Friday, April 04, 2008

LUCY



Playing the part of blogger today while Danita plays the role of new Mom..... me.

Okay, the bottom photo is which of the following?

a. The newest in cat hair accessories?
b. A new twist on an old throwing game called "Ring the Cat's ears?"
c. A frustrated writer's momentary diversion?

Ah, that was too easy.

This is Lucy, my writing companion. She is a gooey mess of feline love depite this photo which makes her look slightly demonic. I chose her from a litter being given away by a tried looking woman and her two little girls outside of Walmart about six years ago because she looks almost exactly like one of the cat's on THE BABY SEASON cover (the one on the top.) Did that come out so teensy you can't even see it? Trust me.

So, Lucy is the tangible result of a book I wrote and today, while I am struggling to come up with the hero's motivations and weaknesses and what he needs to learn that doesn't come across so darn depressing the reader will have to go into six months of therapy when she's finished reading the book, Lucy looks like a darn good reward.

How about you? How do you reward yourself?

15 comments:

Alice Sharpe said...

If you got a comment about reversed photos a moment ago, oops, sorry.

I fixed it after all, proving that there is no end to the things I will do when I am stuck...

Paty Jager said...

Chocolate, lots of chocolate! Just kidding! What I reward myself with is lunch with a friend or a day away from the computer.

BTW Alice, Lucy doesn't look happy to be decorated. But she looks like a great way to play and think about which way to go in a story.

yowzers, are you people on the west side of the mountains getting a bushel of wind? It's rattling my house.

Karen Duvall said...

Reward myself? Wow, I really have to think about this and that's pretty pathetic. I must have low self-esteem if I don't think I deserve a reward. Either that, or I live in a constant state of reward, but that can't be right. 8^/

I guess since I work from home I'll reward myself with an outing. So kind of like Paty, I unchain myself from the computer and go somewhere. Not just the gym... that's actually torture, not reward... but maybe Blockbuster, or a real store where I'll actually buy something for myself.

I think Fridays tend to be reward days for me. The week is over and if I can, I'll start the weekend early by doing a weekendy kind of thing... like wash the car. Or start a load of laundry. Or clean the toilet.

Today is Friday and I'm going to the post office to mail out some more query packages. So when I get back, I may start my weekend by reading. I just started reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and am eager to get back to it.

Genene Valleau said...

Like Karen, I have to think about how I reward myself.

I love the pieces of my life (writing, Reiki, dogs, graphic & Web design) so "working" doesn't really feel like work.

But I've recently realized I do need to reward myself for a job finished or well done or even progress along the way. I haven't totally figured out what that reward will be though. LOL!

I've also recently realized I need to take play breaks when I allow myself to do something totally unrelated to the usual pieces of my life.

Don't think it will involve hair decorations for the pets, though. :)

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty and Genene, Yep, Lucy is a good sport. If I tried this with the Siamese, I'd need a new hand. You guys need to try decorating a pet. It's fun!

The wind isn't that bad over here. I just went for a walk in the park to try to get the creative juices rolling -- cross your fingers, I think it worked -- and the wind wasn't bad. Cold, though.

I like what you and Karen said about unchaining yourself from the computer as a reward. Sometimes it seems that I go from this job to the being with my mom job which is always a pleasure, but is a continuation of responsibility. I used to be better at getting off and away from everything predictable. I'm going to work on that.

And Genene, yep. Rewards along the way, even if it's a deep breath to appreciate what you've done. I've been enjoying your launch day cyber party today and have checked back several times. What a hoot. Did I miss the dog interview?

I wonder what Lucy would have to say about the WIP-- just a second while I ask her....

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Alice!

I think I'll pass on decorating a pet. I'm outnumbered by four-footed critters in my household. If they decided to mutiny and force open the refrigerator, it could get ugly for me!

Thanks for joining in the fun of my cyber party. The interview with Jasper the dog was at 4:00 a.m. this morning -- who else would be up? :) Ask Lucy what she thinks!

wavybrains said...

I love the Lucy picture!

I think I reward myself too much :) :) Chocolate . . .more chocolate . . more chocolate . . .

I try to do fewer food rewards though, and so sometimes I reward myself with shopping.

I'm rewarding myself for doing the taxes with a trip to IKEA.

Perhaps someone else should be in charge of my rewards so that I work more and reward less?? :)

Alice Sharpe said...

Wavy, chocolate, shopping... chocolate, shopping... chocolate, shopping...
Hmm....

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, you made the dog give an interview at $:00 a.m. and you think I'm over the tup decorating a willing Lucy Cat?????

Huh?????

I know it's not a real dog. I gotta go look at your blog....

Elisabeth Naughton said...

hahahaha, Alice. Lucy DOES look a bit demonic. Actually, she looks like she wants to scratch your eyes out for tossing those darn...what are they, rubber bands? hair pieces?...on her ears. I can hear her thoughts now..."Oh, she thinks she's cute, using me because she's blocked. Just wait until she falls asleep. I'll show her blocked..."

How do I reward myself? Gosh, I have no idea. I don't consciously reward myself for finishing a book. Or maybe I do. Hmmm....I'll have to think about that.

Genene Valleau said...

Ah, Alice, I didn't accuse you of being over the top. I'm just taking the self-preservation route. Like Eli said, what if our pets wait until we're asleep and then ...

Karen Duvall said...

Okay, Alice, you're right. Dressing up your pets is fun. I'm not sure Sammy thinks so, though. I've posted her beautiful picture on my blog. Hee hee hee.

www.karenduvall.blogspot.com

Flo Moyer said...

But hard work is its own reward...Bwahahahahahahaha. :-) Let's see. I reward myself by buying something, usually. A new Intrigue or Suspense, pens because they are pretty, and just lately, to combat stress of finishing the book--snack cakes. Oh wait, if I think I have the time, I'll reward myself going with the son and hubby to watch the son bowl. He's getting into the 130's without gutter bumpers, and he bowls by bending over and pushing the ball down the lane. Watching him do that and score so many strikes and spares is a great reward. Sometimes good bowlers nearby stop and watch him because it's fascinating to see how he does it.
Yup, that is a good reward.
:-) Flo

Mid-Willamette Valley said...

That is the cutest picture! Hahahahahaha! Lucy looks like a lot of fun :)

I don't have a writing reward system set up yet. I probably should make one.

Lisa Pulliam said...

Haha oopsie. That was me posting just now, I was logged in to our e-mail and I forgot that gmail is the same as blogger login. Doh.