Posts Tagged ‘the writing game’

Labor, Love


November 20th, 2023 Posted 7:01 am

Re yesterday’s post on A Cat Was Involved, reader Kevin Hopps writes: “Read this right after Dog On It… loved it. Terrific – although I’m sure challenging to write – POV…”

Thanks, Kevin. To take up the topic of challenge in a general way, you might think that writing becomes easier and that by the time you’ve written, say 46 novels, you’d be on autopilot. Well, not in my case! Its hard work, especially perhaps because I don’t like to repeat myself. On the other hand, I love doing it. That pretty much sums it up.


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The Writing Game


October 7th, 2023 Posted 12:15 pm


We stood there out in the snow and watched. Ariadne didn’t move, just sat at her desk, head in her hands. Outside it got darker, making the inside brighter and bringing Ariadne closer to us.
“This is the Dickens Cabin, where all the magic happens,” Chaz said.
“It doesn’t look like fun,” said Bernie.
“Not these days,” Chaz said. “She’s cudgeling her brain, cudgeling and cudgeling.”
Whatever that was sounded horrible. A reindeer knee made the cracking sound, somehow fitting right in.
(From Up On The Woof Top – Oct. 17, preorderable.)


Nice Surprises


July 11th, 2022 Posted 7:23 am

An interesting point was raised yesterday on Chet’s FB page by Jill Stroh re It’s A Wonderful Woof, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel (and also the first C&B Christmas/holiday novel): “And here we learn that Bernie can decorate a Christmas tree just fine.” An interesting point to me, anyway, as the writer, because going in I had no idea Bernie would have this decorating knack. Then all at once he did! There’s lots of hard work in this business (no complaints – I can’t imagine a life without work) but when things like that happen you think: Am I having fun or what?


On Stumbling


May 25th, 2021 Posted 8:27 am

Sometimes in what my grandmother called “the writing game” you stumble into something that surprises you in a good way. The Numbers After Two, the new Chet and Bernie short story that will accompany Tender Is The Bite to all pre-orderers was like that. Is there hard work in the writing game? Who would deny it? (Well, maybe not too hard for writers who take on hired hands.) But there’s fun to be had, too!


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