Hi, I’m Carla. I’m a 50-year-old disabled writer. I live on a mountain in the Appalachian range, in the section known as the Blue Ridge in the state of Virginia, right on the edge of the George Washington National Forest. The latter makes the Missing 411 phenomenon extra spooky.
The official (read: written by me, I’m the only one here) podcast description for There Might Be Cupcakes gives a lot of information about my shenanigans here:
Carla is: a bookdragon;
a woman who has lived in three haunted houses;
a former freelance journalist and counselor, who is never bored;
Like one of her heroes, Harriet the Spy, she wants to learn everything and write in all down in her commonplace book.
Join her (and sometimes her friends) in her strange library as she INFJs everything from unused angles.
It’s going to get weird in the best way. Let’s play.
I release right now as my health allows. I post a website entry for each episode, with more information, photographs, and suggested reading for that particular episode, and the available stream and downloadable MP3 for that episode. I will post additional posts from my Instagram, my Pinterest, and from anything topical that catches my interest and I think might interest you throughout each week. I now have a Substack, where I will be posting the website entries, and podcast updates as well, and longform emails for paid subscribers about things that just don’t fit on the podcast. The subscription is 75% off for patrons; the discount link is posted on Patreon.
All social media links:
Most Recent Website Entries
- Moving website from WP to Substack
- Celebrating episode 200, I give you a 100 flashback!
- Episode 150: Live: James Sullivan and the 1904 Olympics
- New audio recorded: A note for the Oswalt briefcase
- Episode 186: Smollop: John Dillinger’s Penis
- Episode 132: Dollop: The Bone Wars
- You think you’re tough…
- Episode 131: Dollop: The Monitor
- Happy Independence Day, American Rubes!
- Somber news once again
Disability and Chronic Illness
My disabilities are Ehlers-Danlos, Hypermobility Type; POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome); and fibromyalgia. Basically, the collagen in all twelve systems of my body is damaged, my joints are loose, my blood pressure is not stable with a sudden change in posture (hard sneeze, laughing, standing up), and everything hurts all the time. My body is my frenemy.
How to subscribe to the podcast
from this site: the feed of the Podcast Episodes category
- Amazon Alexa
- Amazon Music
- Apple Podcasts
- Audible or Audible @ Amazon
- GetVokl Channel
- Goodpods: profile
- Goodpods: podcast
- Google Podcasts
- Pocket Casts
- Podcast Addict
- Spreaker (my wonderful, shiny host)
My friend, Greg Behrendt, (website tag) has a comedy routine about how he would do unpleasant things for cake, and that anywhere you go, there might be cake. Well, cupcakes are all that and more: portable, equal, fancier…and so much more. The title represents sharing, hope, whimsy…and here’s Greg’s routine. Enjoy, and always remember there might be cupcakes.
Need to contact me?
Easy peasy: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to support me and the podcast
- Simply click through here and shop at Amazon as you normally would–this helps me at no cost to you
- Same with the wonderful Bookshop.org: you can look through my suggested books (I do love to make lists, especially lists of books), or simply click through and shop as usual. Bookshop.org donates from every purchase to local, independent bookstores!
- You can donate once through Paypal, using this nifty button or through my paypal.me link or through Buy Me a Coffee. If you do, let me know, and you can suggest an upcoming episode topic, as long as I can make it bookish.
- Become a patron at Patreon and gain access to episode scripts to download and the ad-free podcast feed, plus future writings of mine (that will be for sale) for free, and other goodies, including the ability to suggest an upcoming episode topic.
- Subscribe to the Substack and read my longform writing that doesn’t fit on the podcast. 75% off for Patreon subscribers.
- Sign up for a thirty-day free trial at Audible, the splendiferous audiobook subscription service and store, and receive a free book to keep as your own.
- Buy me an ebook from my wishlist (or something else) or from my wishlist at Bookshop.org (did I mention that they donate to independent bookstores?)
And thank you immensely, just for listening and visiting! I love my listeners, every one. Just your lending me your ears every episode makes me so very happy, more than I can express.
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About The Dollop Dot Net
Yes, I am that Carla who created and wrote for The Dollop podcast’s first official website. The content is all still here; I own it because I created and wrote it. You can find it all under the tag The Dollop. The category structure is still the same, it’s just under this domain now. Basically I was not ever compensated nor treated very nicely; that’s the best and kindest way to put it. Never even gifted swag for years of work and traffic driven to the podcast, then I found out that one of the gentlemen, when under serious pressure, lied to get out of it and said they did not have a website. So I stopped writing for them, and let the domain go. I don’t ever deal with lying. My name is too important to me. But I am very proud of the quite funny work I turned out for them, so it’s here. So see that little small print colophon down there? It’s the truth. No work on this site or on my podcast is plagarized–it’s all my own original work unless cited or quoted. I didn’t graduate a rigorous master’s program from Boston University for nothin’. I was taught how to write for the public, and how to handle such. So you can trust my words in your headphones and on these pages are mine. Let’s shake on it.
The new and original category structure, all making friends, are listed in their hierarchy down below in the footer, next to the most common tags in a cloud. Have fun and hang around.