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. …
“Do you ever feel like someone is watching you?”
Where is that cat?