Check out my monthly visit to my writing insecurities. #IWSG. Today I share news of my latest distraction – Tess, the pup!
My insecurities this month are finding the time to meet the deadlines.
Some of you will know we’ve been looking for another dog to join our happy pack for a while. We signed up to several German Shepherd rescue establishments and waited for the call. One pup we saw a few weeks ago seemed perfect, but in the end we decided not to as she was a little too full-on for our delicate natured Bobby.
On 28th July, we went to Nottingham to visit a puppy named Star. She was so cute and Bobby seemed relaxed with her, if a little uninterested. We were advised that Star was a confident, clever girl, so would fit right in with a dog with Bobby’s nature. Of course, hearing that and seeing them together meant we couldn’t go without her so signed on the line and paid up right then. And now, we have a puppy with unending energy and razor-sharp teeth to entertain. We couldn’t decide on a name at first, but went with Tess in the end, (we’ve since thought she fits Diablo better!). Here she is with Bobby and I in our garden, when we arrived home that day . . .
That’s the good bit. It’s not been all plain-sailing (though it’s very early days).
She looks like a miniature Bobby, so it’s easy to love her, but that’s where the similarity ends! Her character is NOTHING like his.
We got Bobby at 7 months old (she’s only 5 months old), so she’s a lot more puppy-like than he was back then. She’s extremely dominant, unlike Bobby. Also, we could give Bobby our full attention because he was our only dog, unlike now. We have to ensure Bob maintains Top-Dog status (so he’s not put-out by her arrival), while still making little Tess feel safe, loved, and at home.
He’s such a soft and passive dog while she’s very confident and boisterous, so she’s getting away with a lot. The rescue lady suggest we beat he into submission – never gonna happen in our house! So far, we have holes in our clothes, our arms and hands, and have had a few – oh my god, get that out of her mouth before she chokes to death – moments. Bobby had even started snarling and growling, or cowering in the corner, stressed. We hate to see our placid pooch so undone by a decision we made hoping to improve his life.
We love him so much and worry we’ve made a massive mistake (my husband had a crying fit for several hours Sunday, which is unlike him), and we’ve discussed sending her back to the rescue. 🙁
All tips and comments welcome!
Either way, Tess needs to be watched constantly and this means my attentions is compromised and drawn away from work. Not great when I have publishing and ghostwriting deadlines looming.
Timing’s even worse when we consider that we’re going to Bali on holiday in a couple of weeks, which means both pooches will have to go into kennels. Poor Tess will think she’s gone to yet another home. 🙁
Before I leave you, let me introduce a debut sci-fi author to you all. Here’s his newly published novel for your attention:
The war lasted twenty-six minutes and seventeen seconds.
Two centuries later, most of the continent is an uninhabitable wasteland. What’s left belongs to the Coalition, who rode out the nuclear winter in bunkers and emerged to launch an endless resource war.
Lily has always been fighting – struggling to survive, and to atone for a mistake that cost thousands of people their lives.
Desperate for a second chance, she sets out to find a fabled city on seven hills somewhere beyond the western mountains, but her quest is derailed when she saves the life of a deserter with dangerous enemies and a deadly secret – one the Coalition will stop at nothing to suppress.
Dragged into the conflict she tried to escape and faced with the loss of everything she holds dear, Lily is forced to decide whether the future she wants is worth fighting for – and what price she is willing to pay to obtain it.
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Publication Date: August 28, 2015
GENRE: Science Fiction & Fantasy / Dystopian / Post-Apocalyptic
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8th round: Happy Birthday!! To me…!?! How do I even begin to explain the oddness that is my life. According to today’s calendar I am 45 years young. Yet for so (Book one 1) Kindle Interactive Edition
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THE 8TH ROUND is an interesting take on both the beloved Sci Fi stories of zombies and time travel. What I liked most about this book were the questions it posed and how it made me think. It takes great care to intertwine philosophy, science, and good old fashioned imagination — analyzing both science and time itself. There were many quality lines within that made me stop and think, analyzing exactly what this story says about time travel and the many paradoxes within.
How the virus is handled is unusual, explained in detail rather than the typical “zombie virus, ooh, unexplained, ooh, scary.”