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

Mom is a big believer in this. She’s more of a writer than a waiter. Waiter? Wait. What? We need a waiter here…

Bacon and eggs, please.

Anyway, Mom jumps in and writes stuff every chance she gets – almost every day. Almost. Once a story gets into the computer, it’s fair game to be tweaked, tightened, talked through, and sadly – sometimes, tossed. But having a new story is always good, even if it comes to a tragic ending.

The 12×12 Challenge encourages her to write a lot. With a couple of months to go, she is in the middle of a couple of stories that may – for the record – become her November and December drafts. They won’t count if they’re only half finished, though, so she needs to get that faucet turned on and get that water flowing. I hope no puddles are left behind. Once, I almost stepped in a puddle. Almost.

Whoa. Close call…

I am not a fan of water. Bath day is not my idea of fun.

When I’m waiting for my conditioner to work, Mom says, “I don’t like it any more than you do.” and “You will smell so pretty.” and “NO! Don’t jump out of the tub!”

At the park, I like to go as close to the edge of the water as possible. NOT so close that I get my feet wet, though.

Mom says, “Not too close.” and “Stay by me.” and “If you fall in, you’re on your own.” So far, I havenโ€™t fallen in, but as long as the water is flowing

and flying,

there’s always still a chance. #daringdoggie




Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (37)

  1. I love writing. It is hard, but I try. : )

  2. that’s a very wise saying… but we rather imagine that Mister L’Amour meant it just theoretically,because water is our deadly enemy LOL

  3. Not too close ๐Ÿ™‚ Better stay safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh Cupcake you are so darn cute…..did you get the bacon and eggs at the sidewalk cafe? I hope so. I’m pretty brave with the “wet” thing – I will go out in the rain, walk through puddles, and amazingly I’ve avoided having an actual bath so far. I keep myself “lickety clean” with a tongue bath. Mom’s buying that concept so far. I hope your Mom’s two stories work out just like I hope your plan to stay out of puddles works out!

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. I think you are VERY brave out there in the rain. I was afraid of the rain, so Mom got me a raincoat. Then I was afraid of the raincoat. #nowin I also do my share of licking (or “housekeeping” as Mom says). It doesn’t fly when bath day rolls around, though. And yes – I did share some bacon and eggs with Mom. It’s never enough, but it’s better than nothing.

      Love and licks,

  5. I hope the stories do become your Mom’s November and December drafts. She works hard on her writing, I just know it. Bacon and eggs sound very delicious right now. I hope you got bacon and eggs! The only place I like to get my feet wet is at the beach!

    • Your hope played out, Pix. Partway, anyway. The November story is finished! Mom did share her bacon and eggs. I almost needed a microscope to see my share, but still… #yum

      Love and licks,

  6. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake…I so wish your mom had yet another group to judge what she’s written as a balance against those who do so now. My mom and I have complete faith that what your mom writes is good even though my mom knows she hasn’t read it. Turn that faucet on (loved the Lamour analogy) and let ‘er rip! I can’t make myself- nor can mommy- believe there haven’t been stories the children would love. Surely you and mommy do read the drafts to the kids at the library? What do the kids think? XXOO
    Katie Isabella, Book Critic Expediter, Extraordinaire

    • Thanks, KI. You guys are such fans and confidence builders. You’re the best. We do not read our stories at the library. The kids have to pick library books to read to me. Then they take the books home to read some more. But that’s OK. Mom knows that when one of her stories breaks through to a publisher or an agent, the rest will be history. When you’re a writer, rejection is an occupational hazard.

      Love and licks,

  7. We hope you’re staying dry today, Cupcake, but that words are flowing for your mom. #writeon

    • Thanks, P. You totally get it about staying dry. That’s an important part of supporting Mom while the words flow – which they did – her November draft is finished.

      Love and licks,

  8. I didn’t have you pegged for a daring darling, CC. Of course I try to jump on the big boulders at Rock City, and the first time I did, Mom about had a heart attack. If I had slipped off, that would have been the end of me. So now Mom holds onto me tighter when we’re near them. Xox Xena

    • Ha! Thanks, X. My mom had the same heart attack as your mom when I tried to jump up on a stone wall when we were walking over a bridge. I stuck the landing, but if I had overshot it, I’d have ended up in the creek. *gasp*

      Love and licks,

      • That sorta happened to Angel Lexi way before she was an angel. She jumped over a wall to what she thought was grass, but it was a fountain! It was cold in October and Mom had to fish her out and wrap her up in Mom’s sweater.

  9. You match the tree! Well, sorta kinda but you look GREAT with the tree! Boomer

  10. Love your daily commitment! Write, no matter what. Boy do I know that tub face, Cupcake. You look like you’re daring your mom. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Writing is crazy tough. Iโ€™m sure momโ€™s got this cause sheโ€™s the best. You, on the other hand, need to be careful with all that water. Unless you can swim really well cause I canโ€™t see mom diving in. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    • Thanks, G. You know Mom too well. She will NOT come into the muddy, sludgy water after me. I am not sure if I know swimming. I have never tried it. #nodogsallowedinthepool Someday, I would like to get a bathing suit, though…. I’m pretty sure I would look fabulous in it.

      Love and licks,

      PS. Thanks for the heads up about “haven’t.”

  12. Your quote is very encouraging, Cupcake, I’m sure it helps your mom with the writing. Maybe we could use a boat to float on it, so we don’t get wet paws..MOL… Shall I meow for a waiter now? Dry Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

    • A boat! That’s brilliant, Little B. Why didn’t I think of that? …but not a swan boat, though. I’m afraid of those things!

      Love and licks,

  13. I sometimes need to start writing without an end in sight because that end will never become clear while I sit waiting.

  14. Sometimes you just have to prime the pump to get that faucet flowing. No doubt, your mum is working hard at it. Tell her to keep up the good work. As for you, Cupcake…keep those adorable tootsies ice and dry. After all, winter is coming.

  15. Margret Abbott said:

    I am totally in agreement with you Cupcake, water nope, bath nope nope nope…well unless peanut butter is involved then it’s just a doubls nope! My Margret says to rell your mom to keep up the good work, she is an inspiration to My Margret.

  16. Water? We like to drink water but to actually put it on ourselves…..yuck! We play in water with our fishies but don’t like standing in water unless it’s outside water and filthy with bugs and muck in it. That water is tasty.


  17. M. K. Clinton said:

    Mom informed us we both need baths tonight. UGH! She has started reading books again to get inspired to write another book.

  18. Love the opening quote, great piece. thanks for sharing.

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