Instead I started her a tumblr blog, which can be seen here: Misaki's World.
It's going to be a fun little place, told with Misaki's voice, where we post one-off pictures of her and the cats (she promised to share), and perhaps other pictures that don't necessarily have a story to go with them.
It's not abandoning thing blog, it's just outsourcing some of the things that would be fun to do that don't seem to fit right. Here I'll still post pictures of them, but ones that have a story that goes along with them.
Now, you may ask, why can't I post one-off pictures with captions here? Well, I can, of course. There isn't anything that says I can't. But, in the 18 months I've been writing on this blog, I haven't done it once, because I feel like there has to be more to it than a picture and a sentence. That's me - has nothing to do with the blog per se.
Tumblr, on the other hand, seems perfectly suited to this kind of thing. Misaki can get her thoughts out there, pictures can be posted of her and the cats being cute, and we can reblog (a tumblr feature) pictures of Shiba friends we've made online. I will also post pertinent links from this space Misaki's World, if it makes sense (as in, is it about Misaki or does it contain a cute picture of her?).
Plus, I've been wanting to write a bit from her perspective, but in small doses. If I want it to be bigger, maybe Misaki will "guest blog" in this space at some point. But why her perspective?
There is something in how Misaki watches us, something almost motherly in her observation, like she feels we are doing things all wrong but no one is in danger of imminent dismemberment so she'll let us figure out our mistakes on our own. Kind of weird, actually, having a small dog who seems so intelligent (I mean, IS intelligent) and can be so eerily cognizant of our conversations.
She rolls her eyes or huffs at just the right point in a conversation where a human might. She guides us like a border collie with OCD when it's time to be fed/go somewhere/head to bed.
So what's going through her mind as she does these things? Those are the places I hope to explore in Misaki's World. So far she sounds like a bit of a diva - she's really not (at least, not a big diva), so I might tone that down a tiny bit. Is it taking anthropromorphism to a new level? Sure it is, but it's a fun creative writing exercise. I've added a link to the Shiba Blog Roll at the right, so be sure to check it out.
Did I say I wanted to write more on the book a little less just a few days ago? I did, but in all honesty Misaki's World is a quick thing that is more of a break than a focused endeavour. Updating at least once - sometimes a lot more - daily takes almost no time at all, and I may also, perhaps, do it from work every once in a while. Or not. As far as you know.
Hope you enjoy it!