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About a year ago, I learned about two dogs in need of a home.
My significant other and I had been dog-free for a while and had intended to stay that way for a while more—mostly because of our 21-year-old cat, Low Fat Cat. She doesn’t get around as well as she used to, and we thought introducing new pets to the household might be too much stress for her.
But it turns out that I am a total sucker for cute animals in need of a home, so I talked to my significant other and we agreed to try. To see if Low Fat Cat could accept the presence of two dogs. On paper, it seemed like it would be fine. These two dogs were small and not puppies and had lived with cats in the past, so I thought if she could accept any dogs, it would probably be these two.
I was right. It took a couple of days days (Fine. It was four days.) before she would get near them, but now most of my evenings are spent like this:
So a year ago, we welcomed Scrappy Doo and Snoop Dogg to our home, and they have just been adorable little bundles of love and joy ever since.
We could not love these dogs more. (Seriously. You should hear my significant other baby talk the boys. It’s just so damn cute.)
Even when they’re doing things like scouring the backyard for rabbit poop to eat. Or on said search finding and eating half of a dead giant grasshopper’s body (the ass end, in case you were curious) only to later throw up partially digested bits of grasshopper ass on the carpet (under a chair, even, because in the middle of the tile floor in the kitchen wouldn’t have been any fun).
The neighbors are probably a little sick of hearing us exclaim, “Oh my God, you’re so cute!” over and over again, but they’re just going to have to adjust. Some things can’t be helped.
Because they’re just that cute.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here now, for your viewing pleasure, are a few of my favorite snapshots from our first year together.
Even though it’s only been a year, it feels like they have been a part of our family forever. I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I can’t wait to find out what adventures we’ll have.
Today, author Patricia Josephine is here to talk about the challenges of writing short fiction. It’s all part of the celebration for her latest release, a collection of—you’ve guessed it—short fiction.
The Challenge of Writing Short Fiction
You may think writing a 200-word story isn’t that challenging, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Some writers may actually say it’s harder than writing a full-length novel, and I know a few who don’t write shorter fiction because they can’t wrap their brains around it. Their muse only works in long form.
Writing short fiction is different from a novel. With novels, you have an unlimited number of words you can use to paint a picture for the reader. Short fiction you have restrictions on word count. You may only have 1000 words. You can even have as little as 50. When you have that limit, you are forced to choose more carefully. Your strokes have to be broader instead of going into minute details as you can with a novel.
The way I approach short fiction is similar to my novels. I just start writing. I figure out the story as I go and when I get to the end, I edit. I edit until the story is at the word limit I’ve imposed. That’s done by cutting descriptive words. The sentence doesn’t need the color of someone’s shirt for example. Thoughts the character has might get axed as well. If it doesn’t serve the basic story I want to tell, it can go.
Sometimes that doesn’t always work. Sometimes the story I’m trying to tell needs to be longer. When that happens, I stop worrying about word count and let it end as a novella or novel. I have a zombie apocalypse story I hope to release in the future that I initially intended to be 100 words. It ended at over 10,000!
Writing short fiction is a great exercise. It makes you think about word choices and their importance to the story. I encourage anyone who enjoys writing to give it a shot.
We are bewitched by what we can’t see.
Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.
Will you believe?
Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn’t regretted a moment. When she’s not writing, she’s watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She’s an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.
Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Hello, everyone! Today, I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Elaine Kaye’s latest release—Bad Fairy Strikes Again! Elaine is one of my very favorite people, and I’m so excited for her.
Keep on reading for all the details about the story (psst—it’s on sale right now!) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end…
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!
(For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link)
This month’s (optional) question asks, “Have any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?”
Frankly, any time any reader responds in any way to anything I wrote, I’m surprised. Because I am nothing more than a collection of anxiety, neuroses, and a severe lack of self-confidence & esteem stuffed into a trench coat pretending to be an actual person. You think that might be hyperbole, but yeah…it isn’t.
But I don’t want to dwell on that today. I mean, I dwell on that every damn day, but I don’t want to do it in this post. I’m in a mood (not the good kind, either, in case that was unclear) so instead I’m going to share some writing-related funny things that I’ve come across on the inter-webs when I was definitely not procrastinating on other things.
Some may contain naughty words. Consider yourselves warned.
And thanks for stopping by. I’ll try to be in less of a mood next time…
Hello, all! It’s the day you have long waited for…Goal Post Day.
But before we get to the main event, we’re going to take a look back at April’s goals.
—Participate in and (if possible) win Camp NaNoWriMo
Well, I did this. I both participated in and won April’s Camp session. My goal was set at 25,000 words because I foolishly believed that might be enough words to get me to the end of my WIP, Full Circle (Book 3 of my fantasy series).
Yeah. It wasn’t.
So I’m not feeling particularly like I actually accomplished anything here, but I did technically complete the goal.
—Figure out April’s monthly marketing attempt and, you know, do it
I think I did this. I don’t know if it exactly counts as marketing, but I asked my social media followers to choose a number corresponding to pages in my current WIP (Full Circle), then shared snippets of the scenes on the chosen pages.
Thank you to everyone who helped me out with this experiment, by the way. It’s much appreciated.
—Read a book
I’m not sure, but I think I may have read two. Look at me go!
—Walk at least three miles every day
I slacked off a couple of days, especially toward the end of the month, but my daily average is still decent. I logged nearly 122 miles in April, for an average of just over 4 miles per day.
Now for something completely different…May’s goals!
Sure, they may look pretty much identical to April’s goals, but that’s only because I am really not great at actually completing projects.
—Finish the first draft of Full Circle
Because it STILL isn’t done. And I’m super happy about that. (Narrator: She was, in fact, NOT happy about that.)
—Figure out May’s marketing attempt and, you know, do it
Anyone want to do this one for me? I’m just so tired. And also, I really hate marketing in any form.
—Walk at least three miles a day
Because everything else about my lifestyle is incredibly unhealthy.
How about you? Do you have any goals for the merry month of May?
Thanks for stopping by, all! Stay safe and well!