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Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.
Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.
Indie Spirit Award winner Susan Johnson and producers Suzanne Farwell and Susan Cartsonis are bringing Carrie Pilby to life.
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Okay is the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! THANKS to ALL of you, our friends, family, and new friends who are fans of Caren's fabulous book, we have indeed reached our initial goal on KICKSTARTER. CONGRATULATIONS to EVERYONE! Your support made it happen!!! We can't wait to make the movie.

That said, our Kickstarter campaign is still very much alive until Friday night, and we are still actively raising funds. Every dime we raise will go toward production, and each contribution will help us make a bigger, better movie. At this budget level, literally every dime makes a difference. So please help us continue to spread the see if we can reach our "stretch goal", as Kickstarter calls it, of $85,000.00. 

But first, give yourselves a hug from four very, very, very grateful women who feel humbled by this entire experience.


Thanks Kate!

Thanks Kate Farwell, for supporting your mom, and our film, and all things Carrie!  

Sunday, Sunday

Hi all,

Here's an interview...about the movie.  Yikes!  Always weird seeing a picture of yourself online (I like the other side of the camera much better!)

We're in the home stretch but crawling toward the goal now.  I'm hoping everyone will share this article (which has a link to Kickstarter) so that we can build support not only for the movie, but for the current plight of women in film.  We're only one industry (though gender inequality is rampant), and entertainment isn't exactly a human rights issue, but Suzanne, Susan and I are working tirelessly to make a difference.  We have to start somewhere, right?  One film at a time!

Okay...$9500.00 to go.  $9583 to be exact.  In 5 days.  We've come too far to stop now!  Please share us with your friends and family.

Thanks everyone.  Have a good week!

Susan (J)

Stretch Goals? Who, us? Why YES!

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a fun 4th of July!  

We celebrated too...mid strategizing sessions.  ONE WEEK LEFT.  We are so close, and so humbled by your support.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As we figure out how to push on to our goal and hopefully beyond this week, I just wanted to encourage everyone to please share the link to the campaign with friends and family.  Clearly we all want this movie to happen (again, thank you!), but we also need to show the world (and the powers that be) that we have fan support in numbers.  This is where the smaller donations come into play.  If we could get, say, 250 new donors at the $10.00 level, AND 500 at the $5.00 level, AND 2000 supporters for $1 even, that would be enough to make our campaign go viral in this last week.

So please think about it!  There are 137 of us here on Kickstarter, and almost 2000 fans on Facebook.  If each of us brought in a few friends, we would be home free.  It's like asking a friend to a movie, really (actually, less than the cost of a movie ticket these days!), except we haven't made it yet...but we will, and when we do, you'll be there to say "I told you so" when it turns out GREAT.

Here's the short link to KICKSTARTER:

You can copy and paste the link into an email message, or a FB message, or your blog, etc.  And of course we are on Facebook at and on Twitter #carriepilby

We know you have better things to do, so thank you for taking the time to read this and share. 

Hope to see you all doing the happy dance one week from today - because YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN.  I love Kickstarter.  Wish I had thought of it!

Have a good weekend!

Susan (J)

What a nice review!

Today I thought I would share this review for those of you who have not read the book.  And as always, PLEASE help us spread the work by sharing our Kickstarter and Facebook links.  THANK YOU!.

May I introduce....Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner
Hi there!
Happy Friday!
It's a very happy day indeed here at Satisfaction for Insatiable least for this reader. Why? Glad you asked. Well, for one....the Archvillain contest is coming to an end I get to go through the entries this weekend and contact a winner! Have you entered yet? If so, yay! If not, what exactly are you waiting're going to miss out (and trust me, you don't want that to happen)! Just check under the 'current contests' listed on the right hand sidebar for the appropriate link. Reason number two for a happy day....the book I am reviewing today! It was a fabulous read that took me by surprise. Today's book of choice is...

Carrie Pilby
Caren Lissner

Going through life as a genius can't be that hard...can it? Carrie Pilby's been living that life for the past 19 years and frankly, she could use a change...or at least everyone else thinks she could. Not one to take others opinions that seriously without solid proof as back up, her weekly appointment with Dr. Petrov (psychologist) sets in motion a way by which this "proof" can be found. He intends to help Carrie extend herself more in social situations, though Carrie thinks he just wants to disprove her "rules to live by" already in place, through a 5 step plan.

1. List 10 things you love and do them
2. Join an org./club
3. Go on a date
4. Tell someone you care, no sarcasm allowed
5. Celebrate New Year's with other people

Will this be one "test" Carrie can't ace? Or will her brains, beauty, and inquisitive nature push her towards a break through in her social "handicap" and place her in the top of the class yet again? If I were you, I'd bet on the later....but getting there is half the fun!

Oh Carrie do I love thee (the book not a literal person..hehe), let me count the ways...and boy is that a lengthy list! Let's check them off as they come along....

1. I love your spunk and personality even though at times I found bits of myself in you. Why the "even though"? Well, sometimes finding yourself in a character to the extent that it makes you stop and think...whoa, that's almost me in a nutshell...can be disconcerting. I mean you're almost viewing yourself through the eyes of an outsider looking in; that inward look can be clarifying, enlightening and/or down right scary. (Hey, only Hannibal Lector liked to dissect people that directly...) Never the less, as I read this fabulous book I couldn't help but think how much alike Carrie and I were. Both (in our own ways) introverts, not particularly brilliant in social situations although on paper and in studies we kick some butt (okay, so she's an actual genius, but I'd like to think I am at least on the high end of relatively smart), bookish (though her MAIN choices were a bit weightier than my favorite genres), varied taste in music and movies, a dislike for coffee...need I go on? Like I said, self-recognition in most ways; certainly made it easy to connect with the main character and may have even given me a little insight to myself on page 182. *ponders*

From the little dissertation as to why she does not feel the need to disclose what book she is reading or what movie she recently watched just because someone asked (really, it is her business after all...and she presents some rather good points), to her slightly OCD nature when checking out the etymology of every day words, everything she does rings through as pure Carrie. Even the way a simple rain shower is described shows her pizzazz in its descriptive nature...."I lie there for an hour, listening to the rain type a soggy message on my windows." (from page 19)

2. I love your willingness to right wrongs no one else would touch. One of the things on her Petrov subscribed to-do list is to go on a date. With a lack of success in finding one on her own (not to mention lack of skills), she places a personal ad. Okay, I have to take a moment to say just how FUNNY yet truthful her ad truly was! Seriously, you can't believe someone would put that and yet as you get to know Carrie, you can totally see it happening. Through this adventure in the personals, she uncovers one person that needs to do a self check seems they are engaged, but still wanting more. Needless to say, her mission to set the world right kicks into gear, leading to a rather interesting situation (which I shall NOT spoil).

3. I love your hermit like nature that grows to accept others in your own time and space. There's a quote on page 14 that sums this up rather well, it goes "Being smart doesn't mean being skilled at social interaction." That is so TRUE! There are many types of "smart". Some are more bookish, some are street, some are social, and some are a combination of several; finding the balance in them is where we find common ground. I DEFINITELY felt for her when she went to the one party, sat at an empty table since she knew no one, and by night's end....she was still at an empty table. Been there, done that. It's not that easy to put yourself out there in unfamiliar situations...heck for those with a shy streak in them (*raises hand*) it's even hard in somewhat familiar ones. Carrie's to-the-point, if at times, snarky insights put a fun spin on an otherwise awkward situation.

4. I love...the story OVERALL! From the quirky neighborhood guy Ronald to the mysterious "hat guy" she comes to know as Cy (believe me that's a better name than the really long clunker he's actually saddled with), there is not a character in the bunch that you can't connect with for better or worse. The story is entertaining and even educational on both intellectual (as she explores the origin of words and debates other issues with her new found friends) and emotional levels (self analysis put to good use). Though I could probably keep going and going and going like the fairly famous pink rabbit with the drum, I thought I'd sum up my elation for the book here. A great read from cover to cover...if her "personal ad" doesn't draw you in with its straight forward nature and humor to might want to check your pulse! Seriously, it was time well spent. A recommended read for girls of all ages, though for youngest I'd say mid to late teens (she does contemplate the "sex obsessed" others in the world from time to time and there are a few crude jokes thanks to Mr. Douglas P just a caution)....definitely one to check out.

So, are you, convinced? Hope so....definitely a blast! This book is already out there in the bookish world so check your favorite retail outlet and grab a copy of your own. Copy for review read via egalley from NetGalley and Harlequin Teen. (THANKS!) To find out more about NetGalley and their available blogger friendly services, visit their website or follow along on Twitter! For more information on the publisher and their current body of works, check out their site or find them on Twitter.