The Nevada Humane Society’s G.I. Dogs Program

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Nevada Humane Society

Amanda V. Volovik is a digital artist who founded and manages her own business, Digital by Amanda V. Volovik. Through this business, she provides various services including digital art creation, digital photo enhancement, and custom photo art. Outside of work, Ms. Volovik is passionate about animal rights and has adopted and fostered numerous animals from the Nevada Humane Society (NHS).

Since 2011, the NHS has run the G.I. Dogs program, which assists the transformation of abandoned and rescued cats and dogs into service animals or companions for military veterans.

Dogs involved in the program are educated by a dog trainer who has worked with K9 units and is himself a veteran. Those receiving the animals are paired with their ideal companion, and the animals are vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. The usual adoption fee is waived, and the society also offers reduced costs should the adopted service animals require medical care in the future.


Benefits of Circuit Training for Runners

A digital artist and entrepreneur, Amanda Volovik enjoys spending her time away from work volunteering at the Nevada Humane Society. Additionally, Amanda Volovik lives an active lifestyle. She practices martial arts, runs, and regularly does circuit training.

Running requires significant stamina and strength. Runners can improve their performance with circuit training, which involves doing high-intensity exercises as part of an aerobic and strength-training regimen. The benefits include the following:

1. Building lean muscle mass and burning more calories per minute than traditional strength-training and aerobic activities.

2. Correcting structural imbalances to develop running-specific strength. This particularly helps injury-prone and inexperienced runners.

3. Increasing overall flexibility, athleticism, and strength.

4. Spending less time (up to 20 minutes) training the entire body. This benefits those with limited time to exercise.

5. Enhancing ligament and tendon strength as well as bone density.

6. Boosting cardiovascular strength with the reduction of rest time between sets.

7. Increasing running speed with a circuit training routine that alternates running with bench step-ups and core-strengthening exercises.

“Heart of the Sea” – Spray Paint on Canvas by Me…

Wonderful midnight blues!

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

As Ray deals with the hard news of a baseball sized brain tumor, I, his wife, am adding some of his works for public availability / purchase to offset some of the expenses and costs of his costly procedures.

His latest….
“Heart of the Sea”
Original was spray paint on canvas.

Prints now available of this and they are signed and ready to frame.

If you would like to order anything from his Etsy shop that would be a huge help to us right now to offset some expenses. You can use Coupon Code ART50 during check out to save 50%.

Ferrer - Heart of Sea

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Don’t Spread Your Love Too Thin

Drew Chial

Sometimes a writer doesn't have enough love to go around. Sometimes a writer doesn’t have enough love to go around.

The Flash Fiction Fling

A writer who flirts with several forms of writing at the same time is in a polyamorous relationship with each of them.

Flash fiction has no delusions about its role in the relationship. It knows the wordsmith is just looking for a ‘one write stand,’ a moment of passion in a micro medium. Flash fiction doesn’t mind when a writer forgoes first act foreplay and dives right into the action. It isn’t surprised by the premature punctuation before a resolution. It knows that once its 300 words are up the writer will be on to the next one. Wham bam publish ma’am.

The Short Story Shrug Off

A short story might get a little more optimistic, surprising the writer with new ideas the moment they were going to call it quits. The short story plays with…

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An Author Interview on Creative Inspiration and the Writing Craft

The Artist's Road

My infamous whiteboard wall is mentioned yet again in this interview... My infamous whiteboard wall is mentioned yet again in this interview…

I’m honored to have been interviewed by memoir author Kathleen Pooler on her excellent website/blog, Memoir Writer’s Journey. I guess I got a bit carried away in my answers to her questions, because she’s having to break up the interview into two parts. The first–a discussion of creative insights and inspirations, largely–is now live. The second half–more craft-focused, although with some discussion of living an art-committed life–will be published Thursday.

I’m an admirer of Pooler and her writing, and gave her memoir Ever Faithful to his Lead a positive review on Goodreads. It means a lot to me that she liked Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road and sought to interview me.

I plan soon to post Part Two of my three-part series on making use of extended metaphors in your creative writing; stay…

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People Talking

If only!!!

Write Through It

People talking. Dialogue. Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary (online) has to say about it:

1. a. A conversation between two or more people. b. A discussion of positions or beliefs, especially between groups to resolve a disagreement.
2. a. Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative. b. The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.

Here we’re mainly concerned with #2, but as you’ll see, #1 is also important, especially #1a.

Writers of technical and scholarly material may not have to bother with dialogue. They can write papers and whole books in which people don’t talk to each other. For fiction writers, memoirists, and writers of nonfiction of a more personal kind, dialogue is almost indispensable. It also comes in handy for journalists and academics who incorporate interviews with real people into their work. They don’t make the dialogue up, but it takes skill…

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