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Posted Friday, July 13, 2007, at 10:52 AM

Hi, I'm Amy. I've been enjoying writing a blog on Myspace.com for a few weeks now and a friend of mine sent me an e-mail letting me know that the Gazette was beginning a blog on their website. I thought it sounded like fun. So now I'll give it a try writing for the local crowd. I've been in our local writers group since the 2nd meeting and have one short story published but I'm more of a novelist than a short story writer. It takes much more effort to keep it down to one or two conflicts than I ever thought about in my high school English composition class. I write mainly fantasy. I hope to have weekly writing goals included in these and if I don't have them accomplished, I hope you'll give me a hard time. I haven't figured out why I didn't go to college for and English degree but Science and animals have been my other passion in life.

I decided to go to NCTA in Curtis after graduation from MHS. There I earned an associates degree in animal science with a major of Veterinary Technology. I love my career. It took me 6 months after graduation to find a job in my chosen field and was lucky enough to find a great clinic in my hometown. Which is funny because as a child all I wanted to do was leave McCook, now I'm not sure I'll ever leave. It won't hurt my feelings if I leave McCook but I enjoy the fact that I can walk around town after dark with my big dog and not have to worry about freaky people. A lot of people don't have a clue what a Vet Tech does or what happens in a Veterinary Clinic/Hospital. Our new book keeper has had quite an interesting experience since she started working for us. So, other than writing about writing and life in general, I'll probably include some of the clients (anonymously of course) and the patients that come through our doors.

Now for my job description. Yes, I have an associates (2 yr) degree. At the time I was in school, we had 20+ hours per semester plus a short summer semester and an internship. I had classes like pharmacology, microbiology and parasitology. Such long words for drugs, bacteria and worms. Trust me, there is a lot to learn in two short years. At the end of our second year, we took national board exams. I've been a vet tech for nearly 12 years. Nebraska initiated licensing a few years back and I've had a license since then. In order to keep my license I need to attend continuing education, and don't do things I shouldn't due like surgery, diagnosing and prescribing medication. You might think I'd want to take every animal that comes through the door but when you have regular clients with pet that like to come for a visit, I have thousands of pets that I don't have to take care of. I do have four cat, a gold fish and a dog. Living in town with that many pets is plenty. I grew up on a farm with upwards of thirty cats. What I can do is assist with surgery, draw blood and perform lab work, prepare lab samples to send to outside laboratories, take radiographs (x-rays), give medications, whatever as long as I'm directed by my Veterinarians.

I don't know if anybody will be able to post comments about these but if you get the chance, do it. See you in cyberspace!

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SPOILERS-- Caution to those who haven't read or seen the movie.


It's on order and should be here the day of, no guarantee's I'll get to spend the whole day reading it.

The movie is very good. It cut out the ghosts, cut out most of Grawp (I didn't care much for that part of the story anyway), Harry didn't have enough Voldemort visions to spike my curiosity (I have read it twice). The fight scene was cool but short (the circle room wasn't included either). Take your kids, It'll be okay.

-- Posted by amystrauch on Tue, Jul 17, 2007, at 9:32 PM

Hey, Amy! Have you seen the newest Harry Potter movie yet? Should I be brave and take all three of my kids to it? Oh, and if you get through the end of the last Harry Potter book before me, DON'T TELL ME HOW IT ENDS! ;)

-- Posted by saveryhinze on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 7:51 PM

Here are some of my fav's

Laurell K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Kelly Armstrong, L.J. Smith, MaryJanice Davidson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kate Forsyth, Cate Tiernan, P. N. Elrod, Robert Jordan, etc. I have a stack of books, veterinary magazines and lots of other stuff beside my bed that's my TBR (To be read). I'm currently re-reading JK Rowling's Half Blood Prince in anticipation to the New Harry Potter Book. It's been so long since I read it the first time that I don't remember every little detail.

I think I'd have more pets if I didn't live in town. I have only so much room and 4 cats is pushing it.

-- Posted by amystrauch on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 3:46 PM

Sounds like your little animals have hit the pet jackpot -

a human companion that loves them


knows a little somethin' somethin' about vet medicine to boot!


-- Posted by doreenparsons on Mon, Jul 16, 2007, at 3:17 PM

I quite enjoy fantasy myself! Have you read anything by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman? They often co-author with one another, and are responsible for the Death Gate series as well as several Dragon Lance books.

-- Posted by natejames on Fri, Jul 13, 2007, at 4:14 PM

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