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Tales of a Ferret Owner: A Hint of Things to Come

Tales of a Ferret Owner: A Hint of Things to Come

       I don’t know about the rest of you, but the world has been pretty crazy lately. Therefore, it only seems fitting to share more of the random craziness of owning three old yet very rambunctious ferrets.

       It’s been a few years since the ferrets passed away, so from here on out, things are going to get a little hazy when it comes to chronological order. In other words, I don’t know if one ferret’s disappearing act happened before or after or during the disappearing act of another ferret(s). This post contains just a little more of their ferrety tendencies.


Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

         Here’s a four-part story to celebrate the seasons. I don’t usually write tales about fairies, and I rarely write anything in this style, but it was a fun experiment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Check back in June for the next part: Summer Solstice. I have the link to it visible, but it won't be available until then.

Photo by Simon Matzinger.


Luck

Luck

         Happy Friday the 13th! This week’s blog features a truly depressing run of bad luck for MOST of the party members. For one clever player, it was nothing but smooth sailing. If I’m remembering this correctly, many of the players were of evil alignment, so something like this was bound to happen eventually, right?

         This week’s tabletop tale is written in a different style. I hope you like it! For more random stories from different campaigns, be sure to check out other stories on my blog.

         Quick update on my other writings! I finished editing Positivity Camp and am waiting for some final feedback before I send it off to print. The cover is done, the bio, the ISBN is easy, and yeah. It’s basically ready to go, so you can look forward to that happening soon-ish. As for other writings, well, next week has the equinox, and after that I’ll likely be sharing more ferrety madness.

Photo by Min An.


Photographer for a Day . . . Again

Photographer for a Day . . . Again

         I couldn’t help myself! It was the first good snow of the season (February 13, 2020). I mean, I had to wait sooo long for this. Plus, I already had autumn shots of the birds. I just had to have winter ones. Of course, I was hoping to have winter shots that involved frozen trees and dazzling icicles. The season is still young, so I’m holding out hope. Besides that, it could be fun to take some photos of pink little tree buds and those adorable bluebirds.


Tales of a Ferret Owner: Journey Home

Tales of a Ferret Owner: Journey Home

         Welcome back to Tales of a Ferret Owner! Or hello newcomers! This is a random segment I've started writing that is about my time with three adorable and crafty ferrets. I often share short stories, crafting updates, writing tips, writing updates, Dungeons & Dragons adventures and other random writings here on my blog. I've even written a short novella here on the blog called Positivity Camp. I'm currently in the process of editing it. The finished piece will be out later this year for purchase. Yes, that's right my Positivity Camp fans. I'll have the book completed and ready for sale later this year! There are added bonus materials inside, too. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. For now, I hope you enjoy this week's entertainment as I tell the tale of how the ferrets made it home.


Brownies

Brownies

         As promised! I have written another fun story from the Dungeons & Dragons realm. Of course, it was with help from Malcolm Rodgers. Thanks again for sharing this epic battle of wit and blades!

         Now, for a little context. It’s been a while since I shared Prestidigitation, which is the story that precedes this one. To give a quick recap, in that story, the wizard Tyratell used Prestidigitation on the head of an enemy and used it to scare all the dungeon’s denizens to the lowest level. Then the wizard left as he became bored (in reality, there was a scheduling issue and the player was unable to attend the next session). Without the wizard, the group did not fare well as they made it to the lowest level of the dungeon and had to face all of the enemies at once. Some party members died.

         This story takes place a bit later and the wizard rejoined the group. As can be imagined, those that survived his absence were a bit peeved at his leaving them. Still, having a wizard is better than not, and that’s the lesson they learned as Tyratell came through for them against a guard.

         Next week I’ll have more on the adventure of transporting ferrets’ home in a car without a carrying cage. Until then, I hope you enjoy this wonderful adventure!


Tales of a Ferret Owner

Tales of a Ferret Owner

         Hello again! Or welcome newcomers! Caffeine is my Muse is the name of the blog, and telling stories is often what I do. Sometimes I tell stories about Dungeons & Dragons campains (for more on that venture, feel free to check out Role-Playing Shenannigans). Other times I tell short stories I've made up. On really rare occassions, I write advice or tips about writing. This week marks a new chapter of the blog as I delve into my past and tell non-fiction stories about my time as a ferret owner. This story of multiple stories will likely take up many blog posts, much like my Positivity Camp story. This time, however, I have an ending in sight, lol.

         Without any further delays, I hope you enjoy this week's introductory tale about what it's like to have ferrets.


The Call

The Call

         I hope you’re having a great Friday! This week’s story is a short story that comes from a book series I started (and have yet to finish) a few years ago. I keep meaning to go back, but for now, I’ll settle with writing fun stories that can stand on their own.

         Next week I may share a short story that comes from me being the owner of three very interesting ferrets. I’ve had some behind the scenes, so to speak, requests for what it’s like to own such unusual creatures. Until then, I hope you enjoy this short story!

Photo by Alex Andrews


Prestidigitation

Prestidigitation

           It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Dungeons & Dragons tale. Here’s the first one for 2020! I hope you enjoy the clever workings of a wizard and the unfortunate issues with scheduling campaign sessions.

           This story is brought to you by – clever players who also have difficulty with showing up for the next session and thus they leave their party members in a real bind. Seriously though, scheduling the next game is no joke. Everyone has a life these days. Kudos to the DM for making the absence of a player make logical sense in-game. That isn’t always easy. Also, special thanks to Malcolm for sharing this awesome tale!

Photo by Skitterphoto.com


A New Word

A New Word

            I don’t know how to begin this discussion. This topic has been on my mind for a very long time, longer than the current discussion about it has been going on. I’m talking about creating a new word regarding non-binary people and “they.”