Insider Scoop,  Writing

New News – Welcome to the Inside Scoop!

Since most lists have at least three points, here are mine:

Uno, thank you for opening this new post. Whether you’re stretching your way to getting out of bed, busy making breakfast, lounging with your café, hustlin’ on a treadmill, waiting in a line, watching TV you’re not really into, or winding down before you zonk out, I am grateful you clicked here. 

B, a writer friend reminded me that my email list has only been used for alerting you about new blog posts and that you might want to hear about other insider things going on with me. I’m not sure I’m that interesting, but I’m ready to change up my blog routine a bit.

Behold, I am Doing a Nuevo Thing

I realize that string of words originally belonged to God, but I’m borrowing them for a minute.

My tertiary point… I also realize you may or may not want to read a full blog post every time you hear from me. 

That’s why I’m starting an inside scoop email/newsletter/thingy that won’t have a blog post attached. It will rotate with my blog posts, every other time, but it will only be an email.

And it’s only for you, my email list readers. It won’t be here on my blog, and it won’t be on social media, but it will be short and to the point. Just an email with some fun, thought-provoking, helpful or entertaining words.

And the Contents?

You know… insider scoop stuff. It might include one or more of the following: 

  • Something I’ve learned or joined.
  • A new book or movie I loved.
  • A contest or giveaway.
  • A plea for help with the title for my future book. 
  • A press release or news announcement before the public hears.
  • A fun decluttering hack in my home.
  • A section of one of my chapters. Just for you, my faithful readers.
  • A question I need help with.
  • A short note and some pics about a recent vacation.
  • An avocado recipe? You never know.
  • An announcement about a fellow author’s new book.
  • A top 5 list of some of my recent favorites.
  • A joke, riddle, or brain-teaser.
  • A short survey, with you in mind.
  • An organizing trick I’m trying in my new business.

What it Will Not Include:

Political rhetoric or anything that has to do with politics. Pretty sure we’ve all had enough of that to last us a lifetime. Glory.

Religious mumbo-jumbo. I am a Christian, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stand on a box of soap and preach my guts out to people just looking for a good avocado and a new way to declutter their garages.

You’re welcome.

New house, 2018. Overwhelmed and underpaid.

The point is, since you are my people, I want you to be the first to know what’s going on with my writing, with my organizing business, and in my life.


Thank you for sticking with me, even if my subject matter doesn’t always interest you as much as you had hoped. 

I am truly grateful for you. As a reader, you vote with your clicks. You choose to donate a few minutes of your time to reading my thoughts, and I don’t take it for granted.

Also, thank you for forwarding my words to another human who might benefit from my stories. Word of mouth feels as slow as a sloth, but is usually the most powerful and helpful avenue. 

Photo by Meg Jerrard on Unsplash

I’ll see you next time in The Inside Scoop!

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  • Ron Vom Steeg

    Hey… Change is good. Thumb sucking is good. Creative musing is good. Keeping fresh is good.

  • Gilbert Mellis

    Agree with the others. Love to be an insider. As one person said, some of what you have written has made it permanently inside my home. That is, I can no longer fill my Britain’s water filter without seeing wet photos spread all over the house. ???? Keep the posts coming. I love your cream and insights.

      • Carrie Talbott

        Hey–if you want a Brita from Britain, that’s your prerogative. You can do whatcha wanna do.

    • Carrie Talbott

      Sorry about the PTSD over your Brita. Believe me, I have it too.
      Thanks for the encouragement, but cream and insights? Never heard that one before.

      • Gilbert Mellis

        Sheesh. I will have to reread my comments better before I post them. Maybe too much of that “cream” in my coffee! I meant—-creativity and insights. (Or maybe you insights came while putting cream in your coffee).

        • Gilbert Mellis

          Your insights not you insights. Good grief! Even my comment on proofreading wasn’t proofread well.

          • Carrie Talbott

            Heehee. Glad I’m not the only one who has done this. Voice texting gets me almost every time.

            Insider secret… I can edit your comments on my end. I’d be happy to do that and delete all the mistakes, but it wouldn’t look nearly as fun and entertaining as this thread has become.

        • Carrie Talbott

          Cream and insights, coffee and creativity… whatever. They could all work together. Haha.

  • Simon

    I always enjoy your writing, Carrie … and, of course, reading about you and your family’s adventures!

    • Carrie Talbott

      Gracias, Simon. Being in Baja was much more of an adventure, but we can still stir it up. Haha.

    • Carrie Talbott

      Ha! You already ARE an insider.
      And yes, of course we can. As long as it involves a nod to writers and avocados.

  • Shelley Fields

    I look forward to any and all of the ideas, recipes, etc that will give me something light to read and ponder without putting too much strain on my brain. ????Pictures are always welcome.

    • Carrie Talbott

      Perfect descriptions of what I want to accomplish! Thanks for being a faithful reader, Shelley.

    • Carrie Talbott

      You’re definitely a peep, Carol. Thanks for your encouragement and for always being interested in the random thoughts that spill from my brain.

  • Sherry Brinkerhoff

    I look forward to your e-mails! Since your faith in Christ shines through in daily living (avocados and decluttering garages notwithstanding), soap boxes are not necessary. Speaking of avocados, I had hoped my avocados would ripen in time to make an appearance in the mango salsa for the baked tilapia for last night’s dinner, but alas (even with the extreme heat which I thought would hurry along the process!), they remained stubbornly hard. Jim was not unhappy about that, and I survived dinner without the avocado!

    • Carrie Talbott

      Ooo… mango salsa sounds great. Jim sounds like he needs more avo goodness in his life though. Thanks for being such a faithful reader, Sherry!

    • Carrie Talbott

      Thanks, Donna! You’re already an email subscriber so you’re automatically on it. Be looking for my first inside scoop in a couple weeks. 🙂

  • Ann Jenks

    I LOVE your blog, Carrie! Great insights, product recommendations (many of which have made their way to our home,) and a sense of humor I totally relate to! Keep up the wonderful work—you are appreciated! And I want you to know that “Pete and His Gigantic Feet” was one of the first books for our first grandbaby’s library…our son and daughter-in-law love it and can’t wait to read it to her! Good stuff!

    • Carrie Talbott

      Thank you, Ann. Always nice to have another quirky sense of humor on the team. Haha.
      Glad your son and DIL like the book; I’m honored it was one of their first books!