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

Sometimes stories get stuck. Mom likes the rule of three, so if there are only two good obstacles in her story, she can be Stuck-and-Waiting for one more good idea. Her other choice is to use an obstacle that isn’t her favorite and worry about it later. Then she is Stuck-but-Moving.


If a character turns boring halfway through the story, Mom can be Stuck-and-Waiting. A story that is Stuck-and-Waiting can die a miserable death. Her other choice is to go back to her character sketch and add some flaws, quirks, oddities, and traits to bump that character up. Even if he or she isn’t perfect, Mom can go back to work and worry about it later. Then she is Stuck-but-Moving.

jump for joy

When I come inside, I need to get the rock salt (and snow and mud) cleaned off my feet with a baby wipe. Sometimes, I am Stuck-and-Waiting.

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Wipe my feet, please….

When the snow is really deep (and touching my belly *shiver*) my legs can’t reach solid ground. Mom says, “I am not carrying you anymore.” So I get busy – Stuck-but-Moving.

Inside a snow bank, there could be something fun like a ball or something yummy like a piece of bread that the birds dropped. There’s one way to find out –Β drill my nose in as far as I can. Then I am Stuck-and-Searching. That’s my favorite way to be!

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Comments on: "Stuck and Waiting or Stuck but Moving" (66)

  1. Giggles!!!! Trev does the exact same waiting pose!!!! Cracked me up seeing you stick your nose in the snow…Love and hugs to you and your mom Cupcake!!!!

  2. I like the way you explain things, Cupcake. I’m mostly Stuck-and Waiting too :o)

  3. You’re being very patient, waiting for your paws to be wiped, Cupcake.

  4. stanleyandkatrina said:

    We love our posts, Cupcake. Your jacket is quite lovely.

  5. I hope your nose doesn’t get sore from Stuck-but-Searching! Jemma spends so much time doing that that one side of her nose gets raw. You are very brave to go out in snow that touches your belly *shiver indeed!*

  6. I love your hooded coat wish I had one

  7. Just don’t eat that thread Cupcake!! My daughter had a cat that ate a lot of thread and it got wrapped around the back of this tongue and he needed surgery. Poor kitty, he’s currently on his fourth life.

  8. Oh Cupcake! Honey! you stuck but moving in the snow is too cute.. πŸ™‚ Such a good pupper in the stuck but waiting stage! I am a person and I spend quite a bit of time stuck and waiting but for me I think it is PROcrastination.. πŸ˜€

  9. Stuck and waiting for a break through is the writer’s life. I’m feeling that way right now after a lengthy MS evaluation. Wonder if sticking my nose in the snow might wake me up!

  10. Cupcake, you are the cutest, hope you found what you were looking for in the video. Great post. πŸ™‚

  11. Cupcake you are great at explaining! I don’t think I would like to be you when when you are stuck but moving that just seemed too cold!

  12. Cupcake you sure do a great version of stuck and waiting….so patient…knowing that mum is not far away with the un-stuckage equipment! ….thumbs! hugs to you and a very determined and maybe waiting mum Fozziemum xx

  13. OMG, Cupcake, first I misunderstood your mom’s stance towards obstacles and I was dumbstruck. I interpreted the second sentence in such a way that your mom isn’t happy if she has only two obstacles when working on piece of writing but she needs at least three problems hindering her progress…
    BTW, I wonder whether she would be as cute as you are in a snow reaching her belly! πŸ™‚

    • Good thing you figured it out, K. The stories need obstacles for the characters to overcome. Story obstacles – not real life obstacles! BTW, I don’t think anybody is as cute as me in the snow. πŸ™‚

      Love and licks,

  14. The video is very cute Cupcake! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, E. The video was kind of difficult to see, because of the dark. But it was better than the video of the inside of Mom’s pocket. Yeah. That happened.

      Love and licks,

  15. Yeah, that stuck-and-searching is the way to go! Maybe your Mom needs to do some nosework and do some stuck-and-searching in her story! She might sniff out some good treasure!

  16. Oh Cupcake you look so cute in your parka…..I know you hate that snow on your belly but you sure don’t mind it on your nose! Digging in snowpiles for treasures – NICE!

    Hugs, Sammy

  17. I love the idea of stuck and searching πŸ™‚

    • You never know what you might find, M. Sometimes I find potato chips or candy wrappers or old drinking straws. Searching is my favorite outdoor activity besides street naps.

      Love and licks,

  18. snoopys@snoopysdogblog said:

    It’s fascinating learning about the life of a story and especially how you relate it to your life too cupcake! I hope you’re unstuck and having fun now buddy!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy πŸ™‚

  19. I feel like I’m stuck and so stuck I don’t even know I’m waiting I’m all thought up with STUCK!


  20. Cupcake you are adorable x

  21. mollieandalfie said:

    You crack us up Cupcake. That snow looks super fun, we have so much rain. Hope you find a yummy Furball πŸ™‚ xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  22. You are Stuck-and-Funny. And brave for walking in the snow in the dark. Did mom do that picture of the girl jumping? If so, she might think about illustrating! She could be Stuck-and-Drawing!

  23. Cupcake, you are so darn cute in your winter pink sweater…purrrss…and make sure you keep moving in those snow banks so you don’t get stuck and freezing…heh…heh

  24. Hello,nice to Meet you ,EM

    • Thanks, EM. Mom is a little embarrassed about you looking her photography “skills.” At least she doesn’t post the pictures she takes of the inside of her pocket!

      Love and licks,

  25. Cupcake, you make us laugh! Cocco’s snout could pave the way, if only it would go near snow πŸ™‚

  26. LovableLobo said:

    Hip hip hooray to unsticking what’s stuck and to the journey we take finding the way. You are adorbs, Cupcake!

  27. Look here cupcake…..I am pretty cute in snow too! Be sure to tell your mom! LInus

  28. Sticked and waiting in da snow that was forbidded by PM law? How that be?

  29. Cupcakes coat is so adorable! Also that is a good tip to help A STORY FROM GOING DEAD- CHARACTER WISE. I have been writing a story since I was 16 and that is what happened to it, but I am determined to finnish it one day!

  30. Well at least you are stuck in a wonderful coat.

  31. Brrrrrrr….. oh my gosh…. we know how you feel! -the collies

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