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When Pigs Fly


“When pigs
fly” is an adynaton, an absurd figure of speech to describe an action or
event that will never happen. But in literature, there are several examples of
pigs that take action or participate in events, and a few indeed fly.

real life in 2020, pigs are flying…on commercial airlines!

consequence of less people on flights is that airline companies are repurposing
their planes to take pigs around the globe. That’s right – the cargo bays of
jets are transporting more animals than ever before, especially hogs to China.
In addition to the flight crew, animal handlers are on board to monitor the
pigs’ temperaments and to fill the porcine sipper bottles. The only drawback,
according to handlers, is the distasteful aroma of even the cleanest and most
scrubbed-down porcine.

to the idea of pigs in literature, most western kids grow up reading or at
least hearing about The Three Little Pigs. In recent years, children may
have read The Three Little Javelinas, where the story is recast with
wild boars of the Southwestern US. They build their home using tumbleweed,
saguaro ribs, and adobe. A coyote huffs and puffs to blow the house down instead
of a wolf. And there’s The Three Ninja Pigs intended to take literary swine
to ninja fans. And in Today I Will Fly, Piggie is determined to fly.

the best example of pigs in literature is perhaps Animal Farm.

If George Orwell were writing Animal Farm
today, would he have Napoleon and Snowball argue about taking over the future
of aviation, placing pigs in the cockpit, having flight attendants take
alcoholic drinks to the passengers in first class? Would it be Mr. Jones who
would be in the cargo bay?

Orwell have the common animals in coach peering into first class and the
cockpit, and realize they could no longer differentiate the swine from the

Orwell aside, I can see Noah’s Ark becoming Noah’s Jet. Instead of embarking on
a boat, the giraffes, elephants, chipmunks, bears, antelopes, horses, birds,
and remaining critters could simply board a Boing 777 or an Airbus A330, and fly
off to higher ground until the flood waters recede.

I will never get on another jet without wondering if unpleasant odors will rise
from the cargo
bay. For that, I already have my mask ready!

Do you have your mask?


The Nikki Garcia Mystery Series  –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GZNF17G

Kathryn Lane started out as a starving artist. To earn a
living, she became a certified public accountant and embarked on a career in
international finance with a major multinational corporation. After two
decades, she left the corporate world to plunge into writing mystery and
suspense thrillers. In her stories, Kathryn draws deeply from
her Mexican background as well as her travels
in over ninety countries.


Book Credits:

The Three Little Pigs by Joseph Jacobs, first published on
June 19, 1890

The Three Little Javelinas by Susan
Lowell/Illustrated by

Jim Harris

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz/Illustrated by Dan Santat

Today I Will Fly by author/illustrator Mo Willems

Photo Credits:

Flying Pigs by BugMan50 – licensed
under CC BY-NC 2.0

Animal Farm book cover – Public

Flying Pig Mask – Public Domain

Kathryn’s books – designs by Bobbye

Refilling the Well

 by Sparkle Abbey

is finished! We turned in book 8, Raiders
of the Lost Bark.

we turn in a book, the question we get asked most often is, “What’s next?”

getting more than five hours of sleep a night?

refill the creative well.

is exhausting and primarily a solitary occupation. It’s easy to become isolated,
spending months thinking, planning, plotting, writing, and rewriting. It
requires a significant amount of mental energy to stay focused on a creative
project for that long. Yet we only get better by practicing our craft, which
means more writing.

constantly writing, we drain our creativity. At some point we have to give our minds
a break. So how do we give back to that source we’ve so thoroughly drained for

after a quick celebration with margaritas (you knew that was coming, right?),
we begin to take a short mental break from the work and make “refilling the
creative well” our main focus. Since we don’t have a beach close by we have to
come up with other ideas.

we reintroduce ourselves to our families who have probably only seen the backside of
our heads for weeks. Then we may catch up on all the TV shows our families have
recorded for us. Read the books that have been stacked on our nightstands or
added to our Kindles while we were on deadline. We try to catch a movie or two,
and make a concerted effort to restart our exercise plan of daily yoga and
walking. If possible, we’ll attend a writing related workshop or conference. If
we had hobbies, we’d probably take them up again after neglecting them for
favorite way to refill the well is to spend time with our family and friends. We
laugh, make new memories, and experience the world through the eyes of our
grandchildren. Is there anything better than that? We don’t think so either.

after a couple of weeks, once we’ve caught up on housework, social media, and paying
the bills we re-evaluate our goals. We prioritize. Refocus on the steps needed
to take us further in our writing journey.

then we start the madness all over again, because writing is our passion.

about you? How do you refill your well?

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