On Halloween, people and pets pretend to be something they’re not. I’m not a ladybug…
or a nurse…
or a Halloween prisoner…
or a turtle…
For the past couple of months, Mom has been trying to be something she’s not. Since nonfiction picture books seem to be getting more and more popular, she thought she’d dip her toe into the nonfiction water.
She started out by reading a few nonfiction picture books each week. And she wracked her brain trying to think of a topic that she could actually write about.
She read and read and – UGH. She thought and thought and – NUTHIN’. Some of the nonfiction books were actually pretty good.
But still, the only things she really wanted to read were fiction books, and the only things she really wanted to write were fiction stories.
…maybe a fairy tale about a dog princess!
So this Halloween week, Mom decided to stop trying to be something she’s not. She’ll be what she is – a writer of fiction picture books.
And I’ll be what I am – the witch in the rearview mirror headed to the library for Read to a Pet Night….
“No more hurting people. Peace.”
Today is 12/12. Such a happy day. It’s my Gotcha Day! That’s the day three years ago that Mom picked me out and adopted me and said, “I gotcha. You’re coming home with me!”
I was in a cage, with overgrown nails, bad breath, scabs on my ears, and parasites in my tummy. I was smaller than she wanted and older than she hoped I’d be. But even though I seemed all wrong, Mom saw something in me that would turn out to be just right.
That’s how it works sometimes in life…. And in writing. Mom wrote a nonfiction story for the first time in a long time. It troubled her because she didn’t love it as much as she usually loves her stories. It just didn’t sound the way she had hoped.
She brought it to her writing group named DavidLaurieandOtherDavid. They said her story had overgrown nails, bad breath, scabs on its ears, and parasites in its tummy. …not really, but they made a LOT of suggestions so Mom is practically starting over with it. She’s hoping that even if it seems all wrong , it’ll turn out to be just right.
I think the story will be fine and maybe even amazing when Mom works with it for a while. I mean, look how I turned out!