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Issue 21 - Page 18

Holly had her second round of tests yesterday - chest x-rays and an ultrasound - and boy did she come back doped. The poor dog was trippin' balls all night. The results show that the cancer is mainly in the abdomen area, but thankfully not the lungs or heart. It's also at about mid stage. So not as early as we hoped, but no where near as bad as we feared. It's curable, she's just not going to enjoy the process. We'll be starting doggie chemo soon. Thank you for all the well-wishes!

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Comments [17]:

So you can learn how to resist magic. I figured the more you spend around magic it would just rub off on you and you build a resistance. Anyway, wishing your dog a speedy recovery!
Iron Ed
You can apparently learn to resist being drained. If someone is deliberately attacking you with magic though, I'd think it's more like resisting karate; you have to be better at it than your attacker is.
Exactly! With enough training and time around someone magically powerful, you can learn to sort of 'shut off' the flow of magic out of your body. The trust part comes in because one has to go through a lot of practice and attempts before this skill can be mastered. Which means being subjected to numerous moments where someone pulls magic out of you. You need to trust them not to pull out more than you can handle.
Another very good page in the story. And glad Holly is treatable! Best of luck for your pup!
I know you were worried about his dialogue, but you certainly nailed the natural self-centeredness of young kids. They grow out of it... and into direct, conniving, self-interest..
Thanks. While I understand people and how they behave, it seems many folks haven't done as much people watching. Humans are fascinating creatures and we often do things that seem confusing, contradictory, or against other people's personal judgments. And when readers run into an aspect of a character they don't like, the writer usually gets told they've written the character wrong. Ten-year-olds do this stuff. They're not trying to be mean, they just haven't quite gotten out of the "me stage" yet. Heck, some adults haven't gotten out of it. :D
Anyone who criticises your writing is an idiot, frankly. As to your blog post about James, he's your character. Making him act as you believe he would in the world he lives in seems like a perfectly normal and laudable aim. If some idiots can't handle it... f'em.
As lemurvid implies above, they go from that "me stage" to the dreaded "What's-in-it-for-me? stage".
Great page folks.
The little guy needs to tell her -what- he did and -why- he did it. Emergencies override standard safety protocols.
Every ten-year-old I've ever encountered dawdles and drags their feet when they feel they've done something wrong or when they're afraid. And as a former librarian I've been around a LOT of ten-year-olds. If you can't tell by his words at the end of the page, he's ready to discuss what scares him - in other words, his fears over Max's welfare (which as we found out on page 16 is why he was looking for Max in the first place) which were triggered by Gavin's behavior.
Well thought! And its that depth of thought that makes your reader's connection to the heart of a ten year old mouse so quick and deep. Ten year olds can be honest verbalizers, but humans tend to bleed thought and emotion into one confused muddle...and strong emotion makes the job of verbalizing harder not easier. You simmered this dialogue to perfection, made my day to read it. PS Thanks for the Holly update. Remember that Chemo goes down better with plenty of Vitamin B (Bacon).
Oh, no argument. You've got the typical kidling pegged, but now that he's admitted to it, I hope he will continue and explain why he did it. I generally tried to justify things at that age, whether or not the logic was sound, and he -had- a good reason.
Iron Ed
Congratulations on Holly's semi-reprieve! I sympathize entirely! Took my 15yr old cat in today to be put to sleep (kidney failure). Chickened out! I had gotten him eating and drinking again and will now do subcutaneous fluids for a while and see how it goes. Kidney failure is permanent, so this is only temporary, but I'll keep it up as long as he's reasonably comfortable. :-)
I was worried about Holly, I know that it can be so scary to have a pet diagnosed with cancer. I've worked in a vet clinic as a technician for many years and from what I know of corgis, they're tough little buggars. :) So I wish you all the good luck in the world! Been a long time fan of this comic and I have always been a fan of hearing about Holly's adorableness as well. Sending you good pet karma from mine to yours. ^^
David Harding
Everyone reacts a little differently to chemo, some take it well and others not so well. I had Lymphomia (Thyroid gland) and was fortunate enough to catch it early and was able to continue full time work during the 6 nth chemo treatment. That was about 20 years ago. Here's wishing Holly takes it as well as I did and also makes a full recovery.
Well, congratulations, Darc... this is the page that has made me cry. Because I've been exactly where he has, only a few years younger than he was, when I had tragedy strike my family. I wish I'd had someone to comfort and explain things to me like he does. And I may be shedding tears, but that only shows just how much I enjoy this comic. Well done!