It's Never Too Late
By Megha Upadhyaya
A podcast for creators! If you're scratching your "need to create" itch, this podcast is for you. Megha Upadhyaya talks to a variety of creators - writers, artists, influencers & mentors from different genres and styles to uncover their stories, to inspire those who aspire to be like them but think it's too late. Take a break from humdrum of your daily life and tune in to get started because IT'S actually NEVER TOO LATE!
S3E26 - An Ode to Sustainable Art & Jewelery ft. Riddhi Patel
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to creativity & creatives. This episode spotlights sustainability & sustainable jewelery with Riddhi Patel. She's a costume jewelry designer from NIFT, Mumbai. She is a maker at heart and she loves to paint; capture vivid colors, patterns, and textures around. She believes to make a little contribution to the planet while pursuing her interest in jewelry design. Riddhi's recent jewelry work has revolved around sustainably designed jewelry. Check out her brand Irida at http://www.iridabling.com She has a new purpose for things that were destined for the rubbish bins and transforms them into something beautiful. Connect with her on Instagram @_ridkid_
April 25, 2021
S3E25 - How to read a non-fiction book
Reading non-fiction books can be a drag for some. If you read just 2-3 non-fiction books per year and always feel like you're falling short, tune into this episode. Megha Upadhyaya talks about the things you might be missing while reading this genre. It's said that non-fiction reading transforms your life, but for that, you need to build your own retention system: go slow & let it become a steady habit for yourself.
April 22, 2021
S3E24 - Debunking Indie Author Stigmas
Being an indie or non-traditional writer is a tough path. They're are tenacious, determined to get their work out there, with or without the traditional means. But actually being able to support themselves with their work can be a huge challenge. Megha Upadhyaya talks about ways to help indie authors rise above the stigma that is self publishing. "It is such a thrill for us to see our books out in the world, making an impact on other people’s lives! We really, truly want to connect with our readers. Your support and love helps us grow!"
March 7, 2021
S3E23 - Creating and Writing Audio Drama ft. Elliot Somerfield
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to creativity & creatives. This episode spotlights creating and writing an audio drama with Elliot Somerfield. He's a writer, sound designer and a voice actor, making podcasts and plays. He loves to read, listen to indie music and cycle. You can find him on Twitter @SameOlSatellite. You can also find his latest project, sci-fi horror podcast The Waystation on Twitter @waystation_pod
February 27, 2021
S3E22 - Becoming a Children Book Author to make a career out of writing ft. Melody Pendlebury
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to creativity & creatives. This episode spotlights writing and publishing with Melody Pendlebury. She is an elementary school teacher by day, and an author any time she has left. She has published five books and has founded her own publishing liaison company, The Publishing Room. She also works for a writing organization called Hope*Writers. She is currently working on a middle grade novel. Reach out to her at https://www.melodypendlebury.com/
January 25, 2021
S3E21 - Considering Your Natural Self in Voice-Over Talent ft. Sean Lambourne
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to creativity & creatives. This episode spotlights Voice over talent with Sean Lambourne, a working Voice Over for the last couple of years. He originally went to college to get his bachelors to go to law school before deciding he wanted to take this route. Lambourne is grateful to be a part of an industry where he can work with so many passionate and creative people who want to bring their visions to life. You can find information on his roles as well as links to them and his demo reel at seanlambourneva.com
January 17, 2021
S3E20 - How writing about difficult experiences can help you take back your power?
Have you ever seen something and you wish you could have said something — but you didn’t? Has something ever happened to you and you never said anything about it — but you should have? You can use creative writing to unsilence things we’ve been keeping silent. It’s a way of unburdening ourselves in just 3 simple steps. Tune in to know!
December 20, 2020
S3E19 - Finding the essence of poetry, art and literature ft. Tyler Martin
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights poetry & its form with Tyler R. Martin, a veteran having served in the US Army and now a published poet living in New York. His poetry attempts to put life under a microscope revealing the good, the bad and the horrible. He spends his days reading Charles Bukowski, chain smoking and drinking bourbon. Read his works at https://bourboncigarettesandsyllables.com/
November 29, 2020
S3E18 - Inspired Ideas and Fostering Social-Emotional Learning ft. Shalmali Jadhav
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing/inspiration. This episode spotlights mental health and suicide prevention along with Social and Emotional Leaning with Shalmali Jadhav. She's a founder and director at Empathy for You, founder and CEO at You Lead, an International Youth Council Member. Empathy for You is an organization that works in spreading awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. You Lead is an organization trying to bridge the gap between mentors and wanna-be entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring sessions, guidance and support.
November 19, 2020
S3E17 - Embracing poetry as an art form ft. Robert Birkhofer
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights poetry writing and impact of social media on a writer's life with a poet/writer, Robert Birkhofer. He's a dreamer, and a coffee drinker who enjoys writing short stories and poetry, and his work has been published in several anthologies, including Static Dreams and The Poets Symphony. Samples of Robert’s writing are available to read on his website, TheMadPuppeteer.com.
November 1, 2020
S3E16 - Uncovering content writing & freelance writing ft. Dona Buenaseda
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights content writing and freelance writing with a freelance Content Writer/ Ghostwriter and blogger from the Philippines. Currently, she's working as a freelancer in an insurance company based in Denver Colorado. She's a Content Marketer and SEO Strategist. Dona wrote articles and blogs that are SEO-Friendly which helps her clients in reaching their target market. Writing blogs promoting Women Empowerment is one of her passion.- " The Two Kinds of Women " and "Strong is the New Sexy: The Many Faces of Self-love " are just a few of her blogs. Also, she's a workout momma and believes that loving yourself first is a must. Oh, Dona also loves eating in buffets and savor wine! You can learn more about her and her work at donabuenaseda.wordpress.com donabuenaseda.contently.com
October 23, 2020
S3E15 - There’s no single template for a great storytelling ft. Alex Freeman
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights bookwriting and playwriting with an incredible artist, Alex Freeman. Alex is a New York City based audiobook narrator, actor, and director. He has been seen on stages across the country, and his voice can be heard on over 50 audiobooks (and a few phone systems). He is also the co-host of the Michigan & Trumbull podcast, a weekly show about the Detroit Tigers. Learn more about him and his work at asfreeman.net.
October 18, 2020
S3E14 - Writing a book with a co-author ft. Chelsi Arnold and JD Boudreaux
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights bookwriting with a co-author. Chelsi Arnold and JD Boudreaux authored 2 books - When Time Stood Still and Endings and Beginnings for a charity, the Cajun Navy Relief. Chelsi was born and raised in Texas. She grew up in a single stoplight town where she spent most of her time playing sports and going to rodeos. She is the author of the three book Sisterhood Series (Brave, Courage, and Honor) Find her at www.facebook.com/ChelsiAnneleArnold JD Boudreaux was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana. He developed a love for the Mississippi Gulf Coast at a very young age. The Sand Dollar Series is set in both locales with a love and appreciation for both. He also appreciates a good story, good friends, and a good cup of coffee! Find JD at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJDB
October 12, 2020
Featured: Rethinking Mental Health on World Mental Health Day ft. Raashi Thakran
This episode spotlights mental health in conversation with Raashi Thakran, a mental health advocate, social activist and an engineer from Bangalore. As a changemaker from Change.org’s flagship program – She Creates Change, in July last year, Raashi started a petition asking the government to launch a National Helpline Number for Suicide Prevention in India which has received more than 3.9 lakh signatures. This led to the creation of the KIRAN mental health rehabilitation helpline number which was launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 7th September. She's a WICCI (Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) council member. Raashi currently works as a marketing executive at YourDost and a certified QPR Instructor. She's an alt-pop lover and a big time book hoarder.
October 10, 2020
S3E13 - Breaking the silence and becoming an author & activist ft. Penny Hooper
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights bookwriting with Penny Hooper (AKA The Girl Who Whispered). Penny is a multi-award winning author, blogger and activist based in the United Kingdom. Having grown up with Selective Mutism she now uses her voice to write, talk about her childhood growing up with selective mutism and bring about awareness on other issues. Find her published works on her website www.thegirlwhowhispered.com
October 8, 2020
Featured: 'Are we dealing with mental health pandemic?' with psychologist Dr. Jyoti Sharma
This episode spotlights mental health, psychological problems, bridging social distance and more in conversation with Dr. Jyoti Sharma, a psychologist and mindfulness coach and practitioner. Since her childhood, Jyoti explored her world through her imagination and was a big dreamer. She wished to pursue her career in anthropology then geography. As she grew older, Jyoti delved her interest and mastery in Mindfulness & Alternate Medicine and Healing therapies. She has set the stage as a healer mainly in crystal and chakra healing, Integral somatic psychology and a certified Reiki Grand master. Her sessions explore the complexities of human emotions, cognitive & emotional distress and mindfulness and well being .Tune in to instil hope and help fight the situation.
September 30, 2020
S3E12 - Writing Fantasy, World & Character Building ft Cady Hammer
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights fantasy writing with Cady Hammer. From the time she was a child of eleven, writing her first novel between classes, Cady explored her world through her imagination. She was often teased for being in her own world, but never hesitated to invite others along on the adventure. As she grew older, Cady’s studies in history and anthropology set the stage for the detailed worldbuilding that lets readers step into the story. Her stories explore the complexities of relationships crafted around the idea that love, friendship, and grief are all interwoven. Cady runs a website, Fluff About Fantasy for young writers to learn the genre-specific craft of writing fantasy and be inspired by what they can accomplish. Check out https://fluffaboutfantasy.com
September 25, 2020
S3E11 - Breaking into the realms of writing science fiction ft. Chris Ritchey
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights science fiction writing with Chris Ritchey. Chris has published works in sci-fi, paranormal, slice-of-life, and hist-fiction. He grew up reading Jack London, and strives to bring the adventure elements into his stories. His first major foray into writing was Domus Prime Saga, a multi-author project Star Wars/Sailor Moon fan-fic crossover on a Star Wars fan-site. Chris is currently working on a sci-fi novella & informally works with beta-readers and editors. His journey into the US Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate & traveling experience has given him an expanded worldview and understanding of different cultures. You can find his works on his website - https://jesterslibrary.wordpress.com
September 18, 2020
S3E10 - Singer-songwriters on songwriting ft. Joanne T. Zuo En & Pek Si Ming
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights songwriting ft. Joanne T. Zuo En and Pek Si Ming, Singaporean singer-songwriters. Both are a long time friends sharing a lot of common music interest like Cosmos People (宇宙人), DAY6, BTS and Epik High. JamiJam (醬一醬) is a Mando-pop project duo formed by Zuo En 張祚恩 (IG: @joannetzuoen) and Si Ming 白詩敏 (IG: @whitenoisemin). They both have been extensively performing onstage for 4 years now at venues such as Esplanade Waterfront Stage/ Concourse and The Arts House. Zuo En and Si Ming enjoy having a lot of quirky and deep discussions about life and putting these thoughts into songs by JamiJam. You can find their covers on YouTube: @jamijamproject
September 16, 2020
Featured: Level up into the world of game designing ft. Shikhar Juyal
This episode spotlights the art and science of game designing featuring Shikhar Juyal, a professional game designer working with Ubisoft Da Nang. He's an engineer turned game designer who has a keen interest in AR/VR and other immersive media and speculative design. Juyal spends most of his time tinkering with obscure stuff to make a new playful interaction or experience. He has had his share of amazing opportunities to travel, learn, grow and work with some great and diverse set of people and companies. Tune in to pick some tips and tactics!
September 11, 2020
S3E09 - How do you take care of your creative life?
The world send to be standing still and yet changing so much. How do you take care of your creative life for what it's worth? I've put together a few practices you might find helpful. Tune in! Inside the episode- Walking by Henry David Thoreau, Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, www.newyorker.com for Sylvia Plath last letters and Poetry Foundation for her poems.
September 11, 2020
S3E08 - Becoming a bestselling author ft. Stuti Changle
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights becoming a bestselling author with Stuti Changle. She is the popular author of the much-loved books ‘On The Open Road’ and ‘You Only Live Once?’ who is on a mission to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams with courage. Her books rose to Amazon Bestseller charts in a month of its release. Stuti made her TV debut in 2019 as a host of the TV Series ‘Kar Ke Dikhaenge’ where she presents the stories, knowledge and learnings of entrepreneurs and leaders through a candid tete-a-tete with them. She is extremely passionate about storytelling and wishes to take her ideas places. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks!
September 7, 2020
S3E07 - Breaking into UX Writing & Voice over talent ft. Sultana Varawalla
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights UX writing & voice over talent. Oscillating between two ends of the same spectrum tied together with words, Sultana Varawalla is a writer and a voice-over artist. When not crafting her own stories, she's locked away in a studio narrating someone else's. In this podcast, she talks about her love from writing and passion for voice artistry. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks!
September 4, 2020
Featured: Finding Your Voice & Podcasting with Stanley Sam
This episode spotlights the need to podcasting with Stanly Sam, a host & producer of The Stan Perspective. He creates this Podcast based on his opinions and point of views about the different context of biblical/religious/scientific/cultural facts about mankind. Stanly is a final year MCA student working as a Human resource representative and loves to play piano. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Find his Podcast, The Stan Perspective on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
September 1, 2020
S3E06 - Authors on Bookwriting & Publishing ft. Samyuktha Nair
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights bookwriting & publishing with Samyuktha Nair, an author of 5 books and counting. Her genres range from poetry to romance to historical fiction, and she also works as an editor in the publishing industry. Samyuktha, a big time dog lover also likes reading, painting, and being creative in general. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Find Sangamithra Nataraj on Instagram & her books on Amazon marketplaces.
August 29, 2020
S3E05 - Comedians on Comedy Writing ft. Vaibhav Karn
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights comedic writing with a stand up comedian, Vaibhav Karn, whose journey will make you go ROFL. "Writing jokes and performing them is a next level thrill when you are constantly unaware of the responses you'd get but deep down you know, pehli baar toh koi nahi hasega but the thing that keeps you going is shayad kabhi toh koi hasega. Well, keep yourself reminded of that 'shayad'. Keep laughing!" Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Follow him on Instagram @vaibhav_karn_.
August 25, 2020
S3E04 - Threading sentiments into words ft. Aman Krishan
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights creative writing & poetry. A creative writer at The Indian Idiot (aka TII), Aman Krishan, whose writings will leave you awestruck joined today to express his love for poetries. He's into poetry writing which is a mixture of modern Urdu and Hindi. His short stories fixate a lot on the duality of morality and it's consequences on action. He loves to watch anime and is a student of the Japanese language. In his free time, he loves to practice guitar & singing and occasionally performs. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Follow him on Instagram @aman_krishan. He runs a page, creating funny visual content.
August 23, 2020
S3E03 - Writing emotion in your story ft. Dhara Kapadia
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights a Select Writer at Terribly Tiny Tales (aka TTT), Dhara Kapadia, who is capturing hearts with her writings. Her hobby is to find poetry in the everyday, the mundane, on the streets. She's constantly in love with words, photographs, distant cities & her family. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Follow her on Instagram @_dharakapadia
August 19, 2020
S3E02 - Korean, a luminous & worth learning language ft. Ritu Mitragotri
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights Korean language learning with Ritu Mitragotri. She is also known as Mint. She loves to make art and learn new things - "The world is a canvas and you can do many things and experience many things as you are on your journey to create." She also enjoys learning languages other than Korean like Japanese and have been into language learning all by herself since middle school. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Follow her on her Instagram art journey @pastelmintart Episode cover art is also by Ritu!
August 16, 2020
S3E01 - A gentle reminder to aspiring writers
Being a writer is all about expressing your unique perspective with feeling and originality, not about having a huge vocabulary or getting published, says author Jacqueline Woodson. Get ready for your stories, articles, poems and essays to unravel — all of them.
August 14, 2020
S2E08 - Authors on Bookwriting ft Sangamithra Nataraj
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and her guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights bookwriting with Sangamithra Nataraj. She has written 4 books - The Wolf in the Mountains, Going Back Home, She Writes Her Story and Rainbow Narratives. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Find Sangamithra Nataraj on Instagram & Twitter or check out her website - https://dragondreams-official-92.webself.net/home You can also follow her on Goodreads and Amazon Author Central. Episode cover art by Ritu (support her art on Instagram @pastelmintart)
July 31, 2020
S2E07 - 40 Sec Read: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski
The poem is free verse (no rhyme) and repeats the words life, death, light, you, and gods. The line "your life is your life," encourages the reader to not make exceptions to their own needs.
July 21, 2020
S2E06 - 60 Sec Read: Contradictions by Paulo Coelho
One of the best "short reads".
July 21, 2020
S2E05 - 60 Sec Read: Warning by Jenny Joseph
This poem is separated into uneven sets of lines. There is no rhyming pattern in this poem but there are moments of repetition (usage of AND) which unifies the text.
July 21, 2020
S2E04 - 20 Sec Read: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
The symbolism of the poem is commendable. Here, Frost symbolizes fire as desire or love, and ice is symbolized to be destruction and hate. This is one of my favourites!
July 21, 2020
S2E03 - 40 Sec Read: Love After Love by Derek Walcott
What I like about this poem is that, it instructs, gently, and reassures. With no set rhyme scheme, the poem is a loose structure pinned with occasional short lines and single words. It takes its time, the subtle pauses placed for the reader to ponder on.
July 21, 2020
S2E02 - 60 Sec Read: Respect for Mystery by Paulo Coelho
July 21, 2020
S2E01 - 60 Sec Read: A Smile to Remember by Charles Bukowski
I like how this poem is free of any structure and has broken the sentences in a way that the flow of emotions are seen throughout.
July 20, 2020
S1E06 - Songwriters on Songwriting ft. Jibin Abraham
Talking Real, a live talk show where Megha Upadhyaya and guests bring you weekly insights dedicated to writing. This episode spotlights songwriting with Jibin Abraham. Tune in to get some dose of tips, tactics and tricks! Find Jibin Abraham on YouTube (www.youtube.com/c/JibinAbraham), Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Xdz2SQRbpt6XBhcJYc2KH?si=iJELqWgGRQai1EbU-zHQoQ) and more. Episode cover art by Ritu (support her art on Instagram @pastelmintart)
June 29, 2020
S1E05 - Identifying your voice
Ask yourself - What do you write about? What kind of stories get you going? If your writing was a person, what would be its top 5 attributes? Tune in!
June 26, 2020
S1E04 - Storytelling with the 3Cs
Storytelling fundamentals are the 3Cs - Character, Conflict and Context. In context, Robert McKee, "Conflict is the music of story." Tune in!
June 26, 2020
S1E03 - Unlocking creativity with fluttering pages
Try reading diary fiction to get an idea. Tune in!
June 26, 2020
S1E02 - Sticking with the 6 keys
These 6 key steps will form the foundation of your work: 1. Find a place 2. Find a medium 3. Read inspiring works 4. Set the conditions 5. Agree a time 6. Sketching and staying inspired. Tune in! In context, as stated by T.S. Eliot, "Often writing is bad, it's because the writer was conscious when they should have been an conscious and unconscious when they should have been conscious."
June 26, 2020
S1E01 - Connecting the dots
A little something about me. I hope your stories connect on the same dots too. Tune in!
June 26, 2020