I've been busy and neglected my duties here. Let my play a quick game of catch-up. As you know, I went to Alaska the last week of June and put out some feelers for a fall/winter kennel position. Well, that was not getting action fast so I went on a site where mushers and kennels advertise and sent out a few emails. Many of them are in or go into Canada where I can't due to no passport--looks like that is on my long-term to do list but not quick enough for now. I know a lot of them are put off by the fact I am not a gung ho young (20s to mid 30s) wannabe champ racer who is looking to learn the tugline so they either do not respond or have already filled--or say they have..
However one gal was interested enough to call me at 11:00 pm Alaska time which was 1:00 am here catching me in bed. She called again the next day and it looks like I will be going to the Fairbanks area in mid September to work at Slow Rush Kennel. She is not a big racer but takes people out and has raced some. She has about forty five dogs and I won't be the only helper, which is reassuring. That way if I need to head south sooner than later, I can go and not leave her in a lurch. Yes, I am excited and yes, I am kinda scared but it is the chance I've been seeking and I am going to take it unless the local court system refuses to accept my request to delay jury duty for six months. Much more on that, the trip, not the jury, later, mostly at the gwynnmorganalaska.blogspot.com site.
Second, my writing is picking up again as I now have three publishers who are taking some of my orphaned Amber Quill steamy/spicy tales to reissue but also want a mixture of new tales to intersperse. That leaves me a lot to do before I depart since I do not expect to have much time--either internet time or actual writing time--for the 60-90 days and possibly more that I am in the north 49th. And then there is a lot of personal business like dogs and bills and other things to arrange first too. I've never been away that long, not even when I was going TDY (temporary duty, mostly for classes) while I was working for the Army and Air Force way back when and to conferences and such since my day-job retirement. Two to three weeks was the max. Big difference!!
So that is my half-a$$ed excuse for being very quiet for a couple of weeks. I will try to put up several things in the next 3-4 weeks since I will probably be pretty scarce for awhile after that. Next post will be to mark the shared birthday of two very different people who passed through my life and left major impressions. After that, we'll see. Probably no more diatribes as I have sworn of polytix and all related stuff until after the big election. I just don't have time and patience to get wrapped up about it now; it will be what it will be regardless of me so why get my knickers in a knot?
Oh, my two red dogs got too close to a skunk night before last. They didn't get too badly sprayed but enough. There is a cleaning product called Oxy-orange or similar names that is good to clean up stinky pet messes such as barf and dire-rear and by golly, it does help a lot to neutralize. There are no hazardous chemicals so I did rub it into their fur and will rinse a couple of times. Much better--just a faint sourish scent remains. Since both very determinedly sleep with me that was a huge relief!
Welcome to my World
Welcome to the domain different--to paraphrase from New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe which bills itself "The City Different." Perhaps this space is not completely unique but my world shapes what I write as well as many other facets of my life. The four Ds figure prominently but there are many other things as well. Here you will learn what makes me tick, what thrills and inspires me, experiences that impact my life and many other antidotes, vignettes and journal notes that set the paradigm for Dierdre O'Dare and her alter ego Gwynn Morgan and the fiction and poetry they write. I sell nothing here--just share with friends and others who may wander in. There will be pictures, poems, observations, rants on occasion and sometimes even jokes. Welcome to our world!