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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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Job Hunting: It’s Tuf Out Here but We’ve Got *Tips*

An Obsessive NatureMar 09, 2023

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Job Hunting: It’s Tuf Out Here but We’ve Got *Tips*

Job Hunting: It’s Tuf Out Here but We’ve Got *Tips*

In today’s (fun?) episode, we compare our experiences being unemployed and keeping the never-ending job search organized.
Mar 09, 202332:60
More Superhero Chat: Review of Renegades Finale

More Superhero Chat: Review of Renegades Finale

Brenna finally finished the rest of the Renegades series, so here we are… back with superhero talk! Enjoy this chaotic review of the final two books—Archenemies & Supernova.
Feb 02, 202355:59
What Do You Mean We’re Unemployed?

What Do You Mean We’re Unemployed?

In today’s episode… a lay off. (And what’s next.)
Dec 08, 202243:55
Obsessions Update: Parasocial Relationships & Midnights

Obsessions Update: Parasocial Relationships & Midnights

In this month’s obsessions update, tune in to hear our takes on the Queen, The Try Guys, Taylor Swift, Tyler Henry, and more!
Nov 03, 202234:15
Politics & Superheroes: A Chaotic Review of Renegades, Book One

Politics & Superheroes: A Chaotic Review of Renegades, Book One

Welcome back to the chaos! In this month’s episode, we talk superheroes. Specifically, the ones in Renegades. Themes, symbols, comparisons to the MCU, favorite moments, believability, how the story can influence our own writing—we tackle it all. Enjoy this Renegades chat!
Oct 14, 202245:21
Someone’s Got Writer’s Blues

Someone’s Got Writer’s Blues

In today’s mini episode, Brenna opens up about her frustrations with the publishing industry and we chat about ways to stay creative even in crazy times.
Jul 07, 202225:40
Obsessions Update: Books About Racism & Regency Dating Shows

Obsessions Update: Books About Racism & Regency Dating Shows

Welcome to another obsessions update! If you want to hear about the books and shows we’ve been loving recently, you’re in the right place.
Jun 06, 202247:26
The Batman Episode

The Batman Episode

Welcome to… THE BATMAN EPISODE. Along with special guest Martin, we spend an hour raving and ranting about the latest silver screen iteration of everyone’s favorite vigilante. Ps. We recorded this before the sequel was announced. ;)
May 05, 202252:30
How to Interview Big Names & Live Draft Workshopping

How to Interview Big Names & Live Draft Workshopping

In this week’s episode, we talk through AC’s latest interviews and live workshop a section of Brenna’s new manuscript! (Plus goof around, but we always do that.)
Apr 09, 202236:14
Starting a New Novel: What Does It Look Like?

Starting a New Novel: What Does It Look Like?

This is the episode where Brenna talks a mile a minute about planning and plotting a new novel (for the first time). Try to keep up.
Mar 03, 202225:32
Interrogating Brenna About Her Creative Process

Interrogating Brenna About Her Creative Process

On the first new episode of 2022, we talk some fun updates, as well as dive into our creative processes. Learn about how we manage projects, even if we don’t really manage them at all.
Feb 03, 202237:09
Legendborn Chat with 2 UNC Grads

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.
Dec 02, 202128:49
Loss & Dreams

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.
Nov 04, 202118:55
Books We Hate (jk, but look out Margaret Atwood)

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.
Oct 07, 202136:35
Bleeps, Book Twitter, and a ~ Live ~ Writing Exercise

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…
Sep 02, 202133:17
Obsessions Update: Adulting and Such

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.)
Aug 05, 202127:05
How We Can Learn From and Have Been Influenced by Our Favorite Writers

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”.
Jul 01, 202129:32
The Magnificence of the Disney+ Show Format

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!
Jun 03, 202133:40
Q&A on Stage Management & Scenic Design: From Loch Ness to COVID

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, 202101:19:04
YouTube Subs: K-Pop to NC Natives

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!
Apr 01, 202101:05:50
The Querying & Publishing Process Unveiled

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!
Mar 11, 202143:04
Reading Our Embarrassing, Sexy Writing

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!
Feb 18, 202137:03
Obsessions Update: From Bondi Rescue to WandaVision

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.)
Feb 04, 202129:24
Fave Heroes: From Cap to Buffy

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.
Jan 21, 202134:25
Fave Villains: From Doofenshmirtz to The Walking Dead

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.”
Jan 07, 202145:02
Exposing Our Embarrassing Writing Confessions

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…
Dec 24, 202024:18
Obsessing for One Year: What We’ve Learned

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!
Dec 10, 202034:02
If Little Mix Were Men: Underrated Females in Music

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*
Nov 26, 202049:28
Writing: Finding Inspiration in Music

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! ;)
Nov 12, 202027:45
Julie and the Phantoms and The Evolution of Musical TV and Film

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...
Oct 29, 202048:20
Underrated Female Characters & Go Vote!

Underrated Female Characters & Go Vote!

Today we talk about characters we love to hate on but are actually pretty awesome. (Ps. Please go vote.)
Oct 15, 202037:32
Our Most Influential Movies

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.
Oct 01, 202043:39
Childhood Reading: Fav Books, Slow Groups & WTF Even Counts

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.
Sep 17, 202030:11
Fandoms: Millennials vs. Gen-Z

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!
Sep 03, 202044:39
Obsessions Update: Summer 2020

Obsessions Update: Summer 2020

What have we been obsessed with since our last update? Weirder stuff, we promise.
Aug 20, 202031:04
Working From Home

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.
Aug 06, 202021:50
Writing Slumps: We're Always in One!

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. :)
Jul 23, 202021:30
Fandoms: Best & Worst Experiences

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!
Jul 09, 202028:18
Revision: Crying, Deleting Josh, and What Works

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...
Jun 25, 202021:59
Brenna's Fiction Publishing Journey

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....
Jun 11, 202023:50
Obsession Update: Quarantine Edition

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, 202026:05
Why We Love Genre Fiction

Why We Love Genre Fiction

Today's episode is all about genre fiction and why we love it! Simple as that.
May 21, 202023:08
Our Published Work: From Journalism to Personal Crisis

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, 202027:25
Art and Writing: How to Become an Art Critic

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, 202025:27
Writing Hacks: Our Favs and Where We Found Them

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!
Apr 30, 202019:17
Personality Types: Insightful or Bullsh*t?

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...
Apr 23, 202038:05
Glee's Curse and Cultural Impact

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.
Apr 16, 202033:34
Are Creative Writing Programs Beneficial?

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!
Apr 09, 202022:11
Impostor Syndrome & Writing: It Sucks

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!
Apr 02, 202021:52
Obsession Update: March 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.
Mar 26, 202036:45
Sex in YA Fiction: Yay or Dear God, No?

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!
Mar 19, 202012:22
Underrated Books: What You Have to Read Now!

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...
Mar 12, 202025:56
Twilight and Race: Wtf Is Up With This Sh*t?

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!
Mar 05, 202024:12
YA Book-Movies: A Dying Breed?

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...
Feb 27, 202040:02
Disney Channel: The Good, Bad and Early Aughts

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...
Feb 20, 202031:50
Fandoms: Ageless and Dead

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...
Feb 13, 202027:27
Writing Research: A Method in This Madness?

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.
Feb 06, 202023:44
Story Tropes We Can't Shake

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...)
Jan 30, 202015:54
Fandoms: The Power of Celebrity

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!
Jan 23, 202016:51
Fanfic: Writing, Reading & Making Sense

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...
Jan 16, 202025:35
Revealing Our Guilty Pleasures

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.
Jan 09, 202028:59
Welcome to Our Obsessions!

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!
Dec 01, 201910:53