Monthly Archives: June 2014

Amazon Kindle Price Promotion for “Visit the Zoo” Friday, June 27th


PRICE PROMOTION JUST ANNOUNCED. For a limited time only, Author Frederick Fichman will be selling his latest publication, “Visit the Zoo 12-Book Anthology-Your guide to the Zoo, Over 120 Animals Featured” at a drastically reduced introductory price. This book was recently published on Amazon Kindle and will be sold for a limited time period at this reduced price during the promotion period.

Beginning Friday, June 27, 2014, 8:00am PDT, the entire collection of books in “Visit the Zoo 12-Book Anthology-Your guide to the Zoo, Over 120 Animals Featured” will be priced at $.99 until the promotion ends on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The regular price for the approximate 400 page Visit the Zoo anthology is currently $5.99.

This price promotion will hopefully add to the excellent response that the “Visit the Zoo” book series has received and spur further reader interest. The series has been favorably reviewed and endorsed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Geneva, Switzerland.

The “Visit the Zoo” anthology contains the complete set of all 12 books from the “Visit the Zoo” series published on Amazon Kindle. Over 120 animals and over 225 photographs are featured in these books shown with stunning and close-up photography and described with crisp easy to read text. “Visit the Zoo-12 Book Anthology” can be read on any Kindle digital reading device and can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet with the Kindle Book free App. It is like having your own personal docent with you for your next trip to the zoo.

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I’m So Pretty


What started out as humiliation and degradation became consolation and then redemption.

Ya know ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, when my Mommy looks down at me smiles broadly and says excitedly, “Ride in car?” I know there is trouble abrewin’. Yep, I know that something not good or even bad or possibly evil is on the horizon. The last several times I rode in car it was for a trip to the needle factory where I got stuck in the neck more than a couple of times with a large plastic device that had a needle at the end. But ya know, I do go to fun places too in the car so it’s not really all negative riding in the car. It can be fun, but I usually fall asleep right away anyhow.

Well, from the picture above you will see that is where I ended up last week. I was there for a total of four hours and I was there alone. Mommy and Daddy left me there. Yeah, they were nervous dropping me off for the first time and I wanna tell ya…I was scared.

Let me set the scene, I was taken into the back room where there were scads of other dogs. Big dogs. Small dogs. Mean looking dogs and a lot of stupid dogs…I mean I am a poodle and poodles are smart, right? I know smart from stupid. And then there were all these humans poking these poor dog victims. My poor fellow canines were being poked, drowned with water, clipped with a buzzing machine and then half-blown away with this large device that creates hurricane force winds.

So, Jamie, you’ll see her picture later, started cooing at me, making nice like I am stupid and I don’t know what’s coming. She plopped me down on this high small table and began clipping my nails. Sorry, but I did not ask for that to be done. I mean, how am I supposed to dig in the dirt and mud in the big field backyard when all my toe nails are short and stubby.

Okay, that over she takes me to this deep white big bowl. She turns on the water from a long spout that extended out from the edge of the bowl and I am immediately inundated by a large waterfall from overhead. That’s wrong. I should be able to walk in water beneath my paws not get drowned by a waterfall above my body. And then she mooshes me all up with this white sweet but putrid smelling goo that she calls shampoo. Another no no, dogs, like me, we like to roll in the dirt. We like to shake it all off and then move on quickly. Then Jamie rubbed this white goo in over and over and over.

And again, I am being drowned by the waterfall. I tried to shake it off but more kept on coming. Endless, folks, simply endless.

Okay, that over back on the table and I am rubbed and rubbed with a rough uncomfortable white cloth she calls a towel. And then the danger starts, first my snout is clipped with the loud and noisy buzzing device. And then, the pain begins. She takes this metal device she calls tweezers and started pulling hairs growing in my ear. Really, pulling ear hairs? Those hairs aren’t bothering anybody, surely not me. Now that hurt. But I want you to know right here and now, I am a brave girl. I did not cry or squirm or jump. I can take it because I am pretty and I am tough…but I did cry a little bit.

Actually, all the buzzing, clipping, and ear-hair-pulling was done before I was thrown into the big white bowl. I am sorry. The retelling of this story has me all discombobulated.

Finally, the big human on demand, aim-where-you-want, screaming, noisy, scary hair dryer comes out. Jamie almost blew me off the table, I mean I only weigh 6 pounds and here comes a force 5 zephyr that almost got me airborne. I looked over at a comrade, a golden retriever weighing maybe 80 pounds, and he had the same torture occurring at the same time. He didn’t budge. And he didn’t move either. But you know, retrievers are dumb. I mean you can throw a ball in front of them a thousand times and they grab that ball and come right back to their owners and drop the ball at their owner’s feet. How stupid is that? What, making the same mistake over and over again and expecting different results is smart? I don’t think so.

You all know that when some human is foolish enough to get rid of a perfectly good ball by throwing it in front of you, you run for it, grab it, runaway and don’t give the ball back. You found it. You made the effort to run for it. It’s in your mouth. So why should you give it back?

Then into a small cage to wait for Mommy and Daddy after an endless brushing session. Mommy does it to me in 30 seconds. Jamie did it for what seemed like hours. And so what do I do when I am thrown into a small cage? I started yelping and screaming…”I want out…I want out….I want out.”

Finally, after a while Jamie comes back to my cage and starts cooing again that Mommy and Daddy are here. Really, ya think? I told all of you before that I am smart. I knew they were there. Not only could I hear them and smell them in the other room, I am clairvoyant. I “knew” when they were on the way, driving down the road and pulling up in front of the Beauty Salon. I could see it inside my big brain.

And I see my Mommy and Daddy, finally. And what does Daddy do? He says, “Wait there a second, Jamie. Let me take a picture.” I have been tortured for hours and want him to grab me, kiss me, and tell me how beautiful I look and he wants to take a lousy picture. I know all of you want to see Jamie and how I look after all of that torture, but there is a sense of timing and propriety. I want to be held, kissed and loved….NOW! Okay, here’s the silly picture of Jamie holding me just after she snatched me from the cage:

Jamie and SkyThere, are you satisfied now? Hard to see me in the picture, hunh?

Then I finally get back home with Mommy and Daddy. And what is the first thing Daddy wants to do, take another lousy picture of me. Do you believe it? I know I am beautiful but I have to pee like a race horse and like, immediately. However, my Mommy ignores Daddy and takes me out to pee. I do. And a lot. Back inside and here is the final finished work:


Yep, I am pretty. Do you agree?






Amazon Kindle Price Promotion for anthology “The SETI Trilogy” begins Friday, June 20th

Frederick Fichman


 Price Promotion from Amazon Kindle Begins Friday, June 20th

“The SETI Trilogy” from Author Frederick Fichman


 PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ – June 15, 2014

PRICE PROMOTION JUST ANNOUNCED by Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. For a limited time only Author Frederick Fichman will be selling his latest book, “The SETI Trilogy,” on Amazon Kindle for a tremendously reduced price.

Beginning Friday, June 20, 2014, all three SETI books included in “The SETI Trilogy” will be priced at $.99 for a 36-hour period, then $1.99 for the next 36-hour period and finally at $2.99 for the remaining 36-hour period. The promotion then ends on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The regular price for the approximate 773 page, 220,000-word anthology of all three SETI books on Amazon Kindle is $5.99.

“The SETI Trilogy” anthology was just released to the public on February 13, 2014. It includes book number one in the trilogy, “SETI,” book number two, “SETI, The Journey,” and book number three, “SETI, Conception.” “SETI, Conception” was published on February 12, 2014 and is the latest and final edition in the SETI series of science fiction books.

This price promotion will hopefully add to the excellent response that the SETI books have received and spur further reader interest.

These SETI stories unfold through time with the quest of a young adult ham radio operator, Sam Alexander, starting at 16 years old to the final confrontation of Earth and an Alien Civilization. Hints of the speculative current theory of the mysterious Nibiru planet and Planet X also weave into the SETI story. From the beginning search of “The SETI Trilogy” for an extraterrestrial radio signal to the astounding fast-paced conclusion, young Sam Alexander discovers an alien radio transmission that changes life on the Planet Earth, forever. A new “take” on aliens and alien confrontation is explored.

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Sky Journal for 6-8-14–The Country Called Kansas and My Pretty Red Vest

Whew…so much has been going on lately.

First of all, the picture above. That’s me, I’m the black ball of fur, actually since I am a poodle it’s hair, on the left side of the picture. Those pretty red blocks of rocks in the background…those are pretty red blocks of rocks. My auntie Carol from a country called Kansas came to Arizona to visit me last week. We had a real fun time. This picture was taken in a strange Arizona city called Sedona.

I heard Mommy and Daddy talking about the vortex situation and the crystals and the hiking in this area. All I know is it was my first big trip out to see the world. It was hot that day and I was thirsty. And guess what, Sedona wasn’t the big field called my backyard so I didn’t pee for six long stomach paining hours ’cause I wasn’t in my backyard. That’s just not right, ya gotta pee where ya know, right?

Anyway we went to a restaurant and sat outside. My Mommy gave me some food and water. So, I was happy and fell asleep on Daddy’s foot. I know his smell really good now so I was happy. And as soon as we got home, guess what I did? Yep, I took a pee and then a poop. But you really don’t take them, you leave them

The day before we went to this huge bowl of water called Lynx Lake and took a hike. Sometimes I am not sure about my Daddy, he read the trail map and confidently said to Auntie Carol, Mommy and me…”Not to worry, it’s only about a mile around the lake. Well…yeah….if you were a bird and flew in a straight line, didn’t have to crawl over rocks, and didn’t have to take water breaks…more like 2 or 3 Daddy. Someday, he’ll learn.

He did do something cool though, really, it was cool. He walked me down to the shore line and let me get into that huge bowl of water. It felt so nice to walk into a bunch of water and not just drink it. You can play in it too. I bet you didn’t think of that.

Ya see, I could do that travelling because I had my last needle poking from the big bear-man doctor on Tuesday. He told me that this last shot is good for a year. Hooray. Now I go back next month for another stupid shot for a thing called rabies and I get fixed, he said, at the same time. I told him I’m pretty well fixed up already and no thanks. Some humans just don’t get what I am trying to say.

By the way, how do you like my new red vest? Pretty cool, hunh? A long red string hooks up to it. I don’t think I like the string, I like my vest because my black hair looks good against my bright red vest. I am trying to be an up to date fashionista as much possible with my accessories like the red vest. I am a young lady and I have to look good if I want a boyfriend later on. But my people keep saying I won’t have to worry about boyfriends coming around after I am “fixed” next month. I just don’t understand the concept, “fixed.” Can someone please tell me what’s up with that.

Any way, by for now. Bye till next time.