Thursday, August 14, 2014

Writer's Process Blog Tour

I was honoured when Susan from Life with Dogs and Cats asked me to be part of the writer's process blog tour. I have been really enjoying reading about other's creative processes (there are some amazingly talented bloggers out there who are so inspiring) and have found some interesting ideas to help me be a more organized blogger.

Why do I write what I do?

I started my blog for 2 reasons: one, to let the people who saved Hailey's life know where she was and how she was doing (although I actually have no idea if they have ever seen the blog); and two, as a way to cope with Hailey's many adventures. She has particularly presented challenges that have tested my patience, and I have found writing about it a healthy outlet to let me cope with her (although I would like to add, she is currently in a great place).

These days  I write for myself and for my family who all read the blog (although I am thrilled other people read my blog, I see this a bonus). I write what inspires me. It can be something a pet does,  inspired by a fellow blogger, or  it can be something that jumps in my head.  I also love to take photographs. I do wish I was better, and maybe someday in my spare time (if that every happens) I will learn more.  I love the idea of capturing and documenting my dogs lives in an honest way on the blog. I do try to always be honest with myself and them when writing. Since I don't have kids, and my dogs are the centre of my universe, writing about them saves my colleagues and friends from having to hear endless stories about them! (Although I do share the best ones with them).

How does my writing process work?

I have always loved writing and it has been my hobby. I did consider a career in journalism 87 million years ago (I did one year in journalism before deciding that wasn't for me).  I had never thought of it as a process, but looking at all my writing I do have a process. I pre-write posts in my head based on what happens in my life with my dogs.  I tend to be a binge writer, mostly because my daily work life doesn't afford me tonnes and tonnes of spare time (then during the week the rare spare time I get can be spent reading other people's blogs, I learn so much from all of them). So,  I usually collect ideas and pre-write blogs in my head all week and on  Sunday I sit down type them out, add pictures etc.

I am trying to be more organized, there are many blog events I want to participate in, so I am working on incorporating a calendar to make sure I don't miss these things.

What am I working on?

I am working on a piece about grief. I have lost 3 pets in my adult life, and the grief for each has been so different. I am trying to find a coherent way to explore this. I have yet to put one word to paper, but it is floating around my head.


I would like to pass this tour on to Daisy from Daily Daisy Dog Blog. I don't remember how I came across Daisy's blog, but I do remember thinking she is one of the cutest dogs I had ever seen! She is a Wheaton Scottie from California. One of my favourite features from Daisy's blog is her book reviews. If you are looking for books for children in your life, Daisy is an expert! Here is a link to a recent review we really loved.



  1. we love reading your blog as do many others and there is a sense of family in blogville that is quite unique - we worry when one of buddies is sick, grieve one one passes and we are happy every day to see who has posted and what they have been doing.

  2. We too love popping by and it is interesting how everyone writes differently. Writing what inspires you and what makes you happy is the key as it has to be a fun experience we think. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Thank you for sharing this wif us. We love to read your blog, your adventures, ups and downs, .....we are a family here just like reilly and denny's momma said.
    stella rose

  4. How interesting! Thank you for sharing your process.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

  5. Love the insight into your blog!

  6. We loved hearing all this... Our writing Pawcess is... sit down and whatEVER comes outta our Paws... that's it.

    We ADORE your blog... an the little surprises that you SNEAK in like with Ed Al and Poe... right in the middle of somethingy else. They are hysterical to us.

  7. Great post, and thanks for sharing your writing process!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  8. It has been very interesting read the different processes behind different blogs. looking forward to your post about grief if you do it. We have said goodbye to 5 pugs, it is never easy. It is helpful to have the support of people that understand.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  9. I think that you take great photos! I have found that with time after taking photos over and over again, you just start to get better at it. It's like practice!

  10. You have a very interesting and funny blog we have enjoyed getting to know you through your writings
    Hugs madi and mom

  11. Thanks, it's always interesting to hear how and why other's write.

  12. Very awesome, we love your writing style!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. I really enjoyed this post, and feel like I know you a bit better because of it. I am always interested in the creative process and organization that people have in putting posts together, as well as those like you who truly have a talent to articulate your thoughts into words -- I don't feel like I have that talent, but I'm learning from people like you! Thanks for sharing -- And you are right about Daisy, she is one fun Scottie!! :-)

  14. We love reading your blog,,, and everyones story and reasons for blogging is so different.
    That what makes us all special in our own way.
    We think you are a wonderful writer.

  15. Thank you so much for sharing your writing process *and* so much about your family. One thing we love about Blogville is how *real* it is! You bring that friendly neighbor feeling to all your posts and we love to see all the pictures...the action ones are our favorites! Thank you for asking us to be next on the writing process!
    Daisy and Carrie

  16. Brilliant to learn about your process!

  17. I love your writing process! I often have posts just floating around in my head. I have one that's very emotional and personal, and I wonder if I will ever really get up the nerve to write it. I think a post about grief would be great, we've now lost 4 dogs since I started having dogs as an adult, so it's a subject that I would love to read more about. I'm close with my family and friends, but everyone is so busy, and the blog really is a great way to get to tell the stories we might not have time to in person. It's not the reason I started, but it's a good reason to do it.

  18. I enjoyed reading about your process and your thinking.

    I, too, have a story about grief in my head. It's been there for about four years, and every time to think I'm going to write it, I simply can't. I'm looking forward to reading yours

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats


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