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

Mom has been looking up at the stars a lot lately.

She imagines getting her next acceptance letter/email/phone call/telepathic message. She visualizes how it will play out and exactly how it will feel.

When a rejection comes instead, she visualizes the acceptance even harder.

Meanwhile, she reads, writes, revises, edits, critiques, and submits. She has to. That’s what writers do.

…in between playing with the peppermint ball…

I look up at the stars, too. I don’t imagine anything or visualize anything – or read or write or edit or critique or submit anything. I just look at the stars or stare at the air. Mom says, “Are you daydreaming?” and “Are you sightseeing?” and “Enough, weirdo! We’re going home!”

She is long on patience waiting for Book #2 to be accepted, but short on patience waiting for me. When she gets publisher mail, she says, “This is it!” When I am star gazing, she says, “That is it!” They are really very different…

Mom and I agree on one thing. Stephen Hawking was a pretty smart guy. Keeping your head up and your eye on the prize matters. Aiming for the stars is never a bad idea. And when you can’t take time to smell the flowers

because the flowers are sleeping under the snow, keep your head up. Stare at the air. Or look up at the stars!


Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (32)

  1. If you keep looking up at the stars, you may see a shooting star one day!

  2. the world lost probably the last genius… I know that different waitings… as long as they can pull our leash they can skip the waiting part… but some things run leash free so they have to be patient, even when it needs months… so the evil is in the leash I think ;O)))

    • Oh you know it, P. Leashes are evil things. It helps me keep track of Mom, but beyond that, they are only used to boss me around.

      Love and licks,

  3. Excellent advice and wonderful inspiration dear Cupcake…..all of us need some inspiration these days whether it’s from the sky or our own hearts or our friends – it doesn’t matter as long as we look up and hope! I hope your Mom gets that acceptance letter – wouldn’t that be wonderful? Keep the faith baby…….

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. Mom and I will keep hoping that her acceptance comes. And that I figure out what I’m staring at….

      Love and licks,

  4. Definitely keeping our eyes on the sky today Cupcake, too, hoping they don’t fill with more cold, white snowflakes, as our bellies and tails drag through the snow. Here’s to acceptances & Spring!

  5. Looking up at the stars is always a good idea. It’s like sunshine on the water. Makes me happy. I think John Denver said that. A different kind of smart, but still. Anything that makes you happy, gives you hope, keeps you going for it, anything that has a prize at the end of it, even if the prize is a smile, is a very good thing. Keep your head up, both of you! It’s there πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«β˜ΊοΈ

    • Thanks, G. It’s definitely there. Mom and I can feel it. Well, she knows exactly what she’s looking for. I am just staring at random things and acting like they’re the most important things in the world. Mom is the real deal. I am faking it just to stay outside longer.

      Love and licks,

  6. OMD, Cupcake, you are cuter than cute in your beautiful Easter dress (I won’t comment on the bunny ears). Your Mom is right to visualize the best outcome. Doesn’t she understand you are doing the same thing? I used to do that with Lexi, and she always understood. Strange sounding, I know, but true.

  7. I love looking at the sky…you keep on doing that!

  8. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    All very good things to do. You and your mom are very wise. ~ noze nudges Bessie Pup

  9. Patience is a virtue and I’m sure your mum will be rewarded soon. I always find that waiting is a lot more enjoyable if there are sausages and cakes involved. 🍰🍰🍰
    Monty and Chicken 🐾❀️🐾

    • Well, that’s for sure what’s missing here – sausages and cakes! Jeesh! Why didn’t I think of that? Unless Mom HAS sausages and cakes and she’s hiding them from me….

      Love and licks,

  10. Keep looking up.

  11. Cupcake, your Mom is very wise. I do that visualization with the positive and it works! Mr. Hawking was an amazing man. Keep on looking up, Cupcake! Love and hugs… β™₯

  12. I look at the stars all the time but never see them. Perhaps I should try at night.

  13. Very wise advice, Cupcake πŸ™‚ Always keep your head up and be positive, you never know when lucky star will reach out to you πŸ˜€ Good Luck Pawkisses for your momma’s new book and Happy Pawkisses to the both of you πŸ™‚ ❀

  14. I like your light, Cupcake – you’re bringing a star with you!

    (Choppy’s broke, so I don’t know what that says about her.)

  15. You look like a model C. I know your mom’s book will be accepted by a publisher. It takes time to hit the right one…no, I don’t mean for your mom to hit one…um…finding the right one is more the word I want. C. keep looking at the stars. I think there’s

    Shoko someone looking back.

  16. Cupcake, a few growly barks and a show of a fang perhaps will show the fire extinguisher that you aren’t just any girl to be pushed around by it! Your mom could also put the same actions into her own repertoire in dealing with these gnarly publishers. Bad cess to them.

  17. pee ess: I have claws and I am a Cattorney…just sayin’ if that helps….

  18. Stephen Hawking was a brilliant man, and I’m glad mom is following his advice. Keep writing Mom!!

  19. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay i do not reely do mutch lukking up at all eksept sumtimes wen their is a hipster kitty on a tabel or wotever lukking down at me!!! mostly i keep my hed towards the floor in kayse sumbuddy drops sumthing or their is a toy wot i mite want to pik up!!! stephen hawking shoor wuz smart but i do not think he konsiderd all the gud stuf yoo kan find on the floor if yoo luk for it!!! ok bye

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  21. […] rugs, and the floor. Mom does not doze – literally or figuratively. She works on stuff, plays with stuff, cooks stuff, makes stories, […]

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