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

Conditions are never just right. People who delay action till all factors are favorable do nothing.
~William Feather~

Writers know that they have to write whether they feel like it or not. Well, maybe not write – but they need to do writer-adjacent activities, no matter what.

Classroom visit

Classroom visit

Mom knows this, so when conditions are not favorable, she reads picture books or writing blogs, lists ideas, researches agents or publishers, submits stories or poems, critiques work in her writing group, or fixes up a story she wrote a long time ago.



There are plenty of actions she can take. And she does… But somehow, when that part of her day is finished, she turns her sights to me. Sometimes this is a plus. We ride in the car,


hit the park,

park bench

walk around the neighborhood, or play with toys.


But sometimes, she says the word, “Want to learn?” *cue scary music here*

The newest trick Mom is trying to teach me is called Shell Game. We use bathroom cups instead of shells and a Cheerio instead of a pea.




And the only gambling involved is the fact that I may or may not lose my mind and just eat the cups.

cup eater

I would like to delay this learning (and ALL learning) till factors are favorable, but Mom says, “All factors will NEVER be favorable – for either one of us.” and “Now is as good a time as any – for both of us.” and “GAH! What are those jackasses in your head telling you???”



Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (78)

  1. I love your Easter outfit! You look great.lady Caroline

  2. I agree… the perfect match is rare specially on the writers front, but we are smart and find a way to get the treat, no matter if we pick the wrong cup… we can eat the cups( you are sooooo right) and then we have not only the treat, we have two cups too ha!

    • So true, E. The more I practice, the more delicious the cups get. If I’m quick enough, I can get back and grab the treat on the second try.

      Love and licks,

  3. hannahandlucy said:

    What a pretty dress Cupcake.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. this is so true –

  5. Oh Cupcake, you are a smarty. I think you truly know how to play the shell game but just want to have FUN with it and gobble the cheerio and maybe a cup (do they taste good?). I love your pink dress in the car picture – – – and it looks like you much prefer your Mom’s “down time” to her “busy/thinking/work” time……I know how you feel – I’m not very good about sharing my Mom with anything that’s not all about ME ME ME!

    Love, sammy

    • Thanks, S. I love to eat paper, so yes – the cups are delicious! Like you, I also do not do well when I have to share Mom with other people or activities. I especially don’t like when she leaves me… even for a few minutes.

      Love and licks,

  6. I think that was very smart, Cupcake. I mean, when there is only one cup, you always know where the treat is πŸ˜€ I know they all have told you already, but we love your dress too πŸ™‚ Double Pawkiss for the day πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

  7. Yeah – eat the cup! Perfect

  8. fredrieka said:

    Cup cake your are awesome. It is fun to learn. Momwithoutpaws is addicted to writing she says it’s in her head and has to come out.

    • Thanks, F. I am so happy that your mom has a head full of stories. AND that a lot of those ideas involve YOU!

      Love and licks,

  9. Marty the Manx said:

    Cupcake we think you are smart enough to pick the cup up πŸ™‚ We think you look pretty in your yellow and your pink dresses! Have a great week and glad your Mom is taking a break and having some fun with you. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, M. It’s always the best day when Mom plays with me a lot, and takes me on a road trip.

      Love and licks,

  10. Cupcake you ARE the smartest and cutest, too! Love the bunny outfit; you are so ready for spring!

    • Thanks, P. After my photo shoot, I went to sleep in my bed with the ears on. They’re actually pretty comfy.

      Love and licks,

  11. Haha. You ate the cup. Definetly not favorable

  12. Hey! My Mom has that sweater too…which proves once again that you don’t have to be owned by a Scottie to love Scottie swag! That’s my lesson for the day. I think you are awesome to be interested in learning more. I might eat the cups too!

    • Scotties are the cutest, S. Your mom must shop at Talbots like mine. Our moms are sweater twins!

      Love and licks,

  13. The only way to beat the game is to eat the game.

  14. You’re not alone, Cupcake. Sam does the same thing! Learning is for cats in his mind. πŸ˜‰
    P.S.Hope there’s more downtime for you this week. Make it pawsome!

  15. What’s wrong with eating the cup? It sounds to me as though you’ve made the game even more fun that way!

  16. Your Easter dress is precious and so you. I think that last photo sums up your thoughts about learning nicely

  17. Hi Cupcake. you fashion dudette! My friend, have you considered that if you eat the cup, you can’t play the game again? Oh, maybe that was the point…

    • Ha! Yes, L, I have considered that. The thing is, after the first few rounds, the cups are so wet with dogspit that Mom switches them out for new ones. She has a THOUSAND of them!

      Love and licks,

  18. Love the Easter outfit! And, I think you’re smart. Love the game you are learning. I’d eat the cup too!

    • Thanks, P. We think alike. The cups begin to taste like Cheerios a few rounds into the game. Yum.

      Love and licks,

  19. How are the cups? Tasty?

  20. I wonder when all factors will be favourable for your mom to understand that you are a great researcher who examines every possibility of finding a treat. Yes, one cannot rule out in advance that there is a Cheerio under both cups. This is called exhaustiveness. And exhaustiveness can be exhausting sometimes. That’s why you need extensive naps.

    • Both cups! That is brilliant, K. I wonder why Mom never thought to put treats under both cups. She needs to step up her game! Or I need to play at your house….

      Love and licks,

  21. What a very clever girl you are…eating the cup is okay…how else are you to ge the surprise! Boomer


  22. Katie Isabella said:

    I OVE this. Mariodacat on the Cat Blogosphere does that! His mommy hid a treat under 3 cups and Mari had to pick the right one.

    • THREE cups! OMGoodness, KI. Do not give Mom any ideas about making this game harder. Mariodacat must be some kind of genius or something…

      Love and licks,

  23. Mom is so clever Cupcake. Bet she learned that from you. πŸ˜†

    I bet you love riding in the car and you always look so cute in your pink dress. πŸ˜€

    Oh yes, walking in the park and playing with toys are way too much fun and so relaxing.

    Love the game that you and mom are playing and you are so clever Cupcake! The videos are just awesome! Loved the last one! Of course you had to take that cup out of the way and destroy it. It doesn’t belong there! LOL!

    By the way: LOVE your easter outfit. You are just the cutest! πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thanks, S. The car is my favorite place to be. Nothing beats a road trip. Sometimes, Mom mixes it up in our game and moves the cups TWICE! I can’t even imagine where the treat is by then, so I stand there and stare till she shows me.

      Love and licks,

      • I am sure Cupcake and that is very true.

        hahaha! Clever girl! Mom trying to outsmart you and then you beat her in any case. LOL!

        Love & Hugs β™₯

  24. That is so darn cute and Cupcake, you are good at it. That is so much fun for both you and your Mom. Love the videos.

    • Thanks, M. The game will be even more fun when I can guess right 100% of the time! Cheerios! Yay!

      Love and licks,

  25. Cupcakes mom is pretty clever.

  26. You were on such a roll until your Mom tricked you by moving it to the other side. I have full faith in you that you’ll train her to make it end in the right spot. *ear licks* Noodle

    • Thanks, N. I keep hoping there will be a treat under each cup every time! I may need to step up her training….

      Love and licks,

  27. Cupcake is one smart cookie! πŸ™‚

  28. Squeals with piggy delight. You are amazing beautiful. And you speak my language – the language of Cheerios – they are my favorite! XOXO – Bacon

  29. The cutest smartests bunny as ever there was one!!! xo Johanna and Charley!!!

  30. Mom is right, sometimes writing is hard though, especially eking out the time to do it when you are super busy.

    I’ve played the game with my guys but the jackasses in my head never told me to teach them to lift the cups! Duh!

  31. Katie Isabella said:

    THAT EASTER DRESS! Perfect! You look smashing! Those ears, er, I mean your chapeau…perfect!
    Mom said she wishes she could escape with her life if she tried strapping on a harness and leash on me. She said we cats have an odd propensity to melt bonelessly to the floor or ground when wearing one..

    • Thanks, KI. Being able to melt onto the floor is a great skill. Sometimes I wish I could do that. Not when I’m getting dressed because that is fun for me, but sometimes when Mom wants to do crazy stuff like clean my ears…

      Love and licks,

  32. This is a great inspirational post! πŸ˜€

  33. Wow! Almost missed this one! And you look so dang cute and smart. Don’t delay any learning. You’ll be the smartest pup on the block and beyond! ❀️🐢

    • Thanks, G! The SMARTEST?? Me?? Really?? If Mom has her way, that’s exactly what I’ll be sooner or later.

      Love and licks,

  34. Your mom is so smart and pretty soon you’ll be as smart as her. Writing your own books will be a chore though Cupcake. Oh…I love all your stuffed toys. Seems to me a tea pawty is coming soon. MOL


    • Thanks, S. I LOVE stuffed toys. Sometimes, one of them tells me to rip it open and take out the fluff. But mostly, I play nicely.

      Love and licks,

  35. Different and enjoyable post for light relief – thanks KR

  36. Katie Isabella said:

    Mom has a sweet spot for you.

  37. LOL, little smarty pants you !! I loved mommies video’s and you did so well to wait until you got the signal. I like cherio’s more than cups πŸ˜€

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