Random Thursday Things

So today is a bit of a random Thursday update. I hope you don’t mind.


The lovely Sara Crawford has interviewed me for her podcast, Creative Expressions.

I talk about the second-grade haiku that changed my life, the importance of art, and other fun things about writing and painting and existing. Plus, Sara’s super cool so you should check it out.


I rarely have nightmares. I dream all the time though. 

Last night?

I had the best nightmare.

I am asleep. Something evil, something female is in the room. It is definitely not a male presence. I try to figure out how to hide on the bed if the pillows will confuse her about where my body is in case she attacks. She tugs on the covers but I’m holding them down. “I’m asleep,” I think. I decide to whisper, “This is not happening.” She whispers back, “This IS happening.” And stabs me in the chest. I scream. 

Apparently, according to Shaun, it was the most terrifying scream he’s ever heard in his whole life. 

The thing is? I know I transitioned from sleep to waking when I was screaming, but I can’t remember the sound at all. It was like I opened up, gave it all I got and nothing came out.


The amazing Penobscot Theatre Company had to suspend it’s normal season because of Covid-19 and I’ve been asked to write a creepy short story about Bucksport, Maine.

The draft is done.

It is creepy.

It gave me a nightmare last night I think or maybe that was…


We pickled like pickling freaks. Honest to God, I’m sure my mother is rolling over in her grave and gasping, “Who even are you, Carrie?”

But check it out!

You can see I was a bit overwhelmed by cutting 8 million onions and had to resort to hiding behind a dish towel and not stabbing my eyes out. And the dogs? They were so into it.


I’m about to offer a quick course on Teachable all about the scene. And it’s so much fun and I am so nervous/excited/stoked about it. I hope you’ll check it out in September when it’s live. It will be super cheap because I want to make it accessible. My bank account is mad about that but whatever….


The follow-up to IN THE WOODS with Steve Wedel is almost done and so scary and it should be out before the end of this year!

AND… I am going to offer a little novella just on Amazon next month. It’s called FAITH.

AND… I am working on a haunted campground story and it’s super creepy and fun. Sort of like Charlaine Harris books (TRUE BLOOD) but in a campground and without Sookie.

AND…I am working on some other still-secret things. Well, they are secret unless you listen to Sara’s podcast.

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Jokes, Stuffies, And Using Your Weirdness for Good, An Interview with Jose De La Roca

Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation
Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation
Jokes, Stuffies, And Using Your Weirdness for Good, An Interview with Jose De La Roca

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 has more than 17 years of radio broadcasting experience and now he shares with you all the secrets he knows about podcasting. 

Jose say he is a dad first, talking monkey second, and a writer. He wrote a great book called How to be a Dad without a Dad and he’s worked for radio stations and streaming apps and I’m a little intimidated.

His YouTube Channel has a lot of stuffies and he’s in charge of Dad without a Dad Productions. He’s super cool, super smart, and super fun.

Jose of awesome!

Why are teddy bears never hungry? Because they are always stuffed. 


We talk about imposter syndrome, being a doer, the state of the radio industry and using humor as a coping mechanism.

According to the IRS, I’m an actor, voice-over actor, sound engineer and a writer, but all I want to do is provide a better future for my son. 


You should definitely check out the interview and Jose’s links.

Jose on YouTube where he is hysterical.

Jose on Instagram where his pictures are stunning.

Jose on Twitter, which is where I met him. Score!

Link to Jose’s interview.


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.


This week’s episode link. 

Last week’s episode link 

A bonus interview with Dr. J.L. Delozier, Pennsylvania doctor and writer. 

bonus interview with poet and coach Fiona Mackintosh Cameron. 


I have a new book out!!!!!! It’s an adult mystery set in the town where we live, which is Bar Harbor, Maine. You can order it here. And you totally should. 

And if you click through to this link, you can read the first chapter! 

And click here to learn about the book’s inspiration and what I learned about myself when I was writing it.


My new book, IN THE WOODS, is out!


It’s 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!

April Book and Life Update!

It’s an April update!

So, I bought an author marketing program for $27 and found out that you’re supposed to write a status about your writing progress and book progress every month! 

Who knew? 

Not this author. 

So, here’s what I’m up to. 

I’m starting a super cheap, super new, super cool writing course. You can check it out here and you can still join although it’s getting pretty full, which is awesome since I only announced it this weekend. But if you want to learn more, check it out here. I call it the WRITING COURSE OF AWESOME because I am original like that.

What else? 

I’m still revising ANOTHER NOW, which is a big time travel story. It is killing me. 

Here’s a tiny excerpt: 

Chapter One

“The Ghost Inside”

The Broken Bells

Dear Dad, 

I know you’ll never read this and you’ll probably think I’m weird for even writing it since you didn’t care enough to hang around when I was born. Now, your first impression of me (if this letter IS your first impression) will be, “Wow. My daughter is old-school emo with a lot of retro drama writing me a letter longhand and not on the actual computer like a normal person.”

I don’t care. 

That’s a lie. I probably do care what you think of me because I am needy like that, but I don’t care enough so that it makes me stop writing this letter.

Even though it’s super one-sided communication since you’ll probably never read it.

Even though I do feel a little drama over writing it this way. 

Even though I shouldn’t care about communicating with you.

You made your choice a long time ago and that choice was not me and Mom. 

And that hurts. 

Mina (Your daughter)

The goal is to throw the stone out the farthest: 

Watch it drop into the waves.

Breathe out as it disappears into the cold Atlantic. 

Try again to beat your last throw. 

That’s it. I never seem to beat my last throw even though Abby always beats hers. 

I’m a person without a father and whenever she feels too badly for me, my newish best friend, Abby Shriver, makes us head to the boulders and rocks that line the ocean’s edge of the Shore Path, this mile-long gravel path that abuts some of the fancier houses in Bar Harbor. She thinks that will make it better. The ocean, she says, is fatherless too and according to ancient Greeks, the ocean was the father of everything. The ocean doesn’t take sides in all the wars of man and gods. It just is. 

            But that’s old myth. 

            And the Atlantic Ocean off our Maine coast is so real. 

Today, we’re quiet when we walk. It’s barely a half of a mile down a one-way road, another small road, and then a dirt path to the ocean where we can throw our stones into the ever-moving abyss. 

When we get there, the wind keeps lifting up Abby’s hair, mixing the smell of honey with that of clam flats. Her hair keeps striking me in the face until she binds it in one of those utilitarian black elastics that most people keep on their wrists. Abby only keeps bracelets on her wrist – silver ones that jangle when she moves. 

“They remind me of fairy bells,” she says when I try to get her to stop talking about my lack of a father and randomly try to shift the topic to her. 

I take a rock and throw it, but the wind’s strength works against me and it barely makes it past the shore. 

And finally, my new Patreon story

And over on Patreon, I’m starting a new story this week! It’s a chapter a month if you want to check it out. It basically costs $1 a month to listen to my story and $3 a month to read it. There’s a new chapter every week. It’s super fun; I promise.

Chapter 1

The birds tap at the kitchen window with tiny beaks. They hover there above the azalea bush and the still-to-bloom tiger lilies, wings wide open, eyes staring inside at where Mom and I bustle around the kitchen. They smack and caw and coo. There are seagulls, pigeons, crows, a couple of hummingbirds, a few owls, robins, blue jays, finches, doves and a random eagle tonight. All of them coexisting in some sort of peaceful bird truce. All of them watching us.

            “Hey guys.” I give them an air first bump that I hope is cheerful. “Everything is okay.”

So, yeah, things are a bit bizarre around here, and Mom’s worried that I may not be able to handle it. This isn’t just because I have a tendency to levitate. And it isn’t because a news reporter has noticed that I exist, and it isn’t even that I seem to have ridiculously randy feelings about my best friend, Nora. My mother, thank God, does not know about that last part. No, she worries because of the door upstairs and the birds that are appearing absolutely everywhere all the time now.

            “I am so tired of those darn things and their – and their – and their defecation.” She puts the stress on the last word of the sentence, wrinkling up her long nose.  “It’s impossible to get it off the deck. And the chirping and squawking.”

            She crosses herself. 

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