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Episode 29: Unpacking the Bunny

episode 27: Halloween Enormous Stories

The Blair Witch series:

Blair Witch books:

Monsters in Virginia: Mysterious Creatures of the Old Dominion by L. B. Taylor

L. B. Taylor, Jr. on Amazon and Goodreads–he’s written 22 additional books about the strange and unusual in Virginia, including The Big Book of Virginia Ghost Stories

Cassell’s Dictionary of Superstitions, compiled by David Pickering

recommended in episode: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill — horror involving a train trestle and a monster. The audio version is narrated by Star Trek: Voyager‘s Kate Mulgrew, and is available via this link, or you can choose it as your free book when you sign up for a thirty-day trial of Audible and support the podcast.

the Virginia Writers Club

The Big Book of Urban Legends by Robert Loren Fleming, Robert F. Boyd, Jr., and Jan Harold Brunvan is a fun, graphic novel approach from a scholarly viewpoint, published by DC Comics.

Weird Virginia: Your Travel Guide to Virginia’s Local Legends and Best-Kept Secrets by Jeff Bahr, Loren Coleman, and Troy Taylor

All of these books have been added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads. Please feel free to friend me on Goodreads.

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Mental illness lies to us about isolation

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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, my chronic illnesses of EDS, fibro, and POTS. Triple whammy. I also have some PTSD issues even now from the assault I described and unpacked in episode 34, “This Girl Just Had a Bad Date”. Depression and anxiety (and PTSD) are liars, and one of the most insidious lies is that you are alone in this pain, and that you are alone in this—inability to cope? Inability to bootstrap yourself? Inability to YOLO? So I made a list in my #commonplacebook, which goes with me everywhere, of successful, “happy” people who do or have struggled with mental illness, often multiple disorders, like me. A couple of them, like @ladygaga, are also chronically ill like I am. Now, next time depression or anxiety tries to tell me I am all alone or desperate, I have receipts. I hope this list helps someone else, too. Add me to the list, and add yourself to the list. As Rumi said, we’re all just walking one another home. I will put a picture of the full list on theremightbecupcakes.com. #depression #anxiety #mentalhealth #strength #bujo #bulletjournal #neveralone #horrorpodcast #truecrimepodcast #bookpodcast #literaturepodcast @braintrustfm #chronicillnesspodcast #chronicpainpodcast #spooniepodcast #spooniepodcaster #zebrapodcaster #zebrapodcast #braintrustnetwork #cursiveismagic #chronicpain #chronicillness #PTSD #beyourownheroine

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Quote I referred to in the Instagram description:

We are all just walking each other home.

Rumi

Recommended reading:

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

Prozac Diary by Lauren Slater

my Goodreads chronic illness bookshelf (to be read and read)

These books added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads | please feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads

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Book Lists: Chronic Illness

Listopia on Goodreads:

my chronic illness Goodreads bookshelf

Bumped to the top of my to-be-read list from these two Listopia/Goodreads lists:

Do you have any recommendations or additions?

the podcast’s bookshelf

please feel free to add me as a friend on Goodreads

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Episode 28: Watching the Detectives, Part 2

This entry is part 3 of 4 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
their photos of the accident site

Missing Maura Murray at Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

 

Whisper campaigns are rampant in both Rockingham and Loudon Counties about the possible fate of Beatrice Burchett. Public morale and confidence in the police are threatened at this time, due to silence and perceived lack of investigation.

And still, a twenty-one-year-old is not in class with her peers where she belongs.

–Carla Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives

There are always books

All, of course, have been added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner: audiobook format, narrated by the author, and Kindle format
Use my Audible link to receive it for free in audiobook format with a free 30-day trial membership to Audible: audibletrial/mightbecupcakes

James Renner’s blog

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild documentary

American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident by Keith McCloskey

(recommended horror movie: The Devil’s Pass)

“Watching the Detectives”

“Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, by Elvis Costello

Complicated Shadows: The Life and Music of Elvis Costello by Graham Thomson

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer

 

This time, there was also music

Used in this episode: “The Mechanics of Leaving”, Haunted Me

She is watching the detectives

“He’s so cute”

watching the detectives

when they shoot shoot shoot shoot

–“Watching the Detectives”, Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True

“Keep a constant positive attitude and remember to always appreciate your team members.”

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mauramurraymissing.org

Maura Murray missing poster

Take Back the Night campaign

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Episode 26: Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

Little Piney Creek
Little Piney Creek, Amherst County, Virginia
photo by Carla

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 they recognize you.

–Carla Hufstedler, episode 26, Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

The Little Piney River is a 7.6-mile-long tributary of the Piney River in Amherst County in the U.S. state of Virginia. Via the Piney and Tye rivers, it is part of the James River watershed. (Wikipedia)

The Piney River is known around here as the “Big Piney”. Naturally. And notice we are so out in the country that the map just says “2” for “District 2”.

Walden (free in ebook format), by Henry David Thoreau — I once spent the afternoon at Walden Pond, and that place truly has an aura about it. I highly recommend putting it on your bucket list. In the spirit of nature writing, here’s the facts:

  • Kettle hole formation lake, formed by glaciers retreating 10,000 to 12,000 years ago
  • Depth: 108 feet (33 m)
  • Surface area: 2,657,157 sq feet (246,858 m²)
  • Shore length: 1.70 miles (2.74 km)

Also recommended in the spirit of this book

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present by Philip Lopate — the personal essay is a window into the private human condition. My best English teachers gave me scores of essays to read, from antiquity to modern American history, and they taught me much about what it is to be human, and to communicate that humanity with emotional power.

my essays shelf:
Carla's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (essays shelf)

It is winter proper; the cold weather, such as it is, has come to stay. I bloom indoors in the winter like a forced forsythia; I come in to come out. At night I read and write, and things I have never understood become clear; I reap the harvest of the rest of the year’s planting…The mountains’ bones poke through, all shoulder and knob and shin. All that summer conceals, winter reveals.
—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Little Piney River
Little Piney River, January 8, 2018, taken by Carla’s husband

It has always been a happy thought that the creek runs on all night now every minute, whether I wish it or know it or care, as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale.
—-Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Little Piney River
Little Piney River, January 8, 2018, taken by Carla’s husband

Putting you in the mood to put pen to paper? Good!

And you’re going to need a paper companion for your initial forage into your environment. I suggest these guided ones, which I plan upon playing with myself, and may discuss my adventures with in a future episode: The Pocket Scavenger and How to Be an Explorer of the World, both by Keri Smith.

All books, of course, added to the podcast’s bookshelf on Goodreads. Please do feel free to add me as a friend there should you like.

Also mentioned in the episode

 

And we the people are so vulnerable. Our bodies are shot with mortality. Our legs are fear and our arms are time. These chill humors seep through our capillaries, weighting each cell with an icy dab of nonbeing, and that dab grows and swelss and sucks the cell dry. That is why physical courage is so important–it fills, as it were, the holes–and why it is so invigorating. The least brave act, chance taken and passage won, makes you feel loud as a child.

–Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Perhaps it is all balanced as it should be, perhaps everything is happening exactly as it should. And, to reference the minor prophet Ferris Bueller, if you don’t open our eyes, life goes pretty fast, you’ll miss so very much. You can choose to see pain and horror or beauty and mystery in every process, every moment while still being bluntly honest about what’s happening.

–Carla Hufstedler, episode 26, Pilgrim at Little Piney Creek

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Episode 24: The Bell Tale Heart

 

Ranker: 15 Bizarre Facts About the Tragic Life of Edgar Allan Poe

the burial site of Edgar Allan Poe, 519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Westminster Hall and Burying Ground

E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore: Results of Tests on the Hair of Virginia and Edgar A. Poe: Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Uranium, & Vanadium

Saram Elmira Royster

Death of Edgar Allan Poe:

 

 

The Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe’s Death: 19 Theories on What Caused the Poet’s Demise

 

 

The Bells“, Edgar Allan Poe, courtesy of Bartleby.com

HEAR the sledges with the bells,
          Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
    How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
        In the icy air of night!          5
    While the stars, that oversprinkle
    All the heavens, seem to twinkle
        With a crystalline delight;
      Keeping time, time, time,
      In a sort of Runic rhyme,   10
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
    From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
          Bells, bells, bells—
  From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.
    Hear the mellow wedding bells,   15
          Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
    Through the balmy air of night
    How they ring out their delight!
      From the molten-golden notes,   20
          And all in tune,
      What a liquid ditty floats
  To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
          On the moon!
      Oh, from out the sounding cells,   25
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
          How it swells!
          How it dwells
      On the Future! how it tells
      Of the rapture that impels   30
    To the swinging and the ringing
      Of the bells, bells, bells,
    Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
          Bells, bells, bells—
  To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!   35
    Hear the loud alarum bells,
          Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
    In the startled ear of night
    How they scream out their affright!   40
      Too much horrified to speak,
      They can only shriek, shriek,
          Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,   45
      Leaping higher, higher, higher,
      With a desperate desire,
    And a resolute endeavor
    Now—now to sit or never,
  By the side of the pale-faced moon.   50
      Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
      What a tale their terror tells
          Of Despair!
    How they clang, and clash, and roar!
    What a horror they outpour   55
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
      Yet the ear it fully knows,
          By the twanging
          And the clanging,
      How the danger ebbs and flows;   60
    Yet the ear distinctly tells,
          In the jangling
          And the wrangling,
    How the danger sinks and swells,—
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells,   65
          Of the bells,
    Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
          Bells, bells, bells—
  In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!
    Hear the tolling of the bells,   70
          Iron bells!
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
    In the silence of the night
    How we shiver with affright
  At the melancholy menace of their tone!   75
    For every sound that floats
    From the rust within their throats
          Is a groan.
    And the people—ah, the people,
    They that dwell up in the steeple,   80
          All alone,
  And who tolling, tolling, tolling,
    In that muffled monotone,
  Feel a glory in so rolling
    On the human heart a stone—   85
They are neither man nor woman,
They are neither brute nor human,
      They are Ghouls:
  And their king it is who tolls;
  And he rolls, rolls, rolls,   90
        Rolls
    A pæan from the bells;
  And his merry bosom swells
    With the pæan of the bells,
  And he dances, and he yells:   95
  Keeping time, time, time,
  In a sort of Runic rhyme,
    To the pæan of the bells,
        Of the bells:
  Keeping time, time, time,  100
  In a sort of Runic rhyme,
  To the throbbing of the bells,
  Of the bells, bells, bells—
    To the sobbing of the bells;
  Keeping time, time, time,  105
    As he knells, knells, knells,
  In a happy Runic rhyme,
  To the rolling of the bells,
    Of the bells, bells, bells:
    To the tolling of the bells,  110
  Of the bells, bells, bells, bells,
        Bells, bells, bells—
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

 

There Might Be Cupcakes’ Goodreads bookshelf

 

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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

 

 

selection of books from 2015, including the Bible

 

Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whisky in the hands of another…There are just some kinds of men who—who’re so busy worryng about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.

To Kill a Mockingbird

 

 

I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.

Lolita

 

ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990-1999

ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books 2000-2009

ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books: Classics

 

No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.

The Great Gatsby

 

Most challenges are due to diversity in content:

 

selection of books from 2016
diversity challenge examples, from 2016

We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us but than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night—every night, every night—the moment I feigned sleep.

Lolita

 

Books read in this episode

 

All books in this episode and in this post have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

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Episode 22: Black Bread, Water and Horses

LiveScience: The Mystery of Kasper Hauser

mental_floss: The Mysterious Life and Death of Kasper Hauser

feral children

The British Psychological Society: Mirror writing
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Mirror writing: neurological reflections on an unusual phenomenon by G. D. Schott

Philip Henry, 4th Earl of Stanhope

Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of Cleveland, neé Stanhope

 

Referenced and quoted

 

Books listed in episode that reference Kasper Hauser, or have Hauser as a character

 

All books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

 

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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:

 

Quoted, cited, and referenced

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses From Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren

Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses  1986-2035 and Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1591-2500 both by Fred Espanek, NASA astrophysicist

 

Shakespeare: King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra

Paradise Lost by John Milton

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

 

In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony Aveni

 

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

 

A Treatise of Eclipses of the Sun and Moon 1715-1744 by Charles Leadbetter

 

All of the episode’s books have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

Audible recommendation for your free book to keep, for trying one month of membership free (and supporting my podcast, thank you so very much!): click through audibletrial.com/mightbecupcakes, and choose either Dolores Claiborne, narrated by the wonderful character actor Frances Sternhagen, or Gerald’s Game, narrated by the equally strong Lindsay Crouse. You may also support me by purchasing them through Audible’s partner, Amazon, and again, I thank you:

 

 

Film versions

trailer for the film version of Dolores Claiborne

trailer for the film version of Gerald’s Game, now on Netflix:

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