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

“Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.”


Not a lot of writing has been accomplished around here lately. Mom reads instead. Blog posts, web sites, her Kindle,

and she listens on Audible sometimes too, and calls that reading. The jury is out on that one.

I do not actually know how to read without help, but Mom let me look at the pictures in a book about one of our therapy dog friends.

Dog books are my favorites. Mom rarely reads dog books, in case she’s afraid the dog will die in the story. This wasn’t that kind of book.  

Unlike Mom, I never slack off on my jobs and responsibilities around the house. I watch for danger

(or the Amazon truck),

control the traffic,

Worst speed bump ever

help with the housework,

and make sure none of our drive-thru/curbside car food goes to waste.

We’re hoping that next week, Mom can get back to writing. She has an idea for a new piece to start, but she’s still mind-writing it instead of buckling down to work. I guess mind-writing is writing like Audible is reading.

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

  1. mind writing is a good thing… it is like audible but vice versa… ;O)

  2. Cupcake, you made us MOL when we saw your worst night…eh…speed bump ever…😹Granny did audible reading too, but she ‘read’ to much of them, that she now sticks her nose again into the well-smelling books, she says it’s better for the least for her mind😸Pawkisses for a Happy Time ahead to you and your mom and good luck with the upcoming writing🐾😽💞

    • The great thing about being the worst speed bump is that the cars go around me and not over me. That would be bad….

      Love and licks,

  3. You are just an all round dandy Doggo! Helping with the housework !? I really could use with that today. Gads, I’d rather do almost anything else. I like when the postal man comes with my Amazon parcel, it’s usually craft supply 😀 Hugs xK

  4. Oh Cupcake….at least you get to look at the drawings in the books which sometimes is the BEST part of a book anyway. Mind-writing is something my Mom used to do a LOT of when she was writing her mystery novel. Sadly it kept her awake all night but then she did finally get the book done (even if she was sleep deprived!). Sending you a hug.

    Love, Teddy

    • You are so right, T. The pictures can tell the whole story sometimes. Your mom is the real deal. NOTHING keeps my mom awake at night!

      Love and licks,

  5. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake…I have to say you got mom here laughing at the worst speed bump ever! And the pictures of YOU doing your household duties , unlike others! (why do I hear the Church Lady there)??
    Katie Isabella

    • I am a very good helper for Mom’s housework jobs. Sometimes I am helping SO MUCH that she says the word, “GET OUT!!” That’s good… right…? #yourewelcome

      Love and licks,

  6. Audible is reading with your ears instead of your eyes. Mind writing is getting the pieces of the puzzle (ideas in the form of virtual words) together before they become the actual, physical completed picture on paper. It’s all good. 🧩 🧩 🧠 👂🏼 ✏️ 💻 📝 🐶 ❤️ I know mom. She’s always on the job, whether it’s in her brain or on the computer. It never stops. Ever! 😉

    • Mom does enjoy being a doer, but when there’s too much doing in her head, and not enough doing in real life, then maybe she’s a thinker more than a doer. Funny how shopping online gets done so easily, but working online – not so much… #amazon

      Love and licks,

  7. Margret Abbott said:

    Sometimes moms need a break, it’s good that you are keeping an eye on everything. Keep up the good work! ~Bessie, Belle and Bea Pups

  8. I think you have to have mind writing BEFORE you can write!! Good Luck Mom

  9. Hahaha! Mind writing is like audible reading 😊 I like that. And by the way, I read everything except picture books on audible these days because that way I can do other things at the same time! Cupcake, you are the most helpful dog ever – so many jobs! – and I know your mom couldn’t get along without you! ❤️

    • You are right about that last part, S. My contributions are everything around here. I am surprised you do other things with Audible going. You mean you don’t sit there and stare at the air…? Hmmm…..

      Love and licks,

  10. Hey Cupcake, are you mind eating that ice cream sundae, BOL?? XOX Xena and Lucy

  11. We totally agree as the thing has to be mind wrote first! Every kitty knows this, C.


    • Thanks, S. I always said that kitties are the best thinkers. We puppers lick first and think later…

      Love and licks,

  12. Sometimes we all just need a break, Cupcake. I haven’t been reading books because my dry eyes hurt so I have been saving my reading time for blogs and commenting. I’m thinking your Mom just needs a break from writing. I am going to have to google Audible! That might help me with falling asleep at night like my sleep stories on Calm. I think you are doing great job keeping things at home running smoothly, Cupcake.

    • Thanks, Pix. I’m pretty sure you should stick with Calm for sleeping. I don’t think you’re supposed to fall asleep while you’re listening on Audible. That would take a long time to finish a book!

      Love and licks,

  13. I applaud mind writing — so many of our creative ideas come from our imaginations or something we see/think and want to ponder. Just so it doesn’t keep us awake at night.

    • Not to worry, P. NOTHING keeps Mom awake. Once in a while I kick her or lick her to make sure she’s still alive in the night.

      Love and licks,

  14. Now Cupcake…mind-reading is important work writers engage in sometimes to organize their thoughts. I’m sure it’ll make your mom’s newest piece of writing pawtastic.
    P.S. You have to be just the cutest speed bump we’ve ever seen. 🥰

    • Thanks, M. Whenever I am doing my speed bump thing, cars stop and people say, “Is she all right?” I’m reassured when Mom says yes. Usually she tells me there’s something wrong with me when I am acting like a possum on the pavement. #speedbumpshappen

      Love and licks,

  15. chesterspaniel said:

    My ghostwriter has been doing those kinds of things too lately. She read a science fiction trilogy called “Luna.” I was disappointed there were no doggies in that story. She says next time, she’ll look for some books about doggies.

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