June 20, 2017

A World Without Giraffes?

World Giraffe Day is June 21, 2017, the longest day or the longest night of the year dependent on

where you live.

Giraffe populations are declining, and the world needs to know.

You can help save the giraffes by donating to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).

Can you imagine a world without giraffes?


Giraffes have already become locally extinct in 7 African countries. They are dying out at a rapid, horrifying rate. Most people are unaware of it because we don't see the senseless hunting of giraffes like other threatened species. But they are hunted for their tails, hides, meats, and for trophies.

Besides hunting, they are losing their habitat to the growth of humans in their territories.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists one species of giraffe as vulnerable to extinction. 

Giraffe populations have dropped over 40% in the last 30 years, and their numbers are less than 100,000!

Giraffe Species: 1 or 4?

Recently, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and other wildlife experts reclassified giraffes into four species and five subspecies of giraffe as opposed to the classification of one species with nine subspecies currently recognized by the IUCN. This information may help get the giraffe classified as endangered. Currently, the IUCN lists one subspecies is listed as vulnerable and two are listed as endangered.

Below are statistics on the decreasing populations of the three of the four reclassified species:

  • Northern giraffe: numbers have declined by more than 90%
  • Reticulated giraffe: numbers have declined by almost 80%
  • Masai giraffe: numbers have declined by more than 50%


How Can You Help Giraffes Survive?

Donate to the GCF to support the study and conservation efforts in Africa. 

Like the GCF's Facebook page to learn more about the work of this organization.

Whatever you do, don't ignore this troubling issue.

A world without giraffes will be a sad one indeed.

Read more of my posts on giraffes.

May 31, 2017

Recommending Writing Blogs

A Badge My Blog Won a Few Years Ago
I subscribe to several writing-related blogs because they provide great insight to the world of writing and publishing. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Writers Write: This one is my favorite because it covers a large spectrum of writing-related topics
  • Writers Digest Guide to Literary Agents: Provides articles from debut authors, info on new agents and the markets they are seeking, and other great info from Writers Digest
  • Where Writers Win: Covers lots of info about marketing, writing, indie publishing, and then some
  • Fantasy Authors Blogpost: I write fantasy, so blogs focused on the genre help a lot. This one is written by Phil Athans  who has taught world-building classes for Writers Digest.
  • Magical Words: Several of my favorite fantasy authors-Faith Hunter, David B. Coe, Misty Massey-contribute to this blog with insight into the life of an author and guidance for aspiring writers.

What blogs do you recommend?

May 23, 2017

Your Writing Place

Over the past week, random writing topics floated through my mind. With each one, I thought:  Yes! I can write a post about that one.

Why this week? I entered a query contest on Twitter that pits my first page and query against other writers. Lots of agents will see the top 32 entries, so it's worth the time. To keep us all distracted while we wait for the first round selections, they are hosting a Twitter party where we answer questions about our writing.

On Monday we tweeted where and how we write.

I decided to be playful with my answer (it's ok, a lot of them are doing that) and said this:

I can write in a room, I can write facing doom, I can write in the shower, it doesn't matter the hour.

Pretty clever if I do say so myself.

But seriously folks, I do "write" in a lot of places. Just this morning, I was lying in bed and working through parts of my story line. I create while laying down a lot, especially before rising to start the day or before falling asleep at night.

Usually, I write in my office. I have a wonderful L-shaped desk that allows me to spread out. My laptop sits on the side that faces the wall, so the window is to my left but doesn't distract me. I'm, also, surrounded by giraffes (surprise!) of various shapes and sizes.

I prefer the morning hours when I'm still fresh and energized, but I can write all day if given the opportunity (with two young kids in the house, that's rare).

Some people write to music. I don't usually but can as long as it's background. If it's music that makes me want to sing or dance, it's harder to stay focused. Except when I'm writing a battle, then rock music rules. The louder the better.

Where and how do you write? Or if you want to have fun, tell me how many giraffes you can spot in my photo above.