What Inspires You? I’ve Got Hairy Bookends!
Not long ago I posted about my writing muses, Wood Spirit Walt and a trio of dragons named Edgar, Allan and Poe. (Here’s the link to that post, if you’d like a look at Walt and his winged cohorts: http://www.writinginthebuff.net/2010/11/wood-spirit-walt-and-dragons-edgar.html.)
Yesterday my two Lab (okay, Lab-ish) pups curled like breathing bookends on the daybed in my office, and I realized I omitted them in my previous post about muses. How could I forget Penny (black female) and Rigby (yellow male)? These two hairy kids keep me company every day. They mosey over for a belly rub right about the time my brain is deep-freezing on a plot point or my memory faltering on proper syntax. How do they always know the perfect time to offer encouragement?
These faithful pups wait with Zen-like patience for me to abandon the keyboard and scratch their ears or reward their adorable hairiness with rawhide treats. They also bark to warn me of horrible threats to my safety, such as a leaf falling from a tree in a neighboring county or the miniature Chihuahua peeing on a bush three houses down.
Okay, so admittedly their danger assessment skills are lacking, but Rigby and Penny excel at other things. They imbue my world with an abundance of positive juju, and they love me with unwavering fervor whether I’m putting the finishing touches on a story or wading neck deep in the swamp of a mucky first draft.
And let’s face it. When it comes to inspiration, it’s hard to beat a wagging tail and wet nose.
Til next time —
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