Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation

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October 01, 2019 00:21:54
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Don't Dabble Writers, Commit. We Know What a Hyphen Is and That's Sexy.

Jared Leto is a somewhat polarizing guy for who-knows-what reason. He’s model-pretty, a vegan, an award-winning actor and a musician. And there’s this quote I (Carrie) read that struck a chord.    “When you commit to something that’s seemingly impossible,” he says, referring to ascents both metaphorical and literal, “and you’re pushing through things that are seemingly hostile, and then you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, we did that,’ that’s a great feeling. And a little bit of pain isn’t a bad thing.” Jared Leto to Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt   A lot of us writers whine a lot about writing. I’m not sure why that is. Is it because we’re plumbing the deep emotional recesses in our brain? Is it because we are creating an entire pretend world?    I used to get super cranky about this because compared to being a firefighter or an emergency dispatcher or juggling eighteen jobs as a single parent, it felt to me like everyone was a little bit whiny.    Then I realized that It’s because being committed to something, to a craft, to something when you are never going to be perfect, where you’ll always have room to grow? It can play a bit of havoc on your emotional wellbeing. But that’s okay. It’s like Leto says, you want to commit to that impossible thing to get the payoff. You want to be all in. Not a dabbler in writing or in life.    How to Commit   Emalie Jacobs has some nice hints on her blog about how to do that, to be ...


September 24, 2019 00:23:56
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Shaun Reveals Why People Divorce. Plus, Hippies and Rotarians.

  This week's podcast is not our normal format. We drove 27 hours or so this week. Our brains became a bit unglued - Okay. Even more unglued.    But we talk about:   Writing Divorce Why People Get Divorced How By Using Those Metrics We Will Probably Get Divorced Paying Attention to Other People's Stories Rotarians The Common Ground Fair   SHOUT OUT   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.     WRITING NEWS   IN THE WOODS – READ AN EXCERPT, ORDER NOW!   My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!   Gasp!    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!    You can order this bad boy, which might make it have a sequel. The sequel would be amazing. Believe me, I know. It features caves and monsters and love. Because doesn’t every story?   In the Woods   ART NEWS   You can buy limited-edition ...