Friday, February 26, 2016

Literary Oasis -From Ajo, Hemet Ca. - An Artist Retreat, and A treat for Artists

January and February swept me up fluffing my fur and twitching my tail with exciting adventures . I spent every spare minute prowling the Arizona countryside, enjoying the desert solitude.

Quartzite will always be my favorite place, but Judy added a little town close to Organ Pipe National Monument called Ajo to her favs list.

The Curly School in Ajo, Az. has become an artist's retreat. Ajo is a great town to host a retreat.

In Ajo, Judy met up with an author friend,  Deb Sanders. The two of them  visited an open pit copper mine and attended a fiddler’s jam session in the plaza  as they talked about writing, publishing and marketing while I scratched out the last chapters of my book, ACTIVATE LION MODE. I ignored Judy's  jokes about “the cat and the fiddle” and “Hey diddle diddle” when she returned from touring the quaint little town.

When we moved on to Tucson I said goodbye to Jake, Deb’s kindly golden retriever and Deb’s muse, Johnny Cat.

 On the way to Tucson, Az. we stopped in  Gila Bend and met these creatures. Wow! I stayed safe in the motorhome.

But in Tucson, I encountered another golden retriever, Bella, a service dog, whom Judy met several years ago in St Augustine, Florida. Bella is a graduate  service dog from  the actual  K9s For Warriors training facility  in Ponte Vedra, Florida which inspired the fictional  K9s For Warriors which is   mentioned in  Judy’s book, MASADA’S MARINE and also in her upcoming book, MASADA’S MISSION.

Bella is kindhearted, too, but, but just like Jake she rushed up to meet me. That is totally improper in my cat book. Bella’s dad Kevin and Jake’s dad Terry explained that their dogs lived with cats of their own.  I can’t imagine  any cat putting up with such unsophisticated behavior, but then dog's are so unsophisticated.

Judy and I were sitting outside the other day enjoying the sunshine when she looked at me and asked, “Your toes tap a rhythm when you sleep.  Are you dreaming of another story?”

Really? She should know that my days have been  full as I wrap up the last chapters of my very first book, ACTIVATE LION MODE, the first book in my first series, FELINE FURY.  For days on end, I have pounded my paws against the keyboard. From the time Judy walks away from the computer  in the evening  and goes to bed  until the wee morning hours, I hunch over the keys, study  the words on the screen.

 In the morning, she fixes my breakfast, and takes me for a walk. She’s been catering to me lately, putting extra cream in my coffee and scratching my back a lot more. She’s excited about ACTIVATE LION MODE and can hardly wait to publish it.

So to answer her question, I am feeling the   callings and hearing voices from past lives.  I can't deny it. New story ideas are flashing into my mind even while I’m scratching out the last paragraphs of ACTIVATE LION MODE. I’m possessed. I’m either writing, or thinking about writing.  So is this what an author’s life is like?

I tweeted Johnny Cat, who assists Deb Sanders, who just published her ninth  book titled, . DEAD MEN DON'T TALK. He explained that even though he only assists Deb Sanders, he is exhausted.

I expect  I will find out what  living the life of a published writer is all about. Judy will be attending the second meeting of The Diamond Valley Writers Guild, in Hemet, Ca.  My own, Judy Howard, along with authors,  Lynne Spreen and  CJ Hernley will be moderators for the roundtable discussion about "Getting Started."
Click  on the link below  for all the details.

This Saturday! 9am to 11am  At the Hemet Library. Come join us and pitch in with your questions and suggestions for this roundtable discussion.
Thank you all for stopping by and scratching the blog post.
Don't forget to visit Judy Howard's Amazon Author Page

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Activate Lion Mode









Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest!

ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.