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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Recovery, denial, and a total change of pace

I'm not going to lie.
Adjusting to not having Jenny and Chi Chi around has been tough.

Really, I don't think I'm uncommon in having trouble processing my grief or coming to grips with the loss. Many of us, I suspect, get through loss by trying to keep ourselves busy with other thoughts. I spend a lot of time hanging out with the remaining stalwart companions.

Despite being nine now, Gracie is still having trouble acting like a grown up for any extended period of time. She's very good for a while, then decides to switch things up by de-constructing a plastic bucket, or ripping paper tags off the wild-bird food bags.

Lil on the other hand, is working at being a better model-canine-citizen. She's trying to step up her constant companion role; if I step back from the sink in the bathroom, I trip over her. If I sit down I have a second oversized lap dog trying to squish me with love.

When we're hanging out, I need something to actually occupy my mind - petting dogs is great but it doesn't actually require all my active brain cells - yet. I'm a writer, so I write. Recently I was given a challenge by a family member, to try and write a Western.

I don't consider the traditional Western my genre, although I have read them I've never intended to write one. My relative (okay, dad) wouldn't quit bugging me about trying though and after warning him I wouldn't write 'his kind' of Western, I gave it a try.

What came out is the beginning of a Historical Western Mystery series.
And since I like to share all my compulsions with the folks who stop by this blog, I would now like to share a link that allows the first two people (sorry, only in the U.S.) to obtain the book for free through Amazon: paperback giveaway

For those of you who have Kindles or the kindle reading app for other devices, the book is available starting at just 99 cents (U.S.) and should be available wherever kindle books are sold (i.e., any nation).

Hope everyone else is hanging in there and has a good start to their summer. I'll keep plugging away and the rest of y'all please do the same!


  1. I just heard the news and I am so terribly sorry for your losses. I can not imagine losing two furbabies at the same time. Sending you healing prayers and 24 Paws Crossed.

    I bet the book is fabulous. Writing is my passion and therapy as well, so I understand completely. Here's to best wishes for the series. :)

    1. Thank you. It has been a struggle but one day at a time.

      From the blogs I follow I think that many bloggers are artistic people - writers, photographers, painters, musician etc.; it seems that another part of what underlies the "community" of bloggers is this artistic bent.

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    1. Thank you - sometimes it really is a challenge but I keep reminding myself, one moment at a time, one step at a time :-)

  3. So sorry for your loss. I am also sorry I missed the book giveaway. It sounds interesting. Best of luck with it.

    1. Thank you! Perhaps when the second book is ready to go we'll do another giveaway for the first.

  4. Oh No, how did I miss this! I'm so sorry. I would love to read the book, being in the west and all that.

    1. I think everyone is having a busy summer; I know I'm not able to keep up with everything anyway, so maybe I'd just like to imagine everyone else is struggling with keeping up too ;-)

  5. Maybe Gracie has mid life crisis moments.