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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anniversary Blog Fest: Bev Irwin


How did I spend my summer vacation?

Well definitely not the way I had planned.

I had such great aspirations. I was going to write at least, at least 1,000 words a day. I had twelve days off from work. 1,000 words a day, well there’s at least 12,000 words. Right? That would be almost 1/4 of the way to getting a 50,000 word novel done. What a great start.

But did that happen?

No. Nor did get sorted all my stacks of papers from writing courses I have taken over the years, or articles I’ve saved, or the mass of pages I have written over the years.

Did I make a dent? Yes, I made a dent, but a very small one. Papers are still strewn all over my living room, on the backs of two chesterfields, and the cushions. I think the coffee table is still under the papers but it will be a while before I see the bright gleam of its oak surface.

Company coming. What do I do? Blindfold them at the door until they cross the threshold into the relatively clean kitchen, make them promise to keep their eyes closed while I lead them past the mess, (I know if I ask nicely they won’t peek), or do I stay up all night and get the damned pages sorted?

Well, I made a compromise. I stayed up very late and sorted some of the papers and put them in assorted binders or folders. But as my eyes couldn’t focus any more, and my bed was singing a soothing lullaby, I gave in and promised myself to just lie down and rest for a few minutes, just a few...My eyes were so heavy.

Then the sun rudely woke me. Surely the clock was lying. How much could I get done before my company arrived? Not near enough. Now half of the papers are in distinct piles that I’m sure I get done on my next vacation.
,br> So what was my excuse for not writing those 1000 words a day, not getting all of the papers sorted, not to mention the basement that was supposed to be cleaned?

My excuse?

A gorgeous little ball of blonde fluff. Her name is Shayla. At eight weeks of age my new four-legged forever friend is very demanding. She has to pee and poo and be feed. And doesn’t like to be left alone for one minute. So, what can I say. Is she not the cutest excuse ever!?

I can always get the pages sorted and the words written on my next vacation.

Bev Irwin


  1. Aww what a sweetheart. I wouldn't get much done either.
    Sue B

  2. Loved your story...and a lame excuse is better than none. After all, it's your story and you're sticking to it!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Puppies should always win!! What a lovely one too.


  4. I could empathize for all the times I vowed to write X no. of pgs., but didn't. Time & life gets in the way. Not a puppy for me - only my "senior husband".

  5. Shayla is adorable.

  6. Woo very nice puppy love it thanks for sharing this picture and a big hug for Shayla from me
    I wish you all a wonderful Saturday and Sunday

  7. Shayla is way too cute for her own good and I bet she is spoiled beyond reason, as she should be! Our 11 month old puppy follows me EVERYWHERE and HATES when I leave the house so I totally get it!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  8. Thanks to everyone for coming today. Have been out of town and couldn't get my Internet access to work. I will give Shayla your hugs and loving thoughts. She is having her first sleepover tonight with my son and his roti puppy. She's 75 ponds to Shayla's 7 1/2 pounds.
    Bev Irwin / Kendra James

  9. She is so cute. I wish I could have one but my daughter is allergic. Bummer
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. What a cutie. DP

  11. Shayla is so cute. She reminds me of my granddaughter's dog. They do take a lot of care at that age! lol

  12. Hi Bev,
    Love the cover of your book! Your puppy shayla is cute. I have a puppy right now she mixed breed with yorkie and jack russel small little thing to name Ino.

  13. Thank you all you romance readers, writers and dog lovers. What a full life we have when we have pets in our lives.
    Bev Irwin / Kendra James

  14. The puppy which you have is really looking too good and awesome. It is the chance for me take one lovely scene with you. Thanks be at here.

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