Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck #writerspets – Llamas and Labradoodles 2017 by Janet Gogerty

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This is the second of the  posts that I have selected from the archives of author Janet Gogerty. We are currently pet less, but certainly the one dog that we did have made a huge pawprint on our lives and did inspire a book all about himself. Do you have a pet that lies across your keyboard or has inspired you to write?

Llamas and Labradoodles 2017 by Janet Gogerty


Help, I need a llama.

Most writers would rather not be seen or heard, but just read. Unfortunately readers are unlikely to read your books if they don’t know you exist. We Indie writers are unlikely to be seen talking to James Naughtie on Meet The Author, BBC News or heard talking to Mariella Frostrup on Open Book, BBC Radio 4. But we do occasionally get interviewed on other writers’ blogs and are advised to tell the world about ourselves on our websites. This is where the Llamas and Labradoodles come into it; we cannot let the readers imagine we just sit at a desk in a dreary little room, they want to picture what sort of household surrounds the holy spot where our lap top or desk top sits.

It is amazing how many writers have six chickens, three Labradoodles, four llamas in the field outside their writing shed and five cats which drape themselves over the keyboard or keep the author’s feet warm. I can see great advantage in owning creatures; writers need exercise and while walking your four great Danes you can think up your next chapter. Free range eggs would be excellent for breakfast after your 6a.m. start at the keyboard and rare breed sheep, whose wool you have spun, dyed and knitted into a warm and very individual jacket, would make you look the part of an other worldly author.

Alas it does not have the same kudos to say you live with twenty pot plants and have some grey squirrels in your little garden. I’m not sure how we come to have no pets; perhaps it’s their disadvantages. Everyone knows dogs are a greater commitment than children as they don’t go to school or become gradually independent and you have to walk around with plastic bags… well you know the rest. I have wanted a horse since I could talk, but they are too expensive. Little pets? I could only bear to have them if they would be happy, which means sufficient numbers to keep each other company and vast enclosures with adventure playgrounds.

I have had pets, as a child and for our own children, with varying degrees of survival and happiness; mice, gerbils, finches, fish, terrapins, cat, dogs… but for now the only rescue animal in our house is ‘Chocolate Moose’ who we acquired from a charity shop at Christmas. He is a very cuddly character, with a zany personality; but is no trouble and doesn’t run up vet’s bills.

©Janet Gogerty 2017

About Janet Gogerty

I have been writing frantically for 10 years and still enjoy being part of two writing groups. I am inspired by anything and everything and enjoy writing about ordinary people; but usually they find themselves experiencing strange events! When I was encouraged to tackle a novel my daughter suggested I use my short story ‘Brief Encounters of the Third Kind’ as she wanted to know what happened to Emma, whose fate had been left in the air at the end of the story.

The novel became a trilogy, Three Ages of Man and finally Lives of Anna Alsop, published in March 2015.I enjoy writing fiction of any length and have had many short stories published online. I have just published my fourth collection of short stories Someone Somewhere which includes two novellas. I also write a regular blog ‘Sandscript‘ at Goodreads. My website long ago took on a life of its own with new words and pictures regularly; visit to read short stories and other items.

A selection of books by Janet Gogerty

One of the reviews for Brief Encounters of the Third Kind

Brief Encounters of the Third Kind is anything but brief. It is a meaty story that kept me entertained until the end. It left me wanting a sequel. I believe Janet Gogerty has a great story that could lead to further adventures.

The pace is moderate, but there is terrific character development. Each persona is different and robust. Emma is an unusual character and we can see the strain that she is placed under due to her uniqueness, which results in perfectly normal behaviour for someone who is anything but ordinary. We see her in a very human and fallible light.

At times, I was so engrossed in the story and the characters that I forgot that I was reading science fiction. With a few shocking moments toward the end, Brief Encounters of the Third Kind will keep you reading past your bedtime.

I’m rather hoping there are further adventures and that Janet Gogerty writes a follow up. I think we would all like to hear about little Adam. What happens to him? What does he become in time? I found baby Adam fascinating and well written.

If you are looking for a great story, with wonder character development, and a little bit of science fiction, then read Brief Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Thank you to Janet for allowing me to share posts from her archives and I hope you will head over to explore them for yourselves.  Sally.

24 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives #PotLuck #writerspets – Llamas and Labradoodles 2017 by Janet Gogerty

  1. I laughed at this post, Sally. I also don’t have any pets although my dad has two cats which I am fond of, but I don’t have to clear out the cat box. I thought Janet’s comments about pets never becoming independent were hilarious and apt.

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  2. Wonderful topic, Janet. I’ve been around dogs my whole life, and I can’t imagine life without one or two. Talk about unconditional love! When I taught elementary school, I often had class pets. While animals can be fun and educational, there is always a risk in a classroom. How many teachers have been forced to have an unplanned rat memorial? Ha-ha! Hey, you just helped me come up with my next blog post.

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  5. Love this! My entire 45 years I’d never been without a dog (or dogs) until last summer when we lost our last geriatric dog. My husband and I took a long mid-career break to travel for a few months, and it was wonderful being unencumbered for a while so we could move about freely. That said, I missed having a dog so badly that I would pet every pup I came across and feel a little sad at that kind of love being missing in my life.

    In spite of still not quite being settled into a new place, and the timing being a bit wrong, kismet brought us together with our perfect match for a dog, and she helps me feel calm and happy through a still-unsettled situation. Does our dog Juniper inspire me to write? Kind of! My job cover letters have always been incredibly dull, but she inspired me to use a “pack” metaphor in a letter. I didn’t get the job, but I was really proud of of the letter.

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    • Hello Marsi, I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. Though we don’t have a dog I enjoy hearing doggy adventure- Facetiming with my sister’s poodle Alfie, who also visits our mother in her care home. My friend who cares for her mother thought it would be good to have a dog again, one not too big, so she got a ‘Caverpoo’ poodle/ King Charles cross. But she seems to get into a lot of scrapes and trouble – the latest finding a rat’s nest and bringing a baby indoors!

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