July 2017


I know that many people talk to their dog, and they sometimes consider their canine pal to be a friend. I have no problems with that, in fact I often talk to my three dogs. I don’t think of them as friends as such, but I certainly care about them and their well being. A lot.

Our three dogs are important members of our household, and they are looked after as if they were our children, in some ways. But we know our dogs are dogs, not actual children. We have a child, who is now a grown up person, and who has moved away from home. I think the dogs miss him, as we do. We’re all happy when our son drops by for a meal/visit.

But as I said, we know our dogs are dogs. They get fed dog food, mostly. When they get what could be considered human food, they do’t sit at the table to eat it, it gets put in their food bowl, and the bowl is put on the floor, or the food is given to them by our hand, as a treat. Our dogs are a kind of organic vacuum machine too, hoovering up any spilled food scraps.

Our dogs sleep or rest on a sofa, but it’s not a sofa the people in the house use, it’s a scrappy older one for the dogs. If one of our dogs puts a foot on the people sofa, they get told off. Our dogs also don’t get on the seats around our dining table. The floor or the dog sofa are their places, not the human seating. Our dogs are also supposed to stay away from the kitchen counters, and not take food from there.

One of the dogs though disrespects our rules a little if we’re not there to stop him. He’s the tallest of our dogs, and can reach the top of the kitchen counter, and the dining table. He’s a thief, but we tell him off if we catch him at it. We know it’s partly his fault, and partly our fault for leaving tempting things …

One thing we never ever do is dress our dogs up to look like children! Dogs are dogs and do dog things, human children and human children. And sure, sometimes some of the things human children and dogs do are very similar, they are two very different things! Dogs have hair, they don’t need to wear clothes, apart maybe for a dog coat, which doesn’t look anything like human clothes!

I’m not just a blogger, I write other things too. I’m a poet, short story writer, and I have a novel sort of being written at the moment. My most favourite writing related thing to do is to go to a book launch, and I love it the most when I’m the one launching their book!

I have a book at the printers at the moment, and the printer and I are hoping to have the book ready to launch well in advance of the date of the launch. As long as Australia Post do the right thing and get some illustrations to me soon, I could have the copies of the book within about a fortnight. This is the good thing about using a local printer – I can drop off the illustrations in Gawler (25km away), and then once the pictures are in the manuscript and the books printed, I can drive in and pick the books up!

This printer is a small one, and they do a large variety of different printing books. The one of most interest to me is books, of course. Bunyip Print and Copy┬áhave helped me with several of my books, including this new one, and I have always been impressed with their work. I’m sure if I get my act together they will also be able to provide me with promotional material.

It’s time for me to get far more serious about this writing business …

How many? Well that depends on what we’re talking about, doesn’t it. Five vanilla slices when trying to lose weight is too many, but 5 glasses of water on a hot day is a good number of glasses, but 5 glasses of water if you are trying to make a cake is just ridiculous.

It’s impossible to know the answer to the question without knowing the context. This is an important thing in just about everything in life – context, and with it, details. If somebody tells you they killed a baby, you would probably think terrible things about them. But if they told you they killed a baby brown snake that was about to bite them, that’s a totally different thing.

The story is always important, because story gives you the details and that conveys the context, which helps you to understand the import of what has happened. In my household, we have dogs, we have a garden, and one of the family members is keen on creative writing. That person is also interested in looking into spirituality, or at least a secular version of it.

If you have been here before, and read a few of my posts, you quite likely know that creative writing lover is me, Carolyn Cordon. I’ve been a half-assed blogger for quite a few years, and have been writing poetry off and on since school, which was back in the seventies. I’ve written and either self-published or had published commercially six books and have had poetry published in various places. Below is a list of my published books:

  • My Dog
  • Dig it! Gardening Tips for Dogs
  • damaged children Precious Gems
  • Mick Jane and Me – Living Well with MS
  • Doggone It! Mindfulness from a Dog’s Point of View
  • Tense and Still

At the moment, I’m about to launch my next book, Dog Buddha’s Thoughts. This book will be launched during the Adelaide Plains Festival of Words, and I’m hoping there will be many people there to see my book, and with luck, buy a copy! This book was huge fun to write, and if it is successful enough, who knows what else it could lead to? Fun things, whatever happens!

I’ve been giving poetry writing workshops in Gawler from time to time, I am involved in the Gawler Poets at the Pub monthly event, I’m the President of Adelaide Plains Poets, and I love my life!