Monday, August 25, 2014

Do you like what I do? Here's how I do it #MyWritingProcessTour

"Do you like what you do? Do people like what you do? Do you get paid to do what you do?" -- Richard Pryor to Eddie Murphy

For about 2 and a half years now I've been blogging. And I kinda like it. I'm learning a lot. And I like to share what I'm learning. I hope you like what I'm sharing.

I was invited by Christina Berry of The Lazy Pitbull to answer 3 simple questions about my writing process. You can check out her post by going to her website

So I am going to answer the same three questions, and afterward I will tag three people to answer the same questions. Then they'll tag three people, and so on and so on and so on.

Here are the questions:
1) What am I working on? Lots of stuff. I checked and I have several different posts in drafts. I have a habit of starting on something and stopping, then working on something else and forgetting all about the other story. One, for instance, seeks to ask why some dogs like to cuddle and some don't. Another looks at hounds in the military. I also have an advance review of "The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I), Teresa M. Rhyne's follow-up to the best-selling "The Dog Lived (And So Will I)." I also want to start looking into stories for the fall, including Halloween, Daylight Saving Time and Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.

2) Why do I write what I do?  Would you believe I'm still trying to figure this out? lol. I started the blog because I wanted to chronicle my adventures as a new pet parent. But those stories have fallen by the wayside. I'm not an expert by any means, and I still base a lot of what I write on what I'm learning. A lot of what I write about is based on interest of the topic. Anything beagle is of course fairgame! 

3) How does my writing process work? Well, maybe 80 percent of my process is research. I'm constantly looking for info and storing for stories in the future. I have lots of emails full of links. Eventually I get to those stories. I try to find experts for my interviewing. 

Then comes a lot of staring at the computer screen. Then getting up and walking around. Then going to work. Then staring at the computer screen at work in between writing stories for work. And driving around, writing in my head. I write a lot in my head. Then eventually I put those stories on the "paper." But the process is not done. I try really hard to include pictures that work for the stories rather than random pics. That also takes a lot of time. And I will go back over a day and edit and re-edit. So my stories are never really done. But I've learned that if I didn't let my ideas out before I was finished, they would never see the light of day.

And now I tag...

Three lucky bloggers have agreed to take part in the #MyWritingProcess Tour. Please check out their blogs.

Flea Christenson: Flea is the awesome blogger from Jones Natural Chews. She shows us how these awesome treats make dogs happy. Plus, she has her own dogs. And ducks and chickens and things. 

Lee Allport: Lee is an Orlando-based blogger. She does entertainment and product reviews. Her blog is crazy popular. She's a Nielsen Power Mom and a Huffington Post Blogger. We met at a Star Wars Disney press event (because I don't just like dogs). She's part of the reason I got into blogging. Her blog is My Sentiment Exactlee.

Kelly Green: Kelly is another Orlando-based blogger. Her blog is about SeaWorld, and she's also a home school mom. She and her son go on all kinds of adventures. She also does work with Give Kids the World, an amazing charity in the Orlando-area that provides vacations for sick kids and their families. I met her through Lee. Her blog is SeaWorld Mommy.


  1. Funny you say that......I do a lot of writing in my head first too. I have a hard time sitting down to write if I dont already have most of the story planned out in my head.

    1. The bad part is when I start to put it on paper and it doesn't sound as good as it did in my head! lol


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