Many of you have expressed concern.
"What happened to you?" "Where have you been?" "Were you eaten by
that snake??" "How come you're not writing anymore?" Well, I
For a few months, a tried several
sites, trying to find a new home after I left Newsvine. I have
finally done so. I am now officially the reptile geek at http://www.Mahalo.com. I honestly
have no idea how I stumbled upon Mahalo. It's been a ton of work
and very gratifying. However, the original content on my pages is
really "How To" information about all my critters. I now manage
20 pages. So, I've been loving the critter part, but missing the
creative writing part.
Then, epiphany! I created an
accompanying blog, http://thealternativepetandyou.blogspot.com/.
I added Twitter. I installed Google Analytics. I linked to my all
my own pages. I added Google's AdSense.
"This is a killer! And I've only
dented the surface!" I whined.Then, one of my advisors told me that people
like funny stories on blogs. Bingo! Funny stories is me!
So now, I'm posting little pet
stories on my blog. Here's an example:
How to Feed a Tegu in a
A South American Tegu is good-sized
lizard, and quite excitable at dinnertime. Even though I work
with these creatures frequently and they are docile and friendly,
it's a different story when food is in the mix. I developed a new
technique today. I needed to feed a big Red Tegu, Miss Scarlett.
As I slid open the door to her vivarium, she came at me, gaping
mouth wide open and full of lots of pointy teeth!!
Now, I happen to know that Tegus
love bananas. So, I stuffed one end of the banana in her mouth,
and after she bit down, I threw the other half into her habitat,
then quickly slid the door closed. Mission accomplished! She
looked pretty silly with banana oozing out the sides of her mouth
and a dreamy look in her eyes, but I still have my
Here's another goofy little pet
story. Someone wanted to hear about an unusual way in which a
person has been awakened by a pet:
I was working in my home office. My
old cat likes to hang out in his kitty bed at my feet. The other
day, my 45-pound Sulcata tortoise, Timmy, wandered in and stole
the pet bed! Now you tell me - this photo looks like one ticked
off cat, and one smug tortoise. Perhaps it's my
So here I am.I'll get the story
thing down a bit better, but prepare yourself. They will all be
about these bizarre creatures and how they rock my