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    Posted: 13 Oct 2018 at 8:03pm
So, my beloved doggo died very suddenly today.  Anyone else have a bad weekend during one of these things?  I don't want to give up, but writing comedy after burying my pup doesn't feel... natural.  Given I have the action/adventure prompt, but my angle is comedy.  Oy, life.

Anywho, I hope y'all are having a good weekend!  
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Originally posted by MissKeister MissKeister wrote:

So, my beloved doggo died very suddenly today.  Anyone else have a bad weekend during one of these things?  I don't want to give up, but writing comedy after burying my pup doesn't feel... natural.  Given I have the action/adventure prompt, but my angle is comedy.  Oy, life.

Anywho, I hope y'all are having a good weekend!  


You laugh or you cry.  Have a wake for your pup; tell stories that are maybe a little embellished, remember the good times, write your story, because whether you do or not nothing else has changed.

I lost both cats and my father within a month.  You laugh or you cry.


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Originally posted by MissKeister MissKeister wrote:

So, my beloved doggo died very suddenly today.  Anyone else have a bad weekend during one of these things?  I don't want to give up, but writing comedy after burying my pup doesn't feel... natural.  Given I have the action/adventure prompt, but my angle is comedy.  Oy, life.

Anywho, I hope y'all are having a good weekend!  


I'm very sorry to hear this. Dogs walk with us through life as companions. When they go, it is a loss.

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Originally posted by MissKeister MissKeister wrote:

So, my beloved doggo died very suddenly today.  Anyone else have a bad weekend during one of these things?  I don't want to give up, but writing comedy after burying my pup doesn't feel... natural.  Given I have the action/adventure prompt, but my angle is comedy.  Oy, life.

Anywho, I hope y'all are having a good weekend!  

I am so, so sorry to see this news. I've lost beloved pets, it's not like losing a family member - it IS losing a family member. Give yourself some space - see how you feel tomorrow. Writing may be a good distraction for you, or not. If it's not, there's no shame in taking the time for yourself and your grief. A blanket and some bad TV sometimes is what your soul needs. But if writing is helpful, perhaps you can change direction and channel your feelings into your work.

In 2016, my mom died four days after I submitted my story to the Flash Fiction semi-finals. I drew Fantasy and wrote a piece about saying goodbye. It was cathartic as she had been hospitalized for five weeks prior and in her final days was surviving on a bi-pap machine for breathing and unable to communicate. I needed to process those feelings and writing helped, a lot. There is no way I would have been able to write a comedy, crime caper, or anything that didn't directly address what I was feeling at the time. The universe gave me what I needed, and I still cherish that story.

Sending you huge virtual hugs. I'm so sorry for your loss. Do what's right for you - do what YOU need right now. Heart
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So sorry about your pup. I'm not gonna lie -- I wouldn't give a rip about this contest if that happened to my dog. If it helps you to write, write. If not, tend to yourself.
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Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement and understanding.  It really means a lot. 

Lisa, I chose to write a goodbye story -- I think it helped :)  Thank you for that!

Hoping you all have pieces you are very proud of.  Can't wait to read <3    Love to you all!
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Originally posted by MissKeister MissKeister wrote:

Thank you all so much for your kind words of encouragement and understanding.  It really means a lot. 

Lisa, I chose to write a goodbye story -- I think it helped :)  Thank you for that!

Hoping you all have pieces you are very proud of.  Can't wait to read <3    Love to you all!

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I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. Back in July, my lovely cat died the day before the Flash Fiction contest started, and I had a very similar, pretty surreal experience of having to write through a lot of grief. I ended up having a version of my cat star in my story as a way of coping with it (and saying goodbye), and in a way it was good to have something else to focus on. Still, it was difficult, as I'm sure it has been for you.

I just wanted to wish you well, and say I've been there as well. I really hope your writing went well, but more importantly that you're looking after yourself, and taking some time to say goodbye to your dog. Losing a pet is devastating, and it doesn't feel right having to get straight back to work afterwards. I hope all is well <3
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Sorry about your dog!
This is my very first time entering one of these and not only did I have to work Saturday, but Sunday my Great Aunts came down and needed help cleaning out their mothers (my great grandmothers) house where my Pawpaw (their brother) had lived for before he got sick and came to live with my family for two years before he passed away. He died last September. Recently the house flooded and it got broken into and they left the place in disarray. I spent the day helping to clean the families home and finding old notes and things that reminded me of my grandparents. Then I had to rush and crank out an idea and get it in, in time all Sunday night.
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