To answer a few of the questions I’ve been lobbed via Twitter and email – it turned out that Amelie was suffering from hepatic lipidosis, complicated by an inoperable, fast-growing tumor at her gall bladder duct. There was nothing anyone could do for her, except what her owner did: Love her to bits and pieces, spoil her silly, and let her go.
By way of honoring Amelie’s memory, Ellen plans to eventually donate a sum of money equal to what was donated to her (during the internet drive) to the Elliot Bay Animal Hospital’s Angel Fund. This is the hospital’s in-house charity, established to help clients who cannot afford life-saving surgery for their animals. Through this whole ordeal, Ellen has been a study in selfless dedication to an animal’s welfare, up to and including her final decision – an impossibly hard choice, but one made in love and kindness.
After leaving Elliot Bay this morning, I came home to wrap up some loose ends of the work variety; then I got started on rewrites for a young adult story that must go back to its editor by the end of the week (at the very latest). I have high hopes that I can clean it up within a couple of days. “Stumptown” is a Clockwork Century story going to a young adult anthology, and it features Huojin, Andan Cly, and Fang having an adventure in Portland, Oregon.
This will be my first official young adult publication, and I want it to be perfect* – so I intend to give it my full attention until it’s ready to go. But this is one of the last major deadlines I have looming this season, so it is to be hoped that once it’s out of the way, I’ll have a little leisure room to develop a couple of other projects that have been lurking on the horizon.
We shall see.
Don’t forget – This Thursday, April 15th, I’ll be in Tacoma at the Garfield Book Company for a reading/signing/hanging-out-type event. Things get underway at 7:00 p.m. I’m really looking forward to this event! It’ll be my first in Tacoma. I hope to see some of you there…
* Often I see reviews calling Boneshaker a young-adult book, but it isn’t. Which is not to say young adults couldn’t/wouldn’t/shouldn’t enjoy it! But it wasn’t written to teenagers, despite the major presence of a teenage protagonist. You can read more re: my thoughts on the subject of Boneshaker as appropriate reading material for a younger audience here if you are so inclined. (Yes, I get asked about this a lot.)