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Creepy Stories Randomly On The Internet
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Creepy Stories Randomly On The Internet
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Carrie Jones Shaun Farrar

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September 29, 2020 00:17:22
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Stop Giving The F-Word and Just Succeed

The other night Shaun and I imbibed some alcohol and I declared that to not have a who-gives-a-swear-word attitude is to be compliant. This made Shaun really happy. I said it because I was talking about authors and politics and being afraid to say what you think because you are afraid of backlash. I’ve been listening to a lot of entrepreneurs and marketers who all preach putting your authentic self out there so that your group of supporters are supporting the real you, not some fake, shadow version that’s trying to appeal to everyone. Shaun said “Google authors who struggled and said, ‘F-it, did a 360, and found success.” This was hard to do, actually. There was no nice search results for that. But one thing it brought up was the infamous book called, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*&k.” In the article of the same name (Link is in the podcast notes), Mark Manson wrote, “Chances are you know somebody in your life who, at one time or another, did not give a f- and went on to accomplish amazing feats. Perhaps there was a time in your life where you simply did not give a f- and excelled to some extraordinary heights. I know for myself, quitting my day job in finance after only six weeks and telling my boss that I was going to start selling dating advice online ranks pretty high up there in my own “didn’t give a f-” hall of fame. Same with deciding to  ...

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February 16, 2021 00:24:01
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Keep Your Cat Out Of Tinder and Other Sucky Advice

In our Random Thought section of the podcast (Notes not transcribed), we talk about how straight men aren’t supposed to let the world know they like/have cats on social media. Shaun has thoughts. The rest of the podcast follows. Every weekday Carrie posts on her personal Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin, inspiring quotes from our dogs and cats. Sometimes they are just about bacon and naps because bacon and naps can be inspiring. But it made us think of famous writing quotes and whether or not they are kind of b.s. And how very privileged some quotes are. Like Marianne Williamson, who we are sure is an incredibly lovely person wrote this: “Nothing binds you except your thoughts, nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” Which is lovely and partially true, but it comes from the perspective of a really lucky person who is white, who is good looking, who had a lot of advantages as a white American, right? It’s hard to say nothing binds you except your thoughts to a political prisoner who is legit in chains, to a Black man or woman in the U.S. who is jail for pot, for someone who has paralyzing fear because of trauma that’s happened to her or him or them, right? Generalizations can be so inspiring and they can have truth in them for some people and sometimes even for most people, but it’s never going to work for everyone. Writing advice and quotes are like that, too. Like even the most amazing Ray Bradbury wrote “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” That’s a good quote, right? Us writers are easily destroyed. But being ...

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June 18, 2018 00:22:11
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Worst Case Scenario. Getting Story Ideas.

Shaun used to call Carrie, “WC,” because he is evil. No. Really. He called her that because she was always thinking up the worst case scenario for every situation and planned for that, which is not a particularly healthy way to live. But. . . it’s a pretty good way to write. The ‘what if’ element of any situation in real life can be expanded into a story. Throw in a ‘what if’ coupled with a ‘worst case scenario’ into your story idea and you have really high stakes. Like when Carrie wrote the Need series, she thought, “What is the worst thing that can happen to this girl forced to move to Maine from Charleston? Oh. How about her biological father is a pixie king who is kidnapping people to feed off them because he can’t control his hunger and need. Ah. That’s not bad enough. How about we throw in an impending apocalypse and she has to turn pixie to stop it?” Story ideas can come from anywhere. Your own life. The news. Random stories of friends. Country music videos. But the story ideas that are heart-stopping are the ones where there’s a worst case scenario involved. Take a situation in your life and think, “Whoah, what if those people were cannibals?” or “Whoah, what if that cat was a secret Russian agent?” Those ‘what if’ stories are the stories that make high stakes and high action. Don’t be afraid of the worst case scenarios. ...

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