So, the wicker chair that Yeow has claimed as his own is a recent find during the Poultney Town Wide Yard Sale. His buddy is S. Crow, the latest addition to our garden. The photo on the left is Don’s new strawberry patch featuring our log-on-a-stump. It’s an interesting piece we found recently at a tag sale. So, now you know what I’m doing when I’m not writing. Got the creative bug, even when gardening. Love the new raised beds. Check out my books at http://www.annrichduncan.com. The latest? A thriller entitled “Buried Alive” — it’s treasure hunter John Victor’s second adventure — filled with mahem and different aspects of how people deal with their faith. It also takes place in the Sonora Desert near Tuscon, Arizona where the Sonora Desert Museum is. His first adventure? Entitled “The SEED” — it’s currently being edited for a second edition featuring new information about the GMO situation. That being said, it’s educational (sort of) and exciting.
I was watching the clouds one rainy afternoon. And as they sailed swiftly across the sky in an ever-changing variety of shapes and squiggles I remembered a quote from Thomas Browne. In 1635 he wrote, “Nature is the art of God.” I thought, I believe it because right now, the entire sky looks like His own personal Etch a Sketch. I mean, first there was a hole in the clouds that morphed into a five-pointed star before it got sucked into a shrunken pinpoint that was suddenly the eye of an alligator that chased a hump-backed snake. Highly entertaining. Almost started singing, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly . . .”
Can’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. The alligator made me wonder briefly if animals ever marvel at God’s Etch a Sketch? After all, my two pooches are pretty smart and I do catch them scanning the sky every so often. Speaking of pooches, who cannot see God’s hand in all of creation: from the perfection of a playful puppy’s soft, furry paw to the swiftness of a hungry cat’s claw . . . to the flawless symmetry of a daisy or black-eyed Susan. Happenstance? Occurring by chance? I think not. After all, according to Genesis 1:24, “. . . and God said, let the earth bring forth every kind of animal — livestock, small animals, and wildlife. And so it was . . . and God said it was good.
Seen my books? “The SEED” a Novel of suspense that placed as a top ten finalist and was nominated to be put on a college required reading list. And the Johnny Vic historical adventure series (mixing treasure hunting, adventure and American history!). Go to http://www.annrichduncan.com.
So, I’ve cleaned up Melvin. Got him a girlfriend. And John Victor’s been buried alive. Now, I’ve gotta dig him up and connect him to the REAL bad guys. In the meantime, am still working out the details of the drawing that’ll include prizes from the “real” John Victor, including a pair of gold pieces, perfect for a set of earrings! Hey, that’s it! Gotta go and connect those dots. Seen my books? If not, go to my website: www.annrichduncan.com. And don’t fail to scroll down on the home page so you can view the You-tube video, entitled, “Seed Baby”. !!!!!.
I know. People are wondering about the contest. Actually it’ll be a drawing. I’m running at a snail’s pace these days. But, to be sure, there will be a pair of nuggets that “the real Johnny Vic” sent — “perfect for a pair of earrings,” he says. And a couple of coins. And more. The names of those who comment on the “Scotty Loves Alaska” posts will be added to a “ticket” and placed in the box for the drawing. Each comment renders you an entry! The holdup? Besides my snail-pace at writing about Scotty’s adventures, I’ve got some technical glitches with the photo ops. If you ever listen to Bob Bascom on Lakes Region Radio when he talks about me, you’ll hear that technical gadgits and I . . . well . . . we just don’t seem to get along. If you stumbled on this blog and are wondering who I am . . . I’m the author of The SEED, a novel of suspense that was nominated to be placed on the required reading list for incoming Freshmen at Green Mountain College; and the YA Johnny Vic adventures. Find them at www.annrichduncan.com.
So, as August 11 passed I found myself thinking about 9/11. I don’t for one minute think my troubles surpass those of the families who lost loved ones that terrible day. But, it DID impact me. As a writer. About nine days prior to 9/11/01, I lucked out on the telephone. Got to speak to one of the senior editors of a major publishing company. He said he NEVER answers the phone, but something told him to that day as he walked past the receptionist’s desk. So, I asked a number of questions, telling him I was preparing for a radio interview. After I thanked him, he said, “Okay, so what have you written?” I said, I’d promised not to push my work . . . the interview was legit. He said, “It’s okay. I’ve enjoyed our talk, so whatcha got?” I explained the premise of The SEED, my novel of suspense and the message about GMO’s. Then I read one paragraph of “The SEED” which, at that time was just a work in progress. He LOVED IT!! Asked me to send fifty pages. Said if it all was as good as what he just heard, he’d “get something going with it. I’ll call you in about 15 days,” he said. WOW. I sent it. September 11 happened. His office was demolished. He left for the midWest. Needless to say no one else was interested or even believed me, months later, when they re-opened. Do you have a September 11 story? I’d love to hear it.
Yes, I know. I haven’t tapped the keys much lately. These fingers have been busy, tho. Like tonight, at 11:45 pm, racing to finish cleaning the seven-thousand dollar airplane parts — pulling off the masking tape with miniature grappline hook, scraping with a file, wiping with icy acetone, then running it under the rubber wire brush. Each run of the brush sounds like the high pitched skrish of sleet on a windshield. Skrish? Huh, it’s not in the dictionary. I guess I’ve made a new word. Amazing my brain still works, since I was up until 4:30 AM last night, dealing with a dog who’s face got sprayed by a skunk. Yikes. No wonder I haven’t been writing much. I’d rather be skrishing airplane blades, even now as the skunk still offends my nose. Or, sigh, I could be reading at an author signing from my book, The SEED. Check it out at my website: www.annrichduncan.com. After all, I need 30,000 more hits!!!!!
Just recently got word from Tracy Grand, the CEO of JacketFlap, that they added our seed baby youtube video to their “book video” section. Click here to view it on youtube. Or go to JacketFlap and search for my name!