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Get ready to celebrate! August 4th – International Owl Awareness Day is upon us.

This is the eleventh blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

Barn Owl sketch for cover Owl art: The original owl pencil sketch, which became a pen and ink drawing, which was the basis for part of a painting, which eventually became the front cover of Owl Light.

Owl folklore: A Gloucestershire legend says that Jesus visited a baker looking for something to eat. The baker put a loaf into the oven for Him, but the baker’s daughter decided it was too large, and divided it in half. Nevertheless, the dough rose to a huge size. Upon seeing this, the daughter cried, “Heugh! Heugh! Heugh!” and was transformed into an owl.

Owl quote: William Shakespeare refers to this folklore in his play, Hamlet, when he has Ophelia comment: “Well, God ‘ield you! They say the owl was a baker’s daughter.”

Owl link: Here’s the link to the Facebook Page for International Owl Awareness Day, (lots of fun owl photos here), and a video of an Eurasian Eagle Owl hooting.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.
Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Jack L. Chalker was a prolific and talented writer who passed away much too young. One quote from him which I like is: “If you’ve got what it takes, you’ll make it. If you don’t, Shakespeare couldn’t help you.”

Now, he never tells you exactly “what it takes,” but judging from Jack and other successful authors I know, it’s lots of things. A few that come to mind: practicing your craft, persisting against seemingly impossible odds, getting back up after rejection slips knock you down, a boundless imagination, a little luck, a pinch of talent, and faithful fans who buy your books, come to hear you read, and tell their friends about your writing.

Thanks to photographer, friend, and active Baltimore Science Fiction Society member, Patti Kinlock, for sharing this wonderful photo of Jack.

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This is the third blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

4 Gabeta small Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: The tufts of feathers that look like ears atop an owl’s head are nothing but feathers!

Owl folklore: William Shakespeare wrote of the owl as a premonition of death in Julius Caesar: “…yesterday, the bird of night did sit Even at noonday, upon the market place, Hooting and shrieking…”

Owl link: Love Snowy Owls as much as I do? Here’s a National Geographic article about Snowy Owls.  and a video of a hooting Snowy Owl.

And, of course, here’s a buy link for Owl Light.
Or buy it from The Owl Pages and help out owls.

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