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The Writer’s Well Episode 190: Goodbye…for now.

In this difficult and emotional episode, J. and Rachael explain why The Writer’s Well is going on an indefinite hiatus.

We will miss you all and so appreciate your support over the years.

With love,

Rachael and J.

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64 thoughts on “The Writer’s Well Episode 190: Goodbye…for now.”

  1. I am in shock, thank you for years of laughter and insight. Best of luck in your next venture! I love how this show was so incredibly real, thank you for all of it!

  2. Sad day, but standing still is moving backwards. As ex-military (and my father was military) moving on is part of my life.
    Be careful not to overthink things. Decisions are simple; you need more time so cut stuff to gain that time.
    I enjoyed our time together and I wish you both well whichever way you go. And who knows, one day our paths may overlap so we can share part of our journey together again.
    Love to both of you.

  3. Hi guys,
    well that was a surprise, but I understand completely.
    This is not 2020 the year of covid 19, but 2020 the year of re-evaluating what is important and letting go of that which is not.
    This is not an ending, but a new beginning, I wish you both every success in your new directions.
    Go forward with smiles and thank you.

  4. I’m not going to lie, I am absolutely shook. You guys are my fave and I definitely welled up listening. I’m super stoked for you to have new directions and that you’re continuing in directions that bring you joy, life is far far too short to do things that don’t bring you happiness. But selfishly, I am proper devastated. This is one of my die hard faves and I am bereft that it’s no more. Thank you so much for the weekly joy you have brought me, and I hope that your new directions prosper and fill you both with everything you want… oh, and a side serving of rebellion ;p

    1. Quitting is a form of rebellion, no?

      Thanks, Sacha. I’m a better person for knowing you and look forward to future ventures together…

  5. Not my favorite podcast!! I will miss this interaction. I came here from How Do You Write, so I guess I better go follow one of J’s podcasts so I can still hear both of you.

    Thank you for everything. Best of luck on your new direction(s); please do keep us posted!

  6. I’ll miss the weekly banter between you two.

    You both have brought so much joy and life to my writing career that words could not express. While I found both of you separately, I was ecstatic the first time the Petal met with Metal on air.

    I’m excited to hear what you two have coming next, and know that this true fan (or stalker, maybe, I’m not sure at this point) is ready to see where you both go from here.

  7. This is certainly a time to pick your focus and leave everything which is not bang in the centre of the target. Good luck both of you. I shall miss the voices in my head.

    I look forward to seeing what you both come up with.

  8. Thank you for doing this podcast and providing inspiration and advice for so long. Though I haven’t always commented, I’ve listened from the beginning and will miss the show. But, I’m super excited for you both to enter these new phases in your careers and will be cheering you on from the sidelines, be that your other podcasts, social media, or however else our paths cross. Best of luck!

  9. Not surprised, but selfishly gutted. Sad to lose your delightful, genuine banter – and all of the listeners who comment here and give these dark times light and hope. I am a better person for having known all of you.

    J and Rachael It’s been an honor to watch you both grow into your best selves and develop beautiful powerful wings. The thing about loving butterflies, at some point you have to let them fly.

  10. I’ll miss having breakfast with you guys every Wednesday morning. You’ve walked your talk from the first episode and you’re taking care of wellness. So thankful to have spent all this time with you both.

  11. God Damn 2020 just keeps bringing the painful kicks in the gut. Impeachment, Covid, California’s on fire, and now this!

    Just kidding. I’m super excited for both of you. Even though I’ll miss this show, I’m super thrilled there are other places I can connect with you both. Can’t wait to read the next chapter of the lives you are both writing.

  12. I’m thrilled for you two that you’re branching out it what sounds like some amazing directions. Looking forward to seeing what you bring into the world.

    Will and I will miss spending Wednesday lunch with you two. Insightful, funny, inspiring and full of truth. Of course, we listen to your other shows, but you two together was special. Fingers crossed for some reunion episodes along the way.

  13. Oh no! But I totally get it. I got really sad when I saw the notification from Patreon but when I heard you guys talk it made me feel better. I know what’s to come will be great!

    I think I’ve been listening since day 1 and want to thank you for the last few years. While I *still* have no ambitions of quitting a day job I feel like listening to you two has been a big part of a renewed push to take my writing more seriously that has ben bringing me a lot of joy in the last few years. So thank you for being in my ears!

    Looking forward to seeing what you both do next!

  14. Well, fuck.

    Just a thought: How about passing the baton to another pair of writers? Perhaps one who is full time and experienced (* cough* cough * Stephanie Bond * cough * cough *) and someone who is trying to transition to full time. I love the two of you, but I also love the format and the topics and the original premise.

    Maybe you don’t need to end the show, like The Good Place. Maybe you just need a new cast, like Doctor Who.

    1. SOOOOO kind of you, Monique, but I couldn’t come close to filling the shoes of Rachael and J!

      R&J, I’m sad, too, but so happy and grateful for the time you two invested in putting together so many great episodes I can listen to again and again. I know you’re both moving on to even greater things, and we’ll all be cheering you on.

  15. Well, that was a landmark episode. Haha. You guys have been great and I have loved every one. You will be missed. I know that I will hear each of you on other podcasts. But, it does kind of suck. Love you guys and you will be missed.

  16. Well, I have been behind on podcasts for a while since the ‘rona made my commute non-existent but news travels. I’m so sad and in shock for real. This podcast has been a mainstay for me over the last few years. What am I going to do???

    I will forever be grateful to the two of you doing this podcast in so many ways, one being the fact that you gave me the confidence and the networking to create and be a part of my own podcast. Your advice is invaluable and I wish you guys nothing but happiness and success in all your other endeavors.


    P.S. Rachael, one day in the near future I’m reaching out to you on memoirs. I want to write one and have no clue how to start. XOXO!

  17. So sad to hear the podcast is ending – but you prompted me to finally leave a comment while I still can! I’ll have to find another podcast to move up to first on my list, though I do still have some backlist episodes I need to listen to. Wishing you both best of luck on new adventures – and I’ll be listening in on the other podcasts and following your successes. Thank you!

  18. Well, my favorite writing podcast. It’s a sign. Stop listening and just do more writing. I’m guilty of using writing podcasts as resistance, that’s clear. See you at the Summit! Thanks.

  19. Sorry to hear you’re disappearing from my weekly queue but raising a Dairy Queen Blizzard in celebration of all the great experiences you’ve brought me from the beginning. I still think of you as Petal To The Metal. Good luck in you future endeavours.

  20. Hey!
    oh man, guys… I get it, I do. So many things to do, not enough time and energy. I have followed both of you for years – gah it IS years – and I will continue to do so.
    I don’t need to wish you good luck as I know both of you will nail whatever it is you put your minds to. But I’ll say it anyway. Good luck!
    Hugs to you both.

  21. Woah!!! Unexpected! This is another reason why 2020 has been the worst year ever!

    This is my first time commenting here. But I just wanted to thank the both of you for your generosity. I listen to your other podcasts but I will miss you together. Your chemistry and genuine love and friendship has been something special.

    I’m personally sad, but happy for you.

    During this quarantine season, I finished watching both Parks and Rec and The Office. This feels a little like when those series ended (or when Michael Scoot left The Office).

    I have listened faithfully to every episode. You both helped me write 3 books. I just want you to know that you didn’t just “host a podcast.” You actually made a difference in the lives of people. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

    As a fan, the only thing I ask is this: Please have each other on your separate podcasts at least once a year. It will be like a reunion for us.

    Thank you.

  22. I go on vacation and take a break from all online activities only to return and discover you’re leaving! I’m so sad! 🙁 I always look forward to Wednesday mornings when I can listen to you while I have my breakfast. You two are really special together. 🙂

    But…I get it. You have to move forward, not stand still. I get how you need to free up space in your lives. It’s part of living and growing. What is life, if not growth? I’ll continue to support you both individually, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

    Thanks for all the fantastic podcasts and thoughtful questions!

  23. I’m a recent podcast follower of the two of you. (Listen to Rachael’s how do you write podcast regularly).
    Have loved your wisdom, Positive energy and the fun you two have together. Infectious and inspiring. Wishing you both all the best with your next ventures.

  24. Well, I’ll miss neither of you, guys.
    Because I’ll keep following you both on your respective endeavors. Love you both!
    What I’ll miss, though, is the combination of the two of you. Your overall tone, the way you mixed light and heavy, technical and personal. Always uplifting, always useful. Kudoos. There was a special spark there, some kind of elemental energy I guess, a wonderful mix that compelled me to listen from the top, and then to come back to the Writer’s Well every week, and to go “Yeah, another episode is up! Let’s take a walk!”
    That, I’ll miss for sure.

  25. I know this is late, but I want to say Thank You! For what? Four years, I listened to this podcast on Wednesday afternoons as I drove to therapy. So many times your conversations deeply informed my sessions. And it was rarely about the craft of writing. So thank you. May you have all the happiness in the world.

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