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I’m a Sucker for Animals

I recently saw pictures from the “Show your Soft Side” campaign on the Huffington Post and I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favs here.  I am both a dog and a cat person – I grew up with cats and I now have a dog.  If my husband wasn’t allergic to cats, I would have a kitty too.

Show you soft side - one tough cat

The dude looks pretty tough, but that cat is FIERCE. Work it baby.

Show your soft side - punk rocker with a pup

I love how the dog is like, “Daaaaaddd, you’re embaraaaaasssing meeeeeeee.”

Show your soft side - rescued doggie

Read the text in the black part of the picture. It made me tear up.

My dog is not really a rescue.  I got him for free from a friend who was placing another person’s unwanted pups.  I’d always wanted a dog, but had no idea how to deal with things like potty training and stuff in dogs.  I needed to get a trainer to train me as well as Captain.  I learned patience from my dog and I learned to be kind.  There is no animal more loyal and patient with humans than a dog.

I also learned that my husband was a good person by how he treated my dog.  The husb gave Captain snuggles, love, and attention.  He took him for walks and helped me pay for vet visits and grooming.  When the pup had massive allergies last year, the man I love helped me persist until the solution was found.  Good people respect and love animals – even if they are too tough to admit it.  It’s an old cliche, but actions really do speak louder than words.  Animals understand your actions and are rarely tricked by words.  That’s one of the many things that makes them so great.

If you want to help rescue animals, check out your local humane society.  My mom got her cat from the Humane Society.  Her cat (Gigi) has a similar story to Towpath in the pic above.  Gigi was left in a can of oil to die.  She was rescued and my mom adopted her despite the fact that she had asthma from her harrowing experience.  It’s now something like 10 or 12 years later and Gigi is an older girl, living loved and asthma free.  So, that leads me to another thing you can do for animals: Love them.  Spread the word about them.  And don’t tolerate their abuse.



Summertime Editing

I haven’t been blogging, but I have been busy.  So, I finished the edits on my book – Hunting Annabelle.  I can’t remember if I’ve said the name of my book before.  Anyway, I have the book to beta readers and am making a list of agents/editors I think would be a good match.  Now I just have to figure out how to write a good query letter that will do my book justice.

Have you noticed how hard it is to reduce the work of over a year into a paragraph or two?  It’s pretty tough.  I want to give the feel of the book without saying too many words.  Kinda hard.  But I understand the need.  If I was an agent or editor, I would hate receiving a million submissions of full manuscripts or just the first couple of chapters with no info on where the story goes from there.

Anywho, I also moved.  So, now the husb, the pup and I all live in a house that we love.  It has amazing door chimes which the pup can set off just by barking.  Pretty impressive.

He only looks innocent

He only looks innocent

During my move I found my old journals from age 8 or 9 to around 15.  There’s some of my old poetry and Fear Street fan fic in there.  Yes.  That happened.  Good ol’ R.L. Stine.

Should be renamed crack cocaine for kids.  I LOVED the Fear Street saga.  And wrote sooooooo much fan fic.  So much.  God help me.

Should be renamed crack cocaine for kids. I LOVED the Fear Street saga. And wrote sooooooo much bad fan fic. So much.

I recently got involved with a critique group, which I’m really enjoying.  It’s three other ladies who write in a variety of genres.  I get such great diversity from them, which translates to excellent suggestions and help with my manuscript.

One thing I have learned through this process is that I don’t love criticism.  But, if I swallow whatever retort I have on the tip of my tongue and give it a couple of days, usually there’s something in the comments that is super helpful.  I know the criticism is given from a good place – there’s no nastiness or anything.  It’s just me, wanting to be perfect the first time around.

That’s all of my rambling for now.  Look forward to more soon!

Random comment:

Okay, when I was looking for pics of the Fear Street Saga, I remembered a story from my childhood that involves R.L. Stine’s other series: Goosebumps.  Here’s the deal: My family went on vacation out by Yosemite National Park. There’s a ton of waterfalls and little wading pools out there that have huge signs that say something like: “Last year a 143 people drowned here. DON’T GO INTO THE WATERFALL IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE!!!!”

Long story short, I touched the water, decided it was too cold, and laid out in the sun, reading a book called A Night in Terror Tower.  I was engrossed when suddenly I heard shouting.  I looked up to find that my big brother had fallen into the deadly waterfall.  All I could think was that my brother was going to die and I was already completely terrified because of the book.  I couldn’t dredge up more adrenaline and fear for my dear not-yet departed bro.

Luckily, my brother was fished out of the pool above the waterfall in time.  He got hugged and scolded and fawned over.  I went back to my book.  That’s the kind of callous b***h I was.  I think he was kind of relieved that I didn’t freak out over his safe return to the world above water.  He was irritated by the attention at the time anyway.

So, here’s the book that grabbed me so completely I had trouble feeling empathy for my brother’s plight.

It looks so cheesy I'm afraid to reread it. I think it'd make me feel even more guilty...

It looks so cheesy I’m afraid to reread it. I think it’d make me feel even more guilty…

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