Mental illness lies to us about isolation

View this post on Instagram Hi, my name is Carla, I’m 46, I’m a podcaster, I have 2 dogs…and I have chronic primary and secondary depression and anxiety. What I mean by this is that I have them as stand-alone diagnoses, then have them compounded as both symptoms of, and then also natural consequences of, […]

Episode 28: Watching the Detectives, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series My Writing

Have you ever considered knitting? There’s no corpses in knitting, BeeGee. –Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives As I said in the episode, my novel is inspired by the true crime case of the missing person Maura Murray. Missing Maura Murray Podcast at Apple Podcasts the statement of the website of the podcast and soon-to-be documentary […]

Episode 26: Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard: Kindle, Audible (narrated by Tavia Gilbert), paperback formats Some books entertain you, some books distract you, and some books, if you are very, very lucky and find them, captivate you, and take your breath away from the very first page. You recognize them–and it almost feels as if […]

Episode 23: Look at This Tangle of Thorns

American Library Association > Frequently Challenged Books > Infographics and Statistics   I was within and without simultaneously enchanted and repulsed by the inexhaustible variety of life. —The Great Gatsby       Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whisky in the hands of another…There are just some […]

Episode 19: The King’s Eclipse

  The King’s Eclipse: two works originally intended to be one, Gerald’s Game and Dolores Claiborne   A huge thank you to Bev Vincent, my King consultant for this episode. He is the authority on all things King, and I highly recommend every one of his books. Here’s his work on the King: The Stephen King […]

Episode 18: Yellow

“The Yellow-Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of the finest short stories written in the English language…hopefully done some justice as read by me.   Collected in: The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories Herland, The Yellow Wall-Paper and Selected Writings   Academic examination of: Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of “The Yellow […]

Episode 16: I’ve Got Something in My Pocket

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Girl Scouting

On my honor I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law. I will do my best to be Honest and fair Friendly and helpful Considerate and caring Courageous and strong Responsible for what I say and do And to respect […]

Episode 14: Watching the Detectives

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series My Writing

 And they were all rich. Rich in looks, rich in opportunity, rich in already wasted opportunities, rich in network, and rich in funds. And rich in frustrations, many of which they could not even name. –Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives   As I said in the episode, my novel is inspired by the true crime […]

Episode 13: 20 Things About INFJMe

Book recommended in this episode: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Audible edition from Amazon) Sponsor Audible link to choose it for free and receive thirty days trial membership Quiet in Kindle format Quiet in Paperback format Another suggestions, also by Cain: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths […]

Episode 12: Driving, Dancing, and Pizza Hut

Book suggested for Audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler link for free copy of Yes Please and a 30-day trial of Audible, the wonderful audiobook subscription service and store with the best customer service of any bookstore link to purchase Yes Please in audio format, narrated by the author, from Audible’s partner, Amazon Books quoted […]

Episode 11: Wonder Woman and Highway 29

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Against the Peace and Dignity of the Commonwealth

When I was eight I had a friend with a pirate’s smile —Cyndi Lauper, “Sally’s Pigeons” The missing and the murdered Alicia Showalter Reynolds: missing March 2, 1996 while traveling to Charlottesville, VA from Baltimore, MD; found May, 1996 Julianne Williams and Laura “Lollie” Winans: murdered May, 1996 in Shenandoah National Park Anne McDaniel: missing […]

Carla: Pinterest

See? Wasn’t kidding. Everything fascinates me. I want to learn it all and do it all and write it all down and this is why I need a podcast as an outlet. This is what my brain looks like, peeps. The podcast’s board: My books board: My true crime board: All of my boards:

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 3

Reason number three that I have called this podcast-to-be There Might Be Cupcakes: They allow mingling, because they are more finger food than plate food, like cake. Think back to your last shower or reception. Cake is served, and everyone sits down or perches somewhere and fills their…well…cakehole. A cupcake fits in your palm, your […]

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 2

If you over-decadent (totally making that into a verb) a cake, you either get really strange looks, or you thrust the cake’s cost into the stratosphere. Or both. And no one wants a piece of super-expensive side-eye cake–that’s too unnerving to be fun. But cupcakes are expected to be over the top, and can be […]

There Might Be Cupcakes: Reason No. 1

Why “cupcakes?” Why cupcakes? Why show up if there might be cupcakes? Why are you calling your podcast “There Might Be Cupcakes”, flaky chick? So many reasons, starting with all the reasons in my friend @greggaestyle and his splendid comedy routine about the joy of cake. But so many more riffing off of that! Here’s […]