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

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December 28, 2021 00:09:40
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How We TOTALLY Screwed Up Our Branding

So, here at the podcast we’re going to be making a big change this year and DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE isn’t going to be quite so much about writing tips and more about life tips. Wait! What? Yep. We’re shifting. First, we have fantastic content about writing, but um, we don’t have the word “WRITING” in our podcast. If there is anything we’ve learned from our dogs is that you’ve got to be clear about communicating who you are. Sparty communicates that he is a dog who is all about food and snuggles. Gabby communicates that she is a dog who is all about keeping a watchful eye over her family and long hugs. And “Dogs are Smarter Than People” while it’s gathered over 263,000 downloads (thank you all), is definitely not communicating anything about writing. So, we’re shifting and adapting. We’re going to start another podcast called more appropriately “Write Better Now,” and we’re keeping this one and it’s going to be much more dedicated towards helping us all be as smart and wise as our dogs. I hope you’ll chill out with us and join us in our journey. Maybe even like and subscribe. Here’s our quote where we try to be wise: “Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Mahatma Gandhi And here’s our writing tip of the pod: Write the story you long to write, not the story you think everyone else wants to hear. Yes, you can make more money self-publishing if you blow off your own wishes/desires and write to market, and money is good, but you have to listen to your ...

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December 21, 2021 00:20:01
Kissing Under the Dung Twig and The Glaring Woman at the Grocery Store

Kissing Under the Dung Twig and The Glaring Woman at the Grocery Store

This week in honor of the holiday season, we’re going to talk about a time Carrie did a very Carrie thing at a grocery store in Ellsworth, Maine. It will eventually relate to books, we promise. One day in the grocery store line a lady behind me dropped her  bag of Cheetos. I picked them up.She dropped her box of Wheat Thins.I picked them up.She dropped her onion. It rolled over to me, shed some purple skin, and hit my foot.I smiled. I picked it up. I gave it to her.“I must be missing the belt,” she said.So, then, it was my turn with the clerk. I opened my bag and my wallet was not there. My check book? Check. But the wallet? MIA.I told the cashier, terrified.She said “If you’ve written a check here before, you don’t need an ID.”???So, I said, “I don’t know if I have.”I spent the next three minutes alternately explaining that I had visions of my red cloth wallet hanging out by the 12-grain organic bread in the bread aisle, or in the post office where I’d just used it, or in the middle of the parking lot, or, gulp, in some evil wallet-snatcher’s hands. I looked for sympathetic glances from the food dropper behind me, but she no longer liked me.I wrote out the check. The machine beeped. The cashier looked at me, apologetically. “You’ve never written a check here before.”“Okay,” I said. “I’ll run out and check in the car.”So, I raced outside despite the fact I was not wearing a sports bra, and unlocked the car, and… no wallet. I gasped. Really. I stepped back and there, beneath ...

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December 16, 2021 00:22:52
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Bonus Author Interview with Debut Author Taylor Ann Wright

Taylor Ann Wright! I was lucky enough to read Taylor’s book in development and I’m so glad it’s out there in the world. During the podcast, we talk about Taylor’s first stories, her love of lions and even have a cameo from her amazing cat. It’s pretty hard not to fall in love with someone as great and enthusiastic about writing as Taylor is. Her charm is infectious and her book is amazing! I hope you’ll check it out. About Her Book The king of Hollow is dead. When the news of his murder is spread to his kingdom, no one knows why he was killed. For decades King Dravin ruled with wisdom, kindness and peace. A death this brutal was seemingly unprovoked. Queen Seraphina, his wife, now sits on the throne. With someone so sinister and evil ruling the kingdom, the only chance of finding the truth is in the hands of their 22 year-old ...

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December 14, 2021 00:23:54
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Atomic Wedgies, Power, Noogies and Does Your Character Need to Be In Your Novel

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 ...

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December 07, 2021 00:17:55
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Bomb in Your Bum and How to Punctuate Dialogue Part Three

This is it! Our final installment in how to punctuate dialogue like a boss And we’re talking about questions and quotations in dialogue because why not fry our brains a little more. Are you ready?  And as a reminder, our last two podcasts also talk about this, so you should check them out. Let’s start with . . . Questions and Exclamations in Dialogue and there is not dialogue tag or beat. They are just standing out there all by their lonesome. When this happens, you just put the question mark or the exclamation point inside the last end quotation marks. “Carrie is obsessed with manatees?”“Carrie is obsessed with manatees!” So the formula for that is: BEGINNING QUOTATION MARKS + QUESTION OR EXCLAMATION + QUESTION MARK OR EXCLAMATION POINT + END QUOTES Questions and Exclamations With a Dialogue Tag Now let’s add a dialogue tag for those questions and exclamations. So here again, the exclamation point or question marks are right there inside the second set of quotation marks. DO NOT USE A COMMA, TOO! BANISH IT! And do not capitalize the dialogue tag. LOWER CASE THAT BABY! It’s all the same sentence even with the exclamation point/question mark in there. “Carrie is into manatees?” they asked, pretty much scowling because that was weird. “Carrie is into manatees!” he said, gesticulating at the manatee. The manatee winked. BEGINNING QUOTATION MARKS + QUESTION OR EXCLAMATION + QUESTION MARK OR EXCLAMATION POINT + END QUOTES + lowercase dialogue tag and the rest of the sentence + PERIOD. Okay. Moving on to this dangerous territory. Quote Inside Your Dialogue Sometimes, you’ll have a character who is telling you a direct quote from someone else or a book or a song lyric within their dialogue, ...

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December 04, 2021 01:00:23
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Werewolves and the Yule Long and Weird Christmas Stuff That's Pretty Creepy, Honestly

This week we talk about the horror aspects of Christmas. Werewolves. Cryptids. Santa’s elves kidnapping naughty kids? It’s all here. http://www.americas-most-haunted.com/2015/12/10/weird-christmas-the-yule-log/ http://www.americas-most-haunted.com/2015/12/17/weird-christmas-werewolves-of-yule/ https://www.thetravel.com/weird-christmas-traditions-around-the-world-done-in-america/ https://popculture.com/trending/news/dogman-cryptid-haunts-man-for-years-with-multiple-alleged-sightings/ Werewolves and Christmas ...

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