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Congratulations Winner!

Posted in All posts, Life, On writing with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2008 by Trina

The title of this post is the subject line of an e-mail I received yesterday. I thought it was a spammer offering me money if I’d only provide my banking information, so I almost deleted it. I am happy that I didn’t. My speculative fiction story “To Live Again“,won $100 and first place in Write Around the Block’s January short story contest. I have never won a contest in my life. I am thrilled.

To Live Again“, holds a special place in my heart. It is the first story that I wrote back in 2002–a dog story with a twist. Second, as I previously posted, it was the first of my stories to appear in a print publication, so it became one of my milestones. I think that seeing that story on the printed page will always be my greatest thrill.

Those of you who know me will realize that “To Live Again” is loosely based on my life. The woman in the story who learns to take charge of her life through her dog is me. I drew on my own experience in an abusive marriage to create Allison’s character, who is too frightened to get out of bed and turn on a light at night. And during the day, she is too scared to leave her house. Then she adopts Vanquisher, a scrappy pit bull terrier mix facing euthanasia.

And so the story was born. I modeled Vanquisher after my dog Buddy, who I am sad to say, most likely came to the same fate as Vanquisher did in the story. Heavy sigh–if he hadn’t, there would be no story.

When I learned that Write Around the Block accepts previously published stories, I revised the story–the first version rambled a bit and had some other issues–and submitted it to the contest. I am thrilled that it won.

I will never consider “”To Live Again”” to be my best story, but writing it helped me learn the art of writing fiction. It will probably always be my favorite, especially because Harry and I recently adopted a black lab. Alex is sweet and mischievous and as beautiful as Buddy was ugly–like Sam in the story. He is intelligent and makes us laugh every day, especially when he squeaks his little plastic bone and does tricks for food. I love him, but he can’t completely fill the void in my heart left by Buddy.

Here’s to strays, shelter dogs and rescued dogs who continue to rescue their saviors.

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King Alex

Posted in All posts, Life with tags , , , , on September 11, 2007 by Trina

I wanted to get Harry something special for his birthday at the end of the month. I think I succeeded.
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Friday, Harry and I adopted King Alex from Lab Rescue North Carolina, which I highly recommend for anyone looking to adopt. We are overjoyed to have our new family member. He has completely changed our lives. Our prince is a big strong guy with a huge heart. He follows us around the house, very curious, afraid he might miss something. He smiles and makes us laugh so we forgive him for trying to “mark” our indoor plants and Harry’s wine rack.
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He is all puppy, about 1 to 1.5 yrs. old. I feel every bit the grandma that I am, trying to keep up with his energy level. Alex’s first day with us, he dashed off the deck without touching a step and hurled himself half-way across the yard trying to catch a squirrel. He loves to sniff the air. What stories the breeze must tell.

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Since he has the gait of a show dog, I’ve renamed him “King” Alex, a fitting name for such a regal dog. King Alex was rescued from a shelter where he was out of time – slated to get the needle the day after his foster mom took him home. A stray brought in by a kind stranger, Alex was underweight, with heartworms and intestinal parasites, poor guy. He started his new life undergoing the very painful heartworm treatment. Even so, he is still always happy, smiling with his big tongue out and wagging that long tail of his.