Readers’ Choice Award…

A little over 3 weeks ago, i signed up for the Summer Writing Contest hosted by The Write Practice and Short Fiction Break. Submission dateline has come and gone. Now the waiting begins as the judges read and review well over 300 entries.

thephotoalbumNEWBut the contest organisers have been wonderful in giving YOU, the reader of stories, a chance to vote for your favourite story. Not all the entries are listed because people could opt out of being listed for the Readers’ Choice Award, however, i have been told that at least 95% of the stories written for the Summer Writing Contest are listed.

So head over HERE to see a list of the stories and vote for your favourite. My story, entitled The Photo Album, is listed as the 16th story from the bottom of the list. Here’s a direct link to my story. i believe you only have till this weekend to vote. Please vote for The Photo Album if you like my story. Thanks very much.

Happy reading!

syc

The End of the Tail Saga…

6.5 weeks, 3 surgeries and lots of antibiotics, cream, bandages, and diapers later, we finally got the all-clear from the vet. Lexi’s tail is healed, at last!

In case you didn’t hear about it, Lexi’s tail got caught in the door to the garden the Sunday before Easter (14 April) and because of an infection which would not go away, the vet had to do 3 operations (14 April, 25 April, 8 May) before we found out the exact bacteria and got targeted antibiotics. i wrote about this at the end of April; read here.

After the second op, when things didn’t go well yet again, i became slightly obsessed with her wound and started taking photos of it twice a day to make sure it was healing properly after the third op. You can see some of the many photos i have taken here.

lexitailsaga20190612Our last appointment with the vet on 28 May was quite funny. Our vet had been on leave for a week so we saw her colleague for a follow-up on 21 May. At that time, Lexi’s wound still was not looking great, which is why when i gave her the thumbs up sign on the 28th, she only half believed me because we have had just the worst luck with the infection before. Then we had Lexi on the examination table and the vet could get a good look, she looked, smiled and said, “Hallelujah!” It was really a laugh-out-loud moment.

Of course, there was just one more goodbye present this stupid bacteria gave Lexi. Because she had to be on antibiotics for so long, it wiped out the flora in her digestive system and so it was diarrhea for a couple of days after we stopped the antibiotics. Good thing it was an easy fix with tablets to rebuild her flora.

The vet bills, needless to say, are HIGH! But i think we can manage it. Now i just hope that Lexi stays strong and healthy. We have her on an immunity booster at the moment, which should help.

However, dealing with her doggy teenage antics is a whole different matter 😛

syc

Summer Writing Contest 2019…

i have not talked about my writing in a long while, mainly because i have not written anything new that i feel i can show. So i have joined a summer writing contest to get my butt in gear and get my writing up another level.

summerwritecontest20190527The contest is hosted by The Write Practice; it has a constraint and a word limit (which i am finding very difficult to keep within), all of which makes things very interesting.

But the part i like most about the contest is that they require that your piece of writing be workshopped before it can be submitted to judges. And they provide that online workshop space through their writing community platform. It is fellow-contestants who help to crit your work during the workshop period so they try to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual support.

Sounds interesting? Care to join me? You can check it out here.

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