Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
For two years I have been trying to grow a pineapple in my back yard and not long ago a tiny pineapple appeared. Now, however, it has grown enough to sport a topknot and is looking more pineapplish than ever. I personally feel it's a great selling point for my house--someday someone will be harvesting this little guy and having the freshest pineapple treat possible. So far, nobody is that intrigued. No buyers for my house yet. Taking the long view, I don't really need to leave here until September but before then the rainy season will intervene and fewer people will be venturing down here. So realistically I am hoping for a sale by the end of April or beginning of May. Keep your fingers crossed out there. On this page you will see, if I remember correctly, a trogon that I saw in Corcovado National Park a few weeks ago. Check out the two feathers at the bottom of his tail. (This is the male). Lovely coloring too. I am thinking of trying a literary novel next, not high high high brow but more lyrical and with a fuller character examination. Thoughts anybody?