Skunk transportation apprehension

This afternoon, fosteronfilm is having to take Hobkin to his godmom’s (for skunksitting) while I’m at work. Hobkin is not a fan of car rides, and normally skunk transport is a two-human enterprise. Matthew drives, and I hold Hobkin, murmuring reassurances and providing comforting ear skritches. This time, Hobkin will have to be locked away in a carrier.

I’m envisioning a Tasmanian Devil mini-tornado a la Looney Tunes. I’m not sure who to feel sorrier for, husband or skunk!


Writing Stuff

The editor I was interviewing for my Writing for Young Readers column, Mark Justice of Story Station, got me his responses lightning-fast, in time to send the interview in before the deadline for my June column and therefore letting me bump the piece I was working on to July. Hurray! That’s a great help in alleviating my May timetable crunch.

Y’know, I thought after the legislative session I’d have so much free time I could put my feet up and chill. So not happening. As fosteronfilm admonished me (with a touch of exasperation), I need to stop deluding myself that I’ll ever have free time again.

Well, at least I’m not bored.

– Email from IGMS letting me know that the contract and check for “Beauty’s Folly” (slated for their next issue) will be going out next week. Coolness.

New Words:
– 460 on the Fox Princess novel.

It should’ve been more, but I got sidetracked on a tangential research spree. I needed one snippet of detail, but that snippet snowballed into several hours of information gathering and fascinated reading. I’ll undoubtedly use some of what I discovered later in the novel, but I really need to work on curtailing my inquisitiveness so it doesn’t interfere with my productivity quite so much. Agh.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
9,191 / 40,000

Club 100 for Writers: 6

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5 Responses to Skunk transportation apprehension

  1. Anonymous says:


    Hi Eugie,

    Hobkin is *adorable*. I used to work with wild skunks back when I was a biologist and they were so soft (holding one was like handling raw bread dough). The ones I’ve worked with and seen were jet black and white–is the brown and white fur typical of domestic skunks or is it just a Hobkin-thing?

    Also, do you find you have to trim his toenails–I did notice the nails tend to grow like weeds on skunks.

    -Sarah T.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congrats on the sale to IGMS. They are a class act, even if they struggled in the beginning. Scott made the right choice hiring Edmund. I got paid a full 5 months before issue #3 came out. – Rick Novy

  3. klandaghicat says:

    Re: Hobkin

    Wow! Looking at those pics brought back memories! Have I mentioned how much like Artie Hobkin looks? Artie with chips! Artie’s looking more slinky these days, he’s got a good weight on him (especially since he has arthritis) but his coat isn’t fluffy, it’s long and sleek. It’s funny how that changes. Sammy’s all fluff-ball, now that his coat’s grown back in. He went practically naked over the winter, for some reason. I was worried he was getting fat, but after finding the actual skunk underneath all that fur, he’s about the same as Artie!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Hobkin

      I didn’t know Artie had arthritis! Poor lil guy.

      It’s amazing how much padding their fur gives them, isn’t it? I thought Hobkin might be getting fat, too, but now that he’s started blowing his coat for spring, I see that he’s not nearly as plump as I thought.

      Sammy blew his coat off during winter? Silly boy! Did you explain to him how he’s supposed to grow a new, thick coat when it gets cold? Not when it get warm again?

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