Monday, 6 October 2008

An eventful weekend

Poor Mollie had another terrible outbreak of itching on Friday which resulted in yet another trip to the vet, antibiotics, Piriton and a steroid spray as well as increasing her steroids. We were so desperate at the time that we didn’t question this dosage as perhaps we should have done, so having rung the vet this morning we've cut down her dosage and hope the spray will help. Poor girl, she's had a really bad few months and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. But she's such a cheerful soul and we love her for that.

Notwithstanding that, Moll and I set off to pick up a friend on Saturday to do the Mevagissey Treasure Trail for Cornwall Today. As we neared Mevagissey, the clouds gathered and by the time we arrived we were wading through steady drizzle and a gathering wind, but we completed the trail, had a fascinating trip round the town and felt we deserved an award for stoicism and determination - Moll included.

The rain finally stopped late Sunday morning and we had a wonderful walk with my Swedish friend around Rosemullion Head. As apparently this was to be the only good day of the week, I’m glad we made the most of it as today is back to normal grey drizzle.

I’ve recently been told about a website run by Harper Collins which is for avid readers and budding novelists. The idea is that you can upload your novel – or part of it – and while reading others’ novels, they can comment on yours. If you’re very lucky your novel might land on the desk of an editor, but the site is regularly perused by agents and editors.

I thought it was worth a go, so please have a look at my first three chapters, if you feel so inclined, and let me know how I might improve them – here

You need to scroll down until you see The Current Beneath by Sam Kittow (pseudonym)

And do pass the word around - try it yourself if you're a writer - it could help us all get published!

We’re off on Thursday for a few days in Devon so this might be the last post for a bit.

24 comments:

Pat Posner said...

Oh, poor Mollie! I hope she's better soon. Looks like it wasn't a wheat allergy.

I went to look for your chapters but I don't know who you are *smile*

Flowerpot said...

Pat - sorry it should have taken you straight to flowerpot or Sam Kittow. We dont know what it is but the Burns people think it could well be food related so we're keeping on with that diet.

Philipa said...

Parp parp paaaarp. Hope it's not the last post - don't give up blogging, FP. Will read the chapters when I can but I'm supposed to be on a blog diet myself. Have a great time away - blogging detox!

Elaine said...

Ok...I've found your page and will start reading right now!

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

FP, do you know what is causing Mollie's itching? I went through something similar with Lurcher No. 1 and it turned out she needed her anal glands emptying. If they fill up they can cause major skin irritation.

Flowerpot said...

Phil - blogging detox is a very good idea I think!!

Elaine - let me know what you think and how it could be improved. Please!

AOJ - she's had her anal glands done at the same time but this time they were OK. So we have no idea what it could be.

Annie Bright said...

Hope your Mollie feels better soon. Bless her!
I've had a whizzy look at your piece - but will be back to have a proper read later. Good Luck with it! x

Akelamalu said...

Oh poor Mollie!

I'll take a look at your book and my I wish you good luck with it. x

Philipa said...

she needed her anal glands emptying. If they fill up they can cause major skin irritation

Eew! Get a cat.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

I have been remiss in keeping up with my fav blogs of late and am just catching up with you again. My dog has a grass allergy that is exacerbated every spring and summer especially when it is wet. I use Aloe Vera gel to calm the wee soul. Hope you get sorted soon.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

What a cool idea. I'm off to read your chapters.

Grump said...

I hope Mollie is better soon. Will the cooler weather help? Did you get to name your bonkmobile before your first inter-county trip.
Mark x

Flowerpot said...

Annie - thanks for that. I hope Molls feels better soon too!

Ak - thanks and please let me know what you think - and pass the word around!

Phil - we've got a cat!!

Flowerpot said...

MOB - thanks for that I will try that as well.

RC - thanks and do let me know please - any suggestions welcomed!

Flowerpot said...

Grump - name as yet undecided. Doxie has sort of stuck but I'm workig on it!

Annie Bright said...

Hi, Flowerpot, I have now read your first chapter - and I will go back to read more. You are a very talented writer! I hope you have lots of success with this venture! :-)

Flowerpot said...

Annie - thank you so much. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Rebecca Taunton said...

Glad you had a good weekend.And what a great idea re Harper Collins.
I hope Mollie's itching comes to end soon.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks RT - the Harper C idea is good but quite time consuming! As for Moll - well as you noticed she is still quite ebullient!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Gorgeous Mollie, I'm sure she's enjoyed some serious milking and tlc from you.

CJ xx

P.S. thanks for the direction to the useful website

Ellee Seymour said...

Yes, poor Molly, hope you have a lovely break in Devon, and I would loved to have join you on your walk.

Flowerpot said...

Crystal - yes she always enjoys attention of any kind! Hope you find Authonomy useful.

Ellee - we will be having lots more walks in Devon - shame you can't join us there - it's a bit nearer!

ChrisH said...

Poor old Mollie, hope she's on the mend now. Good luck with the novel... might have a go myself when i can grow another layer of skin!

Flowerpot said...

Chris - hope life is improving a bit for you. Moll is a bit better thanks. How's your course going?