“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.” –Marcel Proust
The Read.Write.Repeat podcast was born from obsession. In its basic form, it is an obsession with storytelling. To our loved ones, it is just that, a strange quirk, nothing more. For us, it has evolved into a driving thirst that results in grandiose projects, strange discoveries, wild dreams, and the occasional hastily erected shrine. Come along as we impulsively pursue all manner of literary ecstasies and plan elaborate escapades and forays into all things reading, writing, and publishing.
As an independent bookstore owner, book nerd, and an author, we bring together a unique perspective on the literary world. Our literary tastes are as eclectic as we are spontaneous. Nothing is off limits. Sometimes this results in hilarious debacles. Usually, though, our rash decisions lead to fascinating discoveries.
What to Expect
Main episodes develop around a short story that Dylan, Kaisha and Kelsey read in the weeks leading up to recording. You don’t need to read the story to enjoy the show, though you are always welcome to join them in their reading endeavors. Their discussion will examine the story through both a reading and a writing lens. They will evaluate craft, connect to bookstore or publishing trends, unite things, circle back, delve into silliness, and follow random ideas that pop into their heads.
Between main episodes, enjoy a slew of shorter tangent episodes in which they delve into a theme, topic, or rant. Tangent episodes are wild, uproarious rides about all things reading and writing. From exploring the perils of writing reviews to evaluating author bad behavior, one thing is for certain: these episodes will take unexpected turns and land at some entertaining destinations.
From Nerd Girl Lit to Books, Quirks, and Intrigues, the podcast goes beyond book talk to explore the ins and outs of the industry. Take a quick bookish rant with Kaisha, or commiserate with Kelsey as she relates her latest writing agonies. Get insight into the glamorous life of a book nerd turned bookseller as Kaisha waxes philosophical about her reading escapades or rehashes the quirky antics of her customers. Enjoy the hot mess that is Dylan, the nerd turned bookstore employee. Follow along with the uproarious misunderstandings Kelsey finds herself in as she works to get her book published and tries not to look stupid in front of her professors.
Occasionally they manage to wrangle someone else into their madness as a guest. Hear from retired publishers, freelance editors, professors, authors, book nerds and random people off the street.
Watch for bonus episodes where they pursue obsessions with a renewed and focused ferocity. These mini-episodes range from reading and analysis of a favorite poem to an in-depth look at a part of the writing process.
Meet the Hosts
Kaisha is a reader above all else. Even before she became a bookstore owner, her life revolved around those precious, musty little tomes. She worked in small independent bookstores and reviewed books for a living. Now that she owns The Open Book in Bend, Oregon she spends even more time haunting the creepy, musty, dank confines of old thrift stores, antique stores, and bookstores to seek out, possess, consume and sometimes sell whatever books she can find. Let her know what your thinking! You can find her at @KaishaKhalifeh on Twitter and @kkhalifeh on Instagram. Be sure to check out her bookshop at www.openbookbend.com.
Kelsey is a speculative fiction author known for her dark sense of humor, wildly inappropriate ideas and occasionally foul mouth. She’s currently working on her Masters of Fine Art in Fiction at Oregon State University. Nothing gets her more excited than a well-written line, and she spends the bulk of her days agonizing over the lines she writes. When she’s not buried in her projects, she is teaching British Lit and trying to keep up with her ever-mounting to-be-read list. See what she’s up to at www.tibetanlemon.com. She’d love to hear from you. You can find her at @scifistone on Twitter or Instagram or send her an email at email@example.com.
Best known for single-handedly taking down a ring of turncoat spies in 1943, Dylan is more than your average Dungeon Master. His list of accomplishments include a tour in the Swiss Army, moonwalking across the Golden Gate Bridge, being the fastest man to tame a wild boar, being the first person to sail across the Bearing Sea using the transnavigational path of sea slugs, and whipping up wicked book and movie reviews. In addition to being an epic book and movie critic, Dylan is your nerdy bookseller/friendly neighborhood comic book guy. He works at Kaisha’s store, The Open Book in Bend, Oregon, as well as at Pegasus Books. When he’s not writing movie reviews at Steady Critic Reviews, he can be found wrestling rattlesnakes, whittling Swiss Army Knives from the bones of giant trolls, or winning ballroom dance championships. His only flaw is that he doesn’t like Pride and Prejudice. He loves hate mail and can be sent said mail at @HeresyHappens on Twitter or Instagram or via email at heresy.happens
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Thank Yous and Shout Outs
A huge thanks to all of our wonderful guests. It’s fabulous meeting and chatting with such diverse and talented people. You can peruse the list on our Guests tab.