As those of you who have been following my web journal for some time know, I spent last year illustrating my story Gabriel's Tale. Each month I posted my illustrations with snippets from the story. Now, as promised, I've posted the entire story on Poetry and Gabriel's new web journal: The Adventures of Poetry & Gabriel. . . .
I have also posted the sequel: Poetry and Gabriel in Scotland. You can find both stories in the sidebar on the new web journal.
The delay in doing this is due to the fact that you really must first read the Prequel: The Adventures of Poetry the Calico Cat. I used Apple's iWeb template to design the website in 2011 and posted a new story every month in 2012. Over the years the sound and animated gifs became out of date and would not play. This past year one of my sons has been updating the html for me so that everything is working once again. Please note that if you use Safari as your browser the automatic gifs will not work unless you disable Safari's automatic disable setting. Instructions on how to override the disable setting just for Poetry's and Gabriel's website are included at the link above.
When you visit the website you will find 14 short stories about Poetry and her best friend Gabriel the Snowman. Many of the characters you met in Gabriel's Tale are introduced in the stories in the Prequel. I started writing these stories in 1997 as my oldest child was going off to college. They were an outlet to help me cope with this big change in my life. Then in 2007 Poetry got cancer and passed away at age 13. I was bereft. Finding another cat to replace her just didn't seem possible, so I got a dog instead and named him Gabriel. The next year I found another calico cat that I named "Poetry, Too". I can't begin to tell you how much Poetry and Gabriel have added to my life! But I will try by showing you in their new web journal how special they are to me.
My other news is that in May Ken and I will be attending Susan Branch's Bring Your Own Picnic event. This will be my first trip to England so I'm pretty excited about it. Watch for a Poetry and Gabriel in the Lake District story soon afterwards.
I hope you will visit The Adventures of Poetry & Gabriel and sign-up to receive future posts. See you there!