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Gotcha Day #4

Stories go a long way from start to (hopefully) finish.

Mom’s first book went from this…

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to this….

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to this…

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December 12 is my Gotcha Day. You can read my Gotcha story here . We celebrated with ice cream. Mom made me a doggie yogurt ice cream pop with a cookie handle.

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I went from this…

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to this…

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to this…

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Change is good.

Inspirational Quote of the Week

All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.
Chuck Palahniuk

Experiences inspire ideas. Mom has completed her PiBoIdMo challenge with 35 inspired ideas for new stories.

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Some of her ideas will become picture book manuscripts. Some will become poems. One of them might become the elusive Book #2 or eBook #2. Some of them stink so bad that they will stay in her phone and rot. But somewhere, somehow, all of them were inspired for a few minutes by an experience during the month of November.

At her author visits, students or teachers often ask Mom if she ever has writer’s block. She says, “Never.” That’s because as long as she has a list of ideas, even if one story gets stuck, there are a bunch of other stories just waiting to get started.

I was inspired last night, so I started playing the piano with my paws…

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…and my face.

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Mom came in to see what was inspiring me. Was I a genius and she was just finding out? No. Did I suddenly get skills that no dog in the world ever had? No. Would I play at Carnegie Hall and be famous? No. There was a fly in the house. And I wanted a closer look at it.

*Not actual fly

*Not actual fly

The fly disappeared after my concert, and later he met with an unfortunate end. Rest in peace, little fly. I think you would’ve been delicious.

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*Not actual fly tombstone

GeoDog

Mom and I went geocaching again last week. Geocaching is like treasure hunting. Mom holds the phone that shows the GPS and compass. Then we walk and walk and walk and walk.

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Then she decides the phone is upside down, so she turns it around and we start over. We walk and walk and walk and walk some more – the other way.

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The phone tells her when we’re getting close, and then we start searching and scanning till we find the treasure.

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Sometimes, Mom says, “No acorns.”

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and “Don’t eat the pine cone.”

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and “Yikes! Hornets!”

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Geocaching is fun!

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Mom does treasure hunting when she wants to submit a story, too. She has too many stories to count inside her computer and some more inside her head (that’s what’s up in there…). She is sure that one of them is a treasure and will be Book #2. Whenever she reads about a publisher or an agent that seems to be looking for the type of story Mom writes, she starts treasure hunting. She opens up story after story, revises them a little, talks to herself about them, and decides whether she’s headed in the right direction, or needs to turn around and start over.

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Ideas

Starting on November 1, Mom will be a part of PiBoIdMo.

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Yep. November is Picture Book Idea Month. That means she will have to get a picture book idea in her head every day for 30 days.  Last year, she wrote 30 ideas, and 8 of them are now either stories or poems. And one of them will be Mom’s first ever eBook, called What If I Don’t.

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Ideas are a way of life when you’re an author. They are also a way of life when you’re a dog. Here are some ideas I have for stories….

Cupcake, the Best Dog in the World.

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Cupcake Gets Unlimited Treats

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When Cupcake Went for a Ride

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Cupcake Looks Pretty

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Read to a Pet Night Starring Cupcake

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Street Naps for Cupcake

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Cupcake Turns Seven Years Old

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That’s a week’s worth of ideas, right there! What’s the big deal? I wish November was named DogIdMo. I could totally do this!

Exploring

Check out the brand new award I got from my friend, Misaki!

explore-dog-awardExplorer! Me! Thanks, Misaki! I think it’s because I like to explore what Mom has in her dresser drawers.

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And her laundry basket.

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And her purse.

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And also because I am a GeoDog!

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I am allowed to give this award to 5 blogging friends, plus I have to answer a few questions. Simple. I don’t know exactly what 5 means, so if you’re a blogging friend, this award is for you!

Now for the questions:

  • What is your favorite place to explore? I like the playing field by my house. Lots of geese live there, and they leave me delicious candies in the grass. Mom says the candy is disgusting, which I’m pretty sure means delicious.
  • Have you ever found anything exciting/interesting whilst exploring ? Well, the goose poop, I mean candy is pretty exciting, but when I went Geocaching, I found a tiny cache in a tree. …..And once I found a pork chop bone by the dumpster.

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  • What do you like exploring best beach or park? I have never been to the beach, but I got close a few times. Sand scares me. I know that because sometimes, Mom brings me to the baseball field at the park. When I step in the sand, I turn to stone. What IS that stuff??
  • What is your favorite post you have written (link to it)? I like all of my posts, of course, but I especially like one from long ago named Turtle.

That post talks about the name of a magazine and the name of the turtle we used to have. His name was Leave-The-Turtle-Alone. Names are important. Mom was named after her grandmother. I was named Cupcake because I am so sweet. Mom always thinks of fun names for her stories. Some of her recent stories are named: Ms. Oberman Overslept, Josephine Dances Her Head Off, Meanwhile, and Vacuum Sweet Vacuum.

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Just FYI – the vacuum is NOT sweet. It is evil, and I’m pretty sure it’s trying to kill me.

Something New

Every month, Mom starts something new – a new story for her 12×12 Challenge. This month, she is working on a story that she is determined to finish, even though she doesn’t even like it. She said, “This story is weird.” and “I have no idea where this is going.” and “Let’s get out of here. We’re going to the park.”

I LOVE when that happens!

On my way to become a GeoDog!

Recently, we started something new at the park, too. It’s called Geocaching.

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We learned about it from our blogging friends Finn and Gizmo.

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Mom read the web site, watched the YouTube video, signed us up, put the app on her phone, and off we went. When we got to the park, we looked at the flowers, and then sat on the bench for a while.

C'mon, Mom! What are we waiting for!

C’mon, Mom! What are we waiting for!?

Mom checked out the app and it said that there was a cache .3 miles from where we were sitting!

We weren’t too hopeful, since the park was all torn up with noisy construction vehicles, and a lot of the shrubs and plants were gone.

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But we walked along, following the arrow on the GPS and the compass. At the end of the construction fence, there was one shrub left.

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Mom said “This must be the place.” and “Get out of there before you get stuck.” and “OMG! There it is!!”

It's right behind my right ear!

It’s behind my right ear!

I helped her find it! “Uh… You’re welcome, Mom….”

It was the tiniest little container with a paper to sign inside.

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So we signed and put it back exactly where we found it.

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Our first find. First of many, I hope!

There’s always a new story to write and always a new geocache to find.

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Cool off with some lemonade, and then click here to visit some more GeoDogs – like me!

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Summer Camp

I am at Summer Camp. …well, sort of…

I have never been away from home without Mom. But for the next few days, I will be staying with my dog-friend, Lila

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and her mom Victoria.

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Mom decided to get her sore knee fixed up at the hospital, so it won’t hurt so much when we walk. She promised me that she will come home as soon as she can and then we will take loooong walks together. I can’t wait!

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Meanwhile, I will play with Lila and cuddle with her mom and try to be a good girl till things get back to normal.

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I wonder where Victoria keeps the treats…..

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Messed Up

Mom’s schedule is messed up. She’s been in and out a lot and not doing her writing on her usual schedule. None of this is my fault, as you can tell from my perfectly innocent face.

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Mom did not do a June story for her 12×12 Challenge, but she is determined to do a July one. I hope she doesn’t mess this up.

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This is my stuffed goose.

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He is messed up, too. I’m not sure what happened to his wing. Really! I have no idea!! It used to look smooth, feel soft, and sound crunchy. Now it looks shredded, feels shredded, and sounds …quiet. Mom threw the crunchy and soft parts in the garbage and said I was naughty.

Inside my head, I said SHE was naughty, because I was planning to eat them when nobody was looking.

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Characters

Mom writes about characters – human, animal, bug, and imaginary characters. Usually they’re silly or funny or goofy. Sometimes, she tells me that I’m a character. That’s a good thing, right…? Everything Mom’s characters do and say helps us get to know them. We also learn about characters by their body language, gestures, speech patterns, and how they look.

How I look helps people learn about me, too. My face speaks volumes. There’s my happy face,

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my other happy face,

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and my face at the vet waiting for my rabies shot. Go figure…

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My favorite way of showing my personality is by the things I wear. People ask how I feel about dressing up. Whenever Mom dresses me, I get very excited because I know that something fun is going to happen. Sometimes, we’re going to work at the VA

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or the library.

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Sometimes, we’re getting company. And sometimes, she’s just going to take pictures of me and give me lots of treats.

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This week, I was featured on a blog called Dear Bliary. If you visit there, you will see a lot of my best looks, and also a couple of looks from Mom’s old dog named Smoki (who lives inside me). You can get to know more about both of us in just one click!

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Breaking Rules

As a dog, I know without a doubt that rules are made to be broken.

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I broke some rules last week, when Mom decided to take me out to breakfast. The restaurant allows dogs at the outdoor tables, and Mom has often seen dogs snoozing under chairs, snacking on table scraps, and generally chilling beside their family. She thought I’d be great at all of these skills. I wasn’t. There was something about the metal chairs scraping on the sidewalk, the window shoppers walking by minding their own business, the motorcycle zooming past, and the firetruck 2 blocks away that just set me on edge.

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I twirled and twisted, shivered and struggled, pulled and panted, jerked and jumped,

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and eventually sat down IN the water bowl that the waitress gave me.

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After Mom choked down part of her bagel and gulped down half of her coffee, we went back to the car. Mom said, “I think my shoulder is dislocated.” and “Why can’t you be normal?” and “You are never leaving the house again. Ever.”

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Since when is Mom such a rule follower? She breaks rules all the time in her writing. She loves using sentence parts instead of whole sentences, the picture book rule of three sometimes turns into the picture book rule of five, she calls herself a full-time writer, but she only writes for one hour a day, and once she even wrote a story BACKWARDS. Maybe I should ask why SHE can’t be normal??

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Now it’s time for me to break some more rules. I want to thank the blog friends who have so graciously nominated me for awards. If you know anything about me, you know I love winning. I will break the rules of the awards by saying that if you’re reading this, I am nominating YOU to take and enjoy whatever award(s) you like. Post them and follow their rules, like a normal person (or pet). Or not. Normal is definitely overrated.

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Thanks to my friends Wallace and Samuel for calling me family with the WordPress Family Award.

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Thanks to one of my favorite positive thinkers, Shaun for sending over the Shine On Award.

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Thanks to the most mellow and most golden golden retriever, Miss Harper Lee for the Sunshine Award and the Super Sweet Blogging Award. See my answers here and here.

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Thanks to a newish friend Nikita (and Val) for a newish award called the Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

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