Instagram: July 04, 2020 at 07:53PM

via Instagram Arlo the staffie pit, Ellie’s older brother.
A story of a book:

I found out recently, after ten-plus years of having our dogs, Arlo Guthrie and Ellie Mae, that the folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie’s father, wrote one novel, about a couple struggling during the Dust Bowl.

The female protagonist in the novel was named Ella May.

We didn’t name Ellie. She came to us named.

#synchronicity is real.

If you’re interested, it’s House of Earth, written in 1947, and you can buy it here and support independent bookstores:

#arlo #arlothestaffiepit #pitbullsoninstagram #pitbulls #staffiepitmix #staffiepit #staffiepitlove #family #petsofinstagram #petsagram #adoptdontshop #rescuedstaffiepit #bookstagram #history #woodyguthrie #arloguthrie @folkslinger ♥️

Instagram: July 04, 2020 at 07:27PM

via Instagram Independence Day.

Ellie (the dachshund) was in the hospital this week for two nights. She still has to go back to the vet on Monday, and to the cardiologist, and she’s on a bunch on meds, but she is feeling better, acting more like herself, and she’s home. Things are chaotic out that window, but the babes are home and safe. Arlo has his sister by his side. All is well.

#elliethedachshund #ellie #dachshunds #dachshundsofinstagram #doubledapple #dappledachshund #dachshundlove #family #petsofinstagram #petsagram #adoptdontshop #rescuedachshund #arlo #arlothestaffiepit #rescuestaffiepit #staffiepitlove #pitbulls #pitbullsoninstagram

Instagram: June 19, 2020 at 02:32PM

via Instagram My @erincondren planner cover is birch trees, to remind me every day to work on my novel. Beatrice Burchett (birch), the main character of my novel, Watching the Detectives, is coming to life, and will be part of a bestselling novel. I was challenged to do this by @thewritepractice. #thewritepractice. You can listen to excerpts on my podcast, @theremightbecupcakes.

Instagram: June 17, 2020 at 10:54AM

via Instagram I found my Purple Rain 45! #nofilterneeded Look through the hole, and accidentally by perfectly framed you’ll see @sheilaedrummer’s “The Glamorous Life.
@prince, I do believe I have some purple velvety scrapbook/craft paper to back this with—I am framing this for my podcasting office. ☔️ 💜 You are still the best. @princemuseum
#prince #sheilae #1984 #1980s #1980svintage #1980smusic #purplerain #purplerain💜 #45s

NaNoWriMo 2019: Completing Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives is the novel I read from in episodes 14 and 28 (embedded below for your listening convenience). I am using this year’s NaNoWriMo to edit and complete it. On day 2, after adding current edits, it stands at 26,520 words. My first goal will be the standard National Novel Writing Month Goal of 50,000 words, and then we shall see. I will be, of course, reading more of it on the podcast as I go along, and I am looking forward to doing so.

You can keep up with my progress here, or at If you are participating as well, feel free to add me as a buddy.

On word counts and novel length

Word counts for famous books, organized

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