I search for a word, the right word, the perfect one to complete the sentence that will make the paragraph come alive, and perhaps touch a few readers with the raw, honest truth I hope to infuse into my latest story. Must focus. I almost have it…
You! Yeah, you out there! I’m talkin’ to you, dog! What the hell are you doing on my street?
It’s my street. That’s right, the whole damn block. Oh my God, he’s peeing on my lawn!
If I could open this window I’d run out there and show that bum who’s the boss of this street. Hey! Come back here! You think you can just pee and then walk away?
A writer’s ability to focus, to balance characterization and plot in order to illustrate the truth about human experience, is paramount to the process of creating…
Yeah, whatever. How about giving me some of that coffee? You know I love coffee. I mean, you know I love all kinds of people food.
All right, but just a sip, and then I have to get back to this story.
Why? Wouldn’t you rather play with me? I have this toy duck.
I’m working on a very difficult section, where the protagonist realizes how wrong he’s been about his wife…
Listen. When I bite down, it makes a quackin’ noise. Quack quack quack quack…
Come on, Bubba. Do you have to do that right now? I’m really trying to concentrate…
You don’t want to play? Then I’ll sulk over here, where you can see me.
Just take a break, Buddy. I’ll play with you as soon as I get through this paragraph.
Oh. Holy cow!
What is it now?
There’s a squirrel in the yard!
I can catch him this time. I know I can. Come on. Open the door. Open the door. Open the door.
All right. I’m coming.
Hurry up! He’s right there!
Here you go.
Five minutes later…
Man, that was fun.
You didn’t get him.
I will next time, you can write it down.
I wish I had the time to write it down. Now can I get back to work?
How about a snack first? Isn’t it time to take our walk? I’m all amped up. We should go play or something.
Henry, please. I’m supposed to be writing.
You’re no fun. I’m gonna take my frustrations out on that duck.
Don’t eat the stuffing. You know it makes you sick.
What do I care? You’re the one who has to pick it up.
There. I finally finished. I don’t even know if it’s good anymore, but at least it’s done. Okay, Babalouie. You ready to play?
Don’t bother me, man. I’m taking a nap.
So that’s it? You pester me all morning while I’m working, and when I’m done you ignore me?
You need to relax. Tell you what, why not sit over here and I’ll push up against you.
Yeah, you’re right. This is relaxing, just sitting on the couch and getting away from the computer for a while. Gives me a chance to think about things with a different perspective, like the fact that you never criticize my writing, or me for that matter. And no matter how much you bug me during my work, I can’t stay angry at you.
Umph. Let me get in closer. I’ll put my head on your leg too. There, that’s better.
Yes it is.
While you’re here, how about a belly rub?
 FYI, these are the official Approved Henry Nicknames: Bubba, Babalou(ie), Caligula, Mr. Waggin’ Tail, Melvin Belly, Buddy, Mister (Dona’s). Do Not Use: Hank.