Wednesday, January 4, 2017

And so it begins, this year 2017...

I hope you had the most wonderful beginning to the new year. May 2017 bring you naught but positivity and hope. (I know, for all us progressive, liberal types hope seems a tad out of reach, but remember all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. It's easy to feel hopeful when things are going well; it is in dark times, though, when the light of hope is most needed. Keep the flame burning.)

I'm sorry for my absence. I haven't posted for over a month, and haven't written a serious post since the A to Z Challenge ended. And I'm sorry about that. You deserve better—and there's been plenty to write about, just... not enough time to do it, I guess. Speaking of time, I won't be joining the Challenge this year, by the way... A multitude of reasons, but mainly because the rescue book—the one that began in said A to Z Challenge—will be coming out within the next couple of months, and promoting that will probably overlap with April in some way.

The cover for the rescue book. Photo by yours truly (yes, that's Sam),
and design by Matt Potter, publisher extraordinaire at Truth Serum Press.

A shame, really. I had a theme all planned out. The A to Z of Fostering Rescue Dogs, ha. A good follow-up to the Rescue posts of last year (and my publisher wants to work on a follow-up book, too, so... two birds, one stone, all that). In October I got involved in fostering again—which is part of the reason I've been so freaking busy. I'd been unable to foster since 2013 because three of my own dogs have 'issues' with new dogs, but... Well, the way things worked out, we didn't get much of a choice. (More on that later.) But, hey—perfect, right? I mean, this is all fresh material that will bring the whole fostering thing much more alive for strangers to the 'craft'...  Yes, I'd have had some excellent A to Z posts. And I still plan on writing them, and certainly on writing the Fostering book, but... No, it won't happen this April.

I may do something in April anyway, just to avoid losing the habit, but it won't be an alphabet thing. I'm thinking maybe a music thing. Maybe on the other blog. I saw this 30-day music challenge on Tumblr a while back and, with some tweaks (additions, deletions, combinations, etc.), it might be fun. Maybe, if you're not an A-to-Z-er yourself (and if you love music), you might want to join me. We'll be the rogue April Challengers—ha!

Anyway. I wanted to keep this short, but I promise to be back soon—like, within the week—to tell you about these fosters we've had. The first was a little Chihuahua mix that seemed to have some severe neurological issues; so severe, in fact, that he had us (heartbreakingly) convinced the kindest thing we could do was put him down and end his suffering. Then, a month later, he went to the best of the best forever homes—and we got a litter of five puppies, about 6 weeks old, who'd been abandoned in a plastic carry-all on the side of the road to die. One did, in fact, in my arms two weeks later, but the other four are doing great. The week before Christmas—the day of the winter solstice, actually (which I found beautifully coincidental)—they were declared healthy enough to receive their first vaccination.

The puppies! Clockwise from top left: Bowie (F), Jopie (M), Lemmy (M), Harper (F).

So. More on the foster stories, puppies and Chihuahua, coming soon. I promise. One of my resolutions for 2017 is to never abandon this blog (or the other one) for more than 2 weeks. Yes, you can hold me to that :)

Thanks for sticking with me, y'all.


  1. Oh what beautiful puppies!! I'm so sorry that you lost one but thank goodness these four are safe and healthy.
    I look forward to the rescue book. I remember your challenge posts last year and I know this book will be wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Julie! That means the world to me :)

  2. I am so looking forward to seeing your book. I remember you speaking about it and hope to learn quite a bit. These puppies are so cute and you are their angel. Are you still doing the Battle of the Bands or did some of the talk just make you go ick? -hahahaaaa I am not looking forward to Darth vader, er, I mean Trump taking over. You know, every time i think of that bozo I hear the darth vader theme in my head.

    1. Thank you so much, Birgit! I do hope the book doesn't disappoint... It's a work of love, no doubt (especially from my publisher; I mean, who publishes a book that has such a limited audience, right?), but it's also a subject that may be too close to my heart for me to achieve any kind of objectivity... And so I'm afraid that I've missed things, that I've left holes in places... Argh! Haha.

      No, I quit Battle of the Bands a while back. Yes, it was the talk in part, but mostly (since the talk was restricted to one or two individuals) it was lack of time. I enjoyed the Battles, but I noticed that my blog had become *all* Battles for several months. I have a hard time posting more often than twice a month, and if those two posts were Battles, well... I decided I'd abandoned the cultural-clash stuff for long enough. This year I want to make it a point to post—on both blogs—at least once every two weeks, more often if I can swing it. Blogging is an excellent exercise for me; it's kind of like halfway between journal-writing and fiction-writing... Journaling is, for me, just a step up from stream-of-consciousness (and sometimes not even that, haha), and fiction writing is at the other extreme: polishing every word, every sentence, until it shines. Blogging allows me to find some sort of middle ground, which I find a good work-out for the creativity muscle.

      Ugh, Trump... I know. And now, of course, I'll be hearing the Darth Vader theme in my head too :D

      Thanks for coming by, Birgit—and happy 2017!

    2. Happy New Year, Guilie! Those three puppies are definitely the cutest I've seen so far today :)

      I've read through bits of your blog and if the content in your book is half as good as the content on your blog I honestly don't see why you're afraid the book will disappoint - you'll crush it!

      /Adam - The Doggy Institute

  3. Happy New Year, Guilie! You've certainly had your hands full. Adorable little pups. ♥ How sad to lose one, but I'm glad the other four are thriving. We'll miss you in April for the A to Z, but your musical challenge piqued my interest. It would be hard too do both, though. Congratulations on getting your book published! Your posts were so enlightening. The sequel will be equally great, I'm sure. Looking forward to your future posts. Cheers!

  4. I love dogs. Nice to know you are out there loving them too. :-)

  5. I'll miss you in April, Guilie, but you're doing really important work and I can hardly complain!! Wishing you many blessings in the New Year and the energy to keep pursuing your goals. XXXX


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