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How to make a writing fort

11 Oct

Sometimes we’re told as adults that we can’t do things we did as children. Society insists we must “grow up” and “become responsible”.

Which is fine. Until you try to grow up and/or become responsible.

It’s hard. And there is no manual.

Maybe that’s how I’ll make my living.

How to grow up, be mature, and thrive at adulthood

*yawn*

Lately, I’m not convinced that whoever is perpetuating this message knows what they’re talking about. Why do we have to be this idealized version of an adult?

My favorite adults are the ones who say, you know… I like playing board games. So I will.

Which brings me to my point. People (who are these people, anyway?) say adults can’t make forts.

Well, can’t is the wrong world.

Because I did.

They could say shouldn’t. They are allowed to their opinions.

But can’t?

Well, no.

Here is proof:

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Kinley’s Writing Fort

How to make a writing fort:

1.) Push two comfortable chairs together.

2.) Drape one fleece blanket over each chair.

3.) Place a final blanket over the section where you’ll be sitting.

4.) The dog is optional.

Pointers:

  • Don’t feel restricted by this design. Follow your heart.
  • There are no rules to adult fort building.
  • Pets are allowed.
  • Writing may or may not get done.
  • Productivity not guaranteed.
  • You don’t have to use Seattle sports team blankets (but this is encouraged).

Sometimes I just want to make a fort in my living room. It’s not hurting anyone. It’s comfortable.

Why not?

Also, I wanted to let you know that Kissing Her Scrooge, releasing December 5th from Carina press, is up for pre-order with the blurb! If you’re interested in learning more about my pageant president heroine who falls for a grumpy tree farmer who doesn’t celebrate the season, please check it out, HERE. 🙂 I’m excited for this one, all.

Have a great weekend!

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Life is like the worst game of hide-and-seek ever

25 Sep

I am the hider. Reality is the seeker. And reality is a total jerk about winning.

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Sorry, Joker. We can still see you…

He has to be doing this on purpose

10 May

My dog totally knows what he’s doing.

Out of all the space in the living room, Joker decided to settle here:

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Every day, I sit in the same position, and Joker knows where I put my computer. So when he sits where my computer goes, I am not amused.

But this position above is even worse. This probably isn’t a clear picture, but he settled his head on my wrist. Then, every time I moved my wrist to type, he growled. That’s right. Growled.

He totally does this on purpose.

Then he finally gets irritated enough and he goes here:

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He goes ten feet across the room, sits in his bed, and stares.

And keeps on staring.

Sometimes, he puts his head down and still stares.

And other times, he turns his back on me, and that’s when I know he’s really angry.

Dogs are a lot smarter than most people think. They have agendas. And you better hope their agenda is not to prevent you from editing, because they will succeed.

Too bad I win in the end. I am almost done editing Endured, despite his interference. 🙂

Have a good weekend!

Kinley Baker

How the lime green basket my dog hates represents your life

27 Feb

Meet Joker, an almost eleven pound terrier. I once gained street cred in the neighborhood because a five year old informed me Joker was from Batman. He said I was cool.

HELLO, I’M JOKER:

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Someone made a mess of these toys…
Wasn’t me.

If you think Joker is cute, don’t be fooled. I’m kidding. He’s awesome, and I love him. He also has some quirks that I think we can all apply to our lives.

Kids in the neighborhood always stop me when I’m walking Joker to say: “Cute dog!”

In which my first thought is: Don’t talk to strangers. Instead, I always say: “Thank you.”

Even though I’m not sure they’re really complimenting me. It feels kind of insincere to accept the praise. I have no real claim to fame for his cuteness except that I buy his toys.

Anyway, Joker has this lime green basket that he really loathes. We use it to put all his toys in so the living room looks cleaner. It’s supposed to look like this:

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Organized toys.

It ends up looking like this:

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What happens when Joker takes all the toys from the box.

Probably because of this:

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Get out! Get out! Get out!
I don’t want any sass, toys.

Whenever we place all his toys in the basket, he cannot handle it. He just can’t. It is the one thing that bothers him above all other things. He hates it.

How do we know he hates it?

Because this always ends up happening:

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This is how I roll.

This is literally sixty seconds after I finished putting all the toys in the basket.

You might wonder why we continue to put the toys there. First of all, he makes us laugh. He gets so disgruntled. I’m sorry, but it’s hilarious.

Second is that this is an analogy for the world.

There are always outside forces out of our control.

The basket is that one thing we can’t handle as individuals. It’s something different for all of us.

In life, we are the disgruntled person, fighting for change.

There are things like the lime green box that we can’t handle! The absolute annoyance of this one specific thing gets under our skin.

We seriously cannot deal.

If my dog could talk, I swear he’d yell: “I hate you, you stupid green basket!”

Yet, we must learn to deal with frustrations at every level.

I thought the basket was a good example of how life works.

Although now I’m thinking I should take the stupid basket away, because I’ve equated my dog to a freedom fighter and I am the force standing in his way.

*Feels like a horrible person*

Lol. Another good example of how life works. We can never win.

What do you think about equating this basket to your problems?

How many of us want to do a little yelling of our own? Let’s just curse the green basket. Then we’re the only ones who know who we’re really thinking about. 😉

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Leave them here and frolic off into the sunset. Seriously, do it.

I won’t tell. Your secret is between you and that frustrating, impossible, annoying, stupid, lime green box (whatever it is!).

Kinley Baker (@kinleybaker)