Five Photos Five Stories – day three A Breed Apart

Since I am on a doggy roll just now, I want to introduce you to the Archaeologist’s dog, Spud. He and Dog get along just fine and Spud is generally friendly and engaging. The Curious Archaeologist’s post below is as ever informative and interesting. However it fails on one count.

He does not explain Spud’s glaring weakness and that is he clearly loathes my writing.

We, the Textiliste and I were staying chez Archaeologist and while dinner was being prepared, I sat on the floor editing my first book, reading a printed version and making notes in the margin of changes I needed to make.

The dogs, as dogs are wont to do, began a game of chase that involved jumping my legs as a hurdle. Each time they approached I lifted the papers in my hand and let them pass. Did I notice Spud glancing at the pages beginning to pile up on the floor? I cannot say. All I can say is on the third pass Dog bounded across the barrier and Spud followed before stopping, turning back, marking page 110 in time honoured fashion and recommencing his chase.

I was told, early on, that one should never get upset at criticism; rarely is it given with ill intent. Pay attention and review the criticism before deciding whether it has merit.

Page 110 was probably not my finest prose; it had a few typos and the storyline was weak thereabouts. It demanded some sort of change.
However, he is the only critic who has quite literally pissed on my work.

Personally, I’m a great believer that dog and owner adopt each other’s characteristics. I suspect sibling foul play…

The Curious Archaeologist

Featured imageSpud

Meet Spud our dog. He is small and black and white, as he is constantly moulting any dark flooring is covered in white hairs and light coloured floor in white hairs, and the vacuum cleaner is full of grey fluff.

He can wrap us round his little paw, ever since my wife saw him at the Rescue Centre, where he put his head on her lap and looked up at her with big brown eyes. He is clever and loves bread. This has caused us to alter our behaviour in the kitchen, always push the chairs under the table. If not he will be on it, he is too small to jump on the table but can use a chair as a step to get on the table. And if there is bread or toast on the table, its gone. He also likes tea and patches of sun in…

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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7 Responses to Five Photos Five Stories – day three A Breed Apart

  1. gordon759 says:

    I am glad you found Spud’s criticism helpful. I am afraid that as he cannot hold a pencil (though he once did chew a 2B to sawdust) that was probably the only way he could mark your work.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    I could NEVER say Spud had discerning taste! 😉

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    My dog tried to consume an early draft, another chewed my Kindle cover and Grenny peed on my desk while I was away. I’m convinced that dogs don’t like writers in general. 🙂

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