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By Carrie Jones
Welcome to Dogs are Smarter Than People with NYT and internationally bestselling quirky human author Carrie Jones, her slightly more normal husband, Shaun Farrar, and their dogs. Life tips. Writing tips. Dog noises. It's all here.
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Our First Tip To How to Make Your Life and Writing Life Better
Shaun: So, Carrie's not the best in the mornings and too much noise, clutter, extra to-do items pretty much throws her completely off her game. Carrie: One of the reasons that the dogs and I do daily motivating thoughts on my Facebook and Twitter accounts is because it helps ground me and make me feel less cranky and stressed.... Usually. Shaun, however, is a morning person who craves noise and tropical music while I'm a Pachibel's Cannon morning person. Shaun: True. Carrie: So, this week's podcast is the first in a series of podcasts about how to make your life and your writing life better and our first tip is.... DOG TIP OF THE CAST: Just say no to the stuff you don't want to do. You don't have to say yes to invitations or the extra responsibilities. You don't have to respond to every single text and/or email. You get to be in charge of these ancillary parts of your life. If you don't want to email/text/talk to someone, there might be a really good reason why. In this life, we have a limited amount of time to expend. Expend it well. Do it on your terms. Dogs get this. WRITING TIP OF THE POD: Yep. Same point. Write the stories that you want to, that resonate with you. Say no to the stories you think other people want you to write. When you get rid of the baggage, the things you don't want or need to do, you free up your mind of clutter and give it space to create. Listen to the full podcast to hear Shaun's random thought all about marketing - KaPerPi. It's knowledge, awareness, public relations and public image. It's pretty cool. 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. For more tips and insight and cool things, check out or our webpage Dogs are Smarter Than People. Thank you so much for liking and subscribing and sharing! You rock.
December 4, 2018
Cow Hugging, Writing, Okay Cupid and Rural Legends
So, honestly, this podcast is weird. We sound like we're on illegal drugs, but we aren't sure why. Our brains just weren't working. Sadly, Carrie's mouth wasn't either. Who else would call a 'podcast' a 'codcast?' Anyway, we asked people for topics for our podcast. And people on Carrie’s Facebook were completely helpful. Jon Hill wanted to know why there weren’t more palomino unicorns. It’s an important question. And some other people wanted us to talk about cow hugging. Matt Baya suggested we discuss this trend that started getting some big press in May 2018. Wellness is a 3.7 billion dollar industry that focuses on your spiritual, physical and mental health and wellbeing. And now - cows can be a part of that. Cows are warm and cozy and according to one farm in upstate New York, terribly relaxing. They make you feel good. Listen to the full podcast to understand how Shaun feels about this - if you dare. Because we also talk about Okay Cupid, Friendsgiving, methane, and Rural Legends. Dog Tip for Life: Dude. Do you. If you’re into paying people to cuddle with cows. Go for it. Writing Tip of the Cast.Look. Do you research. Cow tipping allegedly is an urban legend. Don’t include urban legends as fact. Fake news. Fake facts? Calling them fake is the nice way of going about it. It’s lies. Writers are better than that. For more brilliance and silliness, check out Carrie's blog,
November 26, 2018
Tips on Not Being a Sucky Friend and How to Write Good Friendships
In this latest episode of "Dogs are Smarter Than People," we talk about how to be a good friend and to write good friendships in your books and stories. Friendship and children's books are a pretty natural combination. Carrie's own books are big on friends even when they are full of romance. Friends matter. And there are so many beautiful examples of friendships in children's books, but let's go with this Maine classic from E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. Wilbur blushed. “But I’m not terrific, Charlotte. I’m just about average for a pig.” “You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned,” replied Charlotte, sweetly, “and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and Ithink you’re sensational. Now stop arguing and go get some sleep!” In our life, Carrie is Wilbur and Shaun is Charlotte. Just so you know. DOG TIPS FOR FRIENDSHIP AND LIFE 1. You do not have to be everyone's friend. Choose wisely. Pick the people who don't bring you down. That's the base for the friendship that you get to build on. 2. Don't pretend to be who you aren't. Don't be Captain Boasts a Lot. Don't Be Mrs. One Up or even Madame Fixes Everyone Else's Problem. For the rest of the tips, check out and search for "DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE." And please like, subscribe, and send us messages via the Anchor app. :)
November 20, 2018
Bonus Episode- Do You Share Your Toothbrush and the Towel of Poo
Carrie and Shaun are still driving through the South and getting a little punchy. Thinking up book ideas like the Towel of Poo and ruminating about whether toothbrush sharing is gross or not. Check out Carrie’s blog at and please like and subscribe to the podcast!
November 18, 2018
Is it sleep paralysis or is it a ghost? Either way, it was freaky
It is a bonus podcast where weird things happen like potential ghosts, fishing and roadside painted purple Jesus!
November 8, 2018
Stream Your Consciousness, Baby, Plus Shaun Goes Fishing
Shaun: Two weeks ago we were hanging out at a friend's house and Carrie met a woman who was talking about writing, and how it helped her through some tough times and how she loved writing, but didn't think she could ever be one. "It's all stream of consciousness," she said as if it was a bad thing. This of course broke Carrie's heart. Carrie: To be fair, my heart is easily broken. Like last week, when one of our friends said that Shaun is the best part of the podcast because he's funny and I'm trying to be informative. Heart broken for me. Happy for the Shaun. Anyway, since I'm informative, stream of consciousness is a term that William James created a little over a century ago and it means “… it is nothing joined; it flows. A ‘river’ or a ‘stream’ is the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let’s call it the stream of thought, consciousness, or subjective life.” That's taken from Literary Devices Net, which was quoting Mr. James. Toni Morrison, Jose Saramago, Beckett, Joyce all use stream-of-consciousness as a narrative construct in their stories. Shaun: Honestly, our entire podcast is pretty much a stream-of-consciousness narrative.  Tomorrow on Carrie's regular blog, she'll have some writing tips about using stream of consciousness. DOG TIP FOR LIFE:  Live in your moment, go with your river of thought.  WRITING TIP OF THE POD:  Don't let anyone ever tell you that your literary constructs or devices or voice isn't cool. You do you.  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. OUR PODCAST - DOGS ARE SMARTER THAN PEOPLE. Thanks to all of you who keep listening to our weirdness as we talk about random thoughts, writing advice and life tips. We’re sorry we laugh so much… sort of. Please share it and subscribe if you can. Please rate and like us if you are feeling kind, because it matters somehow. There's a new episode every Tuesday! For more writing tips, check out Carrie's blog at
November 6, 2018
Advice About Writing Scary Stories and the Levels of Terror
All sorts of different things scare different people. We’re breaking from our normal podcast format for Halloween and talking about our scary stories and what makes a story feel scary to us. Stephen King said, “I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud. ” And he also said, “The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…” What scares you? Do you agree with King’s hierarchy of fear? DOG TIP FOR LIFE Knowing when to hide is an okay life skill. WRITING TIP OF THE POD Go for terror. 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.
October 30, 2018
Three Tips to Facing Your Writing Fears
This past weekend was sort of scary. Carrie's worst case scenario of presenting happened. She was scheduled to give a four-hour seminar on public image, but when she arrived the place wasn't unlocked, there was no water, but worse- there was no A/V. It was not pretty. And then... We went to a party, a SNL-themed party, and because our friends are good at peer pressure and we were dressed as Spartan cheerleaders, we stunted and Carrie had to jump on Shaun's back in a short skirt (with modesty shorts!) and she was so nervous that she actually got sweaty. So, it turns out that Carrie was totally afraid to do a cheering stunt. Carrie: This is because I am old and have broken knees. And Shaun had to face his fear by actually performing the cheer. Writing (like living) can be full of fear. Over on The Write Practice, Jeff Elkins tells of "Three Tricks to Overcome Your Fear of Writing." How does he deal with the fear? HIS THREE TIPS FOR OVERCOMING THAT FEAR OF WRITING ARE: He names it. He leans into it. Meditates through it. And he also has this awesome idea for desensitizing yourself from fear, which is our ..... WRITING TIP OF THE POD! "Take fifteen minutes to write something that scares you. Maybe it’s a scene you’ve been avoiding in your work in progress, maybe it’s a story you’ve been nervous to start, or maybe it’s a letter you’re scared to write. As you work, if fear raises its head, try one of the techniques above to work through it." - Jeff Elkins DOG TIP FOR LIFE: Dogs have all kinds of fears just like people do. When dogs have fears, we use treats to encourage them for brave behavior, we don't force them out of their safe places, and we don't shove their fear in their face and shout "GET OVER IT, BUDDY." Because that's not cool. We deserve to give ourselves the same respect. Reward yourself for being brave, don't insist on pushing yourself into your fear too hard and too fast. Don't push yourself, man. 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.
October 23, 2018
Writers, Don't Let Them Make You Sit Down, Take Your Shot
A long time ago, our daughter Em was taking karate, which was the only martial art available then in our town. She was eight years old and tiny. The instructor was Shaun size – sort of – and bald, super intimidating. He had all the little ones line up and kick rectangular strike pads. Em’s kick was so unexpected and powerful that the adult holding the pad fell over. Did they tell her, “Good job?” Nope. They made her sit down. “What did I do wrong, Mommy?” Em asked. “Nothing, buddy. Nothing.” And a mom next to us whispered, “You were too strong. They don’t know what to do with women who are too strong.” For the rest of the text that goes with this podcast, check out "Dogs Are Smarter Than People."
October 16, 2018
Stupid Writing Tips are Stupid
Trust yourself. Some writing gurus are... Well, there's no once size fits all about writing edicts and adjectives are not the devil. For the words that go with the podcast, check out:
October 9, 2018
Be the Flamingo of Change for Your Characters And Yourself
Dogs are Smarter Than People is the quirky podcast about writing life and dogs and marriage, too. WRITING TIP OF THE POD Remember that kindness, that telling moment of giving or empathy? T. hat makes the characters you write so much more likable. You root for characters who take care out of others. Search the world and your life for those random moments. Use them in your writing. Be the flamingo of change. Don't be afraid to be innovative, to be quirky, to be kind. We all tend to resist personal change, remember that when you're writing your characters. For more tips check out -
October 2, 2018
Writing Prompts of the Weird
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September 26, 2018
Writing Life Can Be Awesome
Writing tips. Life tips. Quirky as heck. It is our first and maybe most authoritative episode
September 21, 2018
Bonus Episode - Canadian Prime Minister Talks about Rotary
Paul Martin talks about Rotary and Polio
September 21, 2018
How to Hook Your Readers With Memorable Characters
Hooking Your Readers by Making Memorable Characters. Plus, horrible panelist types. Plus, Death Grip Eye. It's an awesome episode. So, when you read a book, and you remember a book, a lot of the time it isn’t the plot that you’re remembering. It’s the character that has held you enthralled. Plots are super important, but it’s the character that things are happening to that really hold the plot together. A lot of stories fail because their main character is… Well, he’s boring. She’s a bit blah. There’s nothing about them that stands out. We remember the people who are larger the life. I know we’ve talked about it before, but it’s so important. Make your characters outrageous. Make them wild. We all love Captain America, but he’s not quite as memorable as The Hulk or Iron Man.
August 14, 2018
It's Book Release Day and Carrie Can't Handle It
In the latest episode of "Dogs Are Smarter Than People," Carrie talks about Book Release Day, her lack of celebration ability, and explains what Conflicting Wants are and how they are good for story. Shaun disagrees. A lot.
August 10, 2018
Episode 2
Join an internationally bestselling children's book author (Carrie Jones) and her down-home husband and their dogs as they try to live a happy, better life by being happier, better people . You can use those skills in writing and vice versa. But we’re not perfect, just like our podcast. We’re cool with that.
July 6, 2018
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