To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana. So kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:
It was not long after I moved into my new apartment when I decided to adopt a kitten. One of my coworkers told me her own cat delivered a litter six weeks prior and those "little bundles of energy" were ready to find a forever home.
I should have taken her words as clue #1 of what was to come.
After seeing the adorable kittens playing outside (clue #2), I decided to take two of them home instead. The calico one I named Patches for obvious reasons, and the grey striped one I named Cricket because she hopped like a cricket more than she did anything else. Cricket was also lightening fast and liked to climb my curtains when my back was turned.
I brought Patches & Cricket home the weekend before Thanksgiving. Other than having to peel Cricket off the curtains a time or two, by Thanksgiving morning both kittens were settling into their new home and I could concentrate on cooking the turkey.
At some point in the process I needed to check if the STUFFING was done, so I sat the bird on the stove top just as my hall phone began to ring. Thinking it would just take a minute to answer it, I left the bird cooling and took the call.
My phone conversation took longer than I'd planned which I regretted as soon as I returned to the kitchen to discover Cricket had scaled the side of the stove like Mt Everest and was now buried up to her shoulders INSIDE MY TURKEY!
Who knew cats liked STUFFING?
I guess I should be happy at least SOMEBODY liked my homemade recipe, but for me, Thanksgiving dinner was ruined and by the next weekend I found new homes for my two feral kitties...
During this holiday season, I have decided to STUFF my writing with lots of flavorful ingredients:
🦃 rich details in my world building
🦃 quirky personality traits for my characters
🦃 challenging obstacles to overcome
🦃 a life changing event to help someone grow
🦃 a surprise, unexpected ending
You see, my DCSPeeps, strong writing is the backbone of every great story, but it's the STUFFING that makes your audience want to climb up and dig in!
I hope you have an AWESOME day today cuz you deserve it!
Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse
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