Monday, August 14, 2017

Pet News 26: Book Sharing Tips on Dog Training

If you’re always looking for tips and strategies for dog training, here’s another book you might consider reading: 21 Days to the Perfect Dog by Karen Wild.

Wild has a nice introduction and evaluation section before you begin any training. The second section, Wild provides a 21 window for training your puppy/dog to sit, stay, roll over, ring the bell, getting off the sofa/bed, and other useful activities to stimulate your dog.

Of course, not all dogs learn the same or will manage to do the tricks presented in the book. I suggest to take your time and repeat, repeat, repeat! Practice will help your dog retain the information of what’s expected in a respectful, positive, fair, and fun atmosphere. The goal is mastery and not accomplishing each task in a short time.


Wild also adds a third section I find very helpful. Here, she provides some solutions to help your dog avoid behaviors such as excessive barking and digging. For example, if your puppy is chewing you out of home, then, provide alternative items or toys the dog can chew on. If your dog is easily distracted, make sure you ask them to sit and stay and watch you before giving another command. 

Teach your puppy to greet used to grooming and trimming of nails by touching those areas every day, then, moving on to trimming one nail a day until you can do all in one day.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Quote 27

“The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.”
Jerry Gillies

Recent rejections really brought this quote to life. Though, most of the rejections were nice, I stared at the e-mails as if hoping I was reading something different. Then, I realized, I can’t sit and stare at the screen, I had to keep writing, keep sending queries and researching agents (many switch agencies), and keep reading.

Writing is important to me. The rejections are part of what this world is about. Nothing is for free and I shouldn’t think one query would get me in the door. I love creating characters and writing their stories too much to stop. The more I do what I do, the closer I get to the success I want.


Luckily, I have had some poetry published and a few short stories. Most of my drafts I share with you. So, if you haven’t already, take a look at them and feel free to tweet me about them @m_a_Arana. Thanks!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Books I’m Reading 33

Poet Power: The Complete Guide to Getting Your Poetry Published by Thomas A. Williams. This book goes into detail on the things aspiring poets who self-publish or acquire a publisher will come across.

Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin. This is a pocket-size book packed with a lot of helpful tips to think about for decluttering the home.

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King adapted by Peter David with the title of The Prisoner as a graphic novel for Marvel. The story begins with Eddie Dean’s childhood and how he can see Mid-World. Eventually, he meets Roland, the Gunslinger.

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King adapted by Peter David with the title House of Cards as a graphic novel.


p.s. can’t wait for the movie adaptation for the Dark Tower coming out this weekend!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Art 15: Sports Man


Back in 2014, I attended a Life Drawing workshop. This time, the model was a male. He was on the thin side and after the warm-up sketches, I decided to focus on the hands and torso during a twenty-minute pose using charcoal.
With this drawing, I drew swift and light curved lines to guide the movement of the body, then, lines to detail where the shoulders, ribs, elbows, etc. should be. Once those lines were in place, I began adding the contours for the body, muscles, and such, until I had something that resembled a man. Time was almost over, so, I began to shade areas.

For some reason, I felt really close to this drawing. Maybe it reminded me of someone or maybe the way the arms hung out of the torso are an echo of a past time. I do like the way the left side of the body was beginning to look with the shading. If I had time to go back and work on this drawing, I would accentuate that section.

Other News:
Two poems were accepted this month!
“A Passing Time” for vox poetica, July 19, 2017

 “Stranger Still” for the Spectrum 11 Issue: The Long Poem, July 2017
---not online--- purchase copies on http://spectrumpublishing.blogspot.com/2017/

Monday, July 17, 2017

Short Stories & Such 34: Marketplace

Back in April 2015, I attended the MT. SAC Science Fiction Workshop led by Scott Noon Creley (see http://scottcreley.com/) 
Creley had us write a science fiction setting for our world (good or bad). He wanted us to show and not tell using the 5 senses. In other words, he wanted the author to give a tour of the setting to the reader.
The following is my attempt. I only had one paragraph, but you can actually get an idea for a new story.

Marketplace

They came on the surfboards of the air, ear-splitting, and four-feet long crafts. They watched with glass eyes the people lined up against the red brick walls. Red from blood-stained entertainment.

Merchants wore their pointy hats- yellow and orange like the dry sky. Bellies full of food, they wobbled under their robes.

The foul smell of dust mixed with sweat permeated the narrow road, but they watched with glass eyes and metal hearts. Money purses dangled from their cold hands.

Dirt blew on the people’s faces. The bustling clinging of chains rattled behind them. Each of us holding a loved ones’ hands, teetering teeth and knees.

“Sold!” came the verdict.

“Dispose!” came the command.

“Turn around!” came another.

Those with metal hearts obeyed and pushed or clubbed or…

Our hands held tightly while the merchants passed us. The sweat from the outside rays were visible, and their flushed faces meant the day was done.

For some, it was a beginning. For others, it was a blessing. For those willing to live, it was utter agony ripping through our flesh-stricken hearts. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Quote 26

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Martin Buber

During my wait at the vet’s office, I realized the longing some dogs have based on their eyes. Some want to play and run and meet everyone. Others, are too scared to be curious and may become aggressive. You can tell by looking at their eyes. The nervousness or the joy.
When the office staff called me up to make a payment, I left my dog with my sister. When I turned to walk back, I saw my dog’s eyes. They never left me, and as I got closer, those same honey eyes changed to a brighter hue- glad I was back, and expecting new scents, and wanting my attention (or reassurance). And this quote is true for any animal, especially those in need.

Since we’re on the topic of noticing animal’s eyes, here are a few places you may donate to or volunteer for:


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Independence Day Week

A lot of you have already gone on vacation and are enjoying yourself, others are preparing to celebrate July 4th this Tuesday. Hopefully, everyone has a safe event with family, pets, and friends. Speaking of pets, it’s important to keep them in a safe location when the fireworks go up and children should be supervised at all times. The following are some tips found on Rover.com, a pet sitting/dog boarding/dog walking online venue with lots of information for owners. Of course, the safest (and sanest) way to celebrate would be without any fireworks. It’s good for the environment, good for your pets, and good for you (no after the day clean-up).

p.s. you can also check out the links from @m_a_Arana on twitter

Also, I know this post is early, but I won’t be able to post it on Monday. Enjoy!