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Keep Your Cat Out Of Tinder and Other Sucky Advice

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In our Random Thought section of the podcast (Notes not transcribed), we talk about how straight men aren’t supposed to let the world know they like/have cats on social media. Shaun has thoughts. More here. The rest of the podcast follows. Every weekday Carrie posts on her personal Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin, inspiring quotes from our dogs and cats. Sometimes they are just about bacon and naps because bacon and naps can be inspiring. But it made us think of famous writing quotes and whether or not they are kind of b.s. And how very privileged some quotes are. Like Marianne Williamson, who we are sure is an incredibly lovely person wrote this: “Nothing binds you except your thoughts, nothing limits you except your fear; and nothing controls you except your beliefs.” Which is lovely and partially true, but it comes from the perspective of a really lucky person who is white, who is good looking, who had a lot of advantages as a white American, right? It’s hard to say nothing binds you except your thoughts to a political prisoner who is legit in chains, to a Black man or woman in the U.S. who is jail for pot, for someone who has paralyzing fear because of trauma that’s happened to her or him or them, right? Generalizations can be so inspiring and they can have truth in them for some people and sometimes even for most people, but it’s never going to work for everyone. Writing advice and quotes are like that, too. Like even the most amazing Ray Bradbury wrote “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” That’s a good quote, right? Us writers are easily destroyed. But being drunk on anything all the time usually means for most of us that we’re not helping create a solution to problems. Instead, we’re being drunk, putting lampshades on our head and saying, “Nah. Nah. Nah. I can’t hear you.” It’s not the best look, really. But sometimes the advice is pretty cool. “Be strategic and resilient in the pursuit of your dreams. That sounds like a cheesy quote, right? But nah, I’m serious. Resilience is one hell of a quality to master and not many have the skin for it.” —Tiffany D. Jackson “People are going to judge you all the time no matter what you do. . . . Don’t worry about other people. Worry about you.” —Jacqueline Woodson “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” — Henry David Thoreau “Write what should not be forgotten.” — Isabel Allende “Healing begins where the wound was made.” -Alice Walker (The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart) WRITING TIP OF THE POD Blow off the b.s. And realize where it’s coming from. Sometimes it’s coming from people whose lives and brains are nothing like yours and sometimes it’s just coming from people who want to make a butt ton of money selling their advice to you. DOG TIP FOR LIFE Cats are okay. They’re good to snuggle with, too. 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 “Summer Spliff” by Broke For Free We have a new podcast, LOVING THE STRANGE! We hope you'll check it out! Here’s the link. It's live Fridays. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/carriejonesbooks/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/carriejonesbooks/support