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From Tumblr, this accurately describes my posting mood:
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As the US FDA states on its website:
Within hours of eating treats sold as jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes and/or dried fruit, some pets have exhibited decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption, and/or increased urination.
Severe cases have involved kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems.
The remaining cases reported various symptoms, such as collapse, convulsions or skin issues.
Most of the jerky treats implicated have been made in China. Manufacturers of pet foods are not required by U.S. law to state the country of origin for each ingredient in their products.
A number of jerky pet treat products were removed from the market in January 2013 after a New York State lab reported finding evidence of up to six drugs in certain jerky pet treats made in China. While the levels of these drugs were very low and it's unlikely that they caused the illnesses, FDA noted a decrease in reports of jerky-suspected illnesses after the products were removed from the market. FDA believes that the number of reports may have declined simply because fewer jerky treats were available.
Meanwhile, the agency urges pet owners to be cautious about providing jerky treats. If you do provide them and your pet becomes sick, stop the treats immediately, consider seeing your veterinarian, and save any remaining treats and the packaging for possible testing.
What is alarming is that they don't know what is causing these illnesses and a lot of testing hasn't revealed it, which indicates someone has put something in these intending to hide it and/or it's a little known toxin. Previous instances include melamine in pet food to boost protein content and oversulfated condroitin sulfate in heparin to cheaply mimic that drug's blood thinning properties and escape the test methods that were normally used at the time.
I had not realized until just know that even dried sweet potato was associated with the problem -- though since 2007 I've only bought Made in US dog food and treats. The supply chain is international and fact is, most of the active ingredients in your drugs come from overseas, particularly China and India. I'm not someone to over-react to things but this is worrying and so I'll signal boost and probably return the sweet potato treats to the store this weekend.
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Tumnus was a new point of view. I shoved some worldbuilding in there too and I'd wanted forever to have a scene with Morgan sleeping with the Canines and finally was able to do it. That made me really happy to include something that's probably at least 2 years old.
There's been so much GRIEF AND ANGST and H&M has delivered that but I wanted to do the next step. What happens with the coping and the dealing and what comes after the crying is over. I wanted Morgan to grow up emotionally and apologize -- she was devastated, yes, but honey, people die, including people all around you, and the fact that she made it this far without a personally affecting death is very fortunate and unusual. And, then I want the grief over and I wasn't going to return to Morgan's pov until it was. So, done. Jina's gone and it's time to get Morgan back to Narnia where she belongs. We'll bring her up to Yule and 2 Hearts Day in the next chapter and then... the Lone Islands arc is done done done and the end is near. Very near, actually.
There was an obvious issue which Tumnus and Morgan do not discuss, which is just where the P's came from. Tumnus was there and saw Lucy return through the Wardrobe, and I had a whole scene written between them (I excerpt a little of it below) But... there was enough here. So, if you are still there, I'd love to hear from you. Thank you so much.
The part I didn't include
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And someone else wrote a story set in TSG-related verse (set during Apostolic Way) involving Peter and the rabbit he showed to Morgan in the AUish Lost in Translation I wrote. It's adorable and sad and lovely, The Rabbit of the High King
There are some other really fun stories, too, so go check them out!
I should be posting a new H&M chapter this soon. Here's a snippet.
It was as if all that goodness had been erased and Morgan’s interpersonal timepiece had been turned backward.
In fact, she was far worse than before.
By the second morning, Morgan reduced the cooks to tears over the coffee. She and Father had argued into the noon bell, three days running, when he told her that he was not going to take away the old accounts of hers that he had given to their two new ADs, Chase and Wells. Morgan was to train, not steal, a distinction she didn’t grasp. In a moment of impatient and immature, though very profound, insight, Morgan stomped and shouted, “I don’t like to share my things!”
I owe comments and thanks to many people for generous reviews. Thanks so much. I've not responded as I've been trying to finish the above chapter and as you might have read in the paper, things have been very unsettled in the area I live in. Your support has been a bright spot in a very, very dark time. A brief bit on that below.
And behind the cut a brief comment on the federal government shut down
( Brief rant against those who think our President is a foreign-born Muslim and the anti-ChristCollapse )
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And now the MADNESS ROUND BEGINS
I wrote two stories
Mazy Rings Troublesome Things for heliopausa
I had gotten my assignment at some point when, during and around our trip to England. adaese and wellinghall had taken me to see the Magical Books exhibit at the Bodeleian Library in Oxford and I saw Lewis' Lefay fragment there. And so the idea was born. It was while reading and re-reading Magician's Nephew that I came with the story Come Boldly Unto Throne of Grace. The story is the first time I ever tried to write in the Lewis style of voice. There is a line about how once I went riding on the Somerset levels and my pony was wiser than I was and knew to avoid the rings. That is actually taken from a ride I did do, though it was in Connemara in Ireland and my guide, a very serious young woman, pointed to a stand of trees and informed me that was the sort of place where fairies were sure to be and we should ride by very quickly lest they capture us.
A lot of the information came from the Wikipedia entry on fairy rings.
The second story was for and I figured out from the prompt that it was probably Winged and I've know her a few years now so it was really fun to do this story. Light to the Misled and Lonely Traveler is a massive crossover. It was a lot of fun in a Hitchhikers Guide sort of way. It marks the first time I've crossed into several verses there, including two book series I've never read.
My thanks to snacky for the great exchange and to pencildragon11 starbrowsings and freudiancascade for the betas on the stories. Unlike past stories, I didn't think either was obviously mine.
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What followed was a harrowing afternoon and evening, including frantic calls to the vet and the Pet Poison Prevention Helpline. There was a frantic speeding violative drive to the pharmacy to buy more and unexpired hydrogen peroxide, then ramming tablespoons of it down their respective throats and then sifting through the resulting vomit looking for pills. I ended up being concerned enough to drive them to a 24 ER care for monitoring where the Lab's blood pressure was fine but the Corgi's was low. I am very glad I kept them at the ER because once I got home, I realized that in fact the dogs, and probably the much smaller Corgi (30 lb/14 kg) had eaten 90 pills, not 30, plus the plastic cap, thereby taking them out of the boderline range into the really serious area.
Fortunately, the drug is relatively low in toxicity and has a very short half-life in dogs, with no kidney or liver involvement. If you can keep their blood pressure up and their heart going, the drug will clear in about 8 hours. So, the waiting began, with them both receiving continuous IV fluids and the vets prepared to administer stimulant therapy if needed if severe hypotension occurred, which fortunately it did not.
At 1 AM, I was able to bring them both home. Yeah, really relieved, and so tired, and damn, that was scary.
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The C.S. Lewis Company has entered into an agreement with The Mark Gordon Company to jointly develop and produce The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the fourth book published in C.S. Lewis' famed fantasy series. The announcement was made today by The C.S. Lewis Company. Coming soon.net has the information here!
YES THERE WILL BE ANOTHER NARNIA MOVIE AND THIS MEANS A MASSIVE INFLUX OF JILL/PUDDLEGLUM/EUSTACE/RILIAN OT4 Am I right??
At one time, on NFFR we cast Anderson Cooper as Puddleglum and Misha Collins as the Warden and Michael Bay to direct. BOOM YES GIVE ME YOUR FRIVOLOUS CASTING SPOILERS
Also, the Fic Corner Exchange opened and I spotted 4 new Narnia stories, all lovely, and lots of other things.
The Narnia Fic Exchange is wrapping up and the madness round is starting. There's been a big drop off in FB so I hope you'll go and check out the stories and give them some love!
Cute Overload is sponsoring Tocktober -- adorable pictures of cute animals' 'tocks -- that is, buttocks.
The Bad and the Ugly, the US federal government shut down. Political rant: About 30 Republicans in the US House of Representatives have decided to shut down the US government rather than allow poor, uninsured people the opportunity to buy health insurance in government-sponsored exchanges. Because yes, it's better that poor people die of preventable disease than get to live and therefore potentially vote for a Democrat. /rant
No, my family is not personally affected as neither of us is subject to the current US government appropriations process. Many of our friends, colleagues, and family members are affected. My deep sympathies to any of you affected.
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