My dog had puppies on Saturday. Eight gorgeous tiny Golden Retrievers. I co-own Mina with a fantastic breeder and trainer of champion agility Goldens. The labor and delivery was long, nine hours, but well worth every minute. As each new puppy emerged we were delighted, and then they kept coming. Our new six girls and two boys have already grown in the few days since they arrived and are busy doing what new puppies do—nurse, poop, and squeal. Their eyes aren’t open yet, but they still have a remarkable way of finding “Mom.”
Here were talk about writing, life, and what’s on our minds. Mina has been at the breeder’s house for over two weeks. She’ll stay there about two more months until the puppies are weaned. I visit. I miss her terribly. We are oddly close. As you know, I travel a fair amount so I’m used to leaving the dogs with Cindy, the breeder. But this is different. This is about babies, contact, and relinquishing.
The connection to writing came to me last night as I was editing my current project. As writers we are inventors. We conceive our work first from nothing, a pure idea that really has no shape or form. We then incubate it. We scribble words, make outlines, fuss about small things such as does our heroine have blonde hair or brown. We research. We write which is a type of growth. Then we edit.
As Mina pushed a puppy away from the edge of the box, I realized that’s editing. She was setting limits and creating change. Her puppies will be heading to new homes in about seven to eight weeks. Our work ends up in the hands of many in a timeframe slightly longer than that. But, we have to let go. Mina watches carefully as I pick up each puppy. She trusts me, yet still doesn’t take her eyes off the baby. When she had her first pup she tried to run away, the baby in her mouth. Her instinct was to hide. The little gal is fine, no harm, but still a message. We need to learn from that. Let our readers pick up our work, enjoy it and give them the benefit of the doubt that they will believe in us. Then we get back to work on the next book. For Mina, getting back to the next litter won’t be for quite a while, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t be productive.
Best of luck in your writing and your reading. Cassy