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

I love children (and also wet cement, but that’s another story for another time.). Mostly children are just my size. I love to taste them and snuggle up next to them (and also hump them, but that’s another story for another time.).

I see children at the library when they come to tell me stories at Read to a Pet Night.

Sometimes they taste like gum. And mac and cheese. A lot of them choose doggie books which I appreciate.

But I’m a good girl and listen politely, even when the book is about a C-A-T or FlyGuy or ToyStory.

Sometimes, I see children at the VA when they are visiting an old soldier that they know and love. I mean what’s not to love about an old soldier? They’re adorable. And more importantly, they think I’m adorable. #thingsthatmatter

Being adorable.

Mom writes stories for children. Long ago, she took a class and tried to write an adult story. It FELT horrible when she was doing it, it SOUNDED horrible when she read it to herself, and everybody she read it to said it WAS horrible. So yeah. I guess spending 35 years surrounded by children makes your head work in a certain way that’s tough to fight and impossible to change.

She is always careful about what she writes and how she writes it because just like when she was a teacher, she wants children to remember her words in a good way that will stick with them (like cement) and make them grow up into better humans.

Mom has not forgotten about her dark-of-night challenge.

She has started her story and is wondering if it will ever make it to the night. So far, no. But her character named Martin might take it that way eventually… I’m hoping so, for Mom’s sake. And hoping not for mine. And Martin’s.

Aargh…

 

 

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Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (52)

  1. All the best for Martin ;o) I like the way of your mom to pick the words careful, it is the way to make stories unforgettable, because some words are like triggers… as soon as we hear them, the story is in our minds… It’s not easy to write stories for adults, but maybe the trick is to write a children story what adults love too… like that Hairy Potter….it is like a trigger too… always when the mama cuts my meat she remembers thes book… no idea why… but that’s weird right?

    • GAH! Hairy Potter! That is a perfect name for a character. As long as the guy is all hairy and whatnot. This may be a thing….

      Love and licks,
      C

  2. Your mom is right, books do make a lasting impression on young minds. Perhaps you could suggest a story at night with the lights on!

  3. Oh Cupcake you are so loved by kids AND adults AND all of us!!! You make people smile and there’s always magic in a smile. I think your Mom makes a lot of people smile too with her stories……you two make the perfect couple! I bet Martin will be a HERO in your Mom’s story.

    Hugs, Teddy

  4. You made an impression on me with that adorable face resting so nicely on that book. How did you get to be such a good girl?
    P. S. I am waiting on Martin!

  5. You sound like the kind of dog that would make an excellent teacher, Cupcake! You must have learnt that from your mum. Good luck with Martin. I’m hoping he finds something exciting in the dark!
    Monty and Chicken 🐾

    • Thanks, M and C. A couple of weeks ago I WAS actually a good teacher. My dog friend got into my face one too many times and I growled at him. He learned not to do that. He’s a good student.

      Love and licks,
      C

  6. Martin… great name. I hope Martin isn’t afraid of the dark! Your adorableness is adorable!

    • Awww. Thanks, Pix. Being so adorable can be exhausting. That’s probably why I take so many street naps.

      Love and licks,
      C

  7. Cupcake, I can tell from your blog that your Mom is a great story teller. And about you trying to be dominant with the children (humping), no, no Cupcake, must not do that! (You don’t want to leave an impression on their legs, now, do you?)

    • Leg impressions would be bad, A. You are absolutely right. I only want to leave the best kind of impressions.

      Love and licks,
      C

  8. I bet Martin is afraid of the dark — the night light and spooky shadows told me. I love how your mom writes with such passion. Cupcake, I thought you were a girl?

    • I AM a girl, P. That’s what is so confusing about my bad behavior. Whenever I get excited or nervous, all bets are off and I lose my doggie mind. Go figure.

      Love and licks,
      C

  9. chesterspaniel said:

    That’s great that you visit with children and old vets too, and that your mom likes to write. My ghostwriter has been writing all her life too. She started with little poems, and then short stories. She wrote two novels and is hoping to get them published very soon. They are very different from The Daily Bone, though. (Personally, I think she should stick to writing about me!) Keep up the good work, Cupcake!

    • I feel ya, C. Mom writes poems and stories about all kinds of things. I think she should stick with ME. Nothing can be more fascinating than doggies like us. Right?

      Love and licks,
      C

  10. I’m with you beautiful. I don’t like dark either. In fact, in my bedroom I have a piggy nightlight. Don’t tell anyone okay. It’s our little secret. XOXO – Bacon

    • Piggy nightlight?! Of course. That would be the answer to a lot of fears, for sure. It’s perfect. Your secret is safe with me, B.

      Love and licks,
      C

  11. I understand about the being afraid of the dark. Fuzzy taught me to not to be!

    • When you’re in the dark out there, you’re REALLY in the DARK, B. When Mom and I are outside our apartment at night, lights are everywhere. She still brings a flashlight, just in case. #overkill

      Love and licks,
      C

  12. Writing words that stick like wet cement – a great way to think about writing for children.

  13. We wish Martin all the best. Keep up the impress-ing work. 😍

  14. Reading to you Cupcake!! What a great idea. Mom reads to dad, Kali and I each night and we love it. Especially if we have treats too!

    Shoko

    • So true, S. Treats make ALL things better. At Read to a Pet Night, I get a lot of treats. All the kids want to give me one and see me do tricks. So much fun!

      Love and licks,
      C

  15. It is important to be careful around children because they really do pick everything up (especially the germs -teehee!)

    • Germs! GAH! Mom hates when germs get on me. Plus dirt, mosquitoes, and mud, too. When we get home from therapy work, she practically sterilizes me! If she had a big enough pot, I’m pretty sure she’d boil me for 15 minutes.

      Love and licks,
      C

  16. I’m not afraid of the dark, Cupcake, I think because I have laser 😀 Granny and I would love to have a teacher like your mom, she has that furriendly, patient look that not all teachers have. Only some teachers have given Granny the cement she needed in life 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤

    • I’m happy Granny got the cement she needed from some of her teachers. That’s what matters. The other ones count out. We love kitty lasers. I wish I had them. Meanwhile, I will stay close to Mom so she can take care of me.

      Love and licks,
      C

  17. Cupcake, no one can ever dispute that you are adorable! 🙂 And truer words were never spoken than the impression words can leave… not just on children either. I love that your mom considers this as she writes, thinking about how her words might impact her young readers, and how to share a story that touches the dark of night in a way that will help kids, not hurt them. Those are the stories we all need! 🙂 ❤

    • You know it, S! Words have a lot of power when they’re spoken and even more when they’re written. Mom and I have learned a LOT from reading and talking. Plus TV shows, but that’s another story for another time.

      Love and licks,
      C

  18. Words are so important are’t they Cupcake? Martin and the Dark……We like your nightlights, our Mom is going to have to get new ones that are brighter since Mazie is getting older and her vision isn’t quite as good.

  19. Cupcake, you are so darn cute especially in all your clothes.Your Mom sure is a good story teller. Good thing she has you to help her with the stories. You all have a good week end.

    • Thanks, M. I am a HUGE help for Mom when she is writing. I stare at her really hard. She says it’s creepy. I think she means helpful!

      Love and licks,
      C

  20. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am not too fond of littel children they run arownd and moov erratikly and so i try to avoyd them!!! wel eksept for my littel kuzzin sadie but she is a frend to all animals!!! however my brother tucker the other vizsla luvd children and always tried to giv them kisses i think it is becuz children tend to be messy eeters and so they tayst like fud!!! ha ha ok bye

    • Ha! You crack me up, D. I think Tucker found the secret to little children. Face-food! It’s almost as delicious as floor-food.

      Love and licks,
      C

  21. Katie Isabella said:

    You know Cupcake, one of my human brothers is a middle school teacher and I know his words make a deep impression on his students through these years he has taught (20) as he gets letters and notes and visits and best of all, opportunities to write recommendations for some of them as they go to University. Several to WestPoint and Annapolis. It makes him feel like million dollars. As for my mom…he life long love of World History stems from 9th grade HS History teacher, Mrs. Kellar. She lectured actually. Each period was a lecture. We listened and took notes and we had the usual tests, exams etc. I have maintained a delight in lectures forever since. Mom had to be forced into American History when she finally went to University. It was a requirement. But, given the right instructor, she learned to be interested, wanted to learn and has maintained that interest. Mom said she learns best by lecture and tests.

    • Your human brother is changing lives and shaping the worlds of his students, KI. Mom also had a favorite teacher, like your mama did. Her name was Mrs. Nelson and she read stories to her class when Mom was in 5th grade. It made Mom want to be a teacher, and a writer, and when she taught her classes, she read to them every single day for 35 years, just like Mrs. Nelson did. It was her favorite part of the school day!

      Love and licks,
      C

  22. Luv u r visiting vets and their grands etc . What a great service you are doing . Cupcake tell your mom its nice you let her “tag” along

  23. Pierre LOVES kids but Bentley isn’t too sure about some of them. We had some kids mess with him through the fence when he was out in the yard and now there are some trust issues. ☺ Of course, if they smelled like food that would help.

    • Kids can be tricky. They come in lots of varieties, so trust can be an issue. Some kids are tail-pullers. Be careful of those kinds, boys!

      Love and licks,
      C

  24. Your mom’s a smart lady – you’re lucky to have her, C!

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