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Hobkin has an upset tummy. His appetite is way down, and he's feeling sorry for himself, alternating between being stompy and short tempered, to needing cuddles NOW.

Here he is wrapped up in blankies with a decidedly unhappy look about him

Poor little guy. He hasn't sicked up, but from examining his litter box, all is definitely not well. Been feeding him bread soaked in Pepto Bismol and extra plain yogurt. He's not dehydrated, which is always my first concern, especially since he doesn't drink, so we haven't called the vet. And he's still eating, just not a lot.

I do have to wonder, considering how close this happened to my feeling under the weather if we're passing around some flu thing.

Writing Stuff

Finally sent in my guest application to Dragon*Con. So much for my good intentions to get it done bright and early. But hey, at least it's before the deadline.

Received 7 more crits from Critters. (Including yours, nmsunbear and aimeempayne. Thank you!!) The tale continues to be fairly well received. There are exceptions, of course, like the guy who started off his critique "I'm not sure if you were going for a kids market with this story." Makes me wonder how much of it he actually read, since I state quite clearly in my author's notes that this is intended for younger readers. Oh well. Can't please everyone.

Words: 1180 on A Harmony of Foxes. Hit a productive patch for a while there. And hey, I'm past the one-quarter mark.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
12,037 / 45,000

Club 100 For Writers

I'm feeling:
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On April 22nd, 2005 11:47 am (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Aw, poor Hobkin. You're right. He doesn't look very happy (but still incredibly cute).

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On April 22nd, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It just breaks my heart when he's sick. Poor little guy!
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On April 22nd, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hi Eugie,
Thanks for directly me to Hobkin's webpage. What a doll! Sorry he's feeling puny.

I hope my critique was helpful--I a bit confused as to why an editor of a children's mag would want anyone to use commas inappropriately (coming from a former English teacher).

I love your word count meter. Did you design it? Or is there somewhere I can pick up up for my blog? I've got to get in 3,000 words a week to complete my current novel by the end of May. Posting my progress may help me stay accountable to this goal.

Keep up the good work. Best, Anne Fitten
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On April 22nd, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Adorable
Hi Anne. Post a link to your blog! Or better yet, if you have an RSS feed, let me know where that is so I can syndicate it to LJ!

"I love your word count meter. Did you design it?"

I can take no credit for the word meter. If you click on it in my entry, it'll take you to the word meter tool at zokutou.co.uk (or you can just click the link).

"I a bit confused as to why an editor of a children's mag would want anyone to use commas inappropriately "

It's not a question of inappropriate so much as house and personal style. I'm a big fan of grammar rules, but there's a good deal of flexibility in comma use. Ergo, in a complex sentence, when the dependent clause follows the independent clause, while the rule of thumb is not to have the comma, it remains a stylistic choice to include it.
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On April 22nd, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC), gardenwaltz commented:
poor wittle hobkins. he does look like a miserable little skunk.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I know. I feel awful when he's sick!
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On April 22nd, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC), queenoftheskies commented:
Poor little Hobkin. I'm so sorry he's sick. The picture's adorable, but he does look unhappy.

I hope he feels well soon.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
He's not exactly one to hide his feelings, that's for sure! Poor little fellah.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I really wish our fuzzy companions could do English. It would be so much easier to know what to do for Hobkin if he could tell me "my tummy hurts, Mommy" or "my nose is all stuffy. I can't smell my food." or "I have a sinus headache; I need huggins."

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On April 22nd, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC), horrordiva commented:
Good thoughts going out to Hobkin. It's not right when an animal is sick :(

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On April 22nd, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I hate it when Hobkin feels bad. I'd rather personally be sick unto death than have him unwell.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC), tstauffer commented:
Srangely enough, my dog Luna has the same symptoms. Hmmmm...
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Eeek! Oh, no! Poor Luna! Some sort of Spring fever, maybe?
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC), teratologist commented:
Poor little Hobkin. Is it tough to find a vet who treats skunks?
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Very! Even a lot of "exotics" vets don't have any experience with skunks, but we're very fortunate to have a vet who specializes in them. Our vet office sees the majority of the skunks in the area. It's about an hour's drive (and Hobkin does not like car rides), but it's worth it to know that he's getting the best care.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC), beth_bernobich commented:
Poor Hobkin! I do hope he feels better soon.

Re: Critters -- I think there's a rule that you must get at least one clueless critique per submission. :)

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On April 22nd, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! And Hobkin thanks you too!

"Critters -- I think there's a rule that you must get at least one clueless critique per submission. "

Sort of the Murphy's Law of critique groups. Most definitely.
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On April 22nd, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hey Eugie,

I'm a newbie here (kind of a RM lurker). Just popped in to gush and giggle about your cute skunk.


Oliver Dale
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! The more the merrier. Hobkin's fan club is way bigger than mine.
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On April 22nd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC), kittymel commented:
Yeah! past the 1/4 mark!

Good wishes to Hobkin for a happy tummy and better furry self very soon!
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I think he's on the mend, but the little guy has such a sensitive tummy! *fret fret worry*
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On April 22nd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC), quasiskunk commented:
Awww...get well fast, li'l Skunkie :(
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! He ate most of his lunch today, which I'm pretty happy about.
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On April 22nd, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC), puskunk commented:
Please. Skunks are such whiny babies when they are sick, at least the friendly ones are. You'd think some of mine were dying when they get sick, burying their heads, sneezing, etc.
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yeah, yeah. Hobkin has us wrapped around his little paw. He knows it too. But he's my baby! I worry and I fret.
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On April 22nd, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC), mroctober commented:
Wish I could afford to go to D*C.

Skunks don't drink water?
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On April 22nd, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Wish you were going to D*C too! *pout*

"Skunks don't drink water?"

Some skunks don't. Hobkin doesn't. A lot of them seem to get all the hydration they need from the fruits and veggies they eat. The closest Hobkin gets is that occasionally--very occasionally, as in I think I've seen him do it less than a half dozen times--he'll dip his paw in the water bowl and lick the water off his paw. For all I know, he might've just been trying to clean his paw too.

We still provide him full access to water, in case he should ever change his mind, but he routinely ignores it. It's a little worrisome in case he should ever really get dehydrated. A couple times I've tried to force water into him using a feeding syringe. He was spectacularly unimpressed.

Excessive thirst and water drinking is actually one of the first warning signs of a seizure-risk in skunks. So I'm just as glad that Hobkin has no interest in it. But it is definitely an oddity. I was quite worried for him as baby when he continued to show no interest in drinking until I got reassured from various skunk people that this wasn't uncommon behavior.
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On April 23rd, 2005 04:56 am (UTC), sonnydenbow commented:
Poor Hobkin. Definitely not a happy camper. Hope he starts feeling better real soon.
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On April 23rd, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
He's definitely on the mend, thank goodness. The silly beastie, worrying me so. I think he likes the extra pampering.
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