Brain Burps About Books (The Writing Life)

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #238

Dave Sanderson: Beyond the Miracle on the Hudson

An Interview with a Hero

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This week's guest is Dave Sanderson!

This week's guest is Dave Sanderson. Dave is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others, and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. In this stirring presentation, Sanderson shares the story of Flight 1549, revealing the inner strength it took to make it through the day, and how teamwork, leadership, and state management can help overcome any obstacle.

Dave and I talk about

  • Many people who get on a plane are at least a little worried that something will happen. What you need to do, from a survivor?
  • Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life.
  • His first hand account of his experience aboard US Airways Flight 1549, aka the Miracle on the Hudson.
  • What lessons he learned from the Miracle on the Hudson?
  • How do you take a potentially tragic experience and turn it into an opportunity to survive and thrive?
  • What is PTSG? How does it differ from PTSD?
  • The new Miracle on the Hudson documentary produced and directed by Rick Ortiz coming out in January 2016.
  • What are the 12 Pillars of Resourcefulness?
Direct download: Dave_Sanderson__Beyond_the_Miracle_on_the_Hudson.mp3
Category:The Writing Life -- posted at: 3:00am EST

BBAB 232: Making a Living as a Writer

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #232

Making a Living as a Writer

An Interview with Laura Purdie Salas

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This Week's Guest is Laura Purdie Salas!

This week’s guest is Laura Purdie Salas. Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A LEAF CAN BE... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, NCTE Notable Children's Book, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at

Laura and I talk about
Direct download: Making_a_Living_as_a_Writer.mp3
Category:The Writing Life -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

BBAB 217: Bundle Up! The Writers Bundle Will Heat Up Your Writing

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #217

Bundle Up! The Writers Bundle Will Heat Up Your Writing

An Interview with Alexis Grant of The Write Life

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This Week's Guest is Alexis Grant!

This week’s guest is Alexis Grant. Alexis is an entrepreneurial writer and digital strategist, with a focus on careers and the workplace. All of her work falls under one umbrella: helping YOU create the life you want to live.

Alexis and I talk about
  • Why she created The Write Life and The Writer's Bundle.
  • How The Writer's Bundle can benefit YOU.
  • Who is part of The Writer's Bundle this year.
  • How you can be one of the first to get it!
Direct download: Bundle_Up_The_Writers_Bundle_will_Heat_Up_Your_Writing.mp3
Category:The Writing Life -- posted at: 9:07pm EST

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