By the time I got to New York I was living like a king

In case you missed it over the weekend, Briley has gone off to his new home. Thanks again to everyone who helped spread the word.

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Here’s recent progress on my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a young medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell … as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents:


    Project: Brimstone
    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    New words written: 3646
    Present total word count: 32,653



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Set some stuff on fire. Mostly by accident. Also ate some sandwiches and maybe had too much bourbon.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; too much eating of take-out food; helped re-home Briley; went to lunch with a friend; went to supper with a different friend, because it was her birthday; did some housework; hosted a marvelous dog party.

    Other: Onward. Upward. Forward.

    Dog Other: Greyson and Luna, BFFs 4EVR.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 19,440

May good fortune find your doorway – may the bluebird sing your song

This morning, my old neighbor Cathy brought Briley to my house – to meet his new family, a lovely couple who live on the other side of town. And now, this darling fluffy wild fellow with the amazing smile … belongs to an animal trainer and education worker at the Tennessee Aquarium. I couldn’t have imagined a better fit with nicer folks – and I do believe that it will all work out beautifully.*

Of course, this was very hard for Cathy. She put on a brave face until after Briley rode off with his new people, and then lost it. I felt just awful for her, but she knows (I know she knows, I reminded her) that she did the right thing for her beloved friend; he’s going to have a great life and a glorious time going running every day, hiking/camping on the weekends, and napping on his new comfy bed in the downtime.

I know, because his people sent this pic along this evening, with a note saying, “He seems to be settling in nicely :)”

Still, my heart goes out to Cathy. She did a brave thing, and I wish her the very best for her future. May she find better times ahead.



* If for some reason it doesn’t, Cathy and I made very clear that we will take him back – no questions asked.

Jamming good with Weird and Gilly

Guess how much work I got done while I was in Michigan. Just guess. If you guessed “none at all” then DING DING DING you are a winner. I spent most of my (not-so-copious) downtime at ConFusion on the phone trying to make arrangements for Briley the Dog, wrangling an interview or two via email, and conducting other assorted bits of Writer Business.

So, like. Oh well.

But before I get to today’s word metrics, I wanted to offer another quick update on Briley: On Saturday morning, he’s meeting a wonderful couple who sound like they could be his perfect forever-home. If all goes well, then I’ll inform the world and quit yammering about it. If not, I have another interested party or two that I can try as a fallback, but I really do hope this works out. I seriously couldn’t have designed a better fit if you asked me to.

[:: fingers crossed ::]

At any rate, I want to thank every single person who RT’d, shared, and otherwise passed around my post about Briley and his plight. The lovely couple in question are not friends of mine, and are not in any of my immediate circles. They got wind of him through the internet. They got wind of him through you.

Now let’s all hope and pray that everything works out, because I love this dog and I want him to have the structure, exercise, joy, and stability that he deserves. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Here’s today’s progress on my subtropical (art)deco mystery about a young medium in a historic spiritualist community teaming up with a shell-shocked haberdasher who’s receiving love notes from hell … as inspired by a real place and a real set of bizarre (otherworldly?) incidents:


    Project: Brimstone
    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    New words written: 2007 (onward and upward)
    Present total word count: 29,007



    Things Accomplished in Fiction: Considered a Bible verse; listened to the radio; heard more than we expected; maybe got some communique from a ghost.

    Things Accomplished in Real Life: Neighborhood jaunts with the dog; unpacked; did about five loads of laundry; cleaned house; cooked; went grocery shopping; went to Walgreen’s; went to eye doctor to pick up contacts; lunch with husband; all the fiddly catching-up bits that form a backlog when you’re out of town for a few days.

    Other: I am so far behind that it feels almost surreal, but I can still do this. I’m starting to find the groove of this thing – I’ve found its “center” so to speak, and I have high hopes that things will be easier going forward.

    Random Pet Other: My recent favorite picture of Quinnie, who sleeps like the dead.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 15,794