Late is supposed to be better than never, right? Not always. But more on that later, ha-ha.
First, let’s give credit where it’s due: Alex J. Cavanaugh, ninja leader of the group.
Now for the late breaking news: I’m late because of bugs. Lots of them. Bad bugs. Here’s one I caught on a microscope slide:
Look at the size of that sucker…proboscis? Go ahead and say it. EWWW!
That’s how writing has affected my reading. I never thought I’d cringe at head-hopping, but I do now. EWWW!
Cliffhanger endings? EWWW! Can’t writers figure out how to finish a story anymore? This also applies to series. Each book needs an ending. Want to temp readers to read the next book? Give a little sample for the readers who can’t wait. I have better things to do than start something I know I can’t finish for six months or more. Often years.
In the meantime, I’m studying diseases, parasites, all kinds of stuff so I can prevent my chickens from dying in the humid climate of Florida’s panhandle where every bad bug flourishes no matter how many times we clean coops and torch the soil to eradicate parasite eggs.
Life sucks, literally, when it comes to parasites. They really do drain the life of the host. So I bought a good microscope and brushed up on my Clinical Lab Scientist training to diagnose what ails my birds, and finally, even though I lose some battles with parasites, I think I’m winning the war.
I can’t even remember if I missed posting last month because of hubby’s knee replacement surgery or because we had 13 sick chickens at once. Now only 4 are in the barn. Bottom line: some things, including my chickens’ lives, are more important than writing or reading. But I do need to record the information sometime because it might help others learn the easy way what I learned the hard way.
In case any of you have chickens, note that the bugs that finished off many of my flock are the smallest on this slide: Coccidia. Chickens gain immunity to coccidia at about 3 months of age, but when it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit and rains for days straight, parasite growth in soil explodes. That’s when the little buggers overwhelm the birds. I learned all this too late. Within a week after the storms, I found out even the chicks still on medicated feed had Coccidiosis. Adding Amprolium to their water helped most, but it couldn’t save the sickest.
So if I bug out on occasion, you’ll know why: sick chickens, turkeys, pets, or sick family. And a final note on writing — sometimes late is better than never, at least when it comes to concluding a story.