No, I don’t write about dogs, though I did just give a dog to Frankenstein in my new Gothic Suspense, but as a rule I don’t write about dogs in my novels, which is funny since I’m surrounded by them while I’m writing.
You might ask, “Sheila, how in the world do you get any writing done when you have seven dogs?” Yes, I have seven. And thank you for asking.
Let me tell you, it’s not always easy. I am working away and inevitably someone (Bella) is certain there is a monster outside and wants me to go look. Normally, said monster is a squirrel, but she won’t leave me alone until I go look and scold the squirrel. Yeah, really.
Then there’s Chico who is always on alert if the typing stops. It’s like it’s his super power. If he doesn’t hear the clack, clack, clack of the keyboard it signals him to scratch at my pant leg until I pick him up. In Chico’s world you are either typing or holding him. There’s no other option.
I got smart, to an extent, and installed doggie-cams. Now, when the dogs try to say someone is in the yard I just look at the app on my phone that shows me what’s out there. It’s never a monster, zombie, burglar, terrorist or murderer, just the UPS or FedEx guy, so at least to my doglettes, it’s close. Uh, yeah, “doglettes”, they are all small dogs so I made that term up for them.
I do what we call “power hours” where my other writer friends call in and we check where we are, write for one hour and call in with a progress check. This has been so helpful with my writing. But, with 21 other hours in the day that need my attention, it is one of the three power hours in which my dogs have urgent needs that must be addressed. They also know the sound of my ring tone on my phone signals a barkfest.
Sometimes my dogs draw my attention away from writing or work, but it’s not always their fault that I get distracted. It is true that I sometimes make up humorous comic strip-like stories to post to my Facebook instead of doing my work. But, they are just so naughty and cute I feel compelled to share. And if you follow me on Facebook you know what kind of shenanigans those MinPins get up to (i.e. orange panties in the front yard). Never trust a MinPin. If you take away nothing else from this post know this- Never trust a MinPin and never leave your sandwich on the table if you have a Jack Russell.
Now if you are looking for books that include animals I highly recommend Must Love Pets, which is a boxed set of stories by some awesome authors!
So, how do I get any work done when I have seven dogs? Sporadically, but with lots of joy and laughter.
Do you have a pet that demands your attention when you’re busy doing other things? Tell me about it!