Category Archives: Frankeh Updates

#FrankieWIP Editing and New Digital Illustration!

Frankie Av

Editing of Emergence is going well! Took a couple of days off writing to draw, and I’ve included it in this video! Tell me what you think of it! It’s also under the video 😉
It took me a couple of days and I created it on my Cintiq and Artrage 😀

V6kvydhd

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Long Time No See!

Frankie Av

A quick update about Emergence and why I’ve not been around much.

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Catching Up!

Frankie Av

Hi everyone! I do apologize for being absent a while. I was ill for three weeks and only just beginning to feel like myself again. I’m still a bit rough, so no video today!

I’ve been editing Emergence with every free moment I get when I have the motivation. It’s going good so far, though there have been days I’ve stared at a chapter for hours before actually doing something! XD But that is a hold-back particular to my fibromyalgia, and-because I know this-I forgive myself if I’m unable to complete more than one chapter a day.

A few days ago when I was unable to concentrate at all on writing, I read the next few chapters of Emergence. I read up to chapter twenty-six, and the more I read, the more I was convinced that someone else wrote the pages then stuck them in my drive. They just seemed too good and creepy to be something I had written in a hurry during NaNoWriMo. It was quite surprising to find that one or two chapters will only require a little editing, unless I change parts of the story. Which I did when rewriting the last chapter I worked on. Not a huge change, but one which will have future ramifications for the characters.

Through reading, I discovered that I have pretty much solved how the third book to the trilogy will play out, so I’m very pleased! I knew how the third would end, but only an inkling on why it would end that way. Now, looking at everything with fresh eyes, I see the threads I wove into the story which will accumulate to complete the third book. It’s all very exciting. In fact, I got so excited about it that I jumped onto the Dead Pete society conversation and just squee’d for a few minutes! XD

So, that’s about it for me, save to say I’m still collecting My Little Ponies and geeking out over new additions to my collection. I’m also planning to make a display for them this weekend! I’m a very busy Dragon!

Hope you are all well, and I’ll catch you all next week 😉

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

 

Happy New Year!

Hope 2017 is a great year for you all! 😀

Doodled on my new art package XD

4j1ukng2

#FrankieWIP Christmas Cold and Editing!

Frankie Av

A short update owing to my cold and the fact I’m losing my voice! XD

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Editing Emergence and Competition!

Frankie Av

I’m editing Emergence! Really enjoying revisiting parts of the story I wrote a while back!
I also have a competition running on my Facebook author page. It finishes soon, so click over to my page. Competition is pinned to the top! Must be a follower of the page to be in with a chance! OPen to UK residents only. Ends in an hour, so hurry!

Good luck!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#OurWorld Of Greed and Puppy Farms

Frankie Av

Oep3rk7c

“Plan for Scotland’s first industrial puppy farm in Ayrshire met with fierce objections.”

And I say it should be.

This was the headline for a recent news article in the Sunday Post. It details the proposals for a 40-dog farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, for breeding puppies for cash. Those who have asked for consideration of their proposal are actually linked to the people responsible for the puppy farm in Fivemiletown in Ireland. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32308177  

These animals are farmed, quite literally, as cows and sheep are. Bred purely for monetary value and kept in squalid conditions so that every penny made goes into the sellers pockets.

Now, you might ask, what the difference is between farming cattle and dogs? Surely it’s an animal therefore the same? But it’s not. Cows, sheep, pigs etc, are usually found in fields, eating grass in large areas with a certain amount of freedom. They need to be vaccinated, cared for correctly, their health maintained and monitored regularly.

Dogs on puppy farms, rarely see the outside of their cage. They are rarely given medication unless vitally required therefore no vaccinations. They are usually fed the cheapest of food, left in dark dingy sheds or trailers without any contact with humans or other dogs. Often uncared for, most dogs are matted beyond all recognition and riddled with infection, disease and infestations. Dogs are also companion animals and crave attention and companionship, therefore life within a cage in such terrible conditions affects the dog’s mental health. What is also so tragic is that once a bitch is unable to produce viable or healthy litters after non-stop breeding, they are killed having never lived a life other than having multiple babies in a cage.

The puppies are often treated the same and live under the same conditions. Often they live in the same cage as their deceased siblings, taken by illness and infection and congenital maladies. They are cleaned up prior to a sale and often have malformations, heart conditions, deformities and such. Being bred from such a small gene pool and within such horrendous conditions AND from failing bitches who have birthed a hundred litters, it is unsurprising these puppies are unwell and often unmanageable.

This is the reality of a puppy farm or mill. Distressing and upsetting.

I could show you pictures and give you statistical evidence of why puppy farms are not a good idea and should be damned, but there is another way to look at the problem. I have often asked you to imagine the life of another or an animal, this time is no different.

Imagine being a dog, a loyal and loving dog, who just wants to see its humans happy. As a pup you are taken and put into a cage, and you very nearly never leave that cage. You are forced to have as many puppies as your body will allow, while being malnourished, starved of light, attention and stimulation, while being quite miserable every single day for your entire life. Forever.

And the reason your life is so utterly tragic? Because that human you wanted to see happy wants to take your puppies and sell them for top prices then put you back into the cycle again. And worst of all, not all puppy farms are illegal, therefore no one has to even care about the fact you suffer.

This is an interesting look at the other side of the cage from a person who worked in a puppy farm. The last sentence is a killer. 

Puppy farms are the result of greed wishing to be part of supply and demand for an ever growing designer-dog or pure-breed fad. To me, a dog is a dog. A dog doesn’t need a fancy title on papers. It doesn’t need to be a special colour or have a certain nose shape or leg shape. It doesn’t need to be registered with a breeding institution to let me tell others how fantastical I am for owning a special dog, because, to me? ALL dogs are special. Every single dog ever born, be it through a recognised breeder or through a back road rendezvous, is a special life. I understand that folk like a certain breed, I understand that some might just want to be one-up on their neighbours, but that’s not what owning a dog is all about. At least, not for me.

And it doesn’t just happen to dogs. Take a look at this disturbing article in which unscrupulous sellers shaved kittens to gain high price for what they sold as sought after Sphinx cats!  What length some will go to earn a good bit of money is disgusting.

Every dog I’ve owned has come from a rescue center, and they have been the most adorable, loving and loyal dogs I’ve had the pleasure to know. They have been mixed breeds–the one I have now, my little Bella Notte, has four main breeds in her blood; Rottweiler, Lurcher, Whippet and Labrador. She’s a mixed can of awesome and uniquely individual and so utterly loyal and loving that I don’t need a certificate nor have to pay up to £1000 or more to love her.  

Greed and superiority issues are what has created the dreaded puppy mills and farms, otherwise we would all have a little Bella, and I’m sure be much happier and better off for it!

Would you seriously consider buying a designer dog or pure breed if you knew they came from a mill or farm, knew they suffered to come into existence, knew their parents are probably still in that dark cage churning out other poorly puppies? I’d hope not. Unfortunately not all puppy farms or mills are large scale. They can be a few dogs eternally breeding at the back of someones home. It is still farming, just not on as grand  a scale as some and often just as awful. 

You can make a stand against this cruel trade. Sign petitions and raise awareness of the farmed dog plights to local councilors and politicians. IF you suspect or know of neglect or abuse, report it!  Get them investigated.

Another way is to spread the word of how dogs are treated in these puppy farms and mills. Let others know and get them to understand that the cute puppies are more than likely unhealthy, mentally unbalanced and uncared for.

But the main thing you can do to fight against these farms is to RESCUE A DOG FROM A SHELTER OR RESCUE HOME!!!

Have a little look at these statistics from Dogs Trust in the UK.

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/over-47-000-people-heartlessly-abandoned-their-dogs-in-one-year

My dogs have all came from the Dogs Trust. With so many dogs in shelters and rescue homes across the country, there really should be no reason for puppy farms. Yes, some people want a PUPPY, but is that puppy going to love you more than a rescue dog who stares out its window hoping that the next human might just take it home? And there are often puppies IN The rescue homes, litters born on the street or to homes who can’t cope. It’s worth calling ahead to the shelter to find out if there are puppies available if it is a puppy you are set on having.

The funny thing about rescuing a dog, is that you never choose the dog, the dog chooses you. And for an animal which has often been neglected and abused during it’s short life, to choose YOU for it’s family? That’s a special thing indeed. How did they choose me? Out of all the dogs in the shelters we looked through, the dogs which chose us just glued themselves to us where the others did not. And they pushed their nose against mine, a sign for me that the dog wants to come home with me. Rescue dogs are a beautiful animal, and while they often require a lot of love and attention to undo the harm done to them, they are so worth it!

Olfvot5b

My Bella!  Laying around while I write! 😀

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

 

 

#SundayReview Westworld

Frankie Av

U6nunsfs

Hopefully my review tonight will be as enigmatic as the show I am reviewing as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. No spoilers here!

The often overused term; mind-f**k, is the perfect term for the television show, Westworld. Based on the 1973 movie of the same name starring Yul Brynner, the series is a science fiction thriller which takes place in a high-tech amusement park. The park is populated with human-like androids with which rich people can do whatever they please while living out fantasies in a western back story. Their creator is played by Anthony Hopkins, who comes across as both sinister and disconsolate. There’s what could be a glitch in the system and some of the androids appear to be becoming sentient.

We follow the lives of a few androids and humans, key players in the park as well as newcomers there for some fun. Throughout the show you get the feeling that something is undeniably wrong with humanity. That some would revel in a fantasy of brutalizing, raping and killing others, is deeply disturbing and yet something which happens in reality all too often. You can’t help but feel sorry for the androids, especially those who have gained insight into their lives and the outrageous actions carried out on them by humans. With technology now at the point where some parts of the story are credible, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

The opening credits alone are jaw dropping.

It is raw and gritty, with violence, nudity and sex scenes which make complete sense to the concept, not used as a ploy to get viewers. It is intelligent and well crafted with a story which moves along smoothly and always grabs the attention. It’s rarely boring and always thought provoking. You never quite know all the humans or all the androids. You keep double guessing yourself as to which is which. Then someone who you thought was one turns out to be the other!

Every week there is a blinder of a twist that you just don’t see coming. You spend the week thinking you have it all figured out, then the next episode turns what you thought on its head. There are twists within twists, and every week I end up staring at the screen as the credits roll thinking…wow….mind…blown…..!

3r8balzx

It has been a long time since I watched a television program which made me think as much as Westworld does. Nothing is ever quite what it seems. Next week is the series finale and already my mind is blown. What else they can throw at us I don’t know, but it’s sure to be fantastic whatever it is! If you haven’t watched it yet, get watching!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

 

 

#WeCreate My Little Pony Picture

Frankie Av

Just a quick doodle I drew while taking a break from writing. I asked a My Little Pony group I’m part of who they would like me to draw, and they chose Gingerbread and Minty. This is the result 🙂

Ohftcrtq

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP NaNoWriMo Ends and Hardback Malevolence!

Frankie Av

Finished NaNoWriMo on just over 85 thousand words! I also ordered a hard-backed copy of Malevolence and it is so COOL!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE