This week's episode is all about special dog dinners and eating frogs for breakfast. So, yeah, basically time management.
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Here’s a link to that and the artist’s website. Who is this artist and what is this song? It’s “Summer Spliff” by Broke For Free.
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None of us are perfect with the grammar, especially not us native-English speakers. We’ve got all these words that mean totally different things but sound EXACTLY THE SAME! And today, we here on Dogs are Smarter Than People are going to do things. Prove that dogs are smarter than people because they don’t have to spell.Help you all out about a five-some of evil. Yes, I’m talking about Aah, ah, ahh, aw, and awe. I know you’ve all seen it on Facebook. Someone you love writes, “Awe (a-w-e) that’s so cutie.” And you’re like, “No! Agh. I don’t want to be evil and tell them but they are using the wrong spelling here.” Let’s get started. Aah! Is an interjection. It’s like a giant mosquito as big as a velociraptor is hovering in front of your nose. You are afraid. Aah is what we use for those moments. It has a super close relative – Ah! Ah is an interjection, too. But this time you aren’t expressing fear; this time you are expressing love, surprise, pleasure, a realization. “Ah! I now understand that was not a mosquito but was actually an Amazon delivery drone.” And then we have their lovely relative, Ahh. Ahh is when you get something or you accept something. Ahh, I do love you and your way with drones. Ahh, this is how the world works, you act like a narcissist ...
A lot of writing coaches talk about story structure and plots and inciting incidents, which is all well and good but Carrie is burnt-out this week. Carrie: I have worked too hard and my brain is broken. So, instead we are going to tell you what NOT to do. We are going to be the story police and harsh out the rules. Carrie: I don’t like rules or broken brains, but let’s do this. What Not To Do According To Conventional Wisdom Right Now Do not start with dialogue. This used to be super popular, but MySpace also used to be super popular. Things go out of style and it is not super popular anymore. Here’s an example: “I like elephants.” “Awesome. Me too.” “No way?” “Actually, I am lying.” EXAMPLE OF AWESOME You’ve no clue who is talking, where they are or why they do or don’t like elephants and you probably don’t care. We want readers to care from the very beginning of the story. An alarm clock buzzing. Who even has an alarm clock anymore, actually? But no alarm clocks or cell phone alarms or whatever. Waking up is dull. My alarm buzzed and I groaned. “Another day, another dollar,” I said to my cat, Muffin. Muffin hit me in the nose with her paw. She’s tired of my clichés. Another Example of Awesome The whole IT WAS ...
Hey baby, what’s your back story? It should be a pick-up line at a bar, yet it somehow is not a pick-up line at any bar that I know of except maybe in a New Yorker cartoon or a bar in a town where there’s one of those MFA programs in writing literature for literary people doing literary things. Anyway, it’s a term writers throw around all the time and it is basically just how we imagine our characters’ lives went before they are in the actual story that we’re writing. I know! How can you imagine that your character had a life before your story? It’s like imagining your spouse had a life before you that wasn’t totally centered around you. Us narcissists have a hard time with that. Do you know, in nine hundred years of time and space, I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important…Steven Moffat, Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol According to a post on Now Novel there are three uses of back story. Developing the understanding of the characters. Like if your dad died of a heart attack in front of you and you couldn’t save him, then your character might have a savior complex. It helps the reader understand your characters’ motivations. It can heighten the stakes and the suspense. You were once addicted to dating cops. Cops were always bad for you. Will you date this one? NO! YOU MUST NOT. It makes it real damn it. ...