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

Last week was Abe Lincoln’s birthday. He was a pretty smart guy and has many inspiring quotes on his resume. I like this one because preparing for your Big Chance is an important part of getting your Big Chance and taking your Big Chance and appreciating your Big Chance. And making the best of your Big Chance.

Big Chance – Book 1.

While Mom waits for her Big Chance – Book2, she prepares. Her two recent writing challenges helped her prepare with webinars, daily posts, and Facebook entries. They stressed getting ideas, listening and thinking like a writer, and putting her butt in the chair.

Following the writing rules to create a story is important – catchy opening, problem/conflict/goal to be reached, attempts at solving/alleviating/reaching it, increasing tension, success, and a surprise ending with a twist. Breaking the writing rules happens once in a while, too – word count issues, the rule of 3 becoming the rule of 5, extra characters popping up, and not enough conflict. Breaking rules can be cool sometimes.

Rules are for chumps.

But other times, it’s just not OK. Hopefully, when Mom’s chance comes, she will be following the rules or breaking them in a good way.

I smell candy.

I have been preparing for my big chance for many years. I have eaten cigar butts from the gutter,

gotten my head stuck in a take-out bag,


and a grocery bag,

and a Macy’s bag,

tasted the floor,

licked cakes during photo shoots,

and once I even swallowed one of Mom’s pills.

All this in preparation for the day I finally get big enough to eat from the garbage pail. #growlegsgrow When my chance comes, I. Will. Be. Ready.

So close…




Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (38)

  1. cakes are pawsome, da phenny snitched one during the two nano seconds the waitress placed da cake on da table…. we like the quote about chances… and we sure should make the best of it, we only have to see what things are a chance and what not

  2. You have been pretty busy ๐Ÿ™‚ and too cute!

  3. Hehehe…looks like you never run out of chances, Cupcake… at least you’re taken them all ๐Ÿ˜ธ*whispurrs*I hope you got that whole delicious cake this time, and not only for the show…MOL…Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead with lots of new chances for you and your mom๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’ž

    • Thanks, Little B. Sadly, Mom watches me like a hawk, so I only get bits of cake – usually the cream. She thinks too many delicious things will make me fat because of how tiny I am. I take what I can get as often as I can get it!!

      Love and licks,

  4. Cupcake, first of all you look adorable in your Valentine’s Dress – you are and always will be everyone’s little Valentine!! Secondly, we are sure your Mom’s Book2 will be a big success….she has worked hard for it and you have inspired her as you always do and will do! Thirdly – have you tried wearing high heels to reach inside that garbage pail? Might work!

    Hugs and love, Teddy

  5. Carole Schulman said:

    You look totally adorable in your Valentine Dress. I think you should wear that on a visit out. Please tell us if you do! That’s the best dress ever!!
    I love Teddy’s idea about high heels to reach the trash can. Make them red, Those will go with anything!

    • Thanks, KI. If and when I ever happen upon a pair of high heels, I would definitely hope they were red! That sounds perfect. I have worn my Valentine dress to visit the old soldiers many times. Sometimes they get confused and still think I’m a boy dog in spite of all the ruffles! It’s part of what I love about them!

      Love and licks,

  6. Mom WILL get Big Chance 2. I can feel it in my bones. (Donโ€™t get too excited. Not that kind of bones!) And as far as the garbage, Kick the Can comes to mind. #cheatingonyourbigchance Works most times. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ

    • Bones is my favorite word. Plus you are our favorite positive thinker. Thanks, G. Once I knocked over the trash can. The noise was big and Mom was quick. I should do it when Mom’s not home. The problem is that when she leaves me, I am too sad to care.

      Love and licks,

  7. We are all pulling for Mom’s BIG CHANCE #2! As for you…you are darling just the way your are.

  8. You sure you’re not a Boy Scout with that “Always be Prepared” motto?

  9. chesterspaniel said:

    Good luck with your big chance! I’ve got my paws crossed!

  10. I just know your mom’s second chance is coming up…..sometimes the anticipation is as good as actually receiving the break.

    I don’t know if you will get a second chance with the garbage, C. If I were there I’d jump on the rim and throw stuff at you. There would be your second chance,


    • That second chance would be a dream come true for me, T. Throw the pizza edges first, then the cheese papers. Yum!

      Love and licks,

  11. Margret Abbott said:

    Garbage cans have lots of yummy tastes and smells. You are so close to being able to reach yours. My Margret put a keep out gate in front of our garbage can. I can almost reach it if I stretch far enough. ~ nose nudges Bonnie Pup

    • Condolences about the keep-out-gate, B. That is just plain rude. One of these days, your My Margret will forget the gate, and then it’ll be a free-for-all. #stayalert

      Love and licks,

  12. Your Mom says she needs to get her butt in a chair (to write) and I need to get my butt out of the chair to lose weight! Your Mom’s Big Chance-Book 2 will come because she is determined! That trash can has a lid that shuts down tight. You will have to be very determined and/or quick!

    • Oh yeah, Pix. Our garbage can snaps shut as fast as lightning. Mom says it will slice my face off if I get too close. No worries. I am too little to get close. On a good day, butts are in AND out of the chair. Always aim for a good day!

      Love and licks,

  13. Dear Cupcake, we are sorry we missed wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day, but sometimes we get a second chance. Your Valentine’s dress is very, very pretty. Mom agrees with you, rules are made to be broken. I, Lucy, broke a rule last month and ate out of the garbage can. Then I felt so guilty that it might not have been worth breaking that rule. I am a rule-keeper. We hope your Mom gets book #2 and #3 and #4 and all the others published, cause she’s good and you might get more treats. XOX Lucy and Xena

    • Thanks for a good wishes and big hopes for Mom, X and L. I think it is sweet that you girls are rule followers. I am a rule follower only if Mom is watching. As soon as she is distracted – look out! Plus I do not know of this “guilty” that you speak of…. #neverheardofit

      Love and licks,

      • Only I fell guilty, not Xena. I feel guilty for everything and everyone. Lucy Pee Ess: Don’t worry about not knowing about guilty, I will feel guilty for you, too, if you do something naughty.

  14. Chaplin: “Ooh, that’s an excellent goal, Cupcake! I have never managed to eat from the trash can, and neither did Dennis, but our brother Tucker who I never met was notorious for it. Some day I will get to the trash while the cabinet is open!”
    Charlee: “And that’s why Mama and Dada call you ‘Tucker Cat’, Chaplin.”

  15. Happy belated Valentine’s Day, Cupcake. I hope Mom discovered loads of ideas about you during StoryStorm and that many 12×12 manuscripts are about you, too!

  16. Cigar butts lit are a wonderful way to get your way with a human… muwahahahahahah -Ginger

  17. I was just looking for a bit of inspiration or just something to brighten my day. I really like your quote. It’s very positive. Thanks for posting.



  18. M. K. Clinton said:

    Our big chances will come if we keep preparing and expecting them. I know yours will and we can say “we knew y’all when…”

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