It is my main character’s birthday

IMG_0079This month is our green son’s birthday. We really don’t know when it is but what we do know is that he came home, to his forever home, in October of 1999. Jasper was five. I still remember how he would not leave the cage for six months, afraid and uncertain of what was going on with him. His first owner did not treat him well and those are memories hard to forget I am sure. We have all seen the commercials or have heard stories from others.

But now you wouldn’t know this green animal would be such a huge presence in our lives, all of our lives. He is a sassy bird and he won’t let you forget it. They say, the experts, that parrots are perceptual two-year olds. That is the best and accurate way to describe it.

Most of my birds are rescued from places I wish they had never seen. A rescued animal will give you more love then one can ever expect from another.

But this time of year it is his birthday where he will receive extra loving, if that is even possible hehe, and treats for being with us another year. It is hard to imagine what it was like before he came home with us. I have tried and those memories seem to blend into the woodwork.

For now it is his birthday, #JasperAmazonParrot, he is 21 and may we have him for many more years.

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Choosing your book cover

Jasper amazon parrot

My publisher sent me illustrations for me to ponder over for volume two of my children’s series. This is normally a fun part of the job. Normally. Making sure I have a product I can be happy with I asked people in the business and those who had purchased volume one on what they thought.

I should have braced myself. I knew it was coming. It did. The only thing they seem to agree on as a whole was the cover. Everything else was a free for all as I received comments in my email box. It took me five people before someone agreed with what I thought on the pictures. I never tell people what my opinions are for I don’t want to influence them either way.

So now I need to sort out what everyone said, what I think and to put it into some kind of order before I present to the publisher what I like, don’t like, what needs to be fixed and what we will be keeping. It is still fun for I get to see the book progress to the next level as the company works on final edits. We are getting so close to the end it is getting very exciting.

Book covers. It took me just as long to go over the cover for the first volume which is shown above. Who knew it be so time-consuming to pick one that works for us?

A chat with Jasper, Amazon Parrot: Main character of my children’s book series

This is my Jasper. Most of you know that my family rescued him at the tender age of five in 1999. I have way too many pictures and videos of this bird but he is a ham. If you listen closely you can hear him say, “ I know,” when I say, “You’re pretty.” He also says, “Don’t know,” when I asked him how he was doing. He speaks very well as far as his vocabulary is concerned. But there are two things one needs to know. He will either speak in a tone you an understand or rather low as in this video. Also we can’t command him to speak, he does that on his own terms. A bird who knows what he wants and when he wants to do it. LOL I present Jasper.