Keep those doggies rollin’

Writing Weather

Paula’s Post #13 – I started my writing day at Starbucks this morning, a welcome refuge from the cold and the fog and the drizzle that is Vancouver on a mid December day. In other words, about the most depressing weather you can find. I’m in no position to complain, having spent a good portion of the Fall escaping all of rainy November. But can’t I whine just a little bit? Especially since Helga just left the sunny beaches of Rio for her exciting South American cruise.

But no, I can’t complain. Especially because this ghastly weather has actually increased my productivity. I spent most of the weekend at home, nestled in the window seat in my office, occasionally staring out at the rain and the fog and the drizzle, but mostly, well… writing. Yes writing!


That productivity continued at Starbuck’s this Monday morning, and while I engaged in a fair share of the writers’ equivalent of the Hokey Pokey, (as in put it in, take it out, shake it all about) during which time I cut and pasted and rearranged some of the chapters I’ve been working on, by the end of my Starbuck’s session, my Storymill Progress Meter confirmed that I’d managed to dash off a fresh 971 words between picking up my Venti non-fat extra shot latte at 9:55 am and finishing Chapter 27 at just after 11:00 am.


In fact, almost the 1,000 words a day drummed into our heads by those writers actually disciplined enough to pound out that daily quotient. Which we all know by now, I most certainly am not.

But as I drove out of the parking lot, a little tune kept running round and round in my head. No, not the Hokey Pokey,  but the lyrics from the theme song of Rawhide:

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies rollin’
Rain and wind and weather
Hell-bent for leather
Wishin’ my gal was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’,
Good vittles, love, and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride

Move ’em on, head ’em up
Head ’em up, move ’em on
Move ’em on, head ’em up
Count ’em out, ride ’em in,
Ride ’em in, count ’em out,
Count ’em out, ride ’em in

Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
Though they’re disapprovin’
Keep them dogies movin’
Don’t try to understand ’em
Just rope, throw, and brand ’em
Soon we’ll be living high and wide.
My hearts calculatin’
My true love will be waitin’,
Be waitin’ at the end of my ride.



Okay I admit it, I mostly just remembered that one line:

Keep those doggies rollin’.

Now why that song? Who the hell knows! And I’m going to STOP being surprised by the eerie coincidences between Silk’s posts and mine. I mean just because she wrote a lovely expositive piece about music in yesterday’s post, doesn’t mean I need to keep the theme song from Rawhide from rolling around in my head or out of my post.

But thank goodness I read Silk’s post first.  I was all geared up to write my post today on the subject of music. Not so much about the music described in novels or that accompanying a movie soundtrack. No, my post was going to be about what music motivates the writer. Music as muse.

But I’m sure our readers don’t really need another post on music, even if it might be fun to google “music as muse to famous writers”. Besides, I’ve checked the word count on my last few posts and I’m the one with run-on-itis. So I’m going to make this post short and sweet (at least for me).

My thought of the day is that we, as writers, need to put words on the page like those little ‘doggies’ in the Rawhide song. We need to find our rhythm and, when we’ve found it, keep those words rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ and movin’ movin’ movin’ right out of our minds and onto the page. And rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ means not getting caught up in second thoughts, self doubt or the urge to rewrite.

I suffered a crushing blow this weekend when I discovered a recently published novel called Implant. Guess what? Yep. That’s the working title of my novel. Even worse was the discovery that, quite independently, I’d dreamt up a novel with a similar subject matter. Not exactly the same, but similar. So, for awhile, I felt like a deflated balloon.

My fellow 5writers rallied my spirits however, reminding me my book was different, my book was a Young Adult Novel. And I also remembered that Dan Brown actually won the plagiarism suit brought against him over The Da Vinci Code. Not that I’m worried about plagiarism, I didn’t even know the other “Implant” existed when I outlined my novel. And there’s no copyright on book titles. But I still wish that book wasn’t out there. Nevertheless, I took a deep breath, exhaled and kept those doggies rollin’.

Pie’s eaten this week – 0 (I think. Unless you count pizza pies?)

Words Written to Date: 29,556

Target Word Count: 100,000

Words short of Target: 70,444

Pages Written to Date: 107

Target Page Count: 400

Pages Short of Target: 293

Biggest Worry To Date: How to keep those doggies rollin’!!!


4 thoughts on “Keep those doggies rollin’

  1. Whooot! Progress! Good to hear! And yeah – there are only about 5 stories in the world, we just keep retelling them. What makes them unique is the author – nobody has quite your take on the story, nobody has your characters with their own individual quirks and twitches and takes on their fictional world. So the theme, the idea may be similiar – but the execution of it will be your own unique creation. Go get those doggies!

  2. Thanks Bev, progress indeed! Of course I seem to write in ‘spurts’ no doubt the topic of another blog post, so nothing today I’m afraid, perhaps tomorrow will be a good day….

  3. Love love love the term “writers’ hokey pokey” … a dance I know so well! What’s so hilarious about our parallel posts is that I never have the slightest idea what I’m going to write about until I sit down to do it … which is usually late the night before it’s due. We do seem to be tuned into the same channel much of the time …

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