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Episode 31: Christmas Cupcakes

We took a lot of pictures at Christmas when I was young, for which I am so grateful. This is the dress I wore for my kindergarten school picture, so I am most likely five here—so 1977 is a best guess. From what I can tell, Dad is unwrapping something leathery, either new shoes or Isotoner gloves. The seventies and eighties were all about some Isotoner driving gloves. Squint and you can see our bright orange kitchen.

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Movies referenced:

Original Barbie Dream House: this image from this wonderful retrospective Good Housekeeping article is the one I am speaking of in this podcast episode. I also had the earlier one with the elevator, but that one was apparently easier to assemble, because putting it together did not require lying to a small child about Santa’s arrival. 😀

Silly Putty at Crayola.com

Original Star Wars figurines from A New Hope, made by Kenner

1970’s McDonald’s coupons commercial!

Above is the photo I referenced of me and Mom, which I received the Barbie carrying case and remember having to be all grown-up and responsible with my new tiny Barbie accessories—look how tiny I was! Our household was full of love and very special but also very stressful. But this picture is also striking for how Mom is looking at me, like I was her entire world.

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Instagram: December 15, 2019 at 03:08AM


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There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 56: Happy Socks and the Flame
In which I tell two stories about finding cupcakes in the darkest of times: one is one of my own, one is one of Leonard Cohen’s. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/theflame and in bio
#hope #advent #faith #sexualassault #suicideawareness #leonardcohen ♥️♥️♥️🧁🧁🧁
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NaNoWriMo 2019: Completing Watching the Detectives

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series My Writing

Watching the Detectives is the novel I read from in episodes 14 and 28 (embedded below for your listening convenience). I am using this year’s NaNoWriMo to edit and complete it. On day 2, after adding current edits, it stands at 26,520 words. My first goal will be the standard National Novel Writing Month Goal of 50,000 words, and then we shall see. I will be, of course, reading more of it on the podcast as I go along, and I am looking forward to doing so.

You can keep up with my progress here, or at nanowrimo.org. If you are participating as well, feel free to add me as a buddy.

On word counts and novel length

Word counts for famous books, organized

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Episode 9: Instagram: October 30, 2019 at 01:12PM


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This came up in my Facebook memories, dated about six months before I started the podcast. It ended up as a story in the episode Family Trees, which I link below, but it is worth copying here for posterity—and because it’s a fine tale out of American history, and a good one about a politician for once. We can all stand that, right?

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This still makes me laugh. My family made minor Congressional history for being firm in our beliefs (read: stubborn) and strong in our convictions (read: opinionated). I give you The Pettigrew Indictment. “In 1917, while being interviewed by a journalist from the Argus Leader, Pettigrew offered his opinion that the First World War was a capitalist scheme intended to further enrich the wealthy, and he urged young men to evade the draft.” They tried to charge him with espionage, he countered with his friend Clarence Darrow (yes, that Clarence Darrow, he of the Scopes Trial) and was acquitted.
Best part: he then framed the original indictment for display in his home office…right next to the Declaration of Independence.
It’s still there in the Pettigrew Home Museum.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_F._Pettigrew
Congressional record: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000271

Link, with photo of my great-great-great-grandfather Senator Richard Franklin Pettigrew from South Dakota, an embedded player to listen to the episode, and all the referenced books and sources from the episode:
https://www.theremightbecupcakes.com/episode-9-family-trees/

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Instagram: October 11, 2019 at 10:17PM


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Episode with Mike’s interview: “Everything That Was Hidden Now Surfaces” Congratulations, Mike! If y’all haven’t read #Fantasticland yet, it’s the perfect Halloween read.

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Repost from @mikebockoven using @RepostRegramApp – Three years ago today, my first novel was released.

A quick story behind this photo – it was taken at the Omaha Barnes and Noble the day my book was released. I had a special trip planned for the day including seeing my book in a store and Godzilla movies at the Omaha Draft House with my buddy Chad. We get to the book store and FantasticLand isn’t on the shelves.

Not being a natural extrovert I didn’t want to go up to the staff, push my glasses up onto my nose and say “can you put my book out, please?” So Chad, being a good friend, went and asked for me. They brought it out, I got my photo and he captured the moment.

This is a long winded way of saying I’m not overly comfortable promoting myself. Part of it is imposter syndrome, part of it is my natural inclination to keep my head down. But that day, Chad did the hard work for me and in the three years since, many, many of you have joined in. Since the book has come out, it’s received over 2,300 ratings on Goodreads, sold over 15,000 copies, gotten a paperback run, been optioned for film rights and brought me into the orbit of some truly awesome people.
I can’t say “thank you” enough to every single person who has read the book, recommended it, rated it (even the bad ones, seriously), and reached out to tell me about it. I’ve even gotten fan fiction, fan art and wild speculation about the book on social media. I can honestly say my life, the last three years, has been some of the best of times because of all of you.
I’m still not really great at promotion, so I’ll say “thank you” again and get back to writing. Hopefully there’s more to come.

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Instagram: October 09, 2019 at 07:07PM


via Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B3alGClBc_y/ More Watching the Detectives coming! Note the Peers playlist; the substitute for their campus in the playlist’s picture is Sweet Briar College (the subject of episode 39: Sweet).
@madisenkuhn I am working on my novel! Printed out chunks and am at the coffee shop after physical therapy. Sometimes the words and characters look different in shape on paper. It’s always been that way for me. As I said, I’ll email you with details, so we can talk about it, but I’ve also read from it in episodes past: look for the two episodes called “Watching the Detectives” and listen to them in order.

Episode 14: Watching the Detectives

Episode 28: Watching the Detectives Part 2

Going to read from the new parts after I publish the Halloween episodes. Thanks for inspiring me to kick myself back into writing gear. (I have your journal and stickers, love!) #amwriting #watchingthedetectives #books #amreading #bookstagram #bookpodcast #bookpodcaster #bookpodcasts #beyourownheroine #trypod #podcast #podcasts #theremightbecupcakes #horror #podernfamily #ladypodsquad #madisenkuhn #readersofinstagram #carlahufstedler #amediting

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Episode 30: A Zebra with No Spoons

I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and POTS.

Books quoted in this episode:

Rachel Held Evans: Keep the Church Weird: Searching for Sunday

Resources for Living with EDS/HSD

EDS Resource Guides

The Zebra Network: POTS

Standing Up To POTS: Resources

FibroCenter: Fibromyalgia Resources

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