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My Favorite Dog Blogs: a guest post by Lola

My person is working hard on a novel this month. She is always writing something, but she has a special project in November called NaNoWriMo. What a funny word!

While she is busy, I’m taking over her blog. Today, I’m going to tell you about some great friends that I’ve met on the Internet. They are all very smart humans and canines who write interesting things about dogs.

Bassa’s Blog is written by a super intelligent Caucasian shepherd dog who lives in Georgia (the country, not the state). She blogs about her daily walks and shares the wisdom of her tall person as well as lots of her own interesting thoughts.

Bones’ Diary is the journal of a border terrier puppy who blogs about growing up with a busy family of dogs, cats, and skins (people). He’s very funny.

Bongo – Pfote Drauf is by a rescue dog from Bosnia. I think Pfote Drauf means “paw on it” but I don’t speak German, so I’m not sure. Lots of Bongo’s posts are written in both German and English. There are great photos, so knowing the language isn’t necessary. There’s a button you can push to get a translation, though. My other person speaks a little German and he says the translation isn’t always right, but I can get the idea.

Bongo Dog Blog is by my friend from Arizona. We met online after he saw pictures of my family hiking in his town. He’s so lucky that he gets to go on those hikes every day. He has many adventures that he shares on his blog.

Iowa Dog Blog is about all kinds of fun dog activities and other dog news. The person who writes it has two boxers. I love boxers! And I like Iowa, too. I’ve never been, but my people go a lot because my other person grew up there. Maybe one day I will get to go along.

Rumpy Dog is a malamute and he’s an activist and a journalist. He does lots of interviews with interesting people and animals. Sometimes one of his cats will post a rant or an essay and sometimes there is an advice column by Rumpy’s friend DeDe.

The (mis)Adventures of Sage is written by an Australian kelpie who lives in Oregon. She is very energetic and has great adventures in which she often gets dirty. I love to read her stories.

Tales and Tails is a blog about greyhounds. I’ve never met a greyhound, but I saw one running at the dog park once. They are fast! These greyhounds live with a German shepherd dog, who also has her own blog… Wandering Wolfy, a photographic journal.

If you are interested in dogs and our adventures, you might want to visit some of my friends’ blogs to meet them. They all have that special canine talent for making the most out of life.



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Who is Doing NaNoWriMo?

November is almost here, so those of us who are doing NaNoWriMo are getting ready to write like crazy for thirty days to reach our 50,000 word goal. We’ve apologized in advance to our friends and family for immersing ourselves in a fictional world and neglecting things like returning phone calls or buying milk.

We’ll be spending most of our free time this month looking at our notebooks or computer screens, but we’ll still need our friends in the real world and the blogosphere to cheer us on as we race to the finish line.  With your support, we can do it.

Here are a few bloggers I know who have decided to take on this crazy challenge:

  • Amber of A Day Without Sushi – She blogs about writing, motherhood, and life in general with great wisdom. She’s also a pro at NaNoWriMo and she recently wrote a post offering great advice for those of us who are gearing up.
  • Susan of Coming East writes memoir and essay posts with compassion, intelligence and elegance. She has a busy November schedule ahead of her, but she signed up for NaNo anyway.
  • Leah of Leah’s Thoughts blogs about everything. Writing, books, recipes, work, family life…  she covers it all. Her essays are engaging and her photos are gorgeous.
  • Totsymae is an artist and writer who blogs with dry wit about anything from family and relationships to politics and religion. Absolutely nothing is off-limits. Her site features her amazing artwork, thought-provoking essays, and vivid flash fiction.

Is anyone else joining the fun? Add your blog to the list in the comments so we can encourage each other. We can all win!


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I have a writing routine that works for me… most of the time. Usually, my free writing warm-ups followed by kitchen timer sessions keep me on track. I even have a workable plan in place to keep a light writing schedule while I travel. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way, and all of my routines are derailed.

My biggest obstacle to a productive day is illness. Whether I’m recovering from surgery or simply have the flu, when I’m sick, I can’t write.

Insomnia isn’t my friend either. If I can’t sleep at night, I nod off during the day when I’m trying to work. There’s nothing like a full page of the letter S to make me feel like a ninny.

I’m blessed with an easygoing husband and wonderful friends, but the occasional argument can throw me for a loop. I replay conversations in my head, wondering what went wrong, and most of the time, I wind up feeling guilty. I find it very hard to concentrate on anything until I feel steady in the relationship again.

Lately, though, my problem has been the house. Unexpected repairs and issues have kept me so busy that I haven’t had the time or energy to write. I got so far out of my comfort zone that I couldn’t find the motivation to write a To Do list, much less work on a short story or my novel.

Then I realized that it’s almost November, which is National Novel Writing Month.

I’m going to be busy this year and I hadn’t planned to participate in NaNoWriMo this time around. I need a jump-start, though, and I need it now. If I wait for a quieter time, it will be spring before I pick up the threads of my routine. So I signed up.

That means I have the rest of October to finish plotting and planning my project. Then on November first, I’ll dive into the first draft of my new novel. The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30th. It’s not an easy challenge, but I’ve done it before and I know I can do it this year. Finally, I’m excited about writing again.

Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo? Are you planning to join the fun?


Filed under Creativity, free writing, NaNoWriMo, Writing