“Have a seat…. Tell me what’s on your so-called mind.”
That’s what Kate from SlimDoggy said to me when she invited me to join the Writer’s Process Blog Tour.
Well, not really. But it’s a great quote from one of my favorite animated movies (100 points if you get the reference).
You know, Slim Doggy, don’t you? They’re the powerhouse website that shares great information about health, nutrition, and exercise for your furry best friend.
No, not your husband. Your other furry best friend.
They have a cool app to help you track your dog’s fitness and an extensive database with food ratings. But they keep it personal by sharing their fun times with their 10-year-old Labs, Jack and Maggie.
So let’s get to what Kate really asked me: “Who approacheth the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side [s]he sees.”
What Am I Working On?
Whatever strikes my fancy in a given moment.
I’d like to say I’m an organized writer who keeps a strict editorial schedule. That I write my posts and edit them several times before hitting publish. But sorry, I just can’t.
I rebel against organization. And I find writing for other people or planning topics intensely difficult.
So what am I working on? This. What I’m writing this very second.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
I’m not sure. I just know I have to write.
Sometimes I write to cheer myself up. Posts that get a lot of yuks often come from me feeling low. So if you think I haven’t been funny enough lately, send me a link to a sad movie. One where lots of baby animals die in a forest fire or something.
I also write to figure things out.
As an extrovert, my thinking often comes through talking. Or writing. I send ideas out there and see what comes back.
What am I trying to figure out? Well, my dog Honey. And myself. And the state of the world.
Isn’t that enough?
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. In the back of my notebook, I jot down blog post ideas (I have well over 100 waiting for me to write).
I absolutely ignore the notebook until the rare day comes when I can’t think of anything else I want to write. Then I troll it for ideas.
I usually start writing sometime between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. and most posts take me about three hours to write. I look it over a few times, hit publish, and then find all the typos that were invisible to me ten minutes earlier.
But enough about me. What do you think about me?
No really. Have the quotes and references in this post told you how much other people’s words and ideas mean to me?
Then you should know I read, follow, or dip into hundreds of blogs.
Here are just two that made me nosy enough about their processes to ask them the three magic questions.
Heart Like a Dog
Sometimes I want to channel my inner sassy. But I don’t really have one.
So instead, I channel Jodi Stone of Heart Like a Dog.
Jodi has a big heart but just the right amount of attitude to let you know she won’t tolerate nonsense.
Unless of course, you’re an adorable yellow Lab named Sampson or chocolate Lab named Delilah. Then she’s a big softie.
In fact, Heart Like a Dog is mostly a love story. And nothing shows that better than I Didn’t Know Jodi’s look back at Delilah’s first days in the family.
But love doesn’t mean you can’t laugh at your dogs, as Jodi does in My Dog Is A Giant Ass Clown (that’s the sassy side I told you about).
At Heart Like a Dog (isn’t that a wonderful blog name?), Jodi shares the silly things her dogs do that make her smile, their progress on training, and an occasional rant on something that deserves a talking to (that’s the attitude I mentioned).
As good as Jodi takes care of her dogs, she also takes care of her readers. I don’t know anyone who is better at “talking back” to her peeps. In fact, every week her commenters get to star in Follow-Up Friday.
I look forward, Jodi, to reading about your writer’s process.
Daily Dog TagI have a serious case of Pentax envy.
I admire people who can take beautiful photos. But I have no skill.
That’s why I love visiting Beth Patterson’s Daily Dog Tag (and I do love me a punny title).
It’s kind of unfair for me to tag Beth in a writer’s process blog tour. Not that she isn’t a good writer—she’s expressive, concise (something I know nothing about). But it’s the photographs she features that make this a can’t-miss site.
Beth highlights the work of professional dog photographers. You will find stunning shots from photographers who really know how to capture dogs and their people in a honest way.
But it’s one thing to post pretty pictures. What makes Daily Dog Tag stand out is Beth’s passion for rescue.
Beth makes a special effort to highlight pictures of dogs waiting for their forever homes. And mentioning when the dogs in a photo get adopted from a rescue. That alone makes it a place to go when you just need a little bit of happy.
She also posts notices of adoption events and rescue fundraisers.
It’s hard to highlight just a few posts. You’ll never find a bad photo at The Daily Dog Tag.
I loved the pics featuring adopta-bull dogs from Karma Rescue. Such a great demonstration of how professional photos can show a dog looking for a home to her best advantage.
And the photos Anne Chadwick Williams took of dogs and their people at a free vaccine event stayed with me a long time. When marketers insist that we have to spend big bucks on our dogs to show we love them, William’s photographs showed that you don’t need to be rich to have a loving bond with your dog.
But if you’re really looking for a good feeling, check out Beth’s spotlight on Jessica Painter’s Suzie Project, documenting the behind-the-scenes at rescue from intake to adoption. Yes, it will make you cry. But in a good way.
Or how about the story of Smiley, the puppy mill dog born without eyes who brings joy to others in his work as a therapy dog? OMD! Talk about inspirational x 10!
My words cannot tell you how much pleasure you’ll get from The Daily Dog Tag. So go see for yourself. And follow along on Pinterest (it shouldn’t surprise you that such a visual person is a power pinner) and Facebook.
Beth, I look forward to reading about your process for curating these wonderful photos.
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