Mama Diaries

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

IWSG and Frog in the Toilet

 


It's time for the IWSG post of the month. This month's topic is about what it means to be a "working writer." What do I think it means?  It's twofold. First, it means that you are actually taking time during the week to write. This can be daily. It can be once a week. If you're doing it once a month or once a year, you're writing, but I'd consider that more of a hobby. Second, if you're a published author, it means you're marketing your work. That's a huge job! Am I a working writer? Yep. Although I don't write as much as I'd like because of my other jobs, I do take some time during the week to write. Even if it's just a paragraph. Right now, because of my recent book release, I'm marketing every day.

What about you?  How do you define, "working writer"? Are you one of those?


And now for a story. I haven't had many of these lately. Partly because my kids are grown up now, and partly because nothing noteworthy has been happening. But this one is kind of funny.

When you lift up the toilet seat to use it, the last thing you'd expect to see is a living creature inside. At least, that's not what I'd expect. Well, last night when my ex went to use the toilet, this is what he found:



How this little tree frog got in, is a mystery. But there he was, sitting in the toilet like it was the most natural thing to do. (The guess is that he got in through the bathtub pipes.) Have you ever lifted the toilet seat and found an animal? 

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who have been so supportive in promoting my book, either through participating in the tour and blog hop or sharing information about its release. Usually, I'd have school visits lined up. But this year, because of COVID, I haven't had anything scheduled. I appreciate all of your support. This is such a great community!

If you'd like to visit the remaining stops on my Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure blog tour and have a chance to win a copy of the book, you can go here.        

Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure was also selected to participate in the cover of the month contest from AllAuthor. (Thanks to Dancing Lemur Press for the awesome cover!) If you'd like to vote for it, you can go here.  

  

22 comments:

  1. Good thing it wasn't a rat! I have a frog called Claudia in my yard, she eats my cats' food at night.

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  2. Thankfully I never found a critter in the toilet. And I like your definition of a working writer. I can even fit in the definition now.

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  3. Hi, Sherry!

    I applaud you for being able to juggle everything and find time to write, plus promote your finished products. COVID has put a damper on many things this year. It didn't occur to me that your book tour school visits would need to be scrapped, but it's the safe and sane thing to do.

    Yessum, years ago when we first moved into our new house, we found a large frog in our toilet! It was a whopper and we have no idea how he got in there. Mrs. Shady tried to fish him out using the swimming pool skimmer, but the critter jumped to the floor, hopped across the room and hid under the sofa. It took quite a while for us to wrangle the frog and take him outdoors.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

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  4. If seeing a frog in the toilet happened to me I'd run rather quickly, Enjoyed the read Sherry. Have a good October.
    Yvonne.

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  5. Well I work and I write, that count?

    That is sure a mystery toilet visitor haha

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  6. The toilet is the last place I would think of seeing a frog. Great story. Off to vote in the cover of the month contest. Good luck :)

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  7. Well, that would certainly make me look twice! Those little frogs get in everywhere.
    Hope your book is doing stellar!

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  8. No, I've never found a critter in the toilet. I think it would freak me out. Congrats on the release. I've seen it everywhere (so great job on the marketing).

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  9. Wow! That'd give me pause. I think the most nefarious thing I encountered in the bathroom are giant spiders who seem to favor the bathtub.

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  10. Congratulations on your new book! As a matter of fact, I have found a frog in a toilet, but it was in a WC block in a French campground. Little guy looked at me like, "What's your problem, Lady? I'm working here. Close the lid."

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  11. I love the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book. I dread what comes next. For me it's a long slog to tout my books, and because it's not my favorite part of the business, it takes a lot more energy. Congrats on your newest release!

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  12. I laughed so hard when I read the title of your post. There was no clicking off the page after that. LOL

    I'll take frogs over snakes any day of the week. *shudder*

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  13. Frogs remind me of one of the ten plagues :)

    A working writer is one who works on their writing regularly, not just when the muse/mood strikes. That's my definition, anyway.

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  14. One of my dogs used to like to drink from a fountain we had outside. One day, he ended up with a tiny frog on his tongue and he just stood there looking miserable until I got it out for him. It was funny.

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  15. Thanks for sharing a funny story, Sherry! Humor is always appreciated, especially right now. I'm guessing your ex rescued the little frog and took it to a safe place. I've never found anything living in the toilet thank goodness, although I found a snake in the washer one day. I was totally freaked and yelled for Terry to come and deal with it. And I once opened a kitchen drawer and found a tiny mouse sitting on a spatula. I picked the spatula up, carried the mouse outside, and dropped it in the grass. Mouse, no problem. Snake, total freak out. Good luck with your marketing!

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  16. I suppose a frog is better than a snake or a black widow (I remember hearing horror stories about them in outhouses when I was a child).

    remember my new blog: www.fromarockyhillside.com

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  17. aww....we never have critters in our toilet so far...

    Thank you for sharing definition of a working writer...

    Have a wonderful day.

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  18. Yikes! I'd scream if I saw a frog in my toilet. All the best with your continuing book tour, Sherry! Hugs

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  19. Good luck with your book tour!

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Revamp Your Backlist

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  20. We see this subject in a similar way. There are many aspects of being a writer and they all need time and attention. :)

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