I am still editing my novel on cyber bullying - I'm actually falling more in love with it now as it takes shape. There are some elements I definitely want to work on but I think that my new plotting ability has given me a strange super power. I have always been anti-plotting until recently. My novels tend to be a brain splurge - words pouring onto a page and then requiring a lot of work to get them into shape. Plotting does actually work though - it helps formulate the chaos a little before you get started.
Every Feather wise - we had our first market last Sunday. The weather was pretty terrible and we didn't make many sales - but I learnt a lot and for the next stall I know what I need to work on. The aviary may not be much closer but I have booked so more stalls over the next twelve months and with Sam we've worked on some amazing handmade products.
On Monday we got a new resident at Every Feather, a baby collared dove. She's very tiny and has a calcium deficiency but she's eating and fingers crossed she'll make a full recovery. I'm hoping when her strength is up I can make her an appointment to have her foot examined. Frodo deserves the best chance.
Last night I had a call at 8.45pm as someone had found a tiny baby blackbird in their garden that had been attacked by a magpie. It didn't have all its feathers. I don't have an incubator or anything yet so I was reluctant to take it, but knowing how frustrating it is when nobody will help I agreed to have it. I wasn't sure it would survive the night. The important thing is to get the temperature up. I put it on my chest under my clothes so it took my body heat and then we placed it in a little nest. I was awake most of the night (horrifyingly I came to work in the same clothes as yesterday), but this morning it was still with us and has now gone to be hand reared by professionals. It has a fighting chance and that's the best we can do.
The event did inspire me to order an incubator for Every Feather. It's a birthday present from my parents for next month but will be invaluable - especially at this time of year.
One thing that frustrates me more than ever is that the larger corporations who are meant to help animals are worse than useless. I'm not going to name names - but think of the biggest animal charity you can and that's probably who I'm talking about. I have telephoned them for help a number of times over the last few years - donated to them for over 20 years - and yet whenever I ask for help they simply won't do anything. Usually I'm fobbed off with 'see if it is still alive in the morning'. The main reason behind Every Feather is to ensure that people have someone to call for advice and help locally, someone who won't ignore them or refuse to assist. I know I can't always work miracles, and sometimes I might be unreachable, but if I can I'll do whatever it takes to make sure nobody ends up feeling as frustrated as I do.