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. http://dailydaisydog.blogspot.ca/2014/07/summer-reading-with-daisy-dumb-bunnies.html