I can’t say this enough but I do want to once again thank you for reading and participating in my blog. Because, let’s face it, being a writer can be a pretty lonely and solitary endeavor. I’ve been working on a new book, a fiction fantasy about the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804 and I was up until 1:30am last night pounding away on the keyboard and doing research. I’ve come up with a few gems that will turn up in that novel and I was pretty pleased with myself. I wanted to turn to someone and say, “Pretty good, eh?” But around where we live in northern Arizona, not many people up at 1:30am in the morning….although there was a skunk nearby. That I am sure of. All of you will eventually be able to see my work in “The Feather.” I know that some of you will eventually give me that feedback. And whether it is here on my blog or through your comments on Amazon or elsewhere, it is truly appreciated.
Anyway, I thought I would give you a little present to say thank you. In the last couple of days I have been getting some great reviews for my two anthology books on Amazon Kindle, my non-fiction “Visit the Zoo 12-Book Anthology-Your Guide to the Zoo Over 120 Animals Featured” and my science fiction anthology, “The SETI Trilogy.”
And I want to give a taste of both, first allow me to cut and paste part of a chapter from each book. First, how about a glimpse of “Visit the Zoo”
Can you imagine coming face to face with this large cat? And the Black Leopard (Panthera Pardus) is a large cat. They normally weigh between 124-221 pounds. But one big dude that biologists discovered came in at 350 pounds. They have shorter legs than other large cats and they stand 30 inches at the shoulder. They are between 4-6 feet long. But their biting strength is twice that of the larger Lion. They have the second strongest bite strength of all mammals except for the hyena. And they are good climbers, crawlers and swimmers.
They are spread out in Africa, Asia and North America. They are called by different names in different countries, sometimes Leopard, sometimes Jaguar and sometimes Cougar. The black color is another quirk of nature and a gene mix up, but they are basically all the same animal.
They are solitary and they hunt by stalk-and-ambush rather than chase. These Leopards like to drop out of trees to pounce on prey. And their prey…they eat just about anything with a heartbeat. Their dinner menu consists of about 87 different species, so they aren’t picky eaters. In zoos they will eat about 4 to 5 pounds of meat per day.
Sadly, however, their numbers are declining. They are classified as Near Threatened. Like so many other threatened species, their habitat decreases year by year. At least this fellow, in the zoo now, is protected and will be cared for by careful zoo keepers.
Now let’s walk across the path and look at this odd looking animal. When you first see him, he doesn’t look real, but he is.
Okay, that’s a look at the “Visit the Zoo” anthology. Can you imagine taking a Sunday stroll through your nearby forest and having a 350 pound Leopard dropping on your head from a tree above? Uh, no! Next please.
Okay, here is a look at the Prologue from Book III of “The SETI Trilogy.” Remember all three of my SETI books are now combined into one volume, “The SETI Trilogy.” That’s about 800 pages and 220,000 words, so it will keep you busy for awhile and will take your imagination away to distant planets with a surprising ending.
Some individuals find it hard to make decisions. Leading a life of indecision freezes potential. It doesn’t allow the spirit to grow or explore. Should I take that backpacking trip? Should I take this class or that? I know he, or she, is perfect, but do I love her or him? Should I take this job? Should I buy that car? Hot Fudge Sundae or Banana Split? Frozen with doubt or fear.
Other individuals haphazardly make thin decisions without forethought, research or consideration. That is how mistakes are made. Some of those individuals make a lifetime of hasty decisions and they reap the devastating consequences. “I’ll go with my golden gut” is mighty risky, could be rewarding, rarely. But important life decisions without consideration often times leads to disaster.
On a planet circling the Tau Ceti star some 11.8 light years from planet Earth, a final decision had been made. It would change all human future history on Earth, from that moment forward. It would change all of species future history on the Tau Ceti planet, from that moment forward as well
But this decision from the Tau Ceti planet had been well considered. From distant and from specific close human contact. The Tau Ceti civilization had the technological capacity and energy potential to act on this decision. Like an inverted triangle, the thousands of ramifications through failure analysis had narrowed down to the ultimate conclusion to move forward. And so, they calmly moved forward. And 11.8 light years away, the human race did not know the Tau Ceti civilization was about to change Earth in profound ways. But the humans would find out, soon enough. Life on the Planet Earth would never ever be the same.
I am sorry….but isn’t that cool? You really do want to read more. I just love to write. For me, it’s breathing. And I have so many more stories to roll out for you.
I hope you enjoyed a taste of just two of the 29 books I now have in my sales library on Amazon Kindle. I’ll give you some Amazon links that will take you directly to those two books and others as well. Hope you all have wonderful and productive week. Do good work and enjoy each day ahead. Bye for now.