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


Sometimes, when I play with my monkey in a barrel, it puts me into a frenzy. There’s just too much going on! Too much to do. Too many possibilities. Bite the barrel? Tear off the lid? Growl at the talking? Rip the monkey’s face off? Chew his arm till he stops laughing? Shake the whole thing till I’m dizzy? I don’t know what to do first.

Since NewYears, Mom has also been in a frenzy. She’s not biting, tearing, growling, ripping, chewing, or shaking, like me. But she does have a lot going on, a lot to do, and a lot of possibilities. She may have bitten off more than she can chew. I’ve done that occasionally, too…. (And by “occasionally” I mean every day.)


Gah! Why is my mouth so tiny?!

Mom has entered a ton of challenges, and made a bunch of goals for herself this year. She will read 200 picture books in the Goodreads Challenge again,

2014 goodreads

she joined 12×12 for 2014, which means she needs to write a new first draft in the next few weeks,


she’ll get 30 new ideas when PiBoIdMo starts,


and she will write 30 poems this year.


In between all those jobs (and a bunch of others – if you can believe such a thing), Mom decided to enter the Highlights Annual Fiction Contest this month, AND take Susanna Hill’s Making Contest Magic class this week.

So Mom is learning, mind-writing, registering, paypal-ing, reading, commenting, revising, studying, listing, rhyming, critiquing, and ….do you see what’s missing here??

Snow pea?? Blech! I may have bitten off (stolen) more than I can chew again.

Snow pea?? Blech! I may have bitten off more than I can chew again.

Rocky, over at my friend Bacon’s blog told me that January 6 was National CuddleUp Day. So I made sure Mom took some time out to celebrate. Actually, I will make sure we celebrate that thing EVERY day!!


Comments on: "Frenzy" (65)

  1. Wow, you hooman is super duper busy. Sometimes Noah bit of more than he can chew and Mummy has to rescue him from wherever he has climbed to! Whee hope you make sure she takes lots of time to sit down and REEEEEEEEELAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  2. Nice work on the Monkey in the barrel Cupcake 🙂 Happy New year to you and your Mom and may all your dreams come true for 2014 xxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  3. Oh boy Cupcake..good idea to slow mum down and make sure she gets some cuddles in…we hope mum enjoys her challenges..which is the most important for the monkey in the barrel…you did a great job of trying to deaded him…keep it up 😉 hugs Fozziemum xx

  4. Oh Cupcake your Mom is going to be EVER so busy this year but I just KNOW that she will always have time for cuddles with you…..! That monkey in a barrel looks pretty cool….GO FOR IT!

    Hugs, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. Even though I’m usually afraid of my toy box, I will grab the monkey in a barrel and run with it. I am on a mission – and it’s called I-want-his-head-off.

      Love and licks,

  5. You are so cute with that monkey thing!

  6. Cute video! I thought my to do list was long … X

  7. Your mum is going to be very busy indeed! She’ll need you more than ever, Cupcake – it’s important to help our humans relax occasionally.

  8. Monkey in a barrell – I gotta get one of those things!! It takes a village my friend. By the end of the year, we should all be caught up 🙂 *Trying to be positive*. Your mom has heavy plate.. remind her to laugh and come up for air every once in a while to cuddle with you my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  9. We don’t think she has bitten off more than she can chew, Cupcake, she can do it! And you keep biting off more than you can chew and send the rest this way 🙂

  10. Haha that battle with the monkey had me cracking up, I may need to pick one of those up for Eko.

  11. LOL! Destroy it, Cupcake!!

  12. that laughing monkey would annoy me so much that I would PRAY that someone would attack it and you are doing a GREAT JOB!!!!! Tell your Mom not to feel bad, it seems that everyone is having a rough start this year and none of us knows why! We are ALL behind the eight ball! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. Look at you go Cupcake!!

  14. Josie saw part of the video. She wishes you were her’s. *SAY NO! SAY NO! You’ll regret saying yes! 😉 * You are very cute, C. And good luck to the Mom Person! 😀

  15. Wish I had some of you energy and enthusiasm right now, Cupcake. And, that bone — Archie would never be able to tackle that. I have to break it up so he can eat it,

    Yes, I’ve been doing a lot of paypal-ing too! Will be an interesting year.

  16. Get in all the cuddles you ca get. Mom’s going to be busier than usual this year. Be persistent!
    Good luck, mom.

  17. said:

    You are sooooo busy G! I am jealous of your energy !

  18. That Monkey thing looks like a barrel of fun! Whew! Your Mom is going to need an awful lot of cuddling. You’d better get yourself ready! Happy New Year!

  19. You are impressive, Cupcake’s Mom! I need to follow your lead. I, too, would like to write and publish and ……


    • Just do it, L. Mom used to read stories in Highlights Magazine and say, “Huh! I could’ve written that!” And it turned out she could’ve, but she DIDN’T. Until finally she did. And don’t think she’s killing herself over here. She only writes for an hour a day. Exactly. An hour. Not a minute more.

      Love and licks and just do it,

  20. I’m sure your mom has a lot of biting, tearing, growling, ripping, chewing, or shaking of ideas in her head! It would be interesting to see a video about it! Do you think she can fight as bravely as you do with that monkey?

    • Nobody can fight like I fight the monkey, K. Even though I am afraid of my toy box, I overcome my fear to grab the monkey barrel and work on him, every day.

      Love and licks,

  21. Nice post. Have a good year 2014 you all!

  22. My goodness! Your mom’s schedule sounds like mine – so much to do!!! Thank goodness she has you to get her to stop and cuddle up for a few minutes every day. And really. What were you thinking with that snow pea, Cupcake?! 🙂

  23. Happy Chewing to you both!

  24. Cupcake, your mom does have a lot of goals for this year, make sure that you get your cuddles. I came over to bring you a few too. Loved the action in the video 🙂 Pawkiss 🙂

  25. snoopys@snoopysdogblog said:

    Hey Cupcake

    I’m glad you both took some time out of your hectic schedules to share some cuddles! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  26. Your mom is going to be super busy 🙂

  27. Boy, is your mom busy. At least you have that monkey and that big bone to keep you busy while she is busy. Forget about the snow pea though. Give it back to your mom. Maybe she can write a poem about it.

  28. Just found your blog and following! Your schedule sounds so much like mine we could be alternate personalities of the same person! Good Luck with your 2014 goals!

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  33. Ah..the little devil…I mean angel.

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