Mama Diaries

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

IWSG and Schultz Update

I know it's been a while since I've been here. A lot has been going on. I moved and got a new job. The new job is Executive Director of the Georgia Philharmonic. I'm excited about it, but I know I have a lot to learn! And it will keep me extremely busy!

So, you're all wondering how Schultz is doing. If you recall, he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his left front leg amputated. He's getting around much better. In fact, because he has to trot on three legs all the time, he moves a lot faster. His main issue is eating. The chemo treatments have messed up his appetite. He's so skinny, you can see his rib cage. The only food that seems to appeal to him is human food. The vet gave us some appetite stimulant pills. We'll see if that helps. Here he is with his buddy, Bootsy.

It's time for the IWSG post.

This month's question is, "Has your writing ever taken you by surprise?"

Well, as a matter of fact, it has. Normally, I write picture books and chapter/middle-grade books for kids.  Those have always been humorous and on the lighter side. A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece for an anthology contest. I didn't really plot it out like a normally do. I did the pantser thing. I was surprised by how dark it got. In fact, I killed everybody except the villainous main character. And I enjoyed it. I'm sure it all had something to do with the difficulties I had been experiencing in my life. It felt good to take it out on my characters. The good thing about being a writer is that you can kill as many characters as you want, and not get in trouble for it.  I'm not sure embracing my dark side is something I would regularly do as a writer, but it was interesting to do it. What about you? Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? 


  1. You have a mean streak in you!
    Hope Schultz gets his appetite back. Feed him whatever human food he'll eat.

  2. Hi, Sherry!

    It's good to see you, dear friend! I'm happy to know that your move is behind you and that you are settling into your new career position. I wish you the best as you grow into it. Thanks for posting a picture of Schultz. I'm glad he's bouncing back from his surgery and adapting to his new situation as a three-legged dog. I hope his appetite improves soon.

    Knowing you only as a writer of fiction for children and middle grade readers it is hard for me to imagine you killing off characters in that story.

    Take care, dear friend Sherry. I hope to see you again soon!

  3. Your new job is intriguing. I know you are a musician. Does managing musicians leave you much time to make music?
    I feel for Schultz and his humans. Dogs are G-d's gift to us.
    For the question of the day, my writing ALWAYS surprises me. Even though I'm a planner, the real deal happens while drafting.

  4. Congrats on the new job, it sounds superpowerful!
    Poor Schultzie, glad to see Bootsy keeping him company.

  5. Fantastic news about your new job. I wish you well.
    As I've been off line a while didn't know about your dog. What an awful shock for you and family and of course Schulz must have felt really unwell.
    Hope all goes well from now on. Awful to see animals suffer. Good Luck Sherry.

  6. Congratulations on your new job, Sherry. I know you'll be fantastic and it and everyone will enjoy working with you. All the best to you, Schultz and Bootsy.

  7. A huge congrats on your new job! Glad Schultz is getting around better. Hope he feels 100% soon.

  8. Congrats on the new job. haha it is fun to take it out on characters.

    Glad Schultz is getting around. Hopefully he'll be chowing down again soon.

  9. Congratulations on your new job and great to hear puppy is doing well.

  10. Wow, you've been busy. But good busy, it sounds like. Glad to hear Schultz is doing well on three legs.

  11. Glad to hear that you have a new career position....congratulation.

    Hope Schultz getter to perfect condition soon.

  12. Life has been keeping you busy! And I'm glad Schultz is doing better. He's such a brave dog. Congrats on the new position!

  13. Oh, Schultz and Bootsy are so beautiful! I hope Schultz continues to improve, poor baby.

    Congrats on the new job. That sounds amazing!

    Deaths of characters are such important, plot-moving events. They take a lot of planning, but the results, story-telling-wise, are powerful.

  14. Wow! Executive Director of the Georgia Philharmonic, congratulations.

    So please to hear Schultz is doing OK. Here's hoping that the appetite stimulant will do its job.

    Hmm! You can kill as many characters as you want ... definitely one of the perks of being a writer I would have thought. Ooh! And to base that character on someone who has been giving you a hard time and kill them off in the most horrible of ways ...

  15. Grats on the new job, and I hope your dog's appetite improves!

    Most of my stories end up pretty darn dark. I've often wondered if that's a reflection of my twisted mind. :)

  16. I think that feeding Schultz whatever he'll eat (as long as it's not toxic to dogs) is a good idea.


  17. I love when the villain comes out on top. I am surprised by my writing when I go back and read old posts from years ago. I crack myself up.

  18. A huge congratulations to you on the new job. I know you'll do an excellent job. Glad to hear Schultz is on the mend. Try chicken or turkey baby food. I had a cat that would only eat that when she got older and couldn't eat much. Give him a hug for me.

  19. Congratulations on your new job, Sherry! Also, feed Schultz whatever he'll eat. Poor dog!

  20. Congrats on your new job, Sherry. And poor puppy, he looks sad.

  21. Awww, poor Schultz. I hope he regains his appetite soon. So glad to hear he's been moving around well since the amputation, though!

    And I love how you embraced your dark side as a writer! Killing everyone but the villain sounds like a lot of fun, for sure. Also, how exciting about the new job! Many congrats!

  22. Poor fellow. How does he cope with the loss of his leg? Maybe a strange question to ask, but I'm sure he knows you're looking after him.

    Executive Director of the Georgia Philharmonic... That's fantastic. Can't say I'm surprised, though.

  23. Congrats on your new position!

    I am glad to hear that Schultz is doing better and is getting around easier. I hope the food stimulant pills help him get his appetite back. Hugs!!


  24. Sherry, so good to hear from you!
    Congrats on the new job! How exciting!!
    So happy to hear about Schultz doing better! Give him a hug from me!
    I started to laugh about you killing everybody! LOL!
    Big Hugs!

  25. Congrats on your new job! Happy to hear about the puppy doing well.