Hey! Welcome to a bonus interview episode of Dogs are Smarter Than People, the usually quirky podcast that gives writing tips and life tips.
I’m Carrie Jones and with me today is Caitlyn Vanover. Caitlyn is an awesome human out there making a difference in the world, She is in law school in Illinois, class of 2022, and she has an Instagram devoted to books, which is a straight shot to this writer’s heart.
She's not just a book lover. She's a first-generation law student.
It was through The WILLOW Project that I knew I was going to: help those who couldn't help themselves; be a voice for the voiceless; and "help those that have fallen through societies cracks."Caitlyn
Want to be inspired for good and to do good? Plus, listen to someone cool? Download the episode or just listen and give Caitlyn and The Willow Project some love.
The Willow Project! http://willowprojectstl.org
Her bookstagram account @life_law_literature
The music we’ve clipped and shortened in this podcast is awesome and is made available through the Creative Commons License. Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song? It’s “Night Owl” by Broke For Free.
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A bonus interview with Jose De La Roca, podcaster, writer, comedian, actor, dad. Link to Jose’s interview.
I have a new book out!!!!!! It’s an adult mystery set in the town where we live, which is Bar Harbor, Maine. You can order it here. And you totally should.
And if you click through to this link, you can read the first chapter!
And click here to learn about the book’s inspiration and what I learned about myself when I was writing it.
My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!
It’s with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an excerpt of it there and everything! But even cooler (for me) they’ve deemed it buzz worthy! Buzz worthy seems like an awesome thing to be deemed!
Buy limited-edition prints and learn more about my art here on my site.
I’m still revising ANOTHER NOW, which is a big time travel story. It is killing me.
And over on Patreon, I’m starting a new story this week! It’s a chapter a month if you want to check it out. It basically costs $1 a month to listen to my story and $3 a month to read it. There’s a new chapter every week. It’s super fun; I promise. Here’s an excerpt.
Every once in awhile, a dog climbs on the roof of a house and chills out, but if you're Huck the dog, you do this all the time. How often? So often that your owner has to put a sign on the door. Join us as we talk about Huck and also about defining happiness, doggy style. Have you ever come home and been like, “Dang, why is my dog so happy?” In general dogs are really pretty cool happy animals. And they are amazing because unlike some of us (cough) they don’t hide how they feel. It’s all just out there. According to Global Dog Breeds, the reasons dogs are so happy are these: They forgiveThey live in the presentThey are happy with what they have right there, right now.They embrace life.They know how to get cozy and comfy.They trust their owners. Carrie’s taking a pretty cool course for free on EdX (sadly, this is not an ad) all about happiness and it’s taught by Arthur Brooks, a professor at Harvard. And all these things about why dogs are happy made her think about that class and some of the teachings from it. Brooks says, “It turns out that the way we think about happiness is informed by where we live. For example, in some cultures, happiness is defined by social harmony. In others, it's defined by personal achievement. So the way we answer the question are you happy depends, to an extent, on where we're from.” Brooks interviewed the Dalai Lama and his Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso shared the following (the quote is taken directly), “I think very purpose of our daily life. For happy life, firstly, we need some sense of oneness ...
Ashley Bryan died this week. He was 98 and a brilliant artist, writer, and human who lived on an island in Maine near us and was the keynote speaker at a book festival we had. In a 2017 Horn Book interview with Roger Sutton and Nikki Giovanni, he said, If someone says they are taking my time — that's the one thing you never can take. I have to offer it. Time is of the moment, and the moment is all I have. If that moment isn't precious to me, then I'm not living. Nothing is more important or precious to me right now than both of us talkingAshley Bryan Ashley also said in that same interview I love poetry. It's at the heart of everything I do. Poetry transforms what we call language, and uses language as the stuff to become something else. I get spun around by what happens in words. When that occurs, it inspires images that seem so original to me as an artist, even though I'm following what the poem has offered. So, I, Carrie was a bit heartbroken by this, not just because Ashley Bryan like me goes out in public with paint on his sweater (as you see in a photo on our blog taken when he was at the book festival), but because Ashley was such a light in this world. He seemed to get it--to not just rejoice in the moment, but to also rejoice in the twists to the moments. In a New York Times article from 2020 entitled "Why Mundane Moments Matter," Simran Sethi writes Although we, as a culture, typically favor the ...
Yesterday on Carrie’s blog she talked about a writer worry that happens a lot, which is figuring out when your novel has too many characters. You should check that out at carriejonesbooks.blog if it’s one of your worries, but here’s a bit more information about making that deadly decision (deadly for your character, not you). ANOTHER WAY TO DETERMINE IF THE CHARACTER NEEDS TO BE THERE IS TO THINK ABOUT YOUR CHARACTERS’ ROLES IN THE STORY. Protagonist – The main character. It’s the character that the reader likes, loves, roots for, worries about, the character that moves the plot forward and has emotional development. Antagonist – The naughty one who keeps our protagonist from quickly achieving their goals. Sidekick – The bestie. The support system for the protagonist. Orbital – They tend to get the protagonist in trouble even if that’s not their intent. Think Hermione in Harry Potter. She’s the coolest, but her insistence on doing the right thing and being heroic sometimes pulls Harry into a path of uh-oh. The orbital is basically an instigator. Love Interest – I don’t have to explain this one, right? Confidante – This is the person the protagonist tells their secrets to. It can be a trusted friend, a mentor. Foil – They aren’t the villain, but they are the protagonist’s opposite. Think Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter. Red Shirts – These are the extras. They are hanging out in the background and encountered, but not super important. The Patils in Harry Potter If you have a ton of one type of character, you can probably delete or combine one. WRITING TIP OF THE POD Diversify your characters’ roles and consolidate. Don’t have too many characters doing the same thing/serving the same role. DOG TIP FOR LIFE Keep your crew ...