One For the Book

As I continue to collect amazing stories about dogs showing their smarts, I’d like to share the occasional one with you.  I’ve selected this story because it speaks volumes on so many levels.  See if you agree.

~This story came to me from Margo Seamus in Washington

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

I have two Keeshonds: Apollo, who I got when he was a puppy, and Keesha, who came to us from Rescue when she was a bit older. While Apollo was a very agile and easygoing dog, Keesha arrived with a number of issues, one of which included feeling nervous on linoleum floors, as well as any other surfaces that she didn’t feel confident about being on.

One morning when I was putting clean clothes […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:41-04:00April 9th, 2009|Dogs in General, On Writing|6 Comments

Crash Course on How to Submit a Manuscript

I am often asked for help on how to go about submitting a book to publishers. In an attempt to simplify the process of passing along useful information, following is a crash course on how and to whom you should submit your manuscript.  Consider it a nitty-gritty action plan.

First things first, submitting your work is no small undertaking. Truth be told, writing the book is the easier part. This next step is the daunting one. I don’t say that to discourage you, but to help plant your feet in reality. Plain and simple — statistically, a would-be actor winning an acting role has better odds than a would-be writer getting published.

For those of you who are still reading, let’s get […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:41-04:00March 15th, 2009|On Writing|5 Comments

Cautionary Tale

hackedAnyone who’s visited my blog over the past few days has been greeted with a big, bold “404 Not Found” message. The equivalent of the blue screen of death for a blogger.

In case you’re wondering what happened, my site got hacked. I had a couple of days where it looked like I’d lost the whole kit and caboodle. Very exciting. Just not the kind of excitement I’m looking for.

I was relatively lucky, because I’d recently backed up. It still took me three days to piece everything back together.  I only lost a few posts and/or their comments. Not the end of the world, for sure.

In a not always “all’s well that […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:41-04:00February 20th, 2009|On Writing|7 Comments

Ree “The Pioneer Woman” Drummond vs. Heather “Dooce” Armstrong


From the Mailbag:  Emma writes: I don’t get it. I read lots of blogs from the “famous” Dooce  (who’s a little too, I dunno, b*tchy for my tastes), and now Pioneer Woman (who seems like a lightweight one-trick pony/cow), to obscure blogs on personal subjects that interest me. And I gotta tell ya, I think some of the more unknown ones are much better written and much more interesting. I’m wondering why you think some blogs that aren’t particularly well-written make it to the top when others that are better don’t? […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:42-04:00January 25th, 2009|On Writing, The Mail Bag|27 Comments

The Five Ws of Blogging

From the mailbag: Cheryl writes: I just started a blog four months ago and at first had all kinds of things I wanted to write about. Then I started putting too much pressure on myself to come up with something brilliant everyday and I quickly got writer’s block. Then I got obsessed with checking my stats. Then I found myself actually getting really bummed that people weren’t leaving comments. So I just ditched the whole thing. But now I’m thinking of trying again. I really enjoy your blog and wondered what you make of the whole blogging thing, how you came up with what you’d write about, how you keep […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:42-04:00November 16th, 2008|On Writing, The Mail Bag|9 Comments

Leaps of Faith, and the Difference Between Vanity Presses and “Legitimate” Publishing Houses

Last night, Cait came running into the kitchen, screaming. Heart pounding, I raced in from outside to see what was wrong. She’d just hung up with one of her best friends, who’d called to say that she’d just received an offer from a publishing house to publish her first children’s story.

This friend of Cait’s is the kind of kid that you’d wish for good things to happen to. She’s a wonderful girl who doesn’t have the easiest of lives and always tries her best with a smile. Her dream (at 13 years old) is to be a published author.

So you can imagine how I felt when upon hearing this news my stomach sank. I immediately had a bad feeling about […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:46-04:00August 9th, 2008|On Writing|5 Comments