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A Dog Blogger’s Platform

In Dog Writing, Shelley Widhalm on April 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

I am on a window ledge as I blog about platforms.

I am on a window ledge as I blog about platforms.

My platform is simple.

I am a cute dachshund, and people love me, so those who aren’t familiar with my cute dog looks should realize they’re missing out. What they’re missing is called puppy love, loving your dog and the dog-BFF friendship.

That’s why I blog. I want to let people know how to care for and treat your dog (i.e. giving your dogs lots of treats, playtime and love), tidbits about dog behavior and an insight into how dogs think.

As I provide this invaluable information, I also want to tell a few stories about my life and my relationships with my BFF Shelley, other dogs (I don’t like big dogs), cats and all animals and birds. I like things that move (except for those big, scary dogs).

This is what I learned from blogging:

• Blogs should be updated often, so I blog weekly, just like my BFF at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com.
• They need to have passion, and that’s what I have. I’m passionate about getting attention and being recognized for my 10-plus level of cuteness.
• They need to be creative and distinct from other blogs. How many dogs do you know that blog? And how many of those dogs have been blogging for three years?
• And they should build an audience of readers. I guess I need to work on that one, although everyone should automatically want to know about me.

A Dog’s Nose for Freewriting

In Dog Writing, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on April 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

I have a journal for freewriting.

I have a journal for freewriting.

When dogs do freewriting, this is what happens.

We write like we sniff, wandering in our steps as we chase the smell. We don’t get distracted from our mission of getting to the source, and we keep on going … well, until we’re called back inside, or our leash gets pulled because our owners think we need to get a move on.

My BFF Shelley, a writer, said that “freewriting is a useful writer’s tool to get out of writer’s block, to tap into memory or to get started on a writing project, like those runners who first walk a lap or two as a warm-up exercise.” She said, “The only rule of freewriting is to not stop writing.”

So, here goes:

In the long, wavy grass of Shelley’s dad’s backyard, I am crouching (this was last summer, not now when there’s all that snow stuff). I’m waiting for the baby bird to come down and play, the one up in his parents’ nest-home. I bark and turn circles, yelling, “Come play Come play!” By the way, I like birds of all types, geese (both tend to fly off when I say hi), cats (they turn up their snouts when I bark a greeting), and dogs my size (until I get bored). I like this bird, and I want to be friends. The bird’s parents are circling up in the sky, making this awful squawking sound, and Shelley’s Dad is snapping, “Zoey, come inside. Now!” I’m not listening because I want to make friends with the baby bird. The noises from the birds above stop when I feel a man’s hand under my belly lift me up, take me inside and ruin my fun and chance at another friend.

Not fair.

Outlining Techniques for Dogs

In All About Me, Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on April 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

My dog stories are pretty as a picture.

My dog stories are pretty as a picture.

My BFF Shelley is going on and on in her blog this week about the outlining process for writing novels.

The only outline I think she needs to write is the one about my exciting life as the cutest dachshund this side of the Mississippi River. I think I’ll help her out in getting started.

Title: The Very Exciting Tale of Zoey the Very Cute Dachshund

I. Basic premise: Very cute Zoey wants to make more animal friends (excluding all big dogs), but life’s forces get in her way from getting what she wants, causing her to realize she likes people best.

II. The hook: Zoey is out on a walk during one of Colorado’s rare sunny winter days, when Cricket the Pawn Shop Terrier jumps on the door, welcoming Zoey inside. They do the sniffing routine, but Zoey is more interested in the people who drop to their knees and pet her, telling her how cute she is. All Cricket does is jump up and down and show her jealousy.

III. Introducing the main character(s): I, Zoey, am the main character, and other than learning about my status as the cutest dog this side of the Mississippi, I don’t need an introduction. My looks say it all.

IV. The inciting incident: Zoey’s BFF Shelley tells Zoey they need to go on their walk, so she gets exercise. Zoey doesn’t want to go after getting all of the male attention from the pawn shop owners.

V. Big Plot Moments: Zoey digs in her paws, but Shelley picks her up and sets her back down a block away. There are no people. Zoey pouts. She encounters a cat, but the cat runs, and then three big dogs that all look at her when she barks loudly, apparently thinking, “You’ve got to be kidding.”

VI. Consider the point of view: Zoey’s, of course.

VII. Resolution: Zoey gets to go on more walks, more trips to stores, more places and wherever she desires, all for the purpose of meeting more people. That’s what she wanted all along. She pretended she wanted to meet other animals, but as a people dog, she’s all about the people.

The end.

(See Shelley’s blog about outlining at shelleywidhalm.wordpress.com)

Writing Conferences (not for dogs)

In Shelley and Zoey, Shelley Widhalm on April 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

While my BFF Shelley wrote, wrote, wrote, I took a nap.

While my BFF Shelley wrote, wrote, wrote, I took a nap.

I missed my BFF Shelley while she was at her really important writing conference last week. Here’s all the stuff she wrote about it: