Saturday, May 5, 2018
Hello, everyone! It’s Get Caught Reading Month. Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape and I are together again for a mini-series in honor of this event. There’s also a free Kindle book to be had — read on to learn about that.
Every week, you’ll catch me reading a different book. You might catch Chris too, but you’ll have to ask him what he is reading. Kicking off this series, you’ve caught me reading one of my favorites by Olga Núñez Miret from her Escaping Psychiatry series — Beginnings the prequel.
Now here is the premier of the 2018 Get Caught Reading mini-series…
Artie Meets the Alchemist
“What is that infernal clanging? Ugh… It’s unbearable! Where are you, jackalope?”
“It’s the civilization alarm, Miss Copper.”
“Jack, thank goodness you’re here. Could you please shut off that noise? My hands are full with the omniscope.”
“Of course, Miss Copper. There. Is that an improvement?”
“Thank you. You are the world’s most wonderful jackalope.”
“You are welcome, Miss Copper. The sensors detected a group of lifeforms. Ah, Alchemist ― good, you are here. We’ve found sentient life. It appears to be an established community. Shall we land your dirigible?”
“Jack, old thing, you are a marvel! Let’s see what we can from up here first. That looks like a highway over there. Copper, do you see anything though the telescope?” Cornelis said.
“It’s an omniscope, and yes. I see apes. Or rather chimpanzees. A bunch of them! Jack, is that what you meant by an established community?” Copper wanted to know.
“No, no, no… That’s altogether verneukt! They aren’t purple apes by any chance? We need to turn this ship around!” Corneils exclaimed.
“No, Cornelis. Of course, the chimpanzees are not purple. What an absurd thing to say. Relax,” Copper assured him.
“I’m sorry, Copper. It’s just that it wouldn’t be the first time. I told you about the purple world where everyone had an ape doppelganger. It was an interesting experience but not one I’d want to repeat. Although I admit it was difficult enough, landing in a world where you were a young woman, rather than the little girl I knew.”
“Keep your hands to yourself, Cornelis Drebbel. If you ruffle my hair like I was a small child one more time, then you’ll draw back a nub!”
“Oh, calm down Jack. You know I wouldn’t really do that. Although there hasn’t been an un-interesting day since Cornelis Drebbel showed up, claiming that he knew me as a small child ― in a similar but different world. He might get into only half as much trouble with one less hand.”
“I’m going to take my road locomotive down and investigate. Copper and Jack, you two should stay up here for now.”
“That’s fine by me, Cornelis. Apes make me uncomfortable. Jack and I have plenty of work to do. But try to stay out of trouble. Please!”
Now over to Chris Graham
Since his adventures with Pip and Mona (see: Pip and Artie Meet Again Parts ONE, TWO & THREE), Artie had been busy refining his converted motorcycle / mobile time machine, and even incorporated an inter-dimensional shift facility (IDSF) so he could not only travel through time, but also visit alternative dimensions, or realities, as he preferred to call them.
All this had, of course, involved many periods of deep ponderating, to the extent that he would often jump up (waken himself and half the neighbourhood) with sudden loud exclamations of “Of course!” which sounded suspiciously like loud snoring snorts…
In any case, after each addition, or adjustment, Artie would go off on a test run, to make sure everything worked as he intended, relying on his trusty Emergency Visit Duration Countdown Alarm (EVDCA) to get him safely back home again if all else failed (he hoped)…
During one recent test run, Artie was testing how fast the machine could go down an alternative reality version of Route 66 after his latest adjustments (i.e., too fast) when, with a bright noisy flash, a steam tractor-like road locomotive suddenly appeared about a hundred yards in front of him!
End Part 1
(For related stories see: The Sign of the Ape series and Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers serial in the blog Categories on the right side of the screen.)
Drawing for a book from Teagan!
May 9, 2018: The time period for entering the contest is now over. I’ll announce the winner this Saturday.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of our Get Caught Reading offering. This month is all about encouraging people of all ages to read. So I’ll do a random drawing to give away a Kindle copy of one of my books (winner’s choice).
Here’s how you participate. To enter, leave a comment telling me the title and author of the book we’ve caught you reading! You must leave the comment by Tuesday to be included. I’ll email the winner an Amazon Kindle copy of one of my books — you get to choose which one.
Tune in next weekend for more of Artie Meets the Alchemist. Hugs!
Now, promoting my “partner in crime” Chris Graham.
And now my own shameless self-promotion…
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