Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Dogs Who Found Me

Today is the first day of what I hope will be a productive month in which I focus exclusively on finishing up my forthcoming "memoir" The Dogs Who Found Me, which will be published next Spring (see the link to the right if you want more info via Amazon.) This is the first time I've been in the position of having a contract for a book that was completely unwritten, and nearly everything that might go wrong has. First, the offer came just as I decided to return to school to get a PhD in creative writing. No big deal, I thought, I'll write on weekends and between semesters. Then I spent the entire Fall term exhausted--thinking it was from doing too many charity events with my Dog Culture paperback--only to discover that I had no pulse. Well, I had a pulse, but it was only 25.

In December I had a pacemaker implanted, then a few weeks later I was back in the emergency room with a slashed leg from a post office doorway accident. In January my computer started acting up, which led to a total hard drive failure in February. My computer was finally up and running in March, which gave me just enough time to finish final projects for all of my courses for both Fall and Spring terms.

Needless to say, I've fallen a bit behind. My plan now is to focus on a dog a day for the next couple of weeks. The book is an account of the many dogs who have found me after being abandoned--and what became of them once I took them in. I imagine now that the end may have something to do with my heart problems and my perverse concern that my dogs wouldn't be fed without me around to do it for them. We'll see if I can manage that episode without it getting in the way of the dogs, who are really meant to be the focal point of the story...

Friday, May 13, 2005

Hell Freezes Over

I swore I would never begin a blog. Yet here I am. My own website ( has gone mysteriously underground, so I'm going to post some info and links here and see what happens.