This year will be 5 years.
My 5th Marathon.
Every July, for the last 5 years, I have driven up to Huntsville to spend the weekend with the most dedicated and inspired writers. Certainly one of my best opportunities to put words down, to share in my love of writing and to raise money for adult literacy.
Literature is the dew to my soul.
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…
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.