Two Excuses…

Bailey Baxter here.

Remember me? The author of The Mirror of Doom? You signed up for my email list, and I promised you I’d send you a post once a month.

And, then I totally dropped the ball.

Yeah, it’s been months since I posted anything on my website. MONTHS! And, I’m embarrassed, mortified, and really, really sorry.

But, I’m not too ashamed to put the blame on two different things…

1) My Clients Buried Me With Work

You see… I work full-time as a copywriter. But, let me make one thing clear… I don’t sit at a desk and draw circles around the letter “C.” (Yes, some people actually think I spend my time that way.) That’s a copyright. I write sales copy — also called junk mail by people who hate getting it. An example of my work is this piece right here ==>

So, I spend my days writing for a living and scrambling to meet deadlines (which aren’t always reasonable). I have to fit my book writing around my copywriting — which, lately, has been extremely demanding. I’d prefer to spend ALL my time writing books, but only about 20% of authors make a decent living. And, I need to eat and pay bills, so copywriting it is!

2) My Dog is High Maintenance

2017-04-06 17.41.13She is as cute as a button. And FUNNY! But, my Shih-tzu Lucy is one of the highest maintenance dogs you’ll ever meet!

She has to be combed and groomed regularly — or she develops dreadlocks. She constantly asks to go outside so she can chase squirrels. And, she never gets enough of playing with her ball.

But, here’s the worst part: When she was just six months old, Lucy was diagnosed with a bad liver. I followed everything the vet told me to do for about two years — and her liver numbers stayed about 10 times higher than they should be. So, I found a guy online who helps dogs with this kind of problem. Lucy was put on a special diet that I have to make from scratch. It takes me about an hour and a half every day to prepare her food and feed her.

Unfortunately (for me), Lucy’s a picky eater. Half the time she rejects the food I so lovingly prepare and goes hunting for bunny poop in the back garden. (I think she’s struck a deal with the neighborhood rabbits. They leave her a “deposit,” and she allows them total access to the goodies in the garden.)

So, there you have it…

I’ve been focusing on book number two in Tim Hunter’s adventures with what little time I have. It will be called, The Hooded Menace. I’m hoping to publish it later this year. Or early next year. It depends on my client workload and one very silly, finicky pup.

If you have any ideas how I can get more done during the day — or how I can get Lucy to actually eat what I put in front of her — please leave a comment below.

6 Responses to Two Excuses…

  1. Andy February 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Bummer that you don’t get as much time to be writing the book. But good to know that you are busy (it keeps the lights on, right?). Always enjoy the Lucy updates. Looking forward to your next book.

    • baileybaxter February 20, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks for commenting, Andy! Life is crazy, but I will keep pursuing the dream (while keeping the lights on!). 🙂

  2. Lori February 20, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks for sharing some updates. My daughter Olivia, now 9, is a little like you. She has been writing stories and songs since she was 5. I find them all over the house – some stapled, some loose. But they are all really good! I hope something will come of her creativity some day. As far as Lucy, just keep on loving her but maybe try adding some supplements to her food. Try Dinovite for small dogs. I have heard good things. My son Vincent is looking forward to more of your books. I believe he sent you a signed poster of his school reading award, holding your first book! 🙂 Lori

    • baileybaxter February 20, 2018 at 10:13 am #

      Hi Lori! Yes, I love the poster Vincent sent me! Thanks for the advice for Lucy. She is on supplements, but she’s just a challenging little dog. Good thing she’s so cute! Encourage Olivia to keep writing those stories! And, tell Vincent I’m plugging along on book #2. 🙂

  3. Brenda February 22, 2018 at 4:16 am #

    I see Lucy is already on some supplements. But – check with your vet to make sure her liver problems won’t be affected – have you tried dog probiotics? I’ve used them at various times over the years for both my cats and dogs. Sometimes briefly and sometimes permanently. I get the ones in capsule form sealed in blister packs from my vet. I pull the capsule apart and sprinkle the powder over wet food. So far, my critters seem to think it’s some sort of treat and go for it. Hope she stays well.

    • baileybaxter February 22, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks for your suggestions, Brenda! I appreciate it. I do have Lucy on probiotics, too. And, I didn’t share my good news — the last time Lucy’s liver enzymes were checked, they were NORMAL! The special diet worked! Unfortunately, I have to keep her on it to keep her liver healthy. I think she’s just a stubborn, picky little dog who really would rather eat bunny poo than the meal I have to take so long to prepare for her! Good thing I love her! 🙂