Friday, January 11, 2008

A Writerly Weekend

male veiled chameleon drinking water from a ficus leaf

shedding female veiled chameleon

Before I leave you all for a weekend of fun with my current manuscript, my very cute galleys, my Flip dictionary and my Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus (See! I really am a girl who knows how to have a good time!), here are the latest photos of our veiled chameleons.

The female has shed yet again. She's quite the little lardette compared to the male. Not to panic anyone, but the future of veiled chameleons in this particular cage lies with these two reptiles.

Someone needs to have a serious chat with the female about the birds and the bees and the Golden Rule. Reproductively speaking, it may be unwise of her to hog the crickets and hiss at the male when he wants to eat. Because, at some point, she'll be ready to procreate. And he's her only choice.

For this Family Life chat, I nominate Child #2. After all, it was his brilliant idea to breed veiled chameleons. He's the one who plans to get rich (or at least keep himself well stocked in candy) by selling baby chameleons to pet stores.

So, good luck Child #2 with your first foray into parenting and THE talk.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Bonne fin de semaine!


Laura said...

Hope the weekend goes well for you.

I did not realize there was a market for this little guys!!! I hope the female starts to cooperate and accept her pre-arranged sex partner!!

PJ Hoover said...

Have a great weekend - right back at you!

Jason said...

Have fun this weekend!

Good luck to child #2, I remember asking my dad about what "the talk" was, and I nearly floored him . . . then again we were in a nice restaurant.

Kelley said...

Have a great weekend and be brillant! I can't wait to read your first book and I will be really excited to hear about your weekend.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I'm dreading that talk myself, so if Child #2 has any tips, please pass them along.

And best of luck with the editing...and the procreating. ;)

Stephanie said...

Oh chameleons! Fun!

And as for the talk...I don't think my parents initiated the talk. I accentally got ahold of a book at a library and went to my mum with a very long list of questions that she answered. I guess it won't be so easy for child #2... ;)

Ellen Booraem said...

Good luck with the writing, Barrie! No idea how you manage it all.

And thanks for the link to my blog!
I'll return the favor as soon as I figure out how to do this sidebar thingie.

My "talk" came after I saw a four-letter word scrawled on a fence and my best friend wouldn't tell me what it meant. Perhaps you could write a few words on a fence for your chameleons? You are a writer, after all.


Sherry said...

I love learning things I did not know before...I've never seen chameleons .. so this is a first!!

Enjoy the time away!!

Family Adventure said...

LOL! I hope he succeeds in his talk! Those are awesome pictures, by the way.

Hope your writerly weekend is going well!


J.K. Mahal said...

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. And good luck to Child #2 on that talk. Keep us posted!

Shesawriter said...

Hey Barrie,

Just wanted to stop by and say HI. Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

Shari said...

I didn't even know there were species of chameleons. Or did I miss "veiled"?

Thanks for the "unveiling". I learned something new today.

I hope you had a great weekend.

Amanda Ashby said...

I was just reading a reptile book to my five year old last night and I had no idea that Chameleons could swivel their eyes without moving their head - I think that's a skill I need to learn!!!!!!

Diane said...

Okay, I confess that I am only leaving a comment to get a chance at a free book. But, who knows, maybe chameleons know something we don't? Hogging food, hissing, who really knows? Especially when the choices are limited?