In Defense of Pets
What, you may well ask Gentle Reader, has this to do with writing?
Well, it made me think that our obsession with pets goes back a very long time. I've developed a periodic annoyance with the fact that SF/F (and, indeed, other genres) ignore pets except when important plot points. With the exception "pet fantasy" (see Mercedes Lackey) and the "epic horse or dragon companion" pets are strangely absent. Yet they should be there, coloring the background imagery. It's such a very human thing to keep a pet. I'm not asking for them to become integral elements. I'm asking the authors out there to stick a cat in the tavern, a dog sniffing a dead body, a canary on a space station, or rats anywhere – it just adds a nice little touch of realism.
Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Cool old LP cover art
Your Tisane of Smart:
I'm a facebook user and I'm certainly going to be more careful in future.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
A day in the life of an agent via query letters. Painful and yet oh so apt.
CAKE in Space: First draft with beta 1.
Soulless: Waiting on galleys, got cover art.
Changeless: Editor Notes Round 2
Quote of the Day:
"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult."
~ Rita Rudner