Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!

All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.
Chuck Palahniuk

Experiences inspire ideas. Mom has completed her PiBoIdMo challenge with 35 inspired ideas for new stories.


Some of her ideas will become picture book manuscripts. Some will become poems. One of them might become the elusive Book #2 or eBook #2. Some of them stink so bad that they will stay in her phone and rot. But somewhere, somehow, all of them were inspired for a few minutes by an experience during the month of November.

At her author visits, students or teachers often ask Mom if she ever has writer’s block. She says, “Never.” That’s because as long as she has a list of ideas, even if one story gets stuck, there are a bunch of other stories just waiting to get started.

I was inspired last night, so I started playing the piano with my paws…

piano paw

…and my face.

piano face

Mom came in to see what was inspiring me. Was I a genius and she was just finding out? No. Did I suddenly get skills that no dog in the world ever had? No. Would I play at Carnegie Hall and be famous? No. There was a fly in the house. And I wanted a closer look at it.

*Not actual fly

*Not actual fly

The fly disappeared after my concert, and later he met with an unfortunate end. Rest in peace, little fly. I think you would’ve been delicious.


*Not actual fly tombstone

Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (79)

  1. You look very cute playing the piano, Cupcake!

  2. I hope lots of the ideas were about you, Cupcake! And we think you are a virtuoso – if not bound for Carnegie Hall, at least your story will inspire others. Enjoy helping Mom turn those ideas into stories.

  3. So funny – the fly and the “not actual fly tombstone”. You really do make me laugh. Congrats by the way

  4. mollieandalfie said:

    Play it again Sam, I mean Cupcake Bawahwhhahahhwa xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. Cupcake – you play piano now? Wow…..even if chasing a fly was the inspiration for your piano concert, I think your Mom appreciated knowing that you have hidden talents. As for the fly and its’ unfortunate end? I usually provide the unfortunate end for flies around here….they are quite yummy. Tee Hee

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  6. Cupcake, you must be a nonstop source of inspiration for your mom!

  7. To mom: Congrats on the completion of “the last”.
    To you: a little Chopsticks, please. πŸ˜‰
    Ideas and inspiration. What a concept! That’s where I’m going wrong! 😦

  8. I think you need a Cupcake sized chair at the piano even though you were inspired by the thrill of the chase for the fly!

  9. What? You are NOT a dog prodigy? Wow. I’m surprised. πŸ™‚ Congrats to Mom! πŸ™‚

  10. Congrats on finishing a very tough challenge. Some months I feel like I don’t have 35 coherent ideas about anything!

  11. You can play piano with your face? You are the carnivore Jerry Lee Lewis :o) I bet all of your mom’s ideas are great, Cupcake, even when some of them”stink” – that sometimes are the best! If you see a fly in your house in winter, you shold keep it as a pet, the superstition says, that’s the “money-fly” and brings good luck&wonga :o)

  12. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. Wish you much luck in getting another book published next year. You’re an excellent author. And, Cupcake must be a lot of inspiration.

  13. Hey ya, Cupcake. Indy here. Tell your mom congrats on putting together 35 PB ideas.
    I’d love to hear you play one day.

  14. Whee should duet with you on that piano!

    Congrats to your hooman on finishing the challenge!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  15. Cupcake you are very clever to be able to play piano on the fly like that πŸ™‚ and yes they may seem delish but yetch!!!! hugs Fozziemum xxx

  16. It’s amazing what strange things can inspire us. If a fly can be the motivator, more power to the fly. Cupcake, I’d like to hear you play the piano sometime.

  17. I think your Mom did too many ideas. She was over inspired. And I think that there is a story in that fly on the piano bit you had going. Way to go Cupcake!

  18. OMD Cupcake…you make us howl with laughter. What a pity you weren’t turning into a doggie piano prodigy *sigh* just imagine the fame and wealth!
    Wally & Sammy

  19. That is so unique to play piano with your face. You must inspire Mom and make her laugh alot. I can’t wait to see the story she writes about you!

  20. I think it is only an average people’s idea that inspiration comes from lofty, noble things. A genius can be inspired by anything. Yes, also by a tiny fly!
    Your motto could be: “All the inspiration in the world won’t matter if you’re not a genius.”
    I cannot wait to hear your first concert in the Carnegie Hall!

  21. You are so funny Cupcake! πŸ™‚ I’m sure your piano playing was beautiful… especially the part with your face! πŸ™‚ I’m glad your mom got so many great ideas from PiBoIdMo!

  22. Cupcake you are an artist just like your Mom! I say play the pain more and sing tooowooowooooooooooo!

    • I would need youwoowoo to sing for me, Ku. I am very quiet. Sometimes I sing about the mailman, though. And the FedEx guy. They’re both trying to kill me.

      Love and licks,

  23. Hi Cupcake! Found you on SQUEEABLE page! Woof

  24. I wish I could be with cupcake and hear that piano. Your friends Alesia and Linus

  25. snoopys@snoopysdogblog said:

    You’re so funny Cupcake, glad you told me that wasn’t the real fly! πŸ™‚ I’d love to listen to you in concert!

    Well done to your Mom, that’s a lot of work she did! πŸ™‚

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  26. So clever to play the piano like that πŸ™‚

  27. Sometimes we find our genius in the most unexpected ways!

  28. congratulations! Cupcake your momma’s brain just never stops with the ideas, the creativity just flows all around her!

  29. Cupcake, I think you are your mom’s best inspiration…like you were inspired by the fly. I think the fly couldn’t processed your concert…because you were to good πŸ˜‰ Pawkiss for a Happy weekend πŸ™‚

  30. Goodmorning Beethoven, You have been nominated for an Award, so please check it out on our blog. Pawkiss for a Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

  31. Adorable, Cupcake! Dimples found this post very amusing!

  32. I think I lost you for a bit cupcake, I don’t get emails anymore and you hadn’t popped up on WP reader for a while so I assumed you hadn’t posted, but somehow I’d unfollowed you – sorry! I am now though and am backtracking.
    Keep practicing the piano, perhaps another fly will appear, you can lull it to sleep and then pounce πŸ™‚

    • Great plan, M. That’s the secret of catching the fly. I need to slow it down first. My “music” should do that….. Thanks for coming to find me again!

      Love and licks,

  33. ooohhh Cupcake – my little fly catcher πŸ™‚ Check out my page when you get a second. I left you something there πŸ™‚ XOXO – Bacon

  34. Ideas lead to many places…and your Mom’s idea to bring you home was one of her best ever

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  37. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake, this was just what I needed this morning after tears from a furriend’s passing. You are a ray of sun. But I think you knew that, Purrs and smoochies.

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