Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Bats in the Writer’s Belfry by D. Wallace Peach

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I am delighted that fantasy author D. Wallace Peach has given me permission to dive into her archives and I have had a amazing time selecting four posts to share with you. This week back to nature, and if you think you have bats in your belfry… you might not be crazy.

Bats in the Writer’s Belfry by D. Wallace Peach

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I have a three-season writing room. Four-season, if I light the wood stove and heat the place up. Finishing the roughed-in room over my husband’s workshop was one of the first projects I undertook when moving to the wilderness of Oregon.

Wilderness naturally entails a plentitude of wildlife, and my writing room has endured its share of feathered, winged, and furry visitors.

I love it when the hummingbirds fly in the window and hover over my head before zipping out again.

I didn’t even mind when the walls filled with wasps. The room vibrated with a soft hum while I sat peacefully among them and wrote. After two years of friendly buzzing around my head, they mysteriously moved out all on their own.

Then the bats moved in.

We are a bat-friendly household even though Nature Boy (aka the husband) has watched a few too many Dracula movies. He swears that “Batty” swoops at him as he runs the gauntlet from the door to the car every morning.

For two years, the bats and their buddies have been partying in my writing room, and it didn’t look like they intended to take a hint from the wasps and relocate any time soon. In fact, they were inviting their friends to take up residence. It was getting a little crowded, and though bat poop isn’t horrifyingly gross, it’s still gross.

So, a week ago, it was time for Batty and his buds to git.

The first task was to plug up their access to the room, which meant closing the gaps around the windows and doors, hauling the nail gun and compressor up there and securing the wooden slats on the ceiling. I knew where they were getting in because I could see the grubby mess left by their little hands and feet. Eeek.

Then I needed to find them. In US politics, you follow the money; when seeking bats, you follow the poop.

photo by John Pearce via Flickr

I found two tiny fellows, no bigger than my thumb, hanging behind my picture frames. I opened the door and windows, and fitted with gloves, nudged the little guys from their roosts. That probably wasn’t the best idea, because I found myself in a small room ducking and weaving as two bats flitted, swooped, and dove around my head.

The dummies had no idea where the windows and door were, and all three of us were in a bit of a panic. I considered running out of the room screaming, but I feared they’d simply find a new place to hide. And honestly, I’ve never been particularly scared of wild animals, so I stayed and encouraged them with a kind voice to scram!

Finally, Batty and his cousin flitted out the window and I slammed the thing shut quick! After that, it was a matter of a deep clean, and my writing room is ready for the summer. It’s been a week and no new visitors… yet.

Bat Friendly Facts from the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and me:

  • Oregon’s bats do not turn into vampires.
  • They eat only insects. An adult bat eats about 1,000 insects every hour!
  • Bats hang upside down because it gives them an ideal position for take-off.
  • Bats can fly 20 to 30 miles an hour and travel more than 100 miles a night.
  • A baby bat is called a pup because it’s so cute and furry.
  • Bats are not birds.
  • They’re the only flying mammal.

©D. Wallace Peach 2017

About D. Wallace Peach

I didn’t care for reading as a child – I preferred Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies reruns, Saturday morning cartoons and the Ed Sullivan show. Then one day, I opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed my life.

I love writing, and have the privilege to pursue my passion full time. I’m still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. Forgive me if I seem untethered in my offering of reads. Perhaps one day, I’ll settle into something more reliable. For now, it’s simply an uncharted journey, and I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I.

A selection of  books by D.Wallace Peach

A recent review for Soul Swallowers on Goodreads

Mar 25, 2019 Jacquie rated it Five Stars

I didn’t know what to expect when I came across this title on D. Wallace Peach’s website, but the title and the cover drew me and after hesitating far longer than I should have, I decided to make the purchase- and can I just say, WOW!

This is the story of three kingdoms and the men and women who rule them, some with deceit more than honor. When heir to the throne Raze Anvrell witnesses the murder of his young wife, he blames his father and disowns his family. He leaves to make his own way and learns over time, with the help of his mentor, that anger and hatred is not the answer to a peaceful soul.

The author has a beautiful, poetic way of writing that drew me right into the story- I couldn’t set it down!  Some of my favorite lines:

“What do you believe?”

“That we are children in a corner of the world trying to draw borders around the universe. We study a drop of rain and think we understand the sea. The only thing we can fully understand is ourselves, and even that task is beyond most.”

“The winter rains had abated, and waves of hammered bronze rolled into the cliffs with the rhythm of a heartbeat. The islands of the Shattered Sea crouched like hunchbacked giants tamed by the evening tide”.

“Traveling to the sea cities was more than a physical journey for Raze. He returned sharper and dirtier with hard black seeds of malcontent like gravel in his shoes. Except they lodged in his skin and eyes and heart. They grew with weedy hunger”.

“Maybe my desires are just poetic dreams pirouetting in the snow”.

Loss, love, war and betrayal- Soul Swallowers is a masterful fantasy novel!

Five+ lovely kisses- A must read!

Read the reviews for buy the books:

And Amazon UK:

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My thanks again to Diana for letting me loose in her archives and I know she would love your feedback.. thanks Sally

If you enjoy writing short stories, then why not participate in Diana’s Speculative Fiction Challenge each month.. here is May’s prompt:


109 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – Bats in the Writer’s Belfry by D. Wallace Peach

  1. Thanks so much for finding and sharing my bat story, Sally. I’m afraid that they’re still getting into my writing room somehow… so there may be another bat-post someday in the future. And thanks for sharing Jacqui’s review. She’s a sweetheart too. Happy Writing, my friend. Hugs!

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  2. I like your three-season writing room, Diana. All ghee creatures do give you inspirations for your writing. I would love to have my hummingbird hover over muy heading before zipping away. So far he likes to be alone and I haven’t trained him to come near me.
    I knows bats are good for the environment, but you may not want them to be indoor. Good you took care of them

    I’m heading home today but come back again beginning of June to watch Autumn for 8 days when my daughter and SIL go on vacation. 😃😊

    Thank you Sally to find this fun archive from Diana.

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  3. Bats are great, I just don’t like them flitting around my house. Or my head! These little things that weigh all of two ounces suddenly have 12-foot wing spans and huge fangs. Or so it would seem as they fly around not quite echo-locating the open doors and windows. Nice (bat-free) writing room.

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  4. What fun getting to know you a little better, Diana. Your critters and bats story is pretty funny but I wouldn’t be so sanguine about that kind of home company. I don’t know how you managed to stay calm and work through your invasions. Is that gorgeous wood, turquoise, and lime room really your writing space? Am I ever envious – it’s lovely.

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. That is my writing room, and I’ve spent many happy hours up there with the laptop and the critters. The bats are back, unfortunately, so I’m facing another wildlife encounter before I settle in again. Wish me luck!

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  5. Great story, Diana! (Thank you, Sally) I also had an unforgettable bat experience. I was on an extension ladder painting a small space where a second story deck ran parallel to the house. It was so narrow that I couldn’t see where I was painting. I felt my brush make contact with something and the next thing I knew I was startled by a frightened bat who flew right over my head. I damn near fell off the ladder. I did catch a glimpse of the bat as it flew off with a white stripe on it’s back. I so wanted to hear what the bat told his family when he tried to explain what happened. “I was sound asleep minding my own business when this goofy human tried to paint me!”

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  6. My writing space is in the centre of the house, and I get visited by all manner of animals and people. I am thinking of building a shed at the bottom of our garden, the part that is overgrown where I would only have to share it with the birds and occasional spider!

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  7. I love this post! I remember it well from when Diana first shared it.

    My husband and I used to get bats in the first home we owned. Getting them out was a challenge, especially with two cats in predator mode. We had to lock the cats up first—and those two weren’t easy to catch when they were chasing bats, LOL!

    Lovely share, Sally, and great post, Diana!

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  8. A great post from your archives! Your writing room sounds wonderful and not lonely with the wildlife around. Even though we lived in an urban area, a bedroom community close to Vancouver, we occasionally had visits from the local racoon population. One wandered into our bedroom and was prepared to stay. Enjoyed this D. and Sally!

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  9. I love your writing room, Diana! The bats probably wouldn’t have bothered me for a little while, either – but you’re right. It was time for them to move on. Had no idea they could eat so many insects in an hour.

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  11. The image of Nature Boy running to the car under imagined bat assault–LOL! I appreciate bats for their role in the environment, however I think you put up with them a lot longer than I would have. I always remember the bat that snuck in one night, and the big furry “bug” my daughter found the next morning!

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    • I think I remember you telling me about the “big bug” the first time I posted this story. So funny, Julie. I heard that the way to get them out of the house is to open the windows, turn on all the lights, and wait for dark. The bats will fly out while all the moths and mosquitoes fly in! Happy Writing and Gardening, my friend.

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