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January, 2008

Judy Adourian Newn Mag

Pet Prose
Critter inspiration
By  Lori Myers

Love has always inspired writers to perform their best and puppy love is no different.
There's nothing like inspiration to get the writing wheels churning. For me, inspiration can spring from a simple conversation, a meaningful friendship, or a work of art. Inspiration may come out of a small moment, a walk in the woods, or a life-changing event.

But the greatest inspiration for some writers, myself included, are the living beings that can't speak our language, have a limited amount of facial expressions, and sleep most of their lives away. They're those furry felines and canines that conjure up in us expressions of love, caring, and a deep-seated fear that they will be gone too soon. They have a knack for creating intense feelings, tears, and laughter without saying a word – emotions that we can transfer into our writing of fiction and personal essays. But these companions can also help create a writing niche.

I had been writing professionally for several years before our adorable West Highland terrier, Willy, came into our lives. Don't get scared. He's still with us, a spry and precocious 7-year-old with an old soul, who knows every trick in the book from the cute stare that cops that piece of cheese, to the wagging tail that greets each and every stranger.

Before he became a member of the family, I considered my writing niches to be the arts, decor, food, a travel piece here and there, and profiles of interesting people. Once that fluffy white creature entered our home, he also entered my heart and added another writing specialty to my list. I began by writing an essay about our (tormented) puppy kindergarten experience and getting that published. Soon the pet store where I got his food and other supplies had a story to tell me. I queried a magazine on that idea and got an assignment. I then signed Willy up at a nearby agility training center and got several ideas from the center's owner, including a story I did on dog dancing.

At the pet park, where Willy preferred hanging out with the humans rather than those of his own kind, I met dog owners who had stories that I turned into articles and essays. The editors at the regional magazine where I regularly contribute began to think of me instantly whenever a dog or cat story crossed their desks. I wrote about service dogs, dog treats, the grand opening of a doggy café, and even a cat hospice whose story eventually made its way to a national publication. Sure people I meet still talk to me about the arts, decor, food, travel, or some unforgettable character as fodder for magazine articles. But I'm now also the "dog writer" who produces prose about the Rovers of the world.

I must admit that I am wholly responsible for my Westie's more than 15 minutes of fame. Willy is quite well known in dog circles as well as being the hound about town as we walk through the neighbourhood. He must sense all of this. Why else would he be quiet and serene all day as he listens to the click-click of my computer keys. Perhaps he's hoping that the words I am writing were inspired by him.
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Lori Myers is an award-winning freelance writer and co-founder of the Central Pennsylvania Writers' Consortium whose articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in over 40 national and regional publications. One of her articles is part of the archives at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

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The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

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A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

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What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

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The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

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A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

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Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
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The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
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Of all we hope to be.

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Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

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At last my poem’s through;
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