Kate Rivet

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Hello everyone!

Wow! I can’t believe it’s nearing 3 months since my last post! I’m hard at work to the follow-up to my last book, though writers’ block is still a big factor! I’ve been really making a big effort to learn some of what my main character is going to need to know for the next book — and I have to say, some of my research has been extremely fun! In the third book in my royal series, the princess is an aspiring zookeeper, and some of the animals she loves the most are macropods — like kangaroos, wallabies, and some other amazing creatures! I’m fortunate enough to live in a city where I have a lot of zoos nearby, and in the past 3 weeks or so alone, I’ve gone to 3 zoos! I’ve also discovered 2 other zoos I plan to put in a visit to, just to get another chance to see some more incredible animals. At two of the zoos I’ve spent time at, I’ve gotten to pet and feed some kangaroos and wallabies, and at the second of those two, I even got to snuggle a baby kangaroo and a baby albino wallaby — both were absolutely adorable, and I can’t wait to go back and get my hands on them for some extra research!

In addition to going to the zoos, I also found a really interesting and science-y guide on how to distinguish between some different baby macropods, what to feed them with, and how to care for them — all things that my princess is going to need to know! You’d think it would be a little boring to read something so textbook-like, but I enjoyed all 150-ish pages and now I can’t wait until I finally make it to Australia and New Zealand! That trip is one I need to save some extra cash for, because the flights and lodging isn’t cheap, but I fully intend to go in the next couple of years!

Other than that, there’s not a whole lot to report back to you all. After I make good progress with this book, I plan to edit the first of the royal series, and get working on the second’s editing as well. It’s my goal to get at least the fist one up on Amazon maybe by January at the latest, but with life happening around me and an almost three week trip across the pond to England, Spain, Wales, and Iceland in November, I won’t make any hard and fast promises! What I WILL promise is that I will do a little work to this website in the near future, and maybe even include a small photo gallery of my adorable macropod friends that I’ve made in the course of my research! For now, though, this is goodbye — I’ve got a neighborhood party to attend today, and I believe it starts at 3!

Until next time,
Kate


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