I have had people tell me how a bird could never be as loving as another pet, say a dog or a cat. That might even be true for what I call 'The Fishtank Bird' who only sits in a cage to be looked at as nothing more than 'pretty.'
Trying to point out how undeniably smart they are has had one person ask me how that could be so if most birds wont fetch or do stupid performance tricks like dogs. Few will believe me that a parrot can be trained just as easily if not easier.
What gets me is times when my little green-cheeked conure "Timmy" does what I never even thought to train him. (Like when he discovered that by dropping small objects off my desk and looking at them sideways, he could make me 'fetch' them with a pitiful, sad chirp. let me tell you how that got annoying quickly)
You might discount the fetching thing as showing any brainpower or love, but his actions this morning have to stem from some affection.
I'm not exactly sure how long he's been doing it, but when I have him on my shoulder Timmy often touches his beak to my face and makes a funny little 'click' noise. As it doesn't hurt or seem to serve any actual purpose, I've always just kind of ignored it.
I do often look over and and kiss his beak with a play 'smack' noise when I first sit down to my computer; today he 'clicked' his beak back against my lips so quickly, it left no doubt in my mind that he is really kissing me back. (Yeah, I'll take that over a dog kiss any day!)
As I was trying to get him in front of my camera for that pic up top he kept wanting to shimmy down the front of my shirt or halfway down/up my arm where he could sit still and make a vibratey-purry noise.
Don't try to that a bird wont get sweet and cuddly.
Ok giving myself less than a month to edit that book I was working on until I'm comfortable with putting it away for awhile wasn't long enough. Close there, looking at what I have left to polish on it, I should be satisfied with my new draft of The Illumination Query in less than 4 days.
And you know, while working on it I came up with the new story to work on for NaNoWriMo. I 'discovered' a good bit of action that occurs in the background of my story that is actually quite important even though I don't directly mention it. You may ask how it can be important if it never even tickled my mind before.
That would be because it doesn't directly involve either one of my story tellers in the book. How I have things written, I don't see any way to squeeze it in. As the story would probably be good to have written down so I can refer to it in the future for Illumination Query/Speed of Darkness sequels I'm going to try putting it together, even if it keeps me writing past November.
When I woke up this morning I was prepared to not get to the ending until tomorrow.
In fact, I didn't even plan to work on the silly book until after I had some lunch- it's just that I suddenly felt like writing. This is my book The Speed of Darkness (part 1): The Illumination Query, a prequel to the story I used to have for sale yet took down because it has a couple of items I'd like to change for the bigger story that it will now be part of book 3 within.
Hmm that last sentence there sounded a bit less complex in my mind than it looks written down...
Well, the ending came at just the perfect time. I think I'll spend the rest of October dividing/combining the separate parts into logical chapters. Then in November I'll write something totally unrelated for NaNoWriMo to clear my head. By December with any luck I should be ready to take a crack at editing it.
Sorry I haven't blogged much lately, I'm deep within writing the wacked-out science for my Speed of Darkness character Nigel Hunter.
If you want to read something by me anyway, Chris got me to put together an article for his blog about my last book, Panoptemitry.
You can read it here.