Thursday, October 9, 2008

Valuing living things

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sometimes when you write, things just pop up. That's the way it's been with the animals in my writing. It all started with Bullet in The Body in the Record Room. But the second Roy Rogers book has a character called the Cat Lady. In the small town of Sunrise, she takes in stray cats, takes them to the vet and tries to see that they are adopted. She also starts doing that, on the sly, at the Sunrise State Hospital.

I knew a lady once who did that. She loved animals, especially cats. One of our cats came from her. And that cat gave us years of love and affection before she died.

One of the joys of my writing has been the opportunity to write of animals. And one of the joys of my long walks, camera in hand, has been the chance to photograph the animals around here. We have deer, though I don't have any really good pictures of them. We have a couple of Mr. and Mrs. Groundhogs. There are squirrels in abundance, rabbits often, and birds and butterflies galore.

The second Roy Rogers book opens with Roy and Harry trying to rescue an abused dog. Of course, it doesn't go exactly as they planned. But that's what makes a good book.

All in all, I hope to do more writing involving animals. Animals, like the people who are characters in the books, have personalities. They are fun to write about.

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