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What fate awaits a runt born in a land where strong and powerful dogs are necessary for survival?
“If you liked ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘White Fang’, or ‘Homeward Bound’, you’ll love this story of an Alaskan Malamute pup who goes searching for his girl.” ~ A reviewer
“Aren’t you adorable?” she said, picking him up and cradling him like an infant. She began to scratch his tummy, something the pup had never experienced from a person before. The pleasure of it caused his eyes to close and his hind leg to twitch uncontrollably. Unable to contain it, a small howl escaped from his throat. The small person laughed. The sound was like music to the pup’s soul and his tail began to wag. He wiggled in her arms until he could reach her face and began to lick it with all his might. She laughed again, and the pup doubled his efforts. He would do anything to hear that wonderful sound coming from this small person that ignited hope within his breast. Suddenly it occurred to him why his siblings had all been happy to be taken away by visitors. He knew that this small person was all he ever wanted in life, to be next to her, and anything less would never do.
“Woo, woo, woo,” he cried happily to the girl.
“I love you too.” She whispered back, kissing him on his black mask.
“I want this one daddy!” She said to the man who had come with her.
“That’s a runt, best to get one of the others,” her father replied.
The father reached down and picked up the bigger of the remaining sisters. He took the pup from the girl’s arms and placed him on the floor where he cried frantically in protest, trying his best to climb up the girl’s leg. The man placed his sister in the girl’s arms.
“This one’s the best of the three,” he said. “Now come on, I have to be getting back.”
The little girl gazed sadly at the pup, a tear tracing a path down her cheek. But she turned to follow her father, who was shaking the man’s hand.
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Dropping a line to let you all know what I have been up to. I know that there has been a long silence from me on this blog. I apologize for neglecting you.
After I received feedback from my beta readers on my novel last fall, there was some revision that need to be done. When I sat down to do it I hit a wall. It was discouraging. Following some advice from experienced writers I decided to walk away for a couple months and come back to it fresh. I came back to it and started again. Still, I was struggling with the revision.
After much soul searching and pow wows with my writing group I decided what it needed was a complete rewrite. In the ten years since I started writing the novel I have grown as a writer and my writing has changed. Some of the work in my novel was old and frankly, not good enough. So, I am hard at work at rewriting and making substantial progress. I promise it won’t be another ten years!
I have also developed another site here on WordPress which will be my author website. This site is mainly for the marketing and sale of my work once it is published. You can check it out here.
Another thing I’ve done quite recently is set up a Patreon site. Patreon is a site that allows artists to get paid for what they do through the support of Patrons. In exchange for their support Patrons receive special rewards on a reg basis. If you are interested in being a Patron or are just curious what it’s all about you can access my Patreon site here.
The final thing I am really excited about is a podcast that I am going to be a part of. I can’t say too much right now but we’ve taped 3 episodes already. Be looking for an announcement when the first one is released.
In the meantime, God Bless, Tina
Salmon is life. Great article about Alaskan Native Culture. Lots of awesome pictures.
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