let us know if you’ve read any of these titles—we're desperate for...
March 12, 2020
Twilight and Race: Wtf Is Up With This Sh*t?
On this week's episode, we dive into how problematic "Twilight" actually was... and if it could have gotten away with releasing today. Listen in to hear some pretty cringe-worthy quotes and get our takes on them!
March 05, 2020
YA Book-Movies: A Dying Breed?
Today, we chat about the wondrous era of young adult book-to-film adaptations. From the best to the worst, to the short-lived fascination Hollywood seemed to have with them, we make our best efforts to cover it all! (Ps. If you're a Potter or Hunger...
February 27, 2020
Disney Channel: The Good, Bad and Early Aughts
Today, we bring it back. From "That's So Raven" to "High School Musical," Disney Channel shaped our childhoods. On this episode, we talk about the good, the bad, and what the channel needs to do to get back to those glory days. (Hint: it's better...
February 20, 2020
Fandoms: Ageless and Dead
On this week's episode, we're turning the focus to fandoms once again. We talk about ageless fandoms like Disney, Nintendo, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel (just to name a few). We also explain what makes a fandom "dead" like so many TV show fandoms...
February 13, 2020
Writing Research: A Method in This Madness?
In the writing community, we constantly joke about our crazy search history. In today's episode, we chat about our craziest searches and why it's so important to do this wacky research.
February 06, 2020
Story Tropes We Can't Shake
Today, we chat about story tropes we love to read and write! (With some middle school crush talk thrown in...)
January 30, 2020
Fandoms: The Power of Celebrity
In today's episode, AC's sister joins us to talk about the wacky world of celebrity fandoms and our personal experiences within them... Enjoy!
January 23, 2020
Fanfic: Writing, Reading & Making Sense
***Disclaimer: This was recorded before JK Rowling supported transphobic ideas. Today's episode is everything fanfiction, including what we've written/read in the past. You're welcome for our bravery for putting this on the internet...
January 16, 2020
Revealing Our Guilty Pleasures
In today's episode, we take a deep dive into our guilty pleasures and how we've found inspiration from them.
January 09, 2020
Welcome to Our Obsessions!
In this first epsiode, we introduce ourselves (including our drama-filled history) and explain a little about what the podcast will be going forward!
December 01, 2019