|Posted by birgitpratcher on March 7, 2011 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
The puppy-boy (Blade, our Husky) and I were wishing for another dog, so he would have a friend to play with. Paws and fingers were crossed in hopes that Santa would hear our pleas, since the daddy (my husband) ignored them.
Christmas came and Christmas went, no puppy, not under the tree or on the door step. Blade would remain a single dog with us until, maybe next year or the year after or whenever, sigh.
Roger (the husband that ignores Christmas wishes) said "we'll see how things are looking next summer, right now it's not the time for a second dog."
So, tails and ears hanging low, we trudged through life the best we could, the dog and me.
This winter was very cold, freezing temperatures day and night, even snow on Christmas Day! (Yeah, as if I liked that mess, brrrr.) Blade of course was thrilled, what better weather for a Husky than a nice snow fall.
Around New Years the weather got a little better and on 2 January 2011 we had 67 degrees! (Fahrenheit of course).
Like so often we were missing a couple things in the kitchen, but waaayyyyy too lazy to go grocery shopping, so we went to the little Rite-Aid store close by. On the way home my husband suggested that we take a ride through the park. I was not at all interested, but then again, I was not on the wheel, so I had not much say in the matter and through the park we rode.
The park is rather small and in a car it seems even smaller, there is little pavement to cruise along, so you will get from one end of the park to the other in just 2 minutes flat. And then there we were, at the end of the pavement, where another parking lot is waiting for hikers to park their cars and disappear into the woods. Don't worry, they'll be back out in 20 minutes or less, like I said, it is a small park.
On the edge of the trees and by the parking lot we noticed something very peculiar, movement.
These woods do not house tons of wildlife, there are not enough trees for the wilderness to develop and I doubt that deer or bear would enjoy the tight space. A fox, rabbits and raccoons, yeah they will certainly hang out around here, after all we did find the skull of a raccoon before.
So, we looked and, believe it or not, there was a little black dog. No collar, no leash and no owner.
The only other people around were a group of young guys who had no clue where the dog belonged and a family with their dog on the other end of the park.
Of course my husband did not want to hear about putting the little thing into the car, no cage, no dog!
Well, the dog could not be left there, no matter how warm today was, the night would be cold and besides, there are too many dangers lurking to overcome little pray like this.
We rushed home, dropped the groceries, put Blade on his leash, stuffed my pockets with treats, a leash and a collar and walked back to the park. Not really a long walk, about twenty minutes, so it is manageable.
I don't think I walked as fast as I did this afternoon in years. My arthritic arm was hurting, but went ignored. After all, there was a little dog, all alone in the park.
When we arrived he was still in the same spot, apparently waiting on his owner to return in the car that dropped him here. When he saw us coming he hid behind a little shrub, even smaller than he was. The poor little guy was so scared.
He had a white strip going down his chest and while one of his ears was standing up, the other was flopping down and his tail was a bit short.
It took him a moment to give up his hiding spot and to approach Blade.
He remained weary of us humans, but, with the help of the treats I carried in my pocket, we got him to come a little closer and follow us to the water faucet.
His black fur had no shine and he was bloated. We pumped water and Blade showed him how to go and drink. He quickly got the hang of it and enjoyed the cool water.
A few more treats, a little more play-time with Blade and we were able to touch him.
He still was scared and not sure what to think of us, but he liked Blade and he liked treats.
After a while I got him to stick his little head through the collar I had brought and he was securely leashed up.
We had been waiting around the park for a while now and nobody had even thought about to come around or claim the dog, so we decided that he would to get to go home with us.
Of course my husband informed me repeatedly on the way home that we would not keep him, just a day or two and then take him to the shelter.
At least that was his story, a man has to have a story in order to cope with life and its puppies.
When we arrived home we fed him small portions of food, to make sure it would not make him sick. After all, we had no idea how long he'd been out there in the park without food water or shelter.
Upon closer inspection we noticed that he was much younger than we thought, no more than maybe four months old, but, lucky us, he was house-trained!
After a couple of days the bloating went away and we found out how painfully thin the poor little guy really was. It would take a lot of food to get him to normal standards, but we were eager to get there.
Of course we did run into some obstacles, dealing with two dogs, but in the end things always work out, don't they? Think about it, Santa granted us our wish for a second dog, a few days later than expected, but here he is, sweet, cute, loving and, most of all, healthy and happy.
We named him Knight, figuring a small, scared, timid dog needs a big name to make it in this world.
And yes, he is here to stay, did not even take 24 hours for the daddy to decide in our favor and to fall in love with him. Of course Blade and I knew all along that Knight would stay, we just figured we let the daddy find it out on his own, like that he will have so much more fun with it.
Come back next week to read about the bits and pieces we found out about the little Knight and how we learned to deal with certain problems that can arise when there is suddenly a second dog in the house.
Until then, stay safe, love your dog, cat, mouse or horse or what ever animal shares its life with you,
|Posted by birgitpratcher on June 25, 2008 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I'm also trying to spread the word of the pre orders for the book "Legacy" by Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc. Her book is already open for pre order, . She is an amazing writer. You can find her book cover on the TRIAD website at www. triadpublishinggroup. com
And of course, you can always real quick snatch up a copy of one of my books! Just click on the title on my page!
Hugs to all my friends,
|Posted by birgitpratcher on April 2, 2008 at 7:54 PM||comments (0)|
To Keep the Writing going
just my two little cents on small ideas that can help in big ways to keep on writing...
Lately quite a few people have asked what they can do to keep the writing going and complained that they keep losing interest in their projects after a while or, at least come to a dead end.
It is not unusual to lose interest in a project for a while. After all, writing a book from beginning to end is a lot of detailed and dedicated work. After you?ve wrote the entire manuscript you still have to edit everything over and over again.
Often it does depend on simple the project alone, is it fiction or non-fiction? After all, if you write non-fiction, you can stretch the facts only so far and the wording, even though it is important, should not be continued into clouds of boredom.
Often it is indeed the inspiration that is missing. To inspire yourself is not all that hard. A lot of times reading a book does wonders. Taking a walk, taking pictures, watching a movie or two, go fishing, all of this can feed you with new and creative ideas. Just sitting somewhere and watching people, animals or simply nature, can spark ideas and feed the muse to do the job.
In moments that you do feel inspired you should take notes, write down or talk into a little recorder all those great ideas and later you can sort them out.
So now you might have tons of great ideas for 20 different books and are still not half way done with one, but you have plenty tools now.
First of all, it will be your book, so you can use your imagination any way you see fit. Even on your characters.
Here it is always good to take little notes to describe the way you see your individual characters. Write down their names, what they look like, what they like and don?t like, what they do and read, develop the character, soon you might feel like they are a friend, like they have become more than just your imagination.
You still might not feel ready to write a book of several hundred pages. What you can do now is write it as a short story or a poem.
In the meantime a really great tool are Writing Exercises. Most writers practice their writing skills each day.
You don?t have to do it for hours. Here is a very easy way to "train" yourself with your writing: Chose a headline, something you see on the net or in a newspaper or the headline of a story someone once wrote. Then start typing about the subject for at least ten minutes straight, without stopping, without correcting any mistakes. Once your time is up or your fingers stop because you can?t think of anything else, go through what you just created and do your corrections. After a while you can go on to 15 minutes or more and writing will become rather easy.
Don?t feel bad if you have several manuscripts that are not finished. We always have about 5 or 6 ideas that we have started on and will finish later. A great help for a lot of writers is the "outline" of the story, you write it like an excerpt and it can help you not to lose your focus on the plot and characters.
Another trick you can use is this: You start the story that you want to write and share it. When you see that people are reading it and want to know what will happen next it will encourage you to continue.
Just like any artist, authors do need an audience.
Another way to ensure you keep writing, just to keep going is blogging. Here you don?t even have to stretch your imagination, you just write down whatever comes to your mind, it can be fiction or non-fiction, events of a day or week, things that rock your world and things that make you think or angry, or anything else.
A nice way to blog away and to get a lot of reading in is simply doing reviews. Of course you don?t have to concentrate on books alone, reviews can be done on movies as well or even on magazines.
I wish you lots of luck and many creative moments! (I will return to my X-Box now to find a creative moment myself, lol)
Why don?t you inspire yourself with one of our books:
|Posted by birgitpratcher on March 2, 2008 at 1:27 PM||comments (0)|
Beckoning the Paranormal
In our world we live our lives day by day, most of us blissfully unaware of the many portals, dimensions and creatures that share this plain with all of us, others, spooked easily by stories, new or old, about strange event and beings and very few of us haunted by special occurrences or entities, but only a handful, so to say, acutely aware of what others call the paranormal and actively interacting. Only very few of the handful without the slightest fear, accepting the unexplained, scientifically unimaginable and embracing it for what it mostly is, dear friends of different existence.
Whenever we find friends it is not hard to also find our foes, the difficulty is in the detail to see and recognize those who do mean harm.
Our horror stories are based on just that.
?RB Pratcher 2008
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|Posted by birgitpratcher on February 18, 2008 at 11:02 PM||comments (0)|
June Bear Adventures - The Missing Pies is an exceptional children's fantasy book, promised to keep the kids and tweens turning pages all the way to the very end. Even some adults can't help themselves and have to read it from beginning to end, enjoying every word of the fantastic adventure.
paperback, 236 pages, ISBN: 978-1432703523 $11.95
Here are the opinions of some readers:
Francis Lynn, author of teen/young adult novels:
Kids and their parents should appreciate "June Bear Adventures - The Missing Pies". Birgit and Roger Pratcher are a husband and wife team, whose books are always on the original and humorous side. Their new children's book is no exception. It's a tantalizing story, and like most detective stories will make readers want to carry onto the end. It might be too lively for bedtime stories though!
Brooke, singer and songwriter:
I Love Your June Bear Book!!!
I LOVE YOUR JUNE BEAR BOOK!!!!!! I had the most wonderful time reading your book during my long plane ride! I feel like I have been on a delightful adventure!! I am looking forward to sharing your book with my KWAV listeners . . . I am thinking about spreading the contest over 3 weeks . . . just to add more time to have fun!! I shall thoroughly enjoy sharing your book with others . . . it's a treat for me to be able to share something I believe in so much!! I truly think your book would make an enchanting movie!! I can envision magical sequels / episodes to come!! I look forward to when I can read another June Bear adventure book of yours!!!
Comment by Brooke Singer and Radiohost on KWAV.biz, California
V.G. Greene, a reader
VG. Greene, a true bookworm and a mom, 09/12/2007
This childrens book does remind of the wonderful tales the Grimms brothers brought to us in our childhood. Elves, witches, magic dragons and in the middle children with an innocent and brave heart, ready to save the world! This is one book I will cherish and read to my children over and over again!
You should not let your child, niece, nephew or grandchild miss out on this beautiful fantasy novel. Buy it right now, at AMAZON world wide!
|Posted by birgitpratcher on February 14, 2008 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
By multiple authors, including poet and writer Aberjhani, edited by Patrick Allen
Paperback, 288 pages, $11.53 at Amazon
Literary Savannah is the collection of multiple authors input on the beautiful city with a long and important history in Georgia.
Having lived ourselves in this magnificent city and still calling it our home in our hearts, this book has not only charmed us, but has taught us much about the Savannah history as well as the history of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and partly Florida in general.
The colonial cemetery was a large park crisscrossed with avenues where the finest trees in Savannah cast a constantly moving shade over paths of pink brick. Sycamores, catalpas, cork oaks, all bore in their foliage shreds of grey moss like long torn veils, stirring by the slightest breath of air. Originally from Barbados and borne by the wind, this almost ethereal vegetation added a melancholy element to even the most cheerful countryside land its strange attraction finally had its effect on the imagination. You could pull it out from the green depths, but it would come back, like some obsession?from Julien Green (1900-1998) The Distant Lands.
Let us close our review with a few short strophes from Aberjhanie?s poem Return to Savannah, because, after all who would not want to!
Memories: vicious Like a thicket made hot With cobras. The wrong step or erroneous beat of the heart and I could turn into a tower, bursting with death.
Legends tell the tourists that specters roam this city but I?ve no need for tales to explain the red-eyed shadows hopping like squirrels through the greenless branches of my immediate apprehension. I remember when they died. Stand amazed, now, watching them haunt reflections of their former lives?
The stories of the area?s history come to life as we turn the pages, read from the pen of Conrad Aiken, Sherwood Anderson, William Bartram, John Berendt, Emily Pilsbury Burke, Juliette Gordon Low, Johnny Mercer and Aberjhani and so many more.
Of course even some ghost stories will be found, after all, Savannah is known to friends of the paranormal as the most haunted city in the South.
Naturally, the South has always been of interest to us and our knowledge has been reasonable, but, after reading Literary Savannah, we felt truly educated and Savannah grew even dearer to our hearts.
If you like the South, you should not miss out on this literary adventure, if you love Savannah, you really should include this exceptional work in your home library.
? Birgit and Roger Pratcher, 2008
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|Posted by birgitpratcher on February 10, 2008 at 12:13 PM||comments (0)|
The Wizard of Swamp Alley In the Land of Sha Bebe
By Mary Lynn Plaisance
The third book in the series of Mary Lynn Plaisance folklore novels In the Land of Sha Bebe.
The adorable citizens of the Land of Sha Bebe, the cloth dolls, are entering a new adventure, meet new friends and foes, while learning new values during their preparations for their favorite Holiday, Halloween.
?Where am I?? Poulette was floating in mid-air. ?How did I get right here??
She looked around and saw nothing but the gray sky and a hole in the back of the armoire, and she was in the back of it. ?But how can I be in the back of the armoire, when the armoire is against the wall??
One of the magic quilts came floating out of the hole, and Poulette grabbed it to sit on, while she tried to figure out where she was. ?Did I die?? she said to herself. She was surrounded by the drab, outdoor gray sky of this unknown place.
When she turned to her left, she saw a huge sign on a tree that said GRAVEYARD.
?Oh sha, I must be dead for sure.?
All of a sudden she heard voices.
Still floating on the quilt in mid-air, she looked down and noticed she was in another land of dolls. It seemed as though she was in another dimension that was an exact replica in structure, but not at all like their land in appearance. Unlike their own land, this one was filled with dolls that had clothes that were shabby and soiled and hair that was a tangled mess of gray and white...
Dedicated to the spirit of Louisiana and based on the folklore of the land, this last book of the In the Land of Sha Bebe trilogy, this novel is as original as the Sha Bebe dolls, also created by Mary Lynn Plaisance and greatly entertaining for all ages. Although it?s the third of the Sha Bebe books, it can be read as a single novel without causing confusion for the reader. However, once you?ve read one of them, you might really want to read the others: Do you Believe In the Land of Sha Bebe and Cajun Fairies In the Land of Sha Bebe.
A very enjoyable, magical adventure, entertaining and compelling, written with the loving dedication to Louisiana.
R&B Pratcher, 2008
The Author Mary Lynn Plaisance with one of her Sha Bebe dolls, her own creation.
Two Sha Bebe dolls on the braided rug road.
|Posted by birgitpratcher on January 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM||comments (0)|
Cajun Fairies in the Land of Sha Bebe
By Mary Lynn Plaisance, paperback, 220 pages, $14.49 at Amazon.com
Cajun Fairies In the Land of Sha Bebe
By Mary Lynn Plaisance
The legend of the magical fairies and their dolls in the sugarcane fields continues with Mary Lynn Plaisance?s novel Cajun Fairies In the Land of Sha Bebe. Enter a new dimension, be enchanted and fall in love with the magical fairies and dolls in the land of Sha Bebe! (You don?t have to be young to enjoy this novel!)
After you enter the magical land of the dolls that live in the sugarcane fields of Louisiana, you will be drawn into the events of a crisis which threatens to destroy the peaceful place of the happy Sha Bebe dolls. Along the read the pictures of the Sha Bebe dolls, created by Mary Lynn Plaisance give the story an extra touch of loving design.
Something was not right in the land of the Sha Bebe dolls. Queen Faustina, who ruled the land, didn?t know exactly what was wrong, but something was brewing. She usually was right with her hunches, and boy, she sure felt something was going to go haywire. Worried about the level of her gut feeling, she decided to visit all of the residents to make sure everything was going well in each one of their homes.
Soon enough the Queen will find out that her hunches are right on the spot and will face the greatest evil that has ever posed a threat to her beloved land and all her dolls.
Robes Pierre, a wicked Cajun Fairy, is taking over the spirit of the enchanted Land of Sha Bebe. His wicked spell is taking away all the beauty and the goodness of the land and Queen Faustina will have to face her troubles head on.
With her book Cajun Fairies In the Land of Sha Bebe, folklore author Mary Lynn Plaisance brings yet again the love and comfort of the legendary dolls to life. One just can?t resist the Cajun charm of the enchanted land of the Sha Bebe Kingdom and quickly you will drift off into a fantastic adventure, leaving behind your sorrow and worries and come to face the fact that life should really not be all that complicated.
Mary Lynn Plaisance has done a wonderful job inviting the readers to truly relax and escape from the harsh reality of our world into the pleasant world of Cajun magic.
Her love for Louisiana and New Orleans gives the book an extra note of folkloristic entertainment and achievement.
Cajun Fairies In the Land of Sha Bebe can stand as a sequence to Mary Lynn Plaisance first book Do you Believe In the Land of Sha Bebe or stand on its own as a great novel for really all ages and filled with all the right values for the entire family.
? R&B Pratcher 2008
|Posted by birgitpratcher on January 18, 2008 at 6:58 PM||comments (0)|
We have been thinking about how to offer even more support for our fellow authors and came up with a blog of Special Offers and Contests.
We will try to keep you updated on this blog about all the great stuff and the great deals going on about twice a month and we do hope that you will enjoy this new feature on our support site here.
Like always, if you are a writer or publisher, feel free to let us know if you have something special going on or would like some support, we will continue to do our best to help you out.
Just like the Featured Author, we will also post these blogs on our website, www.wonderfulstories.net
Have a great weekend!
Birgit and Roger
|Posted by birgitpratcher on December 16, 2007 at 12:26 PM||comments (0)|
The Best Christmas Gift!
I have received the best Christmas gift today, it came very unexpected and it is the most beautiful thing. When I logged on to my profile on myspace (www.myspace.com/pratchersmattandspencer) I had new comments, all of them very beautiful, no doubt. One comment however took my breath away, it was the comment of my friend "Buddy" the dog. He had sent me a row of pictures, showing him with his favorite book: Matt and Spencer in Their Great Adventure, written by Birgit Pratcher (that's me!) and Roger Pratcher (that's my hubby).
Those pictures were so sweet, I just had to share them with you.
Thanks Buddy, Rusty and Janet, you've giving me a really, really great Christmas gift, which will be cherished for ever!