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Yesterday I wrote, so here are some pictures of Hobkin for those of you who skip over the "Writing Stuff" portion of my journal:


Napping and being my muse



Looking out from under his hutch


Hobkin always washes his face and paws after his meals--which I appreciate because otherwise he'd track yogurt and veggie juices all over the carpet. It's also excessively cute.


Writing Stuff

Started doing research on a new folk tale. And also began a new fantasy short story. Man, I'd forgotten what hitting flow felt like! 1400 words on the short story and they just rolled out of me. I've missed easy writing; it felt so good, like stretching after being stuck in a little box for days. I really do seem to be a short story writer. This just feels so much more natural to me than what I've been doing on A Harmony of Foxes. Now I've just got to get myself to keep working on Foxes while I write shorter stuff.

A Harmony of Foxes
New words: 950

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
15,491 / 45,000
(34.0%)

Club 100 For Writers
26

500/day
38
I'm feeling:
relieved relieved
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On May 1st, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Dick, the skunk's de-scented. The stink's all you.
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On May 1st, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
"I really do seem to be a short story writer. This just feels so much more natural to me than what I've been doing on A Harmony of Foxes."

That is so funny. When I write short stories, I have just the opposite effect. They always seem too much like novels.

~Maggie ;)
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On May 1st, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Which is why you're the acclaimed novelist, and I merely the aspiring neo-pro!
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On May 1st, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC), cat_whisperer commented:
Always love the skunk photos! :D
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On May 1st, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! Hobkin can be such a ham.
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On May 1st, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC), quasiskunk commented:
The cuteness...it burns! *grins*

Nothing like a set of Hobkin pics right after ya wake up in the morning. Thanks Eugie!
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On May 1st, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hobkin's cuteness is legion!
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On May 1st, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC), puskunk commented:
I think I might be the only person who likes your writing updates more than your skunk pictures, I can grab a skunk anytime, but my writing leaves much to be desired.
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On May 1st, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! I suspect people get bored reading about my writing progress. Nice to know there are exceptions.
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On May 1st, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC), queenoftheskies commented:
You have the most adorable muse I've ever seen. Hobkin is, as always, soooo cute.

I love the pictures you post of him, but I like to follow your writing stats and thoughts, too. I think it helps to learn from how other writers work, their victories, what they suffer through.

And, while I wish you--and other writers--all the victories in the world, sometimes, it helps those of us who are struggling (especially with self-confidence issues) to see that writers who are already published still struggle with some of the same issues we're trying so hard to overcome.

I find your writing comments very inspirational, particularly since I've read some of your work on Critters and then seen one particular piece from Critters in print, too. That was so cool.

You're so lucky to be talented...even when the words might not always come as easily as you'd like.
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On May 1st, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aw shucks. Thanks, sweetie. You're the best.
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On May 2nd, 2005 02:52 am (UTC), raecarson commented:
For the record, I do enjoy reading your Writer Stuff updates. But there's just something about Hobkin...

:P
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On May 2nd, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I know my writing minutiae can't hold a candle to Hobkin's cuteness!
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On May 2nd, 2005 04:29 pm (UTC), brother_bliss commented:
dang! that is just to cute!!
My dog cleans her nose like that. I wonder she picked that up from, I never seen a long snot dog clean their nose like that.
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On May 2nd, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC), kimberlycreates commented:
Sorry to leave this on an unrelated post, but I just finished "The Storyteller's Wife" and loved it. :) Isn't this your second story in RoF now? And didn't I tell you some time ago that I could definitely see reading your work in Realms? I tried to find the post where you put up part of the story art, but didn't have any luck. I gave up after scrolling back just a few pages, and I was looking spcecifically for the art so if it was under a cut I missed it. And you need to write more (on LJ) about the trouble Hobkins gets into, otherwise I'm going to be seriously wanting a skunk, he's entirely too cute. :) (Never mind that skunks are illegal in Wisconsin and ChiaPet would ream me a new one if I brought a skunk home!)
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On May 2nd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm so glad you liked "Storyteller's Wife"! It's one of my favorites that I've written to date. And yep, it's my second in RoF. The first one was in the February issue, "Returning My Sister's Face."

Um, artwork LJ posts: A detail on "Hobs" Here and the full image Here. Heather Hudson was the illustrator and I love what she came up with!
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On May 2nd, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC), pyanfar commented:
i like the writing updates. at several points throughout the past 15 or so years, specially in high school since my teachers told me all the time that i should be one, i've toyed with the idea of trying to be a writer. your updates give me an idea of what it really is like in the day-to-day life of an actual writer. so that's groovy.

in the meantime, Hobkin pics make me *squeee* all over myself, and that's always nice. specially when i'm feeling down, heh
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On May 3rd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hobkin is good for the squeeing, most definitely!

What sort of writing are you interested in doing?
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