Shelved!

 


What? I'm early? Or am I very late? Been a while since I posted. Think I shelved things? Think I vanished? Kidnapped? Hmm, if it is a good kidnapping I could go for that for a few days. Be a break. As long as they give me a bathroom and not a bucket. What? I went off there? I tend to do that. Haven't you learned that by now? What? Hard to learn when I don't post? Geez, give a cat a break. I have time to post here and there but not hop around. Do you want me to become a  "great post" commentator? R might get jealous. Boy, there was a blast from the past. Pat is telling me to hurry up and get on with it now. Humans. Them and their work things. When does that end? When you do? Damn, that is grim. Glad I'm a cat. What was the question again? Right!

 For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

Hmmm more dependent on what is going on around me. Got one first draft done of a new one, half another one, and one edit to go on another one, then about 50 kids books waiting to be drawn, so yeah, in various stages at various times. Varies I guess is my answer. That and time. Experience helps too as you know then what to look for in your crummy first drafts. I'll stick with time and varies though. For time can be a factor when you do this!!!!

(Yeah. If you are one of the 50,000+ strangers that follow us at that instaplace you may have seen some of these. Oh well. Double dipping is fun.)


Yeah. Pat went and got me a new sibling. How rude is that?


What? We haven't bonded.. Nope. Not us. 



Maybe them. Nope. Not them either. Who likes barking poop eaters? I guess she has some taste.


Pat must as he takes them for that walk thing. Tried me once. Hell no was my answer.


Then he steals tiny humans. I mean really? Who wants to steal tiny humans? They are so germy and whiny and messy and did I mention germy? 


It is all enough to drive a guy to binge on toilet paper. What a life. 

Can you see why I went with time and varies? How are things in your side of the world lately? The cat hasn't seen many a post these days, so hopefully on the upswing. Do you leave your first drafts for a while? Got any on the go? I'm done. Back to my toilet paper binging now. I may need helps....picking it up.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.

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  1. Welcome back Pat! It is good to take a break. What with all the ho-hah around the world. Perhaps do something not done before. A new thing may make things more exciting.

    Hank

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    1. Much ho-hah around indeed.

      New thing? Probably kill me lol

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  2. Glad you're back from your break. Your new kitty is so cute. Looks like you may be picking up toilet paper for awhile.

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    1. lol story of my life. Always picking up toilet paper haha

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  3. Wow, tell me this isn't a dream, you have actually posted again on your blog. You have been missed, welcome back! I love the photos....the kitty is precious. Sounds like you have a lot of projects in the works.

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    1. Have a lot in the works, just need the time to work the works lol the cat can post, who knew?

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  4. Well, you sure have been busy and that new sibling really is a cutie!

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    1. Busy as can be at our sea. She is a fun one indeed.

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  5. So good to hear from you again! I figured you were busy with your multiple careers and you’ve also got your nephews and pets to keep you entertained. I hope you enjoy the rest of Spring and have time for some relaxation.

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    1. Always something to entertain and the paychecks to make. Relax? What's that? lol

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  6. The new addition is cute!
    I don't tend to shelve long.

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    1. Good way to be. Get it done and ready. Used to be my way until time got sucked away.

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  7. I literally laughed out loud at the "R" line. Don't tell me R is still around. Did R have a blog or just told you "Great post" out of the kindness of their heart. She's a cutie!! Welcome back. Now, you just have to learn to sacrifice sleep to blog some more. What??

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    1. Yeah. R had a blog. I vaguely recall it. Think they were trying to sell stuff and such in the end. lol screw that. I need my sleep now that the pipsqueak gets me up all through the night.

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  8. Fun to see your crew - old and young and newbie- up to antics, germy or not.

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  9. Well, here you are and wondered where you went. You are prolific in writing so many books and you are a poet. Now, this new addition is a real cutie!!! I bet she is full of beans but so loveable.

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    1. So many out and about. Will keep on indeed. She sure is full of it, but a great little kitty indeed.

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  10. oh em codd dood, itz grate ta see ya bak thiz way !!! and oh em codd dood, yur wee tinee sisturr iz total lee kewl....even tho ya mite knot agreez....haz dad picked out a name yet....and oh em codd dood, toy let paperz de best iznt it....WAAAAAY better N paper towelz !!!

    and oh em codd Pat, the nephew is like GROWING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :) ♥♥

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    1. Meadow is her name. She is growing on me, maybe, sorta, lol tp is way better than that paper towel stuff indeed.

      Yep. The rugrats sure are a growing.

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  11. I don't do drafts. I just wing it, hit publish and hope for the best LOL. I think most of us old times have slowed way down on the blogs this year. Maybe the pandemic was a blessing and we realized we didn't need to be stuck in front of our screens all day blogging away. I know I feel so much less stress now that I'm only really on here 2 days a week at most.

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    1. Yeah. We sure have slowed down indeed. I think the realization is just that. We don't need so much screen time. Enjoy life and blog when you want/can.

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    2. Always told Jason that I'd quit when it's no longer fun. I feel like I'm about at that point now. I don't think I'm fully ready to walk away from blogging/social media since I'd really miss the friends I've made over the last 13 years, but I've cut a lot of ties with sponsors and such that were bringing no value to my life, even when the pay was good. I'll probably walk away from all sponsors when the honey company and I decide to part ways. I still like working with them since they've always given me free reign to just run with the recipes and do whatever I like each week, unlike the other sponsors that want drafts and edits beforehand, but eventually we'll both need to move on and I'll be okay going back to posting sporadically. Might be like you and go a full month between posts then LOL.

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    3. Yeah. That is the main thing keeping me around. As you make some friends doing this, but I'm about at that point too. Although doing it once a month isn't so bad. You'll enjoy it then lol Good pay can only go so far. Need something more automated to make money if doing it online, all the edits and approvals and all that BS is just a time suck. Been there. Not worth the aggravation.

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  12. Adding another fur baby can be challenging for those already in place. Good luck with the gang bonding.

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    1. That it can be indeed. Things are going well for many though.

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  13. Aww, you've got the loveliest cats and dogs (teeny tiny bit jealous, I've got my plants anyways). Haha. Lovely gang, it must be so much fun for all of you! Those pictures are adorable!

    Well, I don't categorise myself as a writer in my head I guess. On days when things are just flowing in my head, I either pen them down or its on the blog. There's not much second guessing, or re-reading. There sure are something that always remain drafts (too heavy for the world I guess).

    I gotta say you're quite a pro at this! So much on the radar, always looking forward to read things, keep's coming!

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    1. lol hey, plants don't talk back at least.

      Too heavy for the world can be what keeps drafts a coming.

      Can whip up a post with ease as it is a breeze.

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  14. Time and other projects can definitely affect when you work on something after the first draft.
    The new kitty is so cute!!

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  15. Though I've been called an elf
    I don't sit on that shelf.

    Welcome back, Mister Hatt
    with that sweet baby cat.

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    1. oops, *the shelf. I don't sit on any shelf at all.

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    2. lol well there could be a shelf
      Built for a special elf

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  16. Love the photo of you and your nephew, Pat! It warmed my heart, as did the new kitty. The kitty seems to be the same kind as Orlin. What breed is it? They both have gorgeous markings. 50,000 followers at the other place ~ You are definitely doing something right! I'm glad to see you post here. Take care!

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    1. She is a different kind, just the same markings. Highland Lynx. Guess I'm doing something right there indeed.

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  17. I love the cat and dog pics. Like the header a lot too. Hope you had a good break.

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  18. Glad to see the cat is alright. A lot more has been added to his life, dogs, cute little kitten (I bet he appreciates hearing that, not), and germy little kids. Take care, Ann

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    1. Times sure has a changed and he isn't so fond some days lol

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  19. I didn't know you had an Insta-thingie. I think I'll go stalk...erm, follow you. ;)
    Yeah, I can see why you are short on time. Love the new kitty.

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  20. Welcome back, Pat! Love your hilarious insights on life with humans, dogs, and most importantly, cats.

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  21. I think getting tiny humans and kittens are great ways to deal with the insanity of today's world! Focus in the good things.

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  22. As an English teacher (yeah, I still do that), I always teach the kids to 'edit or regret it' but do I? No sir, I whip through it and post. Of course if I take the time to read it later, I see I should have edited and I will then. No idea why I don't take more time with it, but I should. Nice to see the newest member of the pack. A real cutie pie too!

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    1. Didn't give it up again? lol Ah, so do as I say not as I do. Oh the shame haha

      If it is a blog post I may glance over it and then just send. Who has time to take time? haha

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  23. Great pictures! Gotta love the stealing tiny humans. :D Hope you're having a good summer

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