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Five Word Friday

Mom sent in a story last week for an Above the Slush submission opportunity from one of her Author Newsletters. These are five of the words from that story.

6. Bake – Stories need time to cook up, just like cakes. That is Mom’s excuse, I mean – reason for working on a story and then not working on it and then working on it again and then stopping again. It’s cooking. And when it’s ready it’s ready.

91. Bowl – Mom puts globs of dog food into my bowl four times a day. I am not allowed to eat a lot at once, but I am also not allowed to get hungry. Sometimes, I lick every drop and my bowl is shiny. Other times, I leave some behind for later.

Saving a little piece for later…

Mom says, “Nice eating.” and “Good girl.” and “Really, though? Who’s going to clean up this mess?”

40. Dripping – I do not like dripping. It happens to me in the tub when Mom gives me a bath.

And when she forces me to walk in the rain.

Dripping is not a good look for me…

8. Book – I would like to say that Mom works hard toward the elusive Book 2, but ummm – no. She wishes hard and works a little bit. Apparently, around here – if it’s not fun, it’s not done. She has fun writing. There’s no pressure, so if something comes of it, it’ll be a wonderful surprise. For me, a wonderful surprise is when a treat pops out of my treat ball.

25. Coffeemaker – The coffeemaker is an important member of our household.

Almost as important as the Robot Vacuum. (We love that guy.) Reading or writing are pretty much impossible without some coffee nearby. I get to share the coffee sometimes, but my portion is just a drip drop at the bottom of the cup.

Way at the bottom of the cup.

Comments on: "Five Word Friday" (32)

  1. bake and cake are the key words… imagine what story our mama would create from that… or no… better not, we need no nightmares LOL

    • At your house, the cakes always make us laugh. Your mama may occasionally have a baking fail, but her “cake decorating” is always spot on.

      Love and licks,

  2. Cupcake it’s nice that your sweet face fits PURRRFECTLY into the coffee cup to get that drop! Also nice that treats magically pop out of the treat ball for you – no work! We are so sure that your Mom’s Book 2 is right around the corner.

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. I always knew my long, pointy nose would come in handy for something. No drop of coffee is safe from me!

      Love and licks,

  3. Carole Schulman said:

    I KNOW your Mom’s book #2 is as Teddy said, right around the corner! And I can’t wait! I will tell you Cupcake, that coffee is an important member to the family here as well. I greet Mr Coffee each morning with a smile. I enjoyed seeing you with YOUR coffee, Cupcake. XX

    • Thanks, KI. One of these days, Mom and I will just zip around the corner and see if we can make things happen for Book#2. Till then, we’ll keep on doing what we do.

      Love and licks,

  4. I see pink batter. That must have been amazing. We all here wish mom lots of luck with the story submission. Writing is fun. Waiting, not so much. Keep us posted. 💜

    • Thanks, G. We love all wishes for luck. Luck is the best. Waiting is difficult, but with our short memories, we forget to wait sometimes. Then we are surprised!

      Love and licks,

  5. Margret Abbott said:

    Coffee and books are two favorite words here. We know when the time is right for your mom book 2 will show up but in the meantime we’re glad that the creative part of making that happen is fun for her. Coffee smells so good but until you told us we didn’t know pups could drink it too. Humph we’re going to have to figure out how to make that happen here! Thanks Cupcake! ~ Belle, Bessie and Bea Pups

    • Thanks, B, B, and B. “Drink it” may be a strong way of saying what happens here. I mean, I lick like crazy, but all I’m getting is mostly the smell of the coffee more than anything I can actually drink. It’s still worth the sad face and the begging.

      Love and licks,

  6. Cupcake, we hope that Mom’s story is fully baked, that the agent or editor is bowled over by it, just dripping with enthusiasm, and that before the coffeemaker is done brewing, there’ll be a book deal on its way! Happy Monday from the Two Orange Pups! Our paws are crossed for your Mom.

    • Thanks, Orange Pups! Those wishes are formed just perfectly. And crossed paws are the luckiest of lucky things.

      Love and licks,

  7. Isn’t is swell to do whatever you want each day? I think so 😀 I run on coffee, wayyy to many cups in my craft room. You need to be careful you don’t drink from one that’s 2 days old, which I did recently! Looks like you have great technique with coffee cups and baking beaters too! Paws in da air 💛

    • Two day old coffee??!! Yikes. Mom isn’t picky about her coffee, but I think even she would draw the line there…!

      Love and licks,

  8. Perhaps all you need is a bigger placemat, Cupcake. And maybe a nose bib. 🐶

  9. Your mom has the right attitude — she writes for fun! Love the bit of food you saved on the tip of your nose for a later snack! 🙂

  10. Wishing the best of luck to your Mom! Tell me there were pink cupcakes in the works. Pink cupcakes make smile! You make me smile, Cupcake! Very convenient place to save a snack for later. I am happy your Mom writes for fun!

    • Thanks, Pix. The pink batter actually became a cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.Yum! Mom had to help me with my saved snack. My tongue wasn’t even long enough!

      Love and licks,

  11. chesterspaniel said:

    My ghostwriter hardly ever bakes anymore. She says she and dad don’t need it. (I wish she’d bake some doggie cookies.) I shouldn’t complain, though. My doggie bowl always has kibble in it so I can eat whenever I want. Funny thing, I don’t like baths much either, but I love to romp through the dripping wet garden after a good rain! GW has written a couple books, but is too chicken to get them published. (I think she’s just afraid of having to learn how to format them. Yikes! New computer skills?) Oh, and the coffeemaker is very important in our house too. Yesterday dad forgot to set it up the night before. Take about grumpy humans! OK, I used all five of your words! Hooray!

    • Good job making a story with Mom’s words. GW’s fear is warranted. The formatting actually matters. It is annoying, but soon becomes second nature once you learn it.

      Love and licks,

  12. Cupcake, your face is so cute….I’m a cat too! There is no way I want the reputation of liking dogs but you are the prettiest gal. Let’s see we have a bowl that is dripping with candy. Mom didn’t even have to bake it. Well, we used 3 of your words. Enjoyed the walks.

    • Thanks, S, Mom always says I am more like a kitten than a doggie. That may explain how you see me… I am quiet and gentle and hard to figure out. #kittydog

      Love and licks,

  13. No one, dogs or peeps or pussy cats look good dripping wet, or enjoy getting that way, unless you love to swim, of course, which we don’t. But we ALL love licking beaters! XOX Xena and Lucy

  14. My story has been baking for years. It should be done by now.

  15. Cupcake, I like dripping, it’s my new hobby with the waterbowl…MOL…Now, let’s have a coffee together while waiting on your mom’s new story *crosses paws*. Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

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