The first snake I have ever picked up. I was pretty sure it was a python, a non-venomous constrictor, but I still took care to trap its head (I’m certain they have teeth!!) before grasping it firmly behind its head.
Diamond Jim (pictured), our young male foxie and father to six pups with Sami, alerted us to the danger, barking continuously in a way that said danger. We have five chooks, only one of them earning by the way, and three roost in a tree in our back yard and that was where we first spotted this snake as he headed up the trunk.
Armed with a broom, I managed to wrestle him (the snake, not Jim) to the ground before picking him up and casting him over the neighbour’s fence at the back. First mistake. Two hours later, after we had gone to bed, I woke to Jim’s danger woofs and, sure enough, snake had returned. Frankly, he was too small to pose a real threat to the chooks, probably looking for eggs, but not the kind of critter you want in your back yard, particularly when he shows the ability to climb and, even, threaten our puppies should the snake smell them. (Snakes have very good sense of smell, by the way, using their tongues to taste the air.)
Anyways, I’m in dressed only in jocks, but I tackle that snake again like I’m Bindi Irwin and remember to take a selfie, before heading across the road to relocate him to a neighbour’s block. We’ll see if he’s back tonight. Might give him an egg if he returns…
For those friends who know I am about to publish my first novel through Zharmae, Brace for Impact, I am only weeks away, just waiting on an artist to complete the book cover. Fingers, toes and everything else are crossed that I will have a product when the Tropical Writers’ Festival happens in mid-September. Things happen in their own good time though and I wrote the first novel 2 years ago. So, waiting has been something I have become used to. As soon as the artwork is done and I have a date, watch this space as my marketing plans hopefully take off.
My goal in my marketing plan was a million sales. “Don’t you think that’s just a bit ambitious?” noted my good friend and agent, Jeanie Loiacano, when she reviewed my plan.
Nah. The novel’s good enough, just need to execute a good plan to get it in readers’ minds. No point aiming low, IMHO.
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