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

Every first draft is perfect because all a first draft has to do is exist.

~Jane Smiley~

Mom said the word, “Thank God!” about this quote. In her 12×12 in 2014 challenge, Mom writes a new first draft every month. So far she is keeping up, staying ahead, and getting it done.


She says, “This is cute.” and “Almost finished.” and “It needs some work, but that’s for another time.”

Recently, Mom took me to the bagel cafe to have breakfast at the outdoor patio.


Last summer, we tried this, but I went berserk. I kept trying to pull Mom’s arm out of the socket and kiss the waitress, I was afraid of a motorcycle zooming past and people window shopping across the street, and instead of drinking from the water dish they gave me, I sat in it.

This time, I was better.


I sat on my Park It Mat, watched people and cars go by, and didn’t beg….


…. too much.

Mom said, “You did it.” and “Good job.” and “This still needs some work, but that’s for another time.”

Are you going to finish that....?

Are you going to finish that….?

Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (61)

  1. Excellent job Cupcake! Now tell mom that the next step it to order you a pupacino and bagel of your own.
    Wally & Sammy

  2. Well done Cupcake,I’m still getting used to going out on my Harness too,xx Speedy

  3. after all breakfast while sitting in a bathtub or a bath-bowl is not bad, said my mom. I say, this year you were really better. I hope your mom will agree and that tasty bagel in the last photo was for YOU! btw: thanks for the link of your mat, looks interesting, we will check it out :o)

  4. What fun! I hope you got your OWN bagel? If not, that one you’re eyeing in the last photo looks nommy! Looks to me like you were a VERY good girl and you deserved a treat! My Mom says “first drafts” aren’t called simply “drafts” because “first” means there will probably be MANY more to come (eeeek!). Good for your Mom!!

    Hugs, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. Your mom knows the ins and outs of writing! Mom talks to her drafts a lot. I wanted that whole bagel sandwich, of course, but I only got a few bites and some corn flakes from my treat pouch. …maybe next time.

      Love and licks,

  5. fredrieka said:

    that is furteck. I am glad you are getting more relaxed. I have my own binkie when we go read.

  6. Well done Mum and Cupcake! I am sure those side eyes were simply checking the bagel for quality control purposes…..I think! hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

  7. Look at your ‘are you done yet?’ face it’s brilliant!!

  8. Awww Cupcake, sweetie, I get all confused in public with lots of people around too and I am a human. CH, the Husband, says he can’t take me anywhere.. 🙂 Congrats on the “Good Job”!

  9. Well done, Cupcake! You’ve made a lot of progress.

  10. I do hope you got a little treat for being so good Cupcake – you really deserved it. That pleading look in the last picture got me. I would have shared with you 🙂 XOXO – Bacon

    • Thanks, B. Mom did share a little, and she gave me some treats while I was being a good girl. Sometime, I would like to get a whole bagel sandwich for myself.

      Love and licks,

  11. I see you eyeballing that tray of food! Wait for mom to look the other way! LOL
    Love that quote. Easy peasy, right? Then comes the hard work but mom’s got it in her.
    Bon appetite!

  12. Well done Cupcake, you are a star!

  13. Some call it begging, others call it “dining entertainment.” I’m sure it was just for the ambiance.

  14. Good job Cupcake, I knew you had it in you~

  15. Frankie and Ernie said:

    You deserve ALL of that fur being so GOOD. Just sayin, Cupcake.

  16. stanleyandkatrina said:

    Cupcake, you crack us up! We love your posts. Stanley isn’t sure how you stay on that mat, though. ~Katrina

    • Thanks, K. Mom taught me to stay on the mat by giving me corn flakes. Sometimes, I still lose my mind and leap off the mat to see what’s up. Apparently, that if NOT good behavior.

      Love and licks,

  17. Love your self-discipline. Great photos Cupcake — the last one is especially expressive.

  18. Wow Cupcake, how neat to sit outside at a cafe! You did a great job and maybe you got a crumb or two for your effort 🙂

  19. said:

    He is sooooo sweet !

  20. Brilliant, Cupcake! I hope your mom’s works will also show such a steep learning curve and become perfect right on the second try! But why are you not allowed to kiss the waitress? I’m sure she would be very happy about it, too!

  21. Park it mat? cool!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  22. Mommy loves that quote. She thinks that some days are first drafts. 🙂 You were so excellently well behaved on your breakfast outing, although I think the waitress might have missed being ambushed with Cupcake kisses . . . maybe. Have a great day!

  23. I hope you got some of that bagel!

  24. Good Job, Cupcake! I don’t think Fuzzy and I could have done as well!



  25. yay for outdoor cafes and park it mats and next times. Especially next times.

  26. That park-it-mat is such a good idea, but who can resist a sweet doggie like you, Cupcake 😀 Pawkisses 🙂

  27. Good job Cupcake! That food does look dewishus toowooowoooooooooooo!

  28. Cupcake have I told you lately how much I just luvluvluv you?? seriously, you have a park it mat, you use it, and you are the cutest, sweetest woofie ever

  29. […] revising right now. Soon, these words might not even be in the story anymore. Who knows? She might revise them right […]

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