Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I want to do that .....

I feel better then I did when I wrote the last post. Thank you to everyone who grabbed me by the back of the shirt and hauled me back up. I appreciate it. I'm still waiting to hear from the new publisher but it's only been a couple weeks so I'm practicing being patient. Oh boy am I practicing, this is so not easy. LOL

Learned something very interesting today...maybe I should back up for a moment. For myself I have noticed that occasionally something will catch my attention and imagination. It's usually a subject I don't know anything about, and normally never think of but then BAM! It's there and I really want to fit it into one of my books.

Today at my tasting for work we had a supplier meeting (as usual) but instead of talking about how this winery made their wine, she spoke about the crop management. bare with me I swear it's going to get interesting....

In particular, how they handle the birds in in the vineyards. Birds are a real PITA for winemakers, because they peck at the grapes and make a mess which encourages rot and flies and other pests. I'll spare you anymore details...or save it for another day if you want to write about wine and viticulture. *G*

What I am getting to is she brought in her Harris Hawk. Yes, HAWK. Beautiful bird who is a wonderful deterrent for the small birdies. She hunts him in the vineyards. His name is Amadeus.She spent the time telling us a bit about falconry and how she cares for her bird, training, their temperament, etc. It was fascinating. I loved it and now I want to work it into one of my stories. I had no real idea about keeping hunting birds, other then they did it a lot in the middle ages and thorough history.
It was really cool and now I have a first hand source of information and research.

I wonder if they would have kept hunting birds on a ship? Better question...Why was there a hunting bird on my ship. Since this is steampunk...is it a real bird or mechanical one? Oh the possibilities..I think this is why I love writing. *BG*

**The picture is of a Harris Hawk but this is not Amadeus.

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