Have you ever started something you can't stop? Yeah, bet you're all thinking about those bad habits you'd love to break. I know I have a few. (Ice cream springs to mind.) But this is a strange practice I never considered would eventually have a down side. I'm talking about dogs. Not my adorable dog, Ginger. No down side there.
See. Adorable. Nope, I'm talking about fictional dogs. After I wrote my first couple of books, it occurred to me they both included dogs. So, being a creature of habit, I decided all my books should have a canine star. Easy-peasy, right? Actually, not so much. Sometimes I forget about the furry critter for a few chapters then am forced to go back to edit in the heroine (or hero's) pet. **head desk**
So, fourteen books later, I've got dogs of every shape, color, size and breed represented. And so begins book number fifteen. I'm on chapter six, and it suddenly occurred to me NO DOG. Tragedy. I went back and edited in a few thoughts for my heroine about getting a dog. She's traveling around the country. Acquiring a dog is a really stupid, impractical idea. So I have to come up with a dog she just can't resist...either that or break my streak.
Nope, not an option, so let's hope I'm up to the task. Do you have habits (writing or otherwise) you can't--or won't--change? Are you as obsessive as I am? Yes, I'd fit in very well in that cuckoo's nest. How about you?
I'll leave you with another Ginger picture just for fun. The drowned golden-doodle behind her is her pal, Benson. To check out the dogs in all my books, visit my website. Have a dog-gone great day!