Haven’t you ALWAYS wanted to be in a novel?
Well, now is your chance!
If you make a donation – to support adult literacy – I will name a character in my next novel after YOU.
That’s right… go to my donor page… make a donation and I will name a character in an actual book, after YOU!
PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS…
- Have you ever stopped me during a meeting, a lunch or while I was shopping in the grocery store to ask about your dog’s lump?
- Have you sent me pictures of your kitten’s butt… trying to decide his or her sex?
- Have you given my contact information to your friend/sister/mother/cousin-twice removed knowing full well they were going to call me on a Sunday night to ask me about their itching dog?
- Have you called and played me a recording of your cat hacking up a fur ball?
- Have you sent me a picture of your pet bleeding in some way?
- Have you dropped by on a Saturday night to ask for help removing a tick from your dog?
- Have you asked me to bring home medication or food or your pet from my office?
- Have you Facebooked? Emailed? Carrier Pigeon-ed with some question about your pet during non-business hours???
Well, now is your time to say, ‘THANK YOU, VET DONNA’ and support a cause that I am passionate about.
(Please note… this is ALL IN FUN. I love you and your pets… but I’m not below using guilt to encourage you to make a donation.)
Remember… I will name a character after YOU!
Before you panic, I will not roast you and most likely the character you are named after will have very litter resemblance to you… unless you have been terrible to me, then, you might find yourself in literature as a dung-beetle.
In July, I shall once again be participating in the Muskoka Novel Marathon to raise money for the YMCA Adult Literacy program.
For 72 intense hours, I will be torturing my characters, tossing them into trauma and discord… to see how they cope. I will sit on my bum till it tingles with sleep, overdosing on coffee and writing till my fingers cramp.
I’m researching and plotting conflict and humour…. now all I need are NAMES.
So PLEASE… sponsor me… so I can finally name my characters!
Thank you for your support.
You can contact me directly or support through this website.
Donna (again… I love your pets and all your questions!)
I came upon a Twitter thread where a frustrated author was venting. This author, who I might add, is already at least a decade ahead of my writing success because she has a published book that in my imagination has a stunning hard cover hugging her words, was annoyed after being asked, “So, how many books have you sold?”
My first thought was, ‘what an honour—to have a book to sell’ but the author was quite upset by the question and expressed how she felt the person had blatantly asked, “So, how much do you make?”, as if the curious person had requested to see her undergarments and T4.
Pawprints on the Heart: Animal Stories from Grey-Bruce is exactly that, a collection of stories for every pet owner.
Dr. Debbie Boyde from the Owen Sound Veterinary Clinic, put out a call for short stories to celebrate the human animal bond in order to publish a book to raise funds for the Farley Foundation. The accepted stories were published by The Ginger Press in Owen Sound with the foreword by Lynne Johnston, the author of For Better or For Worse and the creator of the lovable Old English Sheepdog, Farley.
The Farley Foundation helps to cover unexpected veterinary expenses for those in need. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the Farley Foundation website.
In her short story, A Palpable Thrill, Dr. Donna Curtin shares the angst and turmoil of a veterinary student determined not to fall in love with a big eyed, soft eared dog whose heart may be weak, but whose spirit is anything but.
The Ascribe writers is a group of supportive, caring and unique people who come together monthly to share and grow on this journey to becoming published novelists.
Some members are well published, while others are aspiring to have their words in print. To further our goals of becoming published and to wet our appetites to all that’s involved with completing a writing project, specifically; meeting deadlines, editing, re-writing and finally reading aloud at a book launch, the group embarked on the adventure of putting together a manuscript of connected short stories.
The collection was accepted for publication by the Gingerpress in OwenSound. The forward is by Andrew Armitage.
All the stories are tied together by location, each adventure anchored in some way to the Grey-Bruce region.
Donna Curtin has two stories within this collection; first, A Little Psycho, highlights the healing a precious pet can provide to a family devastated by the Walkerton Water Tragedy and her second story, Nova’s Procession, documents the unusual funeral procession for an old husky after her unexpected passing.
Copies are available through the publisher, the Gingerpress, in OwenSound.
Living with animals enriches our lives, but sometimes, we share diseases with our fury friends and they can give back in the same way to us.
Sick! Curious Tails of Pest and Parasites We Share with Animals is a collection of stories told to enlighten the reader to the times when being close to an animal may very well endanger your life.
Available on amazon.
Need a present for that animal lover who has everything?
Get them a book.
Published by the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2012, Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People brings unique voices together to share their love of animals.
“Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People – in this anthology of poems, stories, essays, and one charming graphic story, you will read about and experience the sometimes unexpected, always touching, and powerful connections among them. Blending a mix of writers including poets Lorna Crozier, Mark Doty, Patrick Lane, and Molly Peacock with stories from everyday veterinarians and their clients, ranging from heartbreaking to laugh-out-loud funny, Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People explores the complex relationships that exist between us and animals. It touches on such topics as the invisible bond connecting veterinarians and animals, the never-ending “jobs” of the animals in our lives, and the role of animals in our imagination.”
In her story, Don’t you love Animals, Dr. Curtin shares the difficulty of trying to help her patients while an owner is required to ‘pay the bill’ and how at times, it can be a challenge to demonstrate your love of animals, while trying to make a living.
This collection is available on Amazon.
In the background of my writing, there are these characters. These special spirits who hold up the pages in the background. This black lab is one of them. Helping us to understand the importance of the veterinarian’s job. …
My daughter and I were strolling the aisles of the local dollar store, when this little notebook caught my attention. It was leather, and robin’s egg blue and embossed across the front was “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” with a picture of a creature that could have only been doodled by Dr. Seuss. I couldn’t help but feel this little book held more value than a dollar.The quote is from Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh the Places You’ll Go!, which oddly enough, was the theme of my high school graduation. It seems Dr. Seuss has been trying to teach me something for a long time. To read more head to the Ascribe website.
In Missing Diagnosis, an aspiring veterinarian is called to attend an Angus cow with a prolapsed uterus. This happens when after calving, the cow continues to strain until the uterus is pushed out. …