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Post  Safari Maiden on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:10 am

Looks like I dont need the kindle. Great reads GR like Lai Im going to have a re-read at these. Nice work!

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:39 am

Breezyweezy - now that conjurs up quite an image of a new character Giraffe albino king

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Post  gregrowlerson on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:14 pm

Thanks heapsy SM!

As for Breezyweezy, she is forever cheezy Very Happy

She is full of yayness!
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Post  littlewid on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:13 pm

I am looking forward to hearing all about Breezyweezy Very Happy and I loved Ground Hog day, A brilliant film and I never get bored of seeing it......just like your Yaaay's and indeedy's etc etc GR in your stories, they add lots of excited feelings......oh yes indeed indeedy!

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Post  gregrowlerson on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:46 am

Yaaaay!

Something cool just happened as I am sitting at my laptop during my brief lunchbreak. A publisher that has some interest in my book got back to me! It was their first proper email in about 6 or 7 weeks, so it is very relieving for me! And the womans 'report' was mostly positive, which is great Very Happy

She says that it's target audience can be 11-14 year olds and that she believes this is a text that can target the school system, and educate children. This is totally awesomey and perfectly apt, since there is a lot of teaching involved in the story, but the publisher doesn't even know about that yet (unless I mentioned it in my inital synopsis).

Anyhoo, feeling very pumped just now, and eager to get more work down on TSP this weekend!

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Post  gregrowlerson on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:56 am

STINA & TOOMAS - (NOT TSP)


Toomas was a handsomeish big cat, located in the freezing north of Scandinavia. Well he wasn’t in the north of Scandinavia, but Helsinki is pretty north on the globe, if you get my drift.

Life was pretty cool – pardon the pun – but life wasn’t really lovely until Stina entered it. I mean, he thought that it was, but Stina’s entrance into his life really put thingys in perspective.

He’d encountered some incredible leopardesses in his time, but none quite like this. She had it all going on; she looked stylish in everything she wore. So okay, she only had the one outfit. But what I mean is that she would have looked good in anything.

She was humble too, and meeting her was humbling indeedy to Toomas, who to some extent had thought that he’d figured all this life stuff out. Yet her intelligence exceeded everything else, and there is nothing more attractive than a leopard who is emotionally and intellectually drop dead gorgeous. As we all know.

Yet she wasn’t as confident as she should have been. When she was initially introduced to our love struck male, she barely said a word. Or barely said a growl, perhaps I should say. And what Toomas discovered was that Stina didn’t like her accent; yes, leopards do have accents, haven’t you heard?

But to him her growls were at a picture perfect tone, and after he’d gotten a taste of them he only desired to hear them all the more. Because her voice was scrumdidillyumptious.

Then there was the climbing. We all know that leopards can climb, but this leopardess was clearly out of her tree….or out of this world. Toomas insisted that she must have cubs, for it would be such a waste if she never got to teach others her silky skills. She wondered if she was really good enough to be a teacher though. How utterly ridiculous.

Oh, and Stina also suggested that he just wanted to see the inside of her tail, but that was really just the tail end of it Toomas insisted. That was just a bonus. Besides, as he pointed out, “if you combine the S and the T then you’re bound to create an individual who is totally awesomey!”

Then there was the drawing. But leopards don’t draw I hear you declare. Oh, but you’d be wrong. Haven’t you heard of a big cats markings? They leave a scent, to let others know that they’re around. Well in the case of Stina, she took the most of these opportunities to go all artistic, and hence she would paint a picture for Toomas. It was always something new and surprising, and most definitely heart-rending.

Trust me, no leopard in the history of leopard has ever spotted such talent.

A regular activity for the enclosed cats was the ball play. Big balls were provided for the big pups. “Where’s your ball?” Stina asked one day when Toomases appeared missing. “It’s here. It’s always here.” Neither of them could actually see it, but with Stina, Toomas always had one. Oh yes indeedy.

He just couldn’t help it. You know, going all Pepe Le Pew on her. It was just her influence.

He even promised her that he’d take her to Paris if he could (I just had to throw in a French connection). Which was a kinda safe offer considering that they were locked up in Finland zoo. Truth be told, that if they did escape then they probably still wouldn’t make it to the city of so-called love. France and Finland are further away on the map then they are on the alphabet, and Toomas wasn’t a great swimmer, nor did he envisage himself making it past customs at the airport.

In normal circumstances it wouldn’t have been difficult to get away if they’d really wanted too, for these are leopards; kings and queens of stealth. But escaping from Finland Zoo was seemingly impossible, due to the cameras installed on site. They weren’t meant to install all that many, but what happened was that the cameraman was rather handsome, and so the zoo ‘foxy lady’ keeper kept bringing him back to install more video cameras. For the leopards it really was like being on the set of a movie.

The zoo keeper had a good excuse though for taking the cameras to excess. “It’s these forums such as WAA which demand them. They are obsessed with their webcams, so I’m doing all of this out of the goodness of my heart for them.”

She even quoted one member who was a huge big cat fan as a kind of motto. The quote sat alongside a magnificent tiger, surrounded by a frame which was majestic art all in itself. Obviously produced by a master craftsmen. Anyhoo, the picture – in addition to its standard thousand words – read:

“It would be so nice to be able to follow their story, a shame they don’t have a web cam for them, I would be glued to it.”

Stina really wanted to travel to Paris and so a regular phrase of hers was, “Damn that Queen of Stalkery!”

Anyhoo, sometime passed before anything else of note happened. Toomas continued to serenade Stina, and one day, just before dawn, it happened. You know what I’m talking about.

Thingys were just starting to get really hot and heavy when Stina blurted out, “Yo darling! Check out what I see see!”

“Uum, I’m kinda busy right now,” puffed and panted Toomas.

“The lights have all gone out! We’ve been censored!”

The cameras had indeed gone off. It’s true what they say about females and multitasking.

As for Toomas, he was merely focusing on trying to hit the spot.

Come on, he’s only a leopard.

“Is that it? We’re stopping?” he asked.

“Oh yes indeedy!” she confirmed. “This is our big chance to escape! But we have to be quick. The zoo keeper might not think that we can keep it up for long.”

“My stamina is perfectly fine,” argued Toomas unconvincingly. He was sweating as if he’d just gone three weeks in the Tour De France against Bradley Wiggins. “Besides, it’s difficult to perform in this climate.”

Stina shrugged her shoulders. She was used to the unheated enclosures, as we all know.

So…when can we finish making love?” asked Toomas with apprehension.

“When you’ve taken me to France of course. Just like you promised. Remember?”

“Oh for frogs sake.”

But Toomas was only joking, for there was nothing better in this life then to run away together with Stina. And with the call of a new world forming pictures in their hearts they blitzed, shadows of moonlight moving in the early hours. And as soon as the zoo was behind them the darkness disappeared, and they found themselves engraved in the light. On cloud nine, they began to run. With smiles.

Even more beautiful than that cameraman’s.

And just maybe they were on their way to bettering Lara & Czar as the ultimate love birds.
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:18 am

Giraffe albino king that is really ace news and a huge positive for you. Well done you must be totally thrilled. I hope you and Bella are celebrating Very Happy

Love the story of Stina and Toomas - very touching and fun and some great references in there Laughing

I don't know how you find time to work, you must want to write all day/night .........

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Post  gregrowlerson on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:51 am

I am really thrilled about it indeedy! I have really felt very joyous, just with this idea that the book could be read/taught in schools. I can't say it's been my lifelong dream because I've never even thought of such a possibilty, but if that did happen I realise that I would cry tears of happiness. It would be such a profound event for me.

Don't worry, I ain't expecting it to happen Razz Jane Eyre, The Catcher In The Rye, The Power Of One, The Seriousness Police affraid

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I am very happy with the S&T story. I did it mostly early this week. Yesterday I was at my parents place, and tonight I just put some finishing touches on it before posting. On a side note, my internet is really rubbish sometimes, and can just freeze for 5-10 minutes and I have to keep refreshing until it works....which is not very refreshing. Very frustrating when you really want to post something!

A story like my latest one often is mostly compiled during a 1-2 day period; that is how it tends to work best naturally for me. I had ideas for another story about two weeks ago, but those ideas haven't really gone anywhere. It is difficult to know when I am going to get inspiration to write like that, though with TSP it's all good because the ideas are all there, and some still come to me now too. I have three very small additions of ideas to go back and add tomorrow, before returning back to the latter part of the story that I am up to. Sunday I think I will be out with family. I want to devote a lot of weekend time to it, because I probably don't have the energy for it on weeknights, plus given my extensive and very enjoyable postings and readings on here Very Happy Group Hug

I am very lazy sometimes with writing. I could never do it as a 9-5 job. Even though it is my biggest passion in life it is best for me as a hobby. The boredom of a normal job stimulates me to make more of the free time when I have it.

Does watching Veronica Mars = ?

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Post  gregrowlerson on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:57 am

Whoopsy! I meant = Celebrating!
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:55 pm

lol! Yes, I think it does Giraffey Boy, it's whatever makes you happy.

Last night I watched David Attenborough and Africa - I had the head from hell and could barely raise a conversation with Pete (now that means it was serisouly bad) and watching the programme just made me feel so much better - so whatever blows your hair back in the way of celebrating, relaxing, chilling - it's all good

I guess you are right about writing, if it was a 9 - 5 job the fun would be taken out of it, best to write when you feel the mood ............ and the little grey cells (Hercule Poirot) are working.

enjoy your weekend - and time with your family (and Bellaroo of course Hugs )

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Post  littlewid on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:08 pm

Thats really good news for you GR and well deserved and it's a little bit honouring that you posted your stories on here cheers you must let us know how it all pans out for you.......and of course remember us all when you are rich and famous

Loved the Toomas and Stina story leopard in Tree leopard in Tree

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Post  gregrowlerson on Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:51 pm

Lai was unable to albino affraid affraid affraid Razz

Writing is definitely about the mood Mrs Kipia. I don't understand how some authors can just punch out a novel every twelve months to satisfy their publishers and readers, because with me, I just don't know when the motivation and passion is going to be there. After the seriousness police I might write another book in the following twelve months; but then again I might not write one for another five years, if at all (though I am sure that I will still write).

Poirot is that French detective with the moustache? My parents watch that show sometimes and he seems rather eccentric!

LW, thanks heapsy for all those kudos, and there is no way that I would ever forget you guys!

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P.S. Maybe if CC posts more updates on Stina & Toomas I will have some ammunition for a part 2 Very Happy
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Post  Laikipia on Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:04 am

I know it is hard to believe Onesie Man - but I have subsequently made up for my silent

I agree re authors, some of the books I read whilst travelling are churned out annually and therefore very light easy reading but without much depth!

Yes you are right, Poirot is a strange character and played by an actor called David Suchet who plays the part very well. I am never sure if I enjoy the programme or not, preferring Lewis (soon to retire) and Midsomer Murders etc.

CC - take the hint here, we love your updates on Stina and Toomas and GR needs more ammo Laughing

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Post  gregrowlerson on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:17 pm

Yeah queen albino , very hard to believe Laughing

Yes, definitely need more Stina & Toomas gossip!
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Post  Laikipia on Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:24 am

Onesie Man - you are very silent

How can I albino albino albino when Giraffe albino king is AWOL Laughing

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Post  littlewid on Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:03 pm

Giraffe boy, does the silent silent silent mean more stories are on the way bounce bounce bounce bounce

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Post  gregrowlerson on Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:13 pm

I think that I must have a major WAA 'session' tonight. It really is an addiction and I need my decent fix!

Lai (imagine this speak from ground level up to your balcony in English tone); "I shan't forget you my dearest rabbit, and will always remember the truest adage, that every queen needs her king

And vice versa.

So okay, that's enough romance for one morning Laughing

I just felt like I aged ten years by saying "adage". But I will get back to more childish words soonish Very Happy
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Post  gregrowlerson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:33 am

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARGER


Regularly seen hanging out in the Laikipia region were an elephant and a giraffe. The latter was a wide eyed boy, the former a worldly girl. As a pair they were kinda besties, and as besties do, they could talk the ears off any rabbit.

Which was A-okay for the rabbits since generally speaking, rabbits live their lives based around the meal. By that I'm talking dinner & dessert.

Anyhoo, being wide eyed, it was only natural that the giraffe paid great attention to the lights that regularly flickered on and off at the nearby camp. “They are amazing! Dear Elephanty, how are earth does this happen?”

“It is merely electricity that lights those bulbs,” she answered wisely. “It’s nothing too purrfect or furrtastic. Besides, we don’t need it, for we have Mr Yellow when required.”

“Yeah, it does seem rather cheetah like to create light when Mr Yellow has gone to sleep,” surmised the giraffe.

“And the light which can be seen is overrated,” continued the elephant. “The most important power is the charger that lights the bulb up here.” She pointed to her forehead.

“And what is that power?”

“Oh, nobody ever talks about that. Most creatures are only interested in what they can actually see, so this power is very much the elephant in the room.”

“The elephant in the room? Must be one of those huge areas with a long table and chandelier!” The giraffe didn’t quite know what his friend was getting at.

“Nevermind that. It’s just a figure of speech. A big figure I guess.” The elephant smirked at her own joke. “But what I was getting at was creativity. This light is more important than the artificial one that you can see over there at the camp. It’s powered by eccentricity. And what’s more, you don’t have to pay for it.”

“But where does eccentricity come from?”

“It comes from creatures. From particular, special creatures.”

This was all a bit much to take in during one sitting for the giraffe, and he conjured an image of two animals being connected together by jumper leads.

He told her of his image and she burst into hysterics. “No, that’s not quite what I meant, but by jolly that is rather eccentric!”

With a little more rabbiting the giraffe begun to understand that it really was eccentricity that made the world go round. Or at least he had gotten this motto stuck in his head. He now imagined the jumper leads connecting he and the elephant, and that he was borrowing from her excellent memory.

And only a blonde would forget that an elephant has a great memory.

The elephant looked at him with admiration. “Please know that you not being one of the big five doesn’t result in me viewing you lesser through my eyes.”

“And what an oversight!” declared the giraffe. “Bloody hell, we aren’t half hard to spot!”

It was nearly time to call it a night.

“Thanks for the chats Elephanty. They allow me to lay my head down at night and enjoy soundly kips.”

“Trunk nothing of it,” she replied with a smile. She began to edge away into the night.

“By the way, does my butt look big today?”

“Your butt? I hadn’t even noticed it. Have you been working out?”

“Good answer Giraffey Boy.”
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:44 pm

You the man GR Giraffe albino king I am laughing so much I can hardly type. That was brilliant and really made me day .....

“By the way, does my butt look big today?”

“Your butt? I hadn’t even noticed it. Have you been working out?”
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What a brilliant tale - ace my Giraffey friend.

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Post  gregrowlerson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:06 pm

I am really glad you liked it! Very Happy

I was so happy when these ideas came to me yesterday morning (these are the times when I am my happiest, when I have these crazy story ideas that just flood into me), and I just had to be leopard sneaky and email myself from work some notes Razz

And I put it together - plus a couple of other small thingys came to me like the blonde joke - last night.

But eccentricity, or weirdness is really great! So I think that I have really seen the light with something here Very Happy

"Greg, that doesn't look like work. In fact it looks a little weird."

"Oh that. I'm just writing a story to a married woman 21 years my senior from overseas."

affraid Laughing

If I get put away one day, I'm sure it will be for too much eccentricity Razz
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:39 am

Excuse me Mr Giraffe albino king I seem to remember pointing out yesterday that I am now merely 35 so your maths is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy out.

That aside I love the story and have just re-read it so I can start my day with a big smile (oooops it's already 10.36am so I am being idle today).

You might like these lyrics PP

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~norm/TakeMeAway.html - somewhat apt I think!

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Post  gregrowlerson on Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:16 pm

This song is most definitely apt for my cookieness!

"I've gone completely out of my mind" Very Happy

So long as this funny farm has internet for WAA I shall be fine. Oh yes indeedy absolutely!

These terms are going to become adages around here Very Happy

That's very sweet about the re-read. Thanks EE Group Hug

Sounds like you live up to your namesake and enjoy your kips!
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Post  Laikipia on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:19 pm

Ooooooooooooooh no Onesie Man I am up early with the dogs but drift into my office later and later it seems

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Post  gregrowlerson on Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:08 pm

Oh, I wouldn't worry about that Mrs Kipia. Clearly you don't need any beauty sleep Very Happy

Can I get any worse? Probably Laughing

By the way, this 'Mrs Kipia' really has something to it; it sounds rather regal me thinks. I wonder if there was ever a lady called that in some old fashioned prim and proper English novel? Razz

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:51 pm

Laughing Rolling Eyes smart cookie answer GR and 10/10 for that one!

I feel sure Mrs Kipia has a ring of Jane Austen or Emily Bronte

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her solitary novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature

Bound to feature somewhere .... Reading

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