I finished a deadline book yesterday. A number of unexpected trips this year, some family health issues and various other things conspired to slow down my progress on the manuscript during the previous months. So though I'd planned on finishing very early, that didn't quite happen--much to my regret. Do you ever find yourself getting behind on things?
As you can see, my computer screen is plastered with Post-It notes, because alas--I can find a Post it in neon orange, but can't always find my brain.
You may laugh, but I promise you--if some research detail is wrong, readers will notice and not be happy! So research matters. But the danger in doing research is that it can be way too much fun.
Case in point: this stack of magazines on my floor, gathered for veterinary research details for the book I just finished (Love Inspired, out July 2017.) They are way too interesting to an animal lover like me.
Though this particular article has nothing to do with my current manuscript, my favorite issue each year includes the "X-Ray Contest Winners." Vets send in x-rays of the most bizarre items they've discovered when diagnosing a pet who is not eating or is otherwise under the weather, and it's just amazing to see what a dog will merrily wolf down and survive--at least, after surgery. A whole corn cob WITH the little skewers on the ends, for instance. A needle and thread. A cheese knife. Why?!!
This year, one of the finalists was a dog that had swallowed seventy-five plastic coffee creamer cups. Another swallowed twenty-three pacifers (gathered from neighbors--the owners had no children) and a peach pit.
Yet another dog swallowed a hundred-fifty small landscaping stones. And, one enjoyed eating two rubber duckies.
So...do you have pets, and have they ever done something totally bizarre? Please share! Ah...the tales I would love to share from our house.....but maybe another time. :)
Best wishes to you all for a wonderful holiday weekend!
Love Inspired July 2016
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The Single Dad's Redemption, Love Inspired 7/2016
An Aspen Creek Christmas, Love Inspired 11/16
A London Christmas (Sweet Christmas Kisses Anthology 2016)
An Irish Christmas Blessing (Sweet Christmas Kisses Anthology 2015)
A Scottish Christmas (Sweet Christmas Kisses Anthology 2014)