Fantasy Books Review quote "Wendig s second novel is a splendidly profane slice of urban fantasy hard, dark and fast. Slick one-liners and laugh-out-loud descriptions pepper the prose, making"Blackbirds"a black comedy that even the Grim Reaper could smile at. Author Wendig s distinctive, straightforward style is accessible and insistent; and the generous helpings of violence are strangely invigorating. Chuck Wendig has raised the bar of the urban fantasy genre.
As an avid reader of Mr. Koontz, I was well aware of his love for animals, especially the four legged, waggy tailed, golden kind. Throughout many of his novels some sort of dog appears, it is usually a retriever of some sort and is often of the golden variety.
While I knew that he had a Golden of his own, named Trixie, that him and his wife loved very much, she was often featured in the author picture with Koontz I was never aware of the backstory of Trixie, nor did I know the extent of the effect and inspiration she had on Koontz, so this post seemed to be the best opportunity to find out more about her.
Trixie was originally a service dog for the Canine Companions for Independence CCIa charitable organization that provides service dogs to those with disabilities.
The royalties from both of these books were donated to the CCI. Sadly, inTrixie contracted terminal cancer and Koontz had her put to sleep outside of their family home.
Ten months after losing Trixie, the Koontz couple adopted yet another Golden girl from the CCI, although well behaved, lovable and obedient, this young girl was released from the CCI training program because she was distracted by every cat, bird, bunny, lizard, bug and butterfly she saw, while she did not chase these critters, she was hyper-alert to them, which cannot not happen when she is serving someone with a disability.
Now, that delightful puppy is a part of the Koontz family, they named her Anna. After doing extensive research on ther background, it was found that Anna was actually related to Trixie. Each Saturday, when 2: We walked together, hand in hand, around these two and a half acres that Trixie had loved, visiting all her favorite places.
Three weeks to the minute after Trixie died, as we were walking the larger lawn, a brilliant golden butterfly swooped down out of a pepper tree.
Now, friends, this was no butterfly like we had ever seen before—or since. It was big, bigger than my hand, and a bright gold, not yellow. It flew around our heads three or four times, brushing our faces, our hair, as no butterfly, in our experience, has ever before done. Then it swooped back up past the pepper tree and vanished into the sky.Jan 01, · Interesting advice.
Though, honestly, Chuck Palahniuk could stand to be a better writer himself, and this sounds a great deal like one of those "fad edits" like taking out all adverbs or using only "said" that crop up every now and again but can be thoroughly ignored.
From January 9th - 16th, the application process will open for an upcoming workshop with Chuck Palahniuk in Portland, OR beginning on February 27th, For full details, head over to Attic Institute of Arts & Letters.
For an idea of what the workshop will entail, read this exclusive essay by Chuck Palahniuk below. Feb 13, · You are not registered or have not logged in: Hello guest!
(Not a guest? Log in above!) As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. Read Mercer Schuchardt, Chuck Palahniuk (). “You do not talk about Fight Club: I am Jack's completely unauthorized essay collection”, Benbella Books 14 Copy quote.
Dean Karnazes () is an American ultramarathon runner, author and was named one of the world’s top most influential people by Time magazine in When I first read about Dean I could instantly relate to his story.
At the age of 30, he realised he hated his corporate job and quit to pursue his true passion of running. *Editor's Note: This column is part of a collection of 36 total essays on the craft of writing by Chuck Palahniuk.
They were submitted starting in , so this essay will refer to thinks in the past and therefore be on an older timeline.