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 jello shots. Now they are all grown up and they are stable and mellow and have these beautiful upscale lives. They're doctors, lawyers, engineers.
Shaun:But you have me.
Carrie: Exactly! And I love you. I love that you are unexpected and funny and occasionally dangerous.
What does this have to do with writing?
Carrie has a new book coming out. It's called IN THE WOODS. She's being a little extra about it. She is a little extra about everything.
What exactly is extra? Performingfartist says, "Doing the absolute damn most. For no reason."
Writing is supposed to be extra. It's supposed to be big and important even for the quiet books, even for the books nobody notices. It's all about pouring your heart into it. It's all about this damn quote right here:
Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.
Also, we should add that "extra" like a lot of great words and terms originated in AAVE.
When people call you extra, it's mocking a bit, but it's also loving a bit. You're living large. Extra was a super popular term in 2015 and inspired a lot of memes, but it hasn't gone away yet.
Be extra! Shouldn't you want to be as big as possible, as enthusiastic as possible, as all-in as possible when you create.
Go all in. Be authentic. Being extra might involve a fake limp to get some love? Whatever. Be authentic in your need if not your limp.
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.
My next book, IN THE WOODS, appears in July 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 preorder 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
You can buy limited-edition prints and learn more about my art here on my site.