Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Anita's Attic: Manuscripts and Puppies


Manuscripts are like dogs. They start out small, with perhaps just a cute idea, kind of like Luna here. She's our second boxer. Isn't she cute?



We give the story lots of nourishment and love...




And it starts taking shape; the characters and plot emerging...



 A little mischief happens...






Some confrontations, a few twists and turns... (Lily and Luna)





And before you know it, you have a growing story...




Finally, it's fleshed out and ready to go...



Pretty as a picture...




 We went from this....



To this...



The biggest one...yeah, that's the puppy six months later. 

6 comments:

Lindsay said...

Love the pictures

Cassy Pickard said...

Anita: Wonderful post! Our Mina (Golden Retriever) had 10 puppies a bit ago- 8 survived. I mentioned it in one of my posts. You are right on. I have a picture of one of her babes on my desk. Continuing your metaphor, the little girl was brought by to learn how to swim. We live on a lake. At nine weeks she'd never seen water. There was no keeping her out of it. My two big girls were flying off the dock, truly airborne. As baby Delilah wanted to play with the grownup dogs, she took off. The breeder and I were right there ready to be life guards. Delilah started to paddle and splashed all over the place. She then tried to eat the water splashes AND promptly sank as she forgot to paddle. She'd bob back up and repeat the process. Thank goodness Cindy, the breeder, and I were in the water so no one could see the challenges to our undergarments as we roared with laughter. The baby crashed on the dock, asleep in minutes. Then started it all over. Again, your examples relate to our writing perfectly.

Liz Lipperman said...

I absolutely love the pictures, Anita. It's nice how you slipped in that analogy to writing, too. It almost makes me want to get another dag--almost being the key word here.

Anita Clenney said...

Thanks, Lindsay. They're both adorable but they're stinkers.

Anita Clenney said...

Cassy, LOL. That's a great story. I remember your post earlier. It was a lovely post. There's nothing cuter than a puppy, and I can just imagine Delilah trying to play with the big girls.

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, almost is a good word there. Puppies are great, but oh my gosh are they work. Luna is a destructive little monster. We come home to all kinds of messes. She has no manners whatsoever, but she has us wrapped around her paws. :) And Lily adores her too.