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Illustrator and Jasper


A few days after I got back my illustrator contacted me. The photos I had mailed prior to leaving for Maine came out okay, well some of them. So I was determined to take some more. I wanted the best possible pictures of Jasper to be showcased for the artwork she is doing for my book.


Jasper has not met a camera of mine he doesn’t like. What ensued was over 100 pictures being taken as he struck the pose, you know vogue like and all. I had two small problems. I had to reset some settings on my camera, thanks hubby. Plus Jasper had to stop moving so much as he kept trying to come up with new positions for me to take pictures off.

Thankfully the latest set was good for Kim is now hard at work on my book cover. This is soooo exciting for me. I am anxious to see what she comes up with. The fact that she is working hard with me speaks volumes. Jasper, Amazon Parrot will be coming to life soon.



A lot of people have asked me how my first bird ended up with his name.  Twopiece and Maxie came home with me in the spring of 1998. Their previous owner had returned them. Why I do not know. Their age was unknown as well as their names.

While Maxie was named by my young son her bonded mate was a different story. As in most families that include pets naming is something major. You can’t just give the animal any name. This takes some thinking. There are times that some names just fall into place and suits the animal.

When my son named Maxie she well looked like a Maxie to my son so it was a no brainer. Twopiece was different. I was in the car with my husband and a friend one day.

Me: “I can’t seem to think of the right name for my male tiel.”

Friend; “ I know what you can call him.”

Me: “Really? Go on.”

Friend: “You should call him Twopiece. He is about the size of a two piece chicken meal deal at KFC”

All of us busted out laughing for it just struck us as funny and we continued to where ever we were going. But that did stick for every time I looked at my little male bird that name kept coming up. He was not particularly very big. Maxie was twice his size.

Approaching him one day I said, “Good Morning Twopiece.”

He looked up and started to sing. Now of course this is not earth shattering but the name suited him so well. It has stuck and now I can’t even remember the other names I had tossed around in my head after bringing him and Maxie home.

Twopiece is not the average name one would call a pet regardless of the species but I can truly not see him being called anything but this. It fits him like a glove..

My Jasper

I shared this picture with my viewers early on in my blog. But every time I look at it a smile forms on my face. Plus I wanted my new viewers to smile and be introduced to the main character of one of my books, Jasper. If you click on the actual picture it will get larger and you will see tiny drops of water.

I shared this video with my viewers on my FB page. It still makes me giggle.