Elderfox's Blog

Thoughts of an elder writer-in-progress

MARCH MADNESS. . .

Daughter has finished the OUTLANDER series, so I’m going to go for it this Summer (and probably into the Fall, judging by the number of books, besides, of course, watching it on TV); also I’ll reread a pile of THE WRITER & WRITER’S DIGEST magazines I’ve accumulated.  Yep, gottalotta of time on my hands…I wish : |

As for MARCH MADNESS I’ll  work on my first draft efforts of a Contemporary Romance, and this BLOG, which will probably be mostly about Canines …for instance–

There has been a great deal of news regarding DOG FOOD, but I’m not going to speak negatively about the variety of dog foods available, except to say READ THE LABELS…check with a veterinarian especially before supplementing vitamin and/or minerals which can be a regulated added requirement to the diet for show/sport competition/stud/pregnancy/whelping stresses.  A water soluble Lecithin tablet will help metabolize Vit A.  Complete B-Complex (water soluble) is important to help alleviate stress.  A tsp or Tbls mixture of applecider vinegar and honey a day won’t hurt.  And, of course, there is Raspberry leaf supplement to aid bitches due to whelp.  A child’s Calcium tablet (with your veterinarian’s approval) can be important not only for growing puppies but for elderly dogs as well.

As a word of caution, please check with your Veterinarian or  knowledgeable breeder.

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MARCH MADNESS

Well I’m here as promised with  BLOG #1 (also promised an hour of daily work on my Novel Ms).  I’ll probably be all over the place with the blog.  As for the novel, well that has been in the works off and on for several years.  The main characters- Harrison & Cera -have been very patient, but of late have been tinkering with the program, hatching their own plots and getting grouchy when I try to bring them back to the homestead.  (No, that’s not a clue….altho. . .hummm…)

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OUT OF THE BLUE. . .

Well it’s true. . .wonders never cease.  Got a call from a long time friend/exhibitor to take a look at her new puppy (a smooth collie from England) and to meet them at a place where I held handling classes in Mt Vernon.  Turns out I had the privilege of “admiring” a couple of Aussies also.  It was great to see every one and the young collie will certainly do her new owner proud.  Then, yesterday, I get a phone call inviting me (and dD-J J) to an anniversary dinner of the Bell Vernon Kennel Club which I had the privilege of being a founding member– 50 years ago! !  Good heavens to mergatroid!  That was 1964!– 

I think I’ll go lay down. 

 

 

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THE NEW YEAR

So here I am, perched at the top (January) of my WordPress blog and no ideas of “what” will come of it.  Seems my past “New Year” attempts have always been started then slip away like melting snow–not that we have any here in our cloudy, wet, chilly, NW (and thankful Mother Nature has chosen the East for her cold weather.  But you never know, she probably has something up her sleeve….like her fave for us, rain, lots of RAIN.  Then again, green is nice. 

I didn’t get into any writing last year.  It  wasn’t a good year for us.  But we have a roof over our heads, food in the frige, a computer, TV…and BOOKS, oh my!  Lots of books, still boxed (some in storage) ranging from my grandmothers cook book and more; the Jane Austen, Diana Gabaldon, and Janet Daily seriers; Westerns (including Native American histories); cabins, horses, chickens, wilderness, dogs (of course), Washington and local, historicals, and, of course, “How To–” writing books.  Hey, you never know where your next (or first) book ideas will come from.  So I’m pretty much ready, waiting for Ms Muse to come up out of the cellar and smile.

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MOTHERS current DAY….and the dog

I’m back everyone…atleast for now…me and the dog are at odds…my daughter has to break up our daily misadventures. So when the dog is back in his crate for a “nap” I’ll be back with something more usfull. Thanks everyone.

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THERE’S AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM!

And it has nothing to do with politcs (promise!)  It’s here because of the humor of my Muse, and, as usual, she resorts to  hyperbole.  So I’m forced to sit and think and I finally think she is being a nag because of late I’ve been caught up in rememberances instead of attending to her constant disciplines re my fiction writing . . . which is why the elephant…HOW?   It equates to having a long memory, right….RRRRRIIIITTTT!  ( The ole gal does have  a sense of humor.)  Anyway, of late (instead of attending to Harrison’s and Cera’s love life) I’ve been problem solving, re How to include my “DOG YEARS ” into my story plotting.  It begin when I was very young (during the first depression—oh sorry, forgot I wasn’t going to mention politics, or suggest my age). . .  anyway, a fox terrier named “SPOT” was my first (and not my last) encounter with that breed.  Spot’s whole mindset was protecting family, especially the “young”.  I remember clearly (I was maybe 5/6) when my mother, bending me over the rim of the bathtub, her hair brush in hand,  ready to whack my behind (which I no-doubt deserved) and hearing a sound behind her, turned to see “ole Spot”crouched in the doorway, back hair all a-bristel…I don’t remember my Mom ever “whacking” me again, at least not in Spot’s presence.   My Grandfather probably initiated the behavior by pretending to spank my young uncle, just to see Spot’s growling, bristeling reaction. 

(A side-note:  In those days Mom, Dad, and sometimes near relatives, had the lawful priviliege of corrective punishment for the bad behavior of their offspring.)

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AU CONTRAIRE. . .

1949–  ” Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”   (Popular Mechanics–forecasting the relentless march of  science)

1943 — “I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers.”  (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM)

1957-  “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and walked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.”  (Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall)

1968-  “But what is it good for?”  (Engineer at Advanced Computing Systems Divison of IBM commenting on the microchip)

1977-  ” There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”   (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp.)

1876-   This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”  (Western Union Internal memo)

1920s-  “The wireless music box  has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?”  (David Sarnoff’s associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio.)

1962- “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”  (Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles)

1899- “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”     (Charles H Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents)

1981- “640K ought to be enough for anybody.”   Bill Gates

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