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November 19, 2008

Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow…

I’ve been working hard with my writing, starting quite early in the day. I can only sit for an hour or so and try to walk around a little in between. I’ll go and get a cup of tea and do a few stretches. I’m still going through my Country music phase and had the Country station playing. A lively song came on so I started dancing instead of stretching. After a while I sensed someone staring. I turned around and our little dog had woken up from her snooze. She was out of her basket, standing beside it, and staring at me in total disapproval. We stared at each other for a long moment, silently communicating.

“You look stupid,” her look said.
My look said, “Too bad. I’m having fun.”

And I ignored her and carried on. She kept staring until I stopped and went back to writing. I could practically see her thoughts as she settled back down in her basket. I’m so embarrassed. Of all the owners in the world, why did I have to get this one!

On the web, I came across this post by agent, Holly Root. It’s about the Seven Deadly Sins of Publishing. I thought it was rather good, especially the part about each writer’s career being different and you shouldn’t compare your path to another writers.

I also found this post about Kitchen Myths and Pretensions very interesting. There were a few things I knew and I learned some new things, too.


  1. Leah Braemel

    My dog used to have expressions like that. And it would tick me off when people say I was anthropomorphizing (or however that’s spelled.) This is a dog who was smart enough to give her second favorite toy to another dog so she wouldn’t have to share her favorite ball.

  2. Jory Strong

    I’m curious, is your country music imported from the USA? Or is it a similar but different down-under style?

    PS: Good luck escaping the phase. I entered it about twelve or thirteen years ago and have only just recently started listening to rock again, in addition to the country of course. Country music is all about the story, highly addicting to authors.

  3. Karen Erickson

    My dog never looks at me like I’m stupid, he joins in on the stupidity. LOL But my cats stare at me like I’ve lost my mind most of the time…

  4. Shelley Munro

    Leah – our little dog is very smart, although I have to say not all dogs are smart. My brother used to own a Dalmatian. It was a lovely dog but it was very thick!!

    LA – thank you!!

  5. Shelley Munro

    Jory – my father loves Country music and we had a lot of Country records when we were growing up. I graduated to rock and pop and never looked back. I hated Country.

    My husband must have music or sound (my chatter isn’t enough to distract him :mrgreen:) when we’re driving and most of the stations seemed to be Country. Neither of us were fans but we ended up listening to a lot. Secretly I started to enjoy some of the music and nearly fell over when hubby suggested I take note of some of the song titles and get them on itunes when we arrived home.

    We don’t have a Country music station in NZ, although we recently subscribed to Sky (NZ version of cable). They have digital stations and I listen to the country station of that. It’s continous music with no ads. I think it’s Australian because sometimes I hear The Pub with No Beer. Country music is big over in Aussie.

    I need to find a good online station because my one complaint is that I don’t hear many new releases.

  6. Shelley Munro

    Karen – LOL cats are like that.
    Our little dog is very old now. She has what we call senior moments when she goes to the wrong house after our walk or she stops to sniff at something and gets turned around and goes the wrong way. She panics because she can’t see us and starts to run home. Luckily I had my running shoes on the other night because I had to move to catch up with her!!

  7. Sandra

    LOL. Love it. The dog probably is just taking exception to country music:) See if she likes rock any better:)