The First Thing I Ever Published – It’s not what you’d expect

Some of you may know I used to be a nationally ranked guinea pig breeder.  Yes, you read that right.  Guinea pig breeder.  Think the ACK dog shows you see on TV, but for guinea pigs.  Various breeders get together and show their animals in specific categories in order to see which single animal most closely resembles the “standard or perfection” for their respective category.

I did this for a number of years and was quite good at it.  I’m sure you’ll hear about some of it over the coming months of blog posts.  You’ll enjoy them, I’m sure.

Anyway, the point of this is to let you know that nationally, there’s an organization of guinea pig breeders (called the ACBA) that has a quarterly magazine which goes to all their members.  It’s been almost a decade since I was truly actively involved in this arena, but my father recently got back into “the fancy” as guinea pig breeders call it.  That rekindled some sparks in me that I’d thought I’d managed to smother rather well years ago.  I was going back through some old club records and found, to my surprise, some featured articles from that magazine…it featured a short story from 19-year old me.

I realized, suddenly, that I was looking at the first thing I’d ever had officially published…

And, for reasons that escape me as I write this, I’ve decided to share it with you today.

Here it is:

Kevin Nielsen Brazil story JACBA V13i2_Spring_2009

Feel free to laugh.  It’s a funny little story about a guinea pig forced to move to Brazil when his owner moves there.



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2 thoughts on “The First Thing I Ever Published – It’s not what you’d expect

  1. Dianna Slowey-Thomas

    Hey there! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with the rest of us. I haven’t finished the book yet but I received an email saying that if I went to the back of the book I could get the second book for free! Of course I flipped to the back but found no link. Did I miss it someplace? I bought this book last week, do I need to send a copy of my purchase? Please help me as I’d love to read book two! Have a wonderful, safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!?

    • Kevin L. Nielsen

      I’m very sorry that link wasn’t there for you. The publisher must not have the correct link in the ebook. You should reach out to about getting your free copy. If you don’t get a response within 24 hours, let me know by emailing me at and I’ll make sure you get your copy.

      Thank you!

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