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

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” 

~Stephen King~

Mom has started a list. It’s for a challenge that she does every January. The StoryStorm challenge is to write down 30 story ideas in 31 days. Then use those ideas to make stories all year.

Today is the 18th day of the month. Mom is on idea #24. We have a good feeling about finishing. Finishing the challenge is a good start to writing stories. See what I did there? Finishing. Starting. Yeah. That.

I am a great finisher. I always finish the kibbles, and treats in my IQ toys. The Tornado


and the Hide ‘n Slide.

I always finish the squishy snacks on my Licki-Mat.

I am finished trying to learn Fetch. What is that stupid game about, anyway?

I fetched it. Now it’s mine. What?

I am finished eating my toys. Mom said if she has to throw one more toy in the trash, she’s throwing me in there with it. #rude

So I’m pretty sure Mom can finish one simple list. Then she will start choosing, changing, mixing, nixing, writing, and revising stuff from the list to make stories. I will help by licking her shoes, staring at her,

begging for food,

PB&J? Yes, please. Please?


and…. did I say staring at her…? Yeah. That.

Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (16)

  1. if mr. king said you can then you can… and even our mamas can… and we think that will be a super list. but we also think that you finishes your goals as da furst… dogs are always winner, right?

  2. I loved this! Great pics and comments. At first I thought it was a real kid talking.

  3. With your help, Cupcake, I’m not surprised your Mom has discovered so many ideas! Here’s to many wonderful stories in 2021!

  4. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake, I see you are pulling put all the stops in helping your mom. She totally cannot fail to accomplish the stories she needs- because this type of help is the bees knees! You probably didn’t think of doing all those steps for helping her before but you have gotten off to a great start. Excelsior!
    Katie Isabella

  5. Margret Abbott said:

    Great job showing your mom what finish looks like! As for fetch, I totally agree, you get it and it’s yours it’s as simple as that. Why on earth would you want to give it away again and take a chance that you might get it back, yep nope not this pup either! ~Bessie Pup P.S. Tell your mom good luck from My Margret on her Story Storm Challenge, sounds like she’s off to a great start!

  6. I am loving that Tornado toy. I think Sonny needs one of those! And that little red head. Too cute! Not as cute as you, of course but a close second. Ideas are fun. Especially when you’re almost caught up with them! Good start to a new year.
    Hugs from me and licks from Sonny. 🐶❤️

  7. chesterspaniel said:

    Wow! You sure have a lot of fun things to do! I’m with you on fetch. Once I fetch it, it’s MINE! But the tennis balls are always all MINE in the first place. So, yeah, what’s the point of playing fetch?

    Good luck with the story writing.

  8. Lulu: “That’s some top-notch helping, Cupcake. I hope your mom shows her appreciation by giving you treats!”

  9. You got some cool/warm outfits!! They are neat!

  10. Cupcake, you are an inspiration! LOOK how well you finish what you set out to do! And it is very clear how helpful you are to your mom in her endeavors. She is lucky to have you! ❤️

  11. Oh Cupcake, you’re the muse that keeps you huMom on track. Well done, little girl! 🦴🦴🦴

  12. C, what fun toys you have. Be carefu though cause your mom can whip them away like mine did. Dad made me an IQ box and I would sniff out the treats. Dad kept giving it to me for fun. I was packin’ on the pounds so mom took it away. I never saw it again…..I think mom plays with it when I’m not lookin’…mol


  13. You ARE a great finisher Cupcake!! BRAVO on your puzzles! and I gotta say, we terrierist are the bestest at staring……🤣
    FABulous start to 2021!
    Ruby ♥

  14. Cupcake! We LOVE your treat toys! Us cats have oner and we are really good at getting the treats out, Cinnamon…Not so much, however she is really good at fetch! And we too like to help our Mom finish things, We are so glad we have finally found you! Have a marvellously happy day!

  15. The importance of staring cannot be overrated! It sounds as if mom is off to a great start for 2021.

  16. Did Mom get her 30?

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