#55 Parenting and Productivity with Milda De Voe and New Events

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I first met Milda De Voe a few years before the pandemic. We were introduced by Marcelle Soviero who was then the editor of the fabulous former literary publication Brain, Child, I regularly wrote for. I loved her enthusiasm, humor, and focus. Milda and I connected again at AWP, connected by Dawn Raffel (her podcast episode is here).  I was wanted to talk to Milda about her organization Pen Parentis, her productivity tips for writers, and her newest book of fiction stories,  A Flash of Darkness. I love this joyful and effervescent episode, during dark times for Israel, and the world.

In this Episode

• What the non-profit organization Pen Parentis offers parents who are writers [3:34]
• Milda’s best tips for staying productive and finding accountability [7:35]
• Actionable tips for finding a writing routine that works best for you [12:14]
• Being a creative person in a relationship and creating priorities [15:20]
• Writing tips for creatives [28:00]

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About Milda

M. M. De Voe is an internationally published creator of short fiction and poetry and holds numerous writing awards in a broad range of genres including poetry, literary fiction, horror/fantasy, and creative nonfiction. De Voe also runs Pen Parentis, a literary nonprofit she founded in 2013 to help writers stay on creative track while raising children. She is the author of Book & Baby, a fun-to-read guide showing parents how to find the time, money and energy to devote to creative writing. The book is organized from infancy to grown-and-flown and includes personal anecdotes from various established authors. In 2021, it won first prize at the NextGen Indie Book Awards.  Her debut story collection A FLASH OF DARKNESS just launched in 2023 and is available here. Reviewers have called her “a femme-Kafka.”

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Website  Her website also has links to BOOK & BABY for purchase.

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Photographer credit for Milda’s headshot: Luba Grossman.

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