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


Sometimes, my food dish gets away from me.


It slides off my placemat and I slurp it across the kitchen.

kitchen bowl

Then it slips into the living room and tries to escape behind the rocking chair.


I keep my eye on it and chase it and keep eating without missing a beat.

rug bowl

Sometimes, Mom’s story ideas get away from her. She thinks she has an idea, and then she starts writing and suddenly the idea she thought she had escapes behind the rocking chair and a new idea takes over without missing a beat. A story about a funny looking creature sitting next to a regular little girl starts out silly and funny and light and crazy, and then the creature gets bullied! Wait! What?

fish bed

That’s not silly or funny or light or crazy.

Mom wonders, “Do I keep writing this new story?” and “Do I backtrack and go back to my original idea?” and “Where are you going with that?”

running bowl

Comments on: "Chasing" (52)

  1. Cupcake—you are something else!

  2. It’s almost as though ideas have a life of their own!
    Have you tried putting a paw on that dish?

  3. I’m guessing you like Tag? 🙂

  4. It is important to keep a close eye on both ideas and food! I’m glad you’re on the job, Cupcake! 🙂

  5. Oh Cupcake you cutie pie…….I bet in that last shot of you with your dish you’re on your way to your Mom to ask for MORE MORE MORE – right????? “Lookie Mom, my dish is empty and I’m starving to death….sniff sniff”……….it works for me too Cupcake.

    Holiday Hugs, Sammy

  6. Aww cupcake, tell your mom I know how she feels. I love your food bowl by the way! Naughty thing to try to escape you.

  7. Cupcake tell mum to go for it….I think a great idea has been hatched with a twist to the usual..much like the Stranger danger message here…not all strangers are odd looking or ugly a mistake made under the guise of assumption…much like assuming your bowl is empty when in fact it shall be filled again my sweet 🙂 hugs Fozziemum …Pee Ess too cute you are 🙂 xx

  8. Cupcake you are so funny with your food bowl! My food bowl/plate needs to get away from me more often!

  9. Have bowl will travel – snorts. I push my bowl around the Hotel Thompson. I keep thinking someone will see me with it, take pity and feed me. Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

  10. Cupcake, you need a bigger bed!

  11. BOL that last photo is priceless!

  12. I knoe this wandering bowls and my mom knows this wandering ideas. Then we stare on the keyboard to start the clic-clac-tap-wap but the words and the ideas slip away and suddenly nothing makes sense. Think we should fix the ideas and words like the feet on my bowl with skid protectors.

  13. There is some good news with that runaway food bowl: You get your exercise while you’re eating. Brilliant! I think your mom’s wandering ideas are exercise too . . . for her mind. 😉

  14. I love the quirks each dog has. Cupcake probably loves the chase! Archie doesn’t like his food too close to his water, and carries each piece and sets it down until I have a scattering of food on the kitchen floor. Then he eats it. Sometimes I think it is a game! But, my other poodles did the same thing. Very particular.

  15. That is an excellent parallel there! And Cupcake, I’m with you. My bowl ends up all over the place when I have space to push it around.

  16. Hey Cupcake

    Glad you got a grip on that bowl, my buddy cosmo’s bowl runs away from him too and then sometimes his humans can’t even find it when it’s food time! How scary! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  17. The Chase is part of the eating fun!
    Mom: The idea? Fly by the seat of your pants. Gut feelings are the best. (Guts are another story) :-b
    Editing will take care of the rest, I suppose. But the idea? Go with the flow.

  18. Tell your mummy to run with her ideas, just like you after your bowl, after all you never know where it will lead you – maybe into wonderland:-)

  19. Sounds like Cupcake and mom are a lot alike. 🙂

  20. Oh, Cupcake, you have a fantastic hunting instinct! And so does your mom! As an author, she needs this talent, too, in order to scent, chase and catch new ideas! You are a great team together!

    • I am a good hunter! Thanks for noticing, K. Yesterday I tried digging under the snow, in case there was a frozen potato chip or a candy wrapper. Mom said the word LeaveIt. What a buzzkill.

      Love and licks,

  21. Merry Christmas Cupcake xxx

  22. I like the water bowl idea!

  23. Oh Cupcake, that is hilarious on how your food bowl moves all over for you! Does it have wheels on it? I can move mine around the kitchen, but never has my food bowl made it all the way into another room! You are truly talented, and your food bowl ain’t bad either! Hugs from, Nikita and Bella

  24. The eternal problem, for you and your mom. But hopefully the chase is worth all the effort.

  25. I only chase on flying objects, but this is definetely worth a try 🙂 Pawkiss 🙂

  26. We love the picture of you carrying your bowl.. you look like you are off on some important business!

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