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

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

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You can learn from your dogs and have a better life AND write better, too


Broken Brains and Where Shouldn’t You Start Your Story
May 26 • 24 min
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.…
Super Noses, Stuffed Teddies, and Being Awesome, an Interview with YA Author, Ronni Davis
May 21 • 23 min
Hey! Welcome to a bonus interview episode of Dogs are Smarter Than People, the usually quirky podcast that gives writing tips and life tips. With me (Carrie) today is Ronni Davis for our special bonus interview edition. Ronni is one of the best humans…
We dogs smell poop the way sommeliers smell wine. It’s about nuance.
May 19 • 23 min
RANDOM THINGS YOU LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER DURING LOCKDOWN So, in this house we’ve learned a few random things that we didn’t know before we had to isolate ourselves because of the Covid-19 pandemic and these things include some things that were mentioned…
Books, Law School during Covid-19 and just being Kick Butt – Using Law to Create Lasting Change – Interview with Caitlyn Vanover
May 13 • 24 min
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 Caitlyn Vanover. Caitlyn is an awesome human out there making a difference…
Money Is Not the Enemy and the Habits of the Rich
May 12 • 25 min
So apparently millionaires have habits that us non-millionaire people don’t have. These habits don’t include taking a bath in $100 bills even though that would be cool. The habits aren’t quite that sexy. So before we get started, we just wanted to remind…
Jokes, Stuffies, And Using Your Weirdness for Good, An Interview with Jose De La Roca
May 7 • 25 min
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 podcaster, actor and definitely a writer, the amazing Jose De La Roca. Jose…
Emotional Immaturity is Us Farts are Everywhere
May 5 • 24 min
So, um, as you can tell, during the self-isolation, stay-at-home orders of our pandemic, we have descended into the land of the immature. Carrie had high hopes of using this time to build up our intellectual skills and read the NYT and Rousseau and…
The Rural Librarian and the Closet of Doom
Apr 30 • 26 min
This week’s bonus episode is all about the Librarian of Awesome, Cara Sawyer, who talks about the beauties and problems of being a small town librarian with a $36,000 budget (including her salary) in the time of Covid-19. Cara’s doing a lot of programming…
Fart Jokes, Zoom Fatigue and Coronavirus
Apr 28 • 27 min
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…
Sam Spellacy Friend of Awesome, Jackson Lab Research Technologist, Animal Rescuer
Apr 23 • 25 min
You know how sometimes you need a real-life friend of awesome who torments you so that you evolve? And sometimes you don’t know how to say that friend’s last name. That’s Sam for me. Sam is a research technologist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor…
Quarantine Karaoke and Top Three Stupid Writing Tips
Apr 21 • 20 min
Yeah, I know we give writing tips and life tips on the podcast, but some writing tips are just stupid. And they annoy Carrie a lot and she goes all angry monster about it unless we let her vent. Here’s a big one that everyone says. WRITE EVERY DAY You…
Wild Poet Women – Bonus Podcast with Poet Fiona Cameron Mackintosh!
Apr 16 • 30 min
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 Fiona Cameron Mackintosh is a poet from Toronto and manages Elderwood…
Don’t End Up With a Troll or a Douchebag – The Two Question Rule and Relationships
Apr 14 • 27 min
EVERYONE! This podcast is explicit because it has a swear in it (Thanks, Shaun) and also has brief embarrassing talk (for me – Carrie – at least because I am uptight) about the male anatomy. Okay. We’re married, but we weren’t always married, right? Like…
Being a Pennsylvania Doctor, Writer and Disaster Specialist During Coronavirus – BONUS INTERVIEW WITH J.L. DELOZIER
Apr 9 • 24 min
With Carrie today is Dr. J.L Delozier who has the afternoon off and instead of resting, she was talking to us. J.L. Delozier submitted her first story, handwritten in pencil on lined school paper, to Asimov’s magazine while still in junior high school.…
Pants-drunk, Geico, Stinky Beer, Government Cheese – It’s a podcast of awesome where things get weird
Apr 7 • 25 min
When you think about people getting drunk in their underwear, you tend to think of Joe Exotic and the people on Tiger King, the hot-AF Netflix documentary, but the people who are masters at getting completely sloshed at home are the Finns. Yes, the Finns.…
Ric Flair Swag, Social Anxiety, a Bonus Interview with Writer Jordan Scavone!
Apr 2 • 30 min
Today is the big day when we start posting podcast interviews with all sorts of cool, random people. A lot of them will be in the book world, but some are just in the world world. Each interview talks a bit about being brave, being vulnerable, and the…
Zoombombing, Tiger King, Kittens in Heat – Is Your Family Driving You Mad During Lockdown? This might be why
Mar 31 • 28 min
Now that we’re all home and living with our significant others because of CoVid-19 aka the coronavirus from Hell, it’s making some of go a little… Well, a little crazy. Why is this? Here we are housebound with the people we love with all our hearts and…
Rebel Reading the Hobbit & Talking Head Syndrome
Mar 24 • 23 min
A lot of time I’ll be reading scenes in books and it will be two characters talking and I’ll only have a vaguely general idea about where they are. Maybe I won’t have an idea at all. We call this evil beast the talking heads syndrome. Cue scary music…
How to Conquer Writer’s Block in the Time of CoVid-19
Mar 17 • 19 min
So normally Carrie writes the podcast part of the podcast and this week she had no idea what to write. Should she write about Covid-19 and try to help people with things to do during their lock downs and times of social distancing? Should she totally…
Don’t Be a Punk. Coronavirus and People Being Liars
Mar 9 • 19 min
If you’re going to write or communicate, it’s really cool to know what you’re writing or talking about. What? I know, right? Mind blown. It should be self-evident, but sadly it seems that this is not self evident. Here’s the thing. You think that you know…
THE CASE AGAINST LAZINESS AND DOUCHEBAGS.
Mar 3 • 22 min
Okay. I know the title of our podcast this week sounds mean, but it’s truth. You want to be a good writer or good liver, right? Digression: Not a liver like an organ, but a liver like someone who is alive. Anyway, digression over. You want to be good. So…
Ride Hard. Seven Tips for Aspiring Writers
Feb 25 • 14 min
Remember all stories have a beginning, a middle and an end where people (or hamsters or whatever) ride hard for something and there are obstacles blocking their way to get that something.
Surviving Road Trips, K-Pop, Stranger Things, and the Takis Burn
Feb 18 • 12 min
This week, we’ve stepped away from our normal format because we’re on a massive road trip from Maine to Georgia to Florida and back again. So much time in the car is making our brains a bit – a bit – a bit – broken? Have a listen. There’s a special guest.…
What’s Killing Your Relationship and Your Character?
Feb 11 • 20 min
There was a post on Medium on PS I LOVE YOU called, “The Silent Relationship Killer You Never See Coming” about how the silent relationship killer is basically routine and sameness. The author, Barry Davret, compared relationships to a song that you love…
Are you Beige? Do you Think in Words?
Feb 4 • 20 min
Some people, it seems, have a constant inner monologue that never stops.
Banff, Beer, Balls, and Going to the Dark Side, Baby
Feb 2 • 19 min
We have a bonus podcast this week and it has swears in it and some adult content, so we’re going to give it an explicit rating even though it’s not super explicit. We’re just chill like that. The bonus podcast features: Shaun lying Banff Film Festival!…
DUDE, DON’T WHATEVER ME
Jan 28 • 14 min
We like to think that our lives have a point and that they matter. I think they do, but we’re not here to get all esoteric on you. We’re here to help you be better writers and humans and one of the biggest things we need to tell you is this. You need to…
Don’t Vomit in the Taxi and How to Tell a Good Story in Three Quick Steps
Jan 21 • 19 min
This week Carrie was in Georgia hanging out with her daughter who had just had an operation. Her daughter is fine! Anyways, on the way to the airport at 4 a.m., the taxi driver told her story after story, mostly about the drunk people from Fort Benning…
How to Be A HAPPY writer, Big Foot, Statues that Pee
Jan 14 • 18 min
This week’s podcast is about something really important. It’s about remembering to have fun. For a lot of us, life has a ton of stressors and responsibilities. We have to make enough money to survive. We have to take care of our family and ourselves. We…
Dealing With Distractions and Trolls and Panting Dogs
Jan 7 • 22 min
How do you write (or live) when you’re surrounded by distractions? Recently, a great teacher was talking to me about me being his writing coach, but he was hesitant to start right now because of his new class load. I’m a seize the moment kind of human…
Mr. Taco and New Year New You? Maybe. If you’re feeling it.
Dec 31, 2019 • 21 min
New Year? New You? This week on the podcast we talk about:Mr. Taco, Attacking Seagulls, Doing the Raccoons, and Goals. Also, Shaun sings. So it’s the New Year and as we all know it’s all about goals and looking back and creating our lives in a new way.…
Subordinate My Clause, Santa
Dec 24, 2019 • 27 min
Subordinate Me, Santa Claus Subordinate clauses are baby clauses that can’t stand all by themselves as complete thoughts and they demand a certain kind of punctuation – or lack of punctuation. Here are examples: If I can find Santa, then we can go party.…
Santa, What are Your Eyebrows doing? Telling Details and Taco Bell Smells.
Dec 17, 2019 • 23 min
The Magic of The Eyebrow and Telling Details What is this thing? This telling detail? It’s a phrase or an image or a word that illustrates something about a character. It’s pretty exact. It’s a magical moment of showing rather than telling. It’s usually…
Are You Drama or Melodrama, Baby?
Dec 10, 2019 • 21 min
At its most basic a story’s components are these – a beginning, a middle, an end. The beginning is the situation or set up. The middle are the complications. The end is the resolution. Our lives are like this too. We begin in certain circumstances. We…
Florida Man and the Queen of Kittens
Dec 3, 2019 • 18 min
Stories are about people having emotions. Writers who write from their heads (outlining like crazy, etc,) are often missing out on the emotion because they are analyzing how to show emotion. But it’s desire and yearning that makes stories stand out and…
Road Rage When North Meets South
Nov 26, 2019 • 23 min
This week? Well, our podcast is not our normal format because we’ve been in the car for… um… Okay? Forty-eight hours? Apologies! So, this week we drove from Maine to Vermont to Maine to North Carolina to Maine. In North Carolina, we went to Shaun’s dad’s…
Dog Poop and Shame
Nov 19, 2019 • 22 min
When people look at our dog Gabby, they almost always say, “Oh, she’s so beautiful.” Gabby, however, isn’t beautiful by breed standards. She’s actually a mess. Her muzzle isn’t boxy enough. Her back sloops. Her hips splay. She’s about twenty pounds too…
Yo! We’re High Concept.
Nov 12, 2019 • 23 min
So there’s a quick and easy way to figure out who you are and who you want to be, but also figure out what your book is and what it wants to be. It’s called the high concept. It’s the dramatic question. It’s the way you describe in a quick captivating…
Motivation and Creativity And Hand Pies
Nov 5, 2019 • 27 min
We all want to be creative. We all want to be amazing at relationships. This guy, Benjamin Hardy, PHD, wrote an article on Medium exactly about that. It’s called “21 Behaviors that will make you brilliant at creativity and relationships.” Basically, his…
Lick the Kitten, Embrace Your Vulnerability
Oct 29, 2019 • 23 min
Shaun: A week or so ago, someone told Carrie that she’d be better served if she didn’t present as insecure on her social media. Carrie: For the record, I am just open about when I’m scared about things. I’m not sure insecurity is the same as fear. I mean,…
Am I the Butt Face? How to Make (and be) a Likeable Character
Oct 22, 2019 • 27 min
Why Do People Suck So Much? One of the biggest things you hear in the world of writing is to make your character likeable, which is great and all but gives you two questions: How. How do you make your characters likable? How do you make your characters…
If UFOs Are Real Then What the Heck Else Is
Oct 15, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Let’s Write a Best Seller
Oct 8, 2019 • 27 min
There are a lot of different ways to write a best seller, but the three of the most common features are these: THREE MAIN HINTS TO MAKE A BEST SELLER You have to engage the reader. You have to keep them hooked. Make them loyal. Easier said than done,…
Don’t Dabble Writers, Commit. We Know What a Hyphen Is and That’s Sexy.
Oct 1, 2019 • 21 min
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,”…
Shaun Reveals Why People Divorce. Plus, Hippies and Rotarians.
Sep 24, 2019 • 23 min
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…
Three Hot Tips to Make Your Writing and Life Way More Intense in a Good Way – Dogs are Smarter Than People Writing Podcast
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
It’s Writing Tip Time and we’re going to give you three fast and dirty writing tips today that’s going to make your writing more intense. Ready? Think about your tense What’s that mean? It means don’t be writing like things are happening now and then…
Hey Baby, What’s Your Back Story and why we are running around so much
Sep 10, 2019 • 26 min
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…
Passive Aggressive Much? And How to Become More Awesome in Just 30 Minutes a Day
Sep 3, 2019 • 24 min
Over on the random thought part of the podcast, we hear about Carrie being passive-aggressive at the campground bathroom, Shaun sing, and random people at Smokey’s Barbecue and Lobster. But here is the more intellectual stuff. Um. Slightly more…
Old Rockers Rocking and Trust Issues
Aug 27, 2019 • 21 min
As you heard in our random thought, this week we went to see some early 1990s bands in concert. They were – well, they were old. The concert hall wasn’t even half full. That sounds depressing, right? It wasn’t. One of the lead singers has had cancer three…
When Good Dogs Go Bad
Aug 20, 2019 • 22 min
So, a long time ago Carrie had a dog named Scotty, and she used to fill in at the police department as a dispatcher. For those of you who don’t know, she dispatched part-time because even though she made enough money writing (right then) she got worried…
How Not to Write Your Novel
Aug 13, 2019 • 25 min
It’s a lot like life honestly. Here’s the number one hint. Wait forever to start writing. Don’t wait to start. Don’t expect lightening to strike or a muse to come down from the heavens. Just write. Call it practice if ‘writing a novel’ seems too big a…
Dead Butt Syndrome
Aug 6, 2019 • 22 min
People, you have got to get your butts out of the chair, or the bed, or whatever. Seriously. Your butt is breaking! Sorry Dying. Your butt is dying! According to a Huffington Post article by Nicole Pajer, “Americans are sitting so long that their butts…
Big Feelings and Dropping Your Child in the Woods
Jul 30, 2019 • 21 min
Sometimes us writer people feel broken. We maybe got rejected one too many times. We maybe got a horrifying review. We maybe are stuck on Chapter 7560 in our epic fantasy WHEN THE BUNNY OF DOOM FELL IN LOVE WITH THE HAMSTER OF GLORIOUS GLORY. This is…
Taco Bell Leaks, Rainbow Unicorn Golf Carts and How to Spend Your Book Release Day
Jul 23, 2019 • 21 min
What to do when your book launches. I don’t know. Seriously. Some writers get tattoos, a piece of jewelry, a new charm for a charm bracelet. Some hold book release parties. Some go out to dinner. As you’ll hear, Carrie did none of those things. Instead,…
Poop Texting Fail
Jul 16, 2019 • 25 min
a Rafflecopter giveaway So, two weeks ago the podcast featured poop texting and writing, but somehow only our random thought was uploaded and not the full broadcast. Carrie feels this may have been her mother refusing to allow such things be out in the…
Being Extra
Jul 8, 2019 • 24 min
So, sometimes Carrie is a little extra. Carrie: I was looking at people who liked me in college – all the ones that I didn’t like back – and they were all so stable and mellow even in college when it was all about putting dissected sharks on the floor and…
We’ve Been Married Too Long and Poop Texts
Jul 2, 2019 • 6 min
We’ve Been Married Too Long and Poop Texts Sometimes you get married and you’ve been married for a long time and you remember that the beginning of your marriage is like a poem and there’s white space and new discovery in every line. Sometimes you’ve been…
Aw, Ah, Aah, Awe, or Ah is that Underwear?
Jun 25, 2019 • 28 min
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…
What the Hell is a Copyeditor? Um, just the sexiest person in publishing.
Jun 18, 2019 • 28 min
The sexiest person in publishing is your copyeditor. Seriously. Okay. First things first: What the hell is a copyeditor? That’s a hard question because honestly copyeditors can’t even agree on how to spell copyeditor or copyediting. Grammar nerds use…
Some Men Aren’t Meant to Wear Scarves, So Be Your Own Style and Don’t Pretend to Be Tom Cruise Or Bieber
Jun 11, 2019 • 31 min
Normally we talk about writing somehow, right? Because we’re a writing podcast. But we aren’t this week. This week, we’re talking about fashion advice for men because Carrie saw a post on The Art of Manliness that was “101 Style Tips for Men.” First off,…
Writing is Not Terrible
Jun 4, 2019 • 28 min
Writing is NOT Terrible; Men Disrobing in the Meat Department & Lynryd Skynyrd concerts
Let’s Talk About Wedgies
May 28, 2019 • 20 min
The wedgie. It’s the ultimate tv trope. Give someone a wedgie and there are only two possibilities: You’re a bully You’re getting revenge on a bully. In the U.S. culture wedgies are instantly recognizable and understandable. There are even three wedgie…
Flirt Your Eyelashes Off, Writers
May 21, 2019 • 20 min
A quick web search for the words ‘flirting’ and ‘dangerous’ gets a lot of hits. To be fair, so does a quick web search for the words ‘flirting’ and ‘fun.’ But we’re not here to tell you about the perils and delights of flirting. We’re here to talk about…
Own Your Own Stupid
May 14, 2019 • 13 min
There’s a BuzzFeed article about 23 Dogs Who are Too Adorably Stupid for Their Own Good. Which is amazing. But it made us think about why dogs get to be stupid and called adorable, but when humans are stupid, we’re called stupid and it’s derisive, you…
The Worst Writing Advice That Brings Down Even the Greatest of Writers
May 7, 2019 • 20 min
Carrie got really confused this week because she went on YouTube and looked up “Writing Advice” and there was a really popular vlogger who gives a ton of writing advice, but she’s not published things. She is, however, really definite on her views on how…
Do You Have To Write Every Day? Stephen King Twitter Torches versus the Anti-Burnout Crew
Apr 30, 2019 • 20 min
So, one of the big debates in the world of writing advice is the Write Every Day Debate. I know! I know. Sexy name. High stakes. But, honestly, it gets people so riled up. There are the Write Every Day Camp. They carry lit Twitter torches and follow…
How to Survive Stupid Writing Advice
Apr 23, 2019 • 23 min
This week I got an Instagram message from a man selling his copyediting services and there were five incredibly obvious typos in his pitch. I’m talking about two words combined, misspelled words. Double punctuation at the end of a sentence. It was sad.…
Even Potatoes Can Be Creepy When They’re Randomly Showing Up Everywhere
Apr 16, 2019 • 21 min
The city of Jackson, Mississippi is having a weird situation. To be fair, Jackson has had weird situations before. People left Christmas trees in potholes. They decorate road signs in ways road signs aren’t supposed to be decorated. But now what’s…
Lambs Growing On Trees, Man. Write Your Truths Because Other Truths Change
Apr 9, 2019 • 19 min
Science isn’t always right. I know! Shocker. Once, some scientists had this theory about the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary. They truly believed that the lamb grew on a tree. To be fair, it was the Middle Ages in Europe and things were kind of like America…
Dogs Know How to Be Famous, Do You? How to handle being popular
Apr 2, 2019 • 19 min
So this dog caught a ball in his mouth and the video of it became viral. His name is Stanley the Collie and he has his own Instagram account. Of course he does. But then an Australian newsman interviewed Stanley and Stanley promptly took the microphone…