Mama Diaries

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

IWSG and Cat Dog

 


This month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question is:  Is there anything you wouldn't write in your books? (That's loosely paraphrased.) Well, yes. I don't write profanity or sexual scenes in my manuscripts. First of all, for children's books, it's not appropriate. Second, I just plain wouldn't feel comfortable doing that. I don't use profanity in my everyday vocabulary because I don't think it's very classy, so why would I write that way?  And I guess I really have never had any desire to write a steamy hot sex scene. What happens in the bedroom should stay private between lovers because more often than not, it ends up coming off less-than-romantic in the written word. It takes a really special talent to pull it off. 

Are there any things you would not think about writing in your manuscripts?   


About cat dog...I am speaking of the wild German Shepherd named Klaus. The other day, I went to the mansion (the ex's place) to pick up my son. When I got there, I found the giant, 80-pound dog standing on a table. What in the world...?  I thought. The ex quickly came and yelled at the beast to get down. 

So, ladies and gentlemen, Klaus does indeed have a new trick:  Jumping on any table he can.  He's like a Tigger (think Winnie the Pooh). Bouncing and jumping,  just like a cat.  Have you ever seen a German Shepherd standing on a kitchen table? If you have, I'd sure like to know about it!

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  1. Hi, Sherry!

    It's great to see you, dear friend!

    Well, you answered the question of the month as I would answer it if I were in your position. It goes without saying that a writer of books for children and young adults wouldn't jeopardize their reputation and career by inserting steamy sex scenes in their stories. There would be no reason or justification.

    No, I can't say that I ever saw a large breed dog like a German Shepherd jump up and stand on a table proud as you please. That must have been a sight to behold. At least it's better than having Klaus chewing the plaster off the walls, right? :)

    Have a safe and happy month of October, dear friend Sherry!

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  2. I feel the same way you do.
    Klaus is quite the jumper!

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  3. Dogs with cat traits... My roommate has one of those. Although, Buttercup is significantly smaller than a German Shepherd.

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    1. It's funny when you see a dog act like a cat, or vice versa.

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  4. I've never seen a German Shepherd on a table, but I've seen photos of some other large breeds on tables. Kids today get up to all sorts of stuff. I don't think I'd be capable of writing a sex scene. Profanity and I are off-and-on friends. I think a lot of things would be impossible for me to write about, such as the death camps of the Holocaust. I leave it to far better writers than I--and more important, the people who experienced it--to create that world and its pain.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I would have difficulty writing about a genocide or Holocaust as well!

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  5. I feel the same way about limits because I write MG and YA. I can't say I've seen a dog that gets on the table.

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  6. The last saga I translated (from Jay Kristoff) was so filled with porn and profanities that I puked a number of times and I'm not even joking, for realz! He is such a disgusting writer.

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  7. I've seen a dog who walks on a wall every day. Make that two dogs.

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    1. Did it have to jump up there, or was it an-easy-to-reach ledge?

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  8. I'm envisioning a German Sheppard in the middle of my dining room table. That would be quite the experience.

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  9. He sounds like he's full of fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! :)

    Yeah, I'm good with keeping certain things out of kids stories because I wouldn't want my kids reading them at their ages.

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    1. He's fun all right. Requires a lot of patience, for sure!

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  10. I don’t think I’ve seen any type of dog on top of any kind of table before.

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    1. Before I saw Klaus up there, I'd say the same.

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  11. I have not seen a German Shepard on a table. I've seen wolves on higher ground, and a mountain lion on a rock twenty feet above me. But no, haven't seen a big dog on a table.

    Good answer to the question. I daresay that children's books have stronger limits. Crossing lines is likely to get one in some very hot water, and rightfully so. That's probably how the genre began!

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    1. Ah. Maybe Klaus thinks he's a mountain lion. LOL!

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  12. Oh my, Klaus! Wonder if there was something yummy on the table luring him up there. Great answer to the question. I have a moral line I won't cross, but most of the time, I let the story take me where it wants.

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    1. The only yummy thing I saw was a plant in a pot. But then again, he does like to eat pots. LOL!

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  13. Loving this month's question. I'd have answered the same along with cruelty to animals.

    4.30am as I sit in bed typing this, Mr T was not impressed to be woken by my laughing out loud, picturing Klaus standing in the middle of the diningroom table like a mountain goat... I might have got away with him thinking it was my laughing in my dream if it wasn't for the fact I was sat here, phone in hand {my talking in my sleep, occasionally sleep walking he is used to, sleep typing he's not}

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    1. Haha! Tell Mr. T. I'm sorry Klaus caused him to lose sleep. ;)

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  14. A German Shepard on a table- that would be a sight to see! Must have been a sturdy table! :)
    Jess

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  15. A cat dog? I love cat dogs. Did I mention I have a dog cat? My Mongo looks like a cat but he has much more in common with dogs.

    Have a great week,
    Blue

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    1. That's funny! There are some animals that seemed to be confused regarding their identity.

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  16. Wow! That must have been an amazing sight!

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  17. Haha a cat dog? Isn't every dog a cat too?!

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  18. Yes, there must have been yummies on the table to entice him up.

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    1. You'd think. But there was just a plant in a pot. Maybe it looked delectable to him.

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  19. Sounds interesting that a dog would jump on on the table.

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