Charlie Bear here.
Have you ever wondered where we came from, why we’re here, what our purpose is?
I love me. I know my purpose. Pssss….it’s the same purpose your dog has: to love and snuggle and give joy to our Peeps.
But if you want to know more, check out this video. It’s really cool:
Wiggles and Woofs to you,
April 28, 2015 at 9:56 am
Charlie Bear here. Do you ever miss something? Like you get so busy that something slips by you? Do you ever feel behind?
Mom Peep says it happens to her a lot. Me…not so much. I do the same things every day and I surely don’t miss a meal, or a nap, or a snuggle in Dad Peep’s lap.
So when these things happen, and she misses something important, she leans.
Like this…see how the flowers are leaning one way?
And then how they are leaning the other way?
We know why they do that, right? It’s the sun. The beautiful tulips lean toward the bright comforting light, the sustaining warmth that caresses them. Every day Mom Peep spins the tulips around. (She’s worried they’ll lean right on over and touch the table top! I said no, but she doesn’t listen.) Then every day the tulips lean toward the light again.
I think they’re onto something. Do you ever feel the need to lean? Mom Peep has learned that leaning on another’s shoulder for warmth, asking for comfort, a listening ear, helps her SO much.
Do you ever do that too?
Wiggles & Woofs,
April 17, 2015 at 9:40 am
Charlie Bear here. I didn’t know about this so-called dog-lit. Did you?
That’s what Mom Peep calls our CHARLIE BEAR book. And her other stuff she writes, too. Huh. You learn something new every hour.
Northwest Christian Writers Association
B.J. Taylor’s Writing Is Going to the Dogs
Posted on April 8, 2015By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference
Award-winning author B.J. Taylor has loved writing most of her life. In grade school, English was her favorite subject, and spelling bees were her specialty. As a teen, she kept a personal journal and hid it under her mattress.
Now a multi-published author, she’s even written novels in a genre she calls “dog-lit.” She tells people to think of it like chick-lit, except the stories are for dog lovers. This genre is a natural blending of B.J.’s passion for writing and her passion for helping dogs to find forever homes. Her desire is to promote the spirit of keeping one’s canine pets, not only during the good times, but also in challenging circumstances.
“Many times we have to PUT certain things into practice in order to keep our cool under pressure when we rescue a dog or bring home a dog from a shelter,” she says. “They all need the same thing: Patience, Understanding, and Training.”
B.J. also knows a thing or two about patience, understanding, and training as a writer. And she uses those qualities when turning personal experiences into stories that sell. She serves as representative for Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and Mysterious Ways magazines.
On Friday, May 15, at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, B.J. will meet with writers in group appointments. If you would like to show her your work, please follow the guidelines concerning what she would like to see and what she’s not looking at right now.
At the Renewal, B.J. will also present two workshops:
1) Writing for the Guideposts Contest: Learn how to craft a well-constructed Guideposts story, how to properly submit, whom to submit to, what to include, and when to send it in. Two of the twelve writers chosen to attend the 2014 Guideposts Writers Workshop were in B.J.’s class at a writers conference and learned her tips and tricks. The next contest year is 2016, and there will be thousands of entries. Don’t miss out on the knowledge, experience, and secrets B.J. will share as the winner of her own coveted spot in the 2004 Guideposts Writers Workshop.
2) Making $$$ Selling Personal Experience Short Stories: Want to know the formula for writing inspirational stories that sell? B.J. Taylor’s writing has appeared in many publications. Numerous writers have learned B.J.’s secret formula, submitted to Chicken Soup and Guideposts, and are now published authors too. Would you like to make money in your writing career? Then come to this workshop.
B.J. has been published more than forty times in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and many other publications. Her latest book is Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances. B.J. also compiled her own stories, plus the riveting stories of others, into Sunny Side Up: Inspirational Stories for Tough Times/Women/Dog & Cat Lovers. In addition, B.J. has authored a resource for writers, The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work.
Whether you want to find out more about writing inspirational stories, dog-lit, winning the Guideposts contest, or any number of other topics, you can learn a lot from B.J. Sign up today for the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.
Diana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.
Charlie Bear here again to say THANK YOU to Diana Savage for her lovely blog post on Mom Peep. Mom Peep has a surprise in store for the people at the conference. Shhh…I don’t want to give it away.
Woofs to you all,
April 9, 2015 at 8:29 am
Charlie Bear here.
Do you like to smile? How about grin? Maybe get misty-eyed and even cry a little? Mom Peep loves all those things. And isn’t it fun sometimes to laugh? Mom Peep likes belly laughs, the kind where you almost snort what you drank out of your nose cause you’re laughing so hard. Dad Peep likes the kind that make you smile and grin and laugh lightheartedly.
This link is from a guest speaker at an actual Conference on Aging in California. (Fritz Coleman…maybe you know of him?) He’s a weatherman, but SHOULD be a stand up comic says Mom Peep. No matter what your age, if you want a really good guffaw, listen to the whole thing (14.59 minute, but worth it~!).
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Check out this link to 8 minutes of several Budweiser Clydesdale Commercials. Mom Peep loves those horses, and says the Super Bowl commercials are the best part! (sorry football). Enjoy! The last one is super funny.
Wiggles and Woofs,
March 25, 2015 at 9:52 am
Charlie Bear here. Decisions, decisions. There are all kinds of them each and every day. Like should I eat first or go outside and play? Should I jump up onto Mom Peep’s lap or go where I always go, right on top of Dad Peep? Should I pick one special toy I really like or try a new one?
Do you have that problem? Do you have so many things to choose from that it is hard to decide?
Mom Peep says life is full of choices. She has to choose what to write about, how to write it (nonfiction or fiction), where to submit her work, whether to take a chance on a new market, whether to invest her writing time in a full-length book idea or continue to write short stories that sell, how to juggle work with writing (she only works part-time, but it takes a hunk out of her day), and how to keep all her balls in the air.
Prioritizing is her key ingredient to a life with less stress. Every week, and then every day of that week, she takes her “to-do” list and writes down which projects need to be worked on first. Like when a deadline approached for submission of a Guideposts story, she worked on it nonstop for three days. Everything else took a backseat.
When that project was submitted, she turned her attention to the next priority on the list. And so on and so on.
How do you do it? How do you choose from all the goodies on your plate that God has heaped upon you? Do you find it overwhelming sometimes? I look at my toys spread out before me and wonder which one to put in my mouth that day, drag around the living room, and toss up in the air to catch and repeat. They don’t all get the same attention. I have to admit I like the green banana with the pink smiley face, the green turtle with the bulging eyes, and the little brown squirrel with the chewed off ear the best.
I bet you have favorite projects too. How do you prioritize or juggle your goodies? We’re all ears.
Wiggles and wags,
March 17, 2015 at 10:01 am
Charlie Bear here.
Change? The saying goes that change is the spice of life.
But I like routine. I get up, stretch my lean (kind of) body from tippy toes to tail, waggle to the back door, go outside, then I sit nice and quiet until Mom Peep feeds me. Then onto Dad Peep’s lap for some petting. They go to work and I lounge around the house, mostly sleeping, until they get home and we play a little. Mom Peep takes me for a long walk around the block and then inside for more Dad Peep time.
After dinner, I snuggle again and then off to bed at 8:00. The next morning I get up and do it all over again.
How about you? Do you like routine too, or is it time to change things up?
Maybe you could take a different route to work and see something new, or try a different grocery store and discover the prices are lower, or they have a larger variety of products like cranberry juice that you could drink instead of orange. Mom Peep has cut out bread. She misses her morning toast, but knows it helps her get back on track with her weight. And Dad Peep is taking his lunch to work and would like cookies or cake, but Mom says apples and fruit.
Maybe you always submit stories to the same place. You’re comfortable with that and let other markets slide by. Too hard to learn new rules of submitting? Too scary to break out of your comfort zone? What if it could be a fantastic new opportunity for you and you never even gave it a thought?
Mom Peep is opening her mind to revising and reshaping her three-book fiction series to become more marketable. People like it, but no one has made an offer. Her agent is trying, but nothing yet. Do you have a novel or nonfiction book you have been trying to sell for years? Is it time to throw the pages up in the air and see what settles as good, solid, sellable material?
As a dog who loves routine, I’m not saying give up everything that makes you feel comfortable, but how about tossing in an extra bone or two (or three or four) of different ways of doing things? That might make things interesting. And who knows, that could be just what you need to go down a different path that brings you to a shimmering, star-studded destination.
More power to change, I say! Share with us ways you have mixed up your routine.
Wiggles and Woofs,
March 10, 2015 at 9:45 am