Furry Tales and Meowsings welcomes Karen A. Lynch

The third issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings came out this weekend.  Its cover features the beautiful winning picture of our October photo competition and its contents are of the same quality as the photo on the cover.

Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.  It helps us to pay our veterinary bills, as well as buying food without which animals would not survive!  By getting this booklet, you are not only treating yourself with a good read, we are also helping animals in Cork.

This month, we are honoured to have received the gift of a short story from Karen A. Lynch.  You might remember that she had already helped us through her story submitted to Floyd the Dog?  This time, she is giving us a story very much in touch with the season as we are still in the spirit of Halloween and her story is named “Shade, a Ghostly Tale.”

Karen A. Lynch resides in Tampa, Florida, USA.  A lifelong horse enthusiast, she currently breeds Andalusian horses.  Karen has a BA in creative writing and political science from The University of Tampa.  She is the author of the spy novel, The Game of Lies, the play Cat Scanned, ghostwriter for her husband, Grayston L. Lynch’s, historic book Decision for Disaster; Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs, publisher for five years of the international award winning Suncoast Chapter of the United States Army and John Wayne Chapter of the US Army Special Forces newsletters, and Assistant Editor of The University of Tampa’s paper The Minaret from which she received an Investigative Reporting Award. She is most famous for her delightful, international award winning short stories, Finn McCool, the Magic Leprechaun Tales.

Finn McCool is a real cat who was born of a feral mother in Karen’s bedroom in 2007. He is spokescat for Karen’s cat rescue Florida Cause for Paws, which has been in operation for 23 years. Florida Cause for Paws currently houses or feeds over 60 cats and kittens. The objective of the rescue is to find wonderful forever homes for those cats and kittens that are adoptable, to shelter for life those to old or sickly to be adoptable, and to neuter or spay, offer some form of shelter and feed for life those feral cats who must spend their lives outdoors. You may befriend Finn McCool, the Magic Leprechaun Cat on Facebook and read his tales at www.warofwits.net/blog.

This month’s issue also contains “Special Scars,” a short story about these animals who leave a mark on us written by Katrina Valentine Tracuma, “A-Z Animal Shelter,” a poem by Wendy Heffernan expressing the reality of all those looking after animal rescues and a heartbreaking poem, “Uggie,” by an anonymous supporter.

We are now looking  submissions for the fourth issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You will be able to buy the third issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets (the first and second issues are still available in some of them and from our online shop):

We wish to thank all our contributors, but also our readers and the owners of the outlets afore-mentioned, who have kindly accepted to sell the booklets for us.  You are all making a contribution to our mission of saving animals’ lives.

Furry Tales and Meowsings welcomes Binnie Brennan

The second issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings is finally out!  It has actually been out since last week; I just didn’t get a chance to tell you about it.

Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale will go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.

This month, I am delighted to welcome Binnie Brennan who kindly accepted to let us use two stories written by her.  Binnie is a Canadian writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  I discovered her last year when I read her novella, Harbour View, which I highly recommend.  Her collection of short stories, A Certain Grace will be published in Spring 2012.  As well as being a writer, Binnie is also a musician and animal lover.  She shares her house with two rescue cats and a dog, who have inspired the stories “Dog Days” and “All in a Day’s Work”.

You can read more about Binnie Brennan and buy her works on her website, where she also holds a blog.

This month’s issue also contain a poem full of hope written by Wendy Heffernan, a sad poem expressing the reality of many anumals in Ireland by Trev Smilerface and a lovely short poem praising a mouse by eight-year old Charlene.

We are now looking  submissions for the third issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You will be able to buy the second issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets (the first issue is still available in some of them and from our online shop):

New outlet for Furry Tales and Meowsings

I want to give a special thanks to Ronan from Midleton Books.  Midleton Books is the first bookshop to accept to sell our booklet of creative writing, Furry Tales and Meowsings.  This means a lot to me and I hope other bookshops will follow the example.

You should really visit this store.  It is personal and offers a nice range of books at a decent price.  Moreover, they know their books!

Thanks to all at Midleton Books!

Our first issue is still available in some outlets.  You can see the list here (but you might have to ask for it).  The second issue will be out next week; i hope you will like it!

We are also looking for submissions for the third issue…

Furry Tales and Meowsings: The first issue is out!

The first issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings is out!  Furry Tales and Meowsings is a booklet of creative writing sold in aid of the Cork Animal Care Society.  It is mainly written by our supporters and printed and assembled by a team of volunteers.  The proceeds from its sale will go towards the welfare of the many cats and dogs we care for.

This month, Furry Tales and Meowsings brings you a beautiful short story written by Trev Smilerface, a pretty poem by Cathy Hooton and a moving story by the young Shea.  This first issue is dedicated to Anne Fitzgerald, one of our key volunteers, who passed away last June and is sorely missed.

We are now looking  submissions for the second issue of the booklet.  These can be poems or short stories, factual or fictional.  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main   character.  There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.  We also welcome pieces written by children!

You can buy the first issue of Furry Tales and Meowsings from the following outlets:

 

Furry Tales and Meowsings: Call for submissions

Furry Tales and Meowsings is the name of the Cork Animal Care Society’s first booklet of creative writing.  We are hoping to have the first issue out this September; however, for this to happen, we need your help!

We are looking for poems and short stories, either factual or fictional, that we would be able to publish in this amateur booklet.  It will be nothing fancy at first, but who knows what it will become?  The only guideline we have is that the piece must contain an animal, although it does not have to be a main character.

There is also one extremely important condition: the work must be yours!  We will in fact ask you to fill a form certifying that it is your own work and that you authorise the ACS to use it for the booklet.

Furry Tales and Meowsings will then be put up for sale on our website and some local outlets.  All the proceeds will go towards the welfare of animals.  The only thing it will cost you is a stamp to send the form back.

You’ve always wondered how you could help us when you do not have much money to keep going in these difficult times?  Here is the answer!   So, pick up your pen and paper and email your piece to emilie@animalcaresociety.ie.  It could be your claim to fame!