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The Odious Dog

I was given a good piece of advice this summer as I talked with my sister about where my book was going and why it was not ending. She looked at me and said “Stuff your sausage.”


“Your book is like a sausage, you just have to keep stuffing it, then edit it, and you probably still won’t like it. You just have to go with it.”

Something in my mind clicked because I would write a chapter then rewrite the chapter but never getting to the complete finish line. I was skimping on what I was putting in my sausage. So over the past month I have been making changes, adding, and stuffing more to my sausage.

It was this morning that I felt I had a Hot Italian Sausage ready for the grill! I sat at my desk revved with energy to begin the next phase of editing and my brain began to think about the query letter.

I panicked! A query letter! I am really going to go through with all of this!

I looked at my dog and she felt my panic. I could see it in her eyes. My stress in fact impacted her so much that she developed irritable bowel syndrome. The gas! Oh! The horror of the gas she released all morning was so unbearable it pushed me straight out of the office.


The odious dog has poisoned me to the point of procrastination from doing anything else with the book for the whole morning. I watered the plants, hula hooped, tinkered on Twitter, and bounced on the trampoline.

It was while procrastinating I realized my hot Italian sausage needed worthy condiments and a mouth-watering bun.  If it had not been for my odious dog’s  horrid flagellation I would never have had an excuse to procrastinate and calmly recollect my thoughts about making it to the finish line.  My typing fingers are now starting to tingle with anticipation of what is in store for the future and I look forward to the day that I can exclaim “I have a book!”

Now back to work.

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

12 replies

  1. I’m writing a book too, and finishing it is my goal. I keep reminding myself that I have to finish it before anything else can happen! I’m over 40,000 words now and entering what I hope is the most climactic scene in the book, but who knows? I just have to keep thinking “Finish, finish, finish, finish…”

    Good luck with your writing!


  2. I am right there with you! I am about 70,000 words in to my book and the finish line looks more and more like a mirage every day. Posts like this are the reason I started this blog. It’s a relief and encouragement to be part of a community whose members are experiencing the same frustrations. Write on Belle!

  3. Hi Belle 😀 I read somewhere that the best way to write a book is to write it. Don’t edit it, don’t mess with it, keep it raw until you have finished. Then go back and mess with it as much as you want. By keeping the flow the process of writing it is kept fresh and exciting until “The End” 😀

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