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 Alyson Pelletier Seegmueller, a dance mom who is used to driving 14 hours every day but now she’s stuck at home because of Covid-19, I think.
A former Mainer living in Pennsylvania now and her motto is basically, “I can’t, my daughter has dance.”
In every post Allyson has, it’s super obvious how much she loves her family.
I asked her if she thought there was a certain vulnerability that happens when you love someone so much? Check out her answers and more.
“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
“[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner
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Brainstorming? Even the word sounds a little creepy. Like there is a storm inside your brain. It sounds… It sounds sort of violent and hazardous and windy. In this podcast, we talk about the storms inside our brain and how those storms can become story ideas. Five Ways To Get Story Ideas Some authors have a really hard time just getting an idea for a new story. They burn out. They can’t find anything that they think is ‘good enough.’ They just don’t know where to start and that lack of a start makes them blocked. This is so sad! There are ways to fight it. One way To Storm is BY admiring other’s work Think about ways that other people’s stories influence you. If you’re an Outlander fan, think about why. If you were to write your own kind of time travel story would it be like that? With a lot of spanking and stuff? Or something totally different. How would it be different? Another Way to Incite a Hailstorm of Questions Ask your self questions. It’s all about ‘What if?’ What if Trump wasn’t president in 2018? What if everyone had blue hair? What if the earth had two ...
What do you call a person who never farts in front of other people? A private tooter. What do you call it when someone eats refried beans and onions?Tear gas. Success is like a fart. It only bothers people when it’s not their own. How do you say “fart” in German?“Farfrompoopin.” These jokes are from Fatherly https://www.fatherly.com/play/21-best-funniest-fart-jokes-kids/ Why are we talking about fart jokes? Well, because right now there’s a pandemic and people are dying and economies are crashing and there’s a lot of pain out there. Throughout history, people have been in pain, lived and died, faced wars, pandemics, economic uncertainty, loss of freedom, a lack of human rights. And throughout history there have been fart jokes. As writers and humans, it’s good to think about that. The oldest joke in recorded history? It was a fart joke. Flatulence is almost always funny unless it is a joke told by Ancient Sumerians, maybe? Here’s the joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” I am going to be honest here. I don’t get it. The oldest British Joke is this one from 10th Century—“What hangs at a man’s thigh and wants to poke the hole that it’s often poked before? Answer: A key.” Those naughty Anglo-Saxons, you can tell Shaun’s related to them. Notice ...
So, if you check out the link to this article on the Huffington Post by Leslie Kean, you'll have some good background on what we're talking about. But Kean writes about the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, which is meant to "advance research into unexplained phenomena and develop related technology." One of the players in that is Luis Eiizondo who worked for the United States' Department of Defense. In short, less that two weeks after leaving the Pentagon, Luis Elizondo confirmed that UFOs are a real; they exist, and they have been officially documented. Can anyone argue with this fact now, given where this man comes from and what he knows? Leslie Kean And he kind of sort of pretty much said UFOs are real and that's a big deal. Because if UFOs might be real, what else is? As writers, we're always trying to make sure that our stories are believable, but what if the unbelievable is no longer unbelievable? What happens then? And how do we make the unbelievable believable? The biggest trick is that we have to make the person that the unbelievable things happen to have real reactions, emotions, belief systems and feelings? We can believe that someone saw a UFO hovering over the Maine Turnpike if we see them before it happens, see them react to it in a way that's consistent with their character, and see them deal with the ...