SHOW YOUR WORK Even When You’re In a Hurry, Hurry, Hurry  

AH! I almost forgot to write this Show Your Work post. Sorry, but this is gonna be a quick slap it together in ten minutes.

What did I do today that I can show you?

Not so much. I worked on two articles for two different publications, both of which have invited me to write about the shelter situation and highlight what I learned while working on my newest book, 100 Dogs. It’s a great opportunity to reach new minds and hearts with the situation in the shelters. Both are dog-oriented magazines.

I have the basic articles finished, but now comes the hard part. I think of it as carving. I have to shave off the parts that don’t work and polish the better parts so that what I’m trying to say is clear and center-staged and not dragged off down the wrong alley on a tangent like I so often tend to do. Wow. That was a horrible mixing of metaphors. But I’m going to leave them there because there’s no time to fix it and I’m just about worded out.

I also wrote a quick blog post on my foster dog blog which begged for help, shared the link to my the first episode of my podcast, and explained why my foster dog was dropped at the vet’s for two days.

Other than that, I continued my frenetic begging of reviewers for my book and practiced reading on my laptop’s camera app so I can record me reading the first chapter of the new book for a promtional. That was kind of fun – although painful for me to look at my old self. I did figure out which side of the laptop to place my book on so as to not highlight quite as many wrinkles. (Sorry. Vanity. I’m working on it.)

I think that’s it. Now I’ve got to buzz out of here to celebrate my daughter’s 21rst birthday with Indian food and Key Lime Cheesecake!

Happy Tuesday. Hope you are writing. I’m still waiting for one of you to ‘share your work’ with me in the comments! Or maybe just give me your thoughts on Austin Kleon’s book, Share Your Work. I’m still working my way through it. It’s at least half picture-book. I wish there was more substance and less cheerleading and pictures. At least it motivated me to get writing on this blog, though. That’s a good thing.

Write on and read on, my friends. And share your work in the comments, just so I don’t think I’m writing into a vacuum.

Hey, thanks for reading. I know you’ve got lots of options, so thanks for sharing a few of your minutes with me.

Cara Sue Achterberg with pupHonored,


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And If you’re a dog lover, check out my other blog, Another Good Dog. And if you want to know what is really happening in the animal shelters in this county, visit, Who Will Let the Dogs Out.

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Author: Cara Sue Achterberg

I am a writer, blogger, and dog rescuer. I live in the darling town of Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley with my husband and three rescue dogs (who rescue me on a daily basis). Find more information about my books, my dogs, and all my writing adventures at

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