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I, Curtis curly-tail, am Honored to Write for LPP

Hello, I’m Curtis Curly-tail of Warderick Wells Cay, in the Exumas of the Bahamas.

A yellow green curly-tail lizard stands behind a table on an island, with the words "Curtis Speaks" above him

I’m simply delighted that Lyric Power Publishing asked me to write some guest posts for their website. You see, I kind of owe them for making me somewhat famous. I really get to show off my perfect curly tail over at my You Tube Channel!

Let me start by introducing myself and my species.  I am a member of the Leiocephalus carinatus species. We are found in the Bahamas, Cuba and on the Cayman Islands. I am planning a trip to visit the Lime Lizard Lads on the Cayman Islands, who are the exact same species as me. Isn’t that incredible? What is curious is that the Bahamas has four other species of Curly-tail lizards, but my species is the only one to travel to the Cayman Islands.

We all like to live along the coast in dry areas. We’re called xerophilic or arid-loving. We live on the ground among rocks, shrubs and even pines, but my favorite spot is along the beach. I’ve noticed humans like the beach, too. Maybe I’ll see you there! And, If you’d like to join me on my wild adventures, the Curtis curly-tail series is available here.

Take care and talk soon!

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Why Are Two Books Titled Ship of Sneakers? By Elaine A. Powers, Author

A book cover with a Curly-tail lizard riding the waves in a red sneaker
Curtis, the perfect curly-tail lizard of Warderick Wells, decides to see where the tourists come from. He sets sail on his adventure in a ship of sneakers.

My book business started with the publication of Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers. In this story, a Curly-tail lizard named Curtis travels from his home island of Warderick Wells to the big city of Nassau to see where the tourists come from. When he gets homesick, Curtis must figure out how to get home. Not to worry—Curtis is a smart Curly-tail lizard and he would be bored if life didn’t get exciting from time to time.

Then—and how fun for me!—several people in the Cayman Islands requested their own Curly-tail adventures, and the Lime Lizard Lads, Gene and Bony, were born. The first book in their series, The Dragon of Nani Cave, explores the animals, plants and sites on Cayman Brac, as the two adventure off to find the island’s dragon for themselves.

But, “One is not enough,” the people said. I was asked if could I adapt one of the Bahamas books for the Cayman Islands. Yes, I thought. I can adapt Ship of Sneakers fairly easily. Ha! It turned out I had to rewrite the entire story, but it was worth it. In The Lime Lizard Lads and the Ship of Sneakers, Gene and Bony leave their home on Cayman Brac, one of the Sister Islands, and travel to the tourist sites on Grand Cayman. And since the only way in or out is by airplane, they have quite the adventure!

The Lime Lizards of Cayman Brac, Gene and Bony decide to see where the tourists come from. They set sail on their adventure in a ship of sneakers. Will they ever see the Brac again?

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Why Do I Blog? by Elaine A. Powers, Author

I spend enough time writing my books–why do I blog as well?

Many reasons come to mind.

It’s nice to be able to finish a writing task in a short amount of time. It takes a long time to finish an entire book. I get a feeling of accomplishment when a blog post is completed.

But the more important reason is the opportunity to share with the readers.
I can tell you about
my writing journey,
the animals in my life,
the places I’ve visited,
a little about myself, and
last, but certainly not least,
I can share science information
beyond the scope of my books.

Blogging, you see, can be very beneficial.

A Bahamian curly-tail lizard climbs onto a human shoe on a beach
Curtis the Curly-tail lizard introduced himself to me by climbing on my sneaker. Then, his first story, Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers came into my mind. Coincidence? I think not!

One can also be creative writing for blogs. Here at Tails, Tales and Adventures, Oh, My!, I write as myself.  But at my author website, www.elaineapowers.com, my blog is “written by” Curtis Curly-tail, the Bahamian lizard I met several years ago who inspired me to write the Curtis Curly-tail series of books. The world can be a very interesting place from a lizard’s point of view.

I hope you’re enjoying the posts here. If you have a topic you’d like written about, please let me know by commenting below, or contact me at iginspired@gmail.com. I’d love to write about what you’d like to know.

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Curtis Curly-tail Must Know! by Elaine A. Powers, Author

A lizard curling his tail on a sandy beach
The curious and courageous Curtis Curly-tail scoping out a sneaker on the beach.

Living on a Caribbean island can be wonderful, but it is also rather isolating. Just as we humans enjoy having visitors, Curtis Curly-tail enjoyed seeing people come ashore from their boats. When he watched them leave again, Curtis wondered where they had come from and where they were going.

One day the curious and courageous little guy decided to find out for himself. He crept into a sneaker and traveled to the big city, delighting in the many sights and sounds a small cay doesn’t have. Eventually, though, Curtis wanted to go home. It didn’t take him long to realize that getting onto a tourist boat from his beach was much easier than catching a ride home would be. He would have to get on the right boat and he had no idea how he would cross the water between the boat and his beach.

You can find out how Curtis gets home in Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers, which is published by Lyric Power Publishing and available at Amazon.com.

Thanks for stopping by Tails, Tales and Adventures, Oh, My!

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Don’t Call Me a Curly-tail by Elaine A. Powers, Author

A curly-tail lizard on a Caribbean white sand beach
Not only is THIS a Curly-tail lizard–it’s Curtis! He’s the little guy who started Elaine on her second career.

Some of the characters in my adventure books are curly-tail lizards. They are called curly-tail because they curl their tails over their backs. Curly-tailed lizards are found in the Caribbean. They’re widespread in their home range but haven’t made it to Arizona where I live. So, I was surprised when a friend said she had seen a curly-tail lizard in Tucson.

My friend was confusing curly-tails with other species of lizards who curl their tails. You see, many lizards curl their tails. It’s a way to communicate. Some have detachable tails and when a predator is thinking about having a nice plump, juicy lizard for lunch, the lizard will waggle its curled tail to attract the predator’s attention. The distracted predator then bites the tail, while the lizards runs off to live another day–their life. Some lizards can ‘drop’ their tails when they need to.  This process is called autotomy. It’s better to lose a tail than its life. Many of these lizards can regrow their tails but they’re never as pretty as the original.

Around my house are a bunch of lizards who curl their tails.  The Western Zebra-tailed lizards are beautiful, sandy-colored lizards with black stripes. They wave their tails to divert attention away from their body, allowing them to escape.

Then there’s the Greater Earless Lizard who also waves its striped tail to distract a predator.

So you see, lots of lizards use the tail-waving technique to distract the predators. Just because a lizard curls his tail doesn’t make it a curly-tail.