By Pat Miller
Last week 5 of us shared photos of our writing buddies; pets we rely on for a cuddle, a laugh, and to keep us on track. Now, meet the rest of our furry friends.
LINDA SKEERS also has a Jack on her team. Her Jack is a busy cat. Linda writes, “Jack loves to ‘help’ me Zoom by leaning over the computer and swishing his whiskers across the screen. He also helps me organize piles of research by pushing them off the table and spreading them across the floor. I guess he wants me to look for new connections, or get the bigger picture. I bounce ideas off Jack. Purring means he likes the idea, licking his butt means I should move on.”
WENDY LANIER’s four-footed support group consists of a Jack Russell mix named Piper and a dachshund/yorkie mix named Penny. Both know when to let Wendy work and when to get her up and out for some healthy exercise and lots of cuddles. When the garbage truck comes, Piper and Penny are determined to come between that noisy threat and their writer. So far their talented barking has kept the trucks out of Wendy’s writing room.
As an agent and author, LISA AMSTUTZ spends a lot of time on the computer answering email. Bailey, her 3-month old Great Pyrenees puppy lures Lisa away from the keyboard with sheer cuteness. That and her efforts at potty training. One day this cute dog will be splitting her duties between being Lisa’s best writing partner and protecting her family’s chickens.
All these authors report that their best friends work for kibble, are always available, and are never critical. They don’t care about word count or submissions, nor do they judge based on research efforts or vivid language. They love without reserve and think their people are perfect writers! And that goes a long way in this writing business!
How about you? Share a photo of the pet that keeps you on “the write track”.
We are nonfiction authors who support readers and writers through our writing, author visits, and workshops.
Disclaimer: The Nonfiction Ninjas are a group of writers with diverse ideas . The views expressed in each post are those of the author and may differ from others in the group.