S R Silcox - Author

Blog updated 2-3 times a month.

Month: April 2014

Getting to know you – part 5

The final part of the Getting to Know You Quiz. Start with part one here.

41. FAVOURITE BAND OR MUSIC GROUP
Depends on the day. When I discover a new artist/band, I mainline their backlist for months until I can’t stand to listen to them anymore. At the moment, it’s Gloriana and Colbie Callait in equal measure. Before that it was Keith Urban.

42. FAVORITE SOUND?
My wife’s car in the drive-way after she’s been away.
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Europe. I guess the west of Ireland is the furthest point.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
Not that I’d want to divulge 😉

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Childers, Queensland, Australia.

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
Out west, Queensland.

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
Blue. It’s a rental, so not the colour I would have chosen.

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
White.

50. DO YOU LIKE THESE TYPES OF QUIZZES?
Love them! Send me more!
That’s it for this quiz. There may be others in the future – I’m one of those people who are suckers for those Buzzfeed quizzes when they pop up on facebook. If you’ve got anything you want to know about me, hit up the contact form to send me an email or ask away in the comments.
If you missed the other parts of this series, you can check out the rest here:

The World According to Ruby

A long time ago, on a blog far, far away, I wrote about one of our RSPCA Rescue dogs, Daisy, and what she taught me about life and writing. I’ve been meaning to write a post about our other rescue dog Ruby, but just haven’t gotten there.

Rubes has just had an operation on one of her knees, and since she had to go to a specialist vet 5 hours away (along with my wife), I’ve been missing her crazy-excited greetings first thing in the morning. By the time this post goes up, Rubes will be home and recovering and hopefully back to her normal excitable old self, but I thought I’d share my take on the World According to Ruby and why she brings so much colour and love to our lives.

Rubes - blog2

Our Lab x Ruby

The World According to Ruby

Assume everything is food until proven otherwise. Poo is an acceptable form of nutrition, as long as you show your humans that you’re eating it.

Celebrate everything. Going for a drive; going for a walk; getting a new toy; your human comes home from work/a 5 minute walk to the shops. These all call for jumping around madly and tail wagging. Your human mentions “dinner”, “breakfast”, “treat” or any other food-related word? Run around in circles and wag your tail like a helicopter. Wagging your whole body is also acceptable.

Pooing is an art. It’s important to pick the right time as well as the right spot. For example, in front of the mower, while your human is mowing the lawn is perfect. Be sure to face away from the mower and pretend you didn’t see it.
Another perfect time is directly after your human has completed poo patrol and cleared the yard from old poo. There’ll be plenty of clean places to choose from, and be sure to show your appreciation for your human’s cleaning efforts by pooing where she can see you.

No matter what you’re told, bath time is not fun. At the mention of the B word, lay on the ground like dead wood and make your human carry you to the hose. If they want to wash off your rolled-in-something-dead smell, make them work for it.
Drying off is fun though, so make the most of that. The after bath treat is also something to look forward to.

When in trouble, use Puppy Dog Eyes. If that fails, use in conjunction with rolling onto your back. Humans can’t resist giving belly rubs. It calms them down and makes them forget why they were angry in the first place.

Most of all, love everyone. Any human who loves animals, and dogs in particular, is worth your time.

 

 

Get to know you – part 4

Part 4 of the Getting to know you series. Check out part one, part two and part three if you haven’t already.
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Definitely happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – A-ma-zing!

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue. They’re always blue.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, especially western summers.

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Both. At the same time is best.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Oooh, tough one. Home-made chocolate self-saucing pudding with my wife’s home-made custard.

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
Strength training.

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Both – I can multi-task.


39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Save the Cat Goes to the Movies is my writing-related reading material at the moment. On the fiction side, I only have time at the moment for short stories and novellas, so I’m getting stuck into some anthologies. I’m currently reading The End Is Nigh, which is the first anthology in an Apocalypse Tryptich (edited by John Joseph Adams, and featuring stories by Hugh Howey,Scott Sigler and Seanan McGuire among many others).

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
“Bremer’s Herberge”. We got it from the youth hostel we stayed at in Interlaken, Switzerland.