Own Your Stupid
There's a BuzzFeed article about 23 Dogs Who are Too Adorably Stupid for Their Own Good.
Which is amazing.
But it made us think about why dogs get to be stupid and called adorable, but when humans are stupid, we're called stupid and it's derisive, you know?
There's this constant pressure to be perfect, intelligent. You misspell too as two and 180 Twitter people are on your case. We all put so much pressure on each other to be free of mistakes, perfect princesses and princes.
But dogs? They fall in the pool? They're adorable.
Dogs? They sit on a kid's face and it's amazing and funny.
Dogs? They sometimes think stuffed animals are real and we're all, "Aw.... adorable!"
We're so kind to dogs for their mistakes, but it's more than that. We love and celebrate their mistakes. Their mistakes become viral sensations of cuteness. But when it's our own selves?
We get mad. We judge ourselves. We are not quick to forgive. We expect to be perfect and when we aren't? It's like the end of the world.
It doesn't have to be like that. We can own our own stupid, love our goofs, our mess-ups, not judge ourselves and just live and grow and create.
WRITING TIP OF THE POD
This is especially true for writers. We are all about having perfect stories and sentences in our first drafts, but that's not going to happen. We have to take breaths and forgive ourselves for using the word "KNEW" 89 times in a 300-word picture book.
DOG TIP FOR LIFE
We're adorable. We're sometimes stupid. Be like us.
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.
IN THE WOODS – READ AN EXCERPT, PREORDER NOW!
My next book, IN THE WOODS, appears in July 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!
You can preorder this bad boy, which might make it have a sequel. The sequel would be amazing. Believe me, I know. It features caves and monsters and love. Because doesn’t every story?
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