Honey, one of our two dogs died a couple of weeks ago and we are all very sad.
We are sad for us, not for her — she is happy and pain-free, just the way she should be.
She brought so much happiness into our lives and we were there to let her go.
I’m not ashamed to say that I cried for a long time.
Zed misses her very much and he searches for her whenever we come back from a walk.
Life goes on but it will never be the same.
I now do not have to look behind my chair when I have been writing in case I push the chair over her because she is no longer there — but she will always be in my/our hearts.
The photo above shows the famous day she stole a doughnut when we were not looking, but couldn’t get all of it into her mouth so she sat on the bed until we found her.
After many late nights and a mountain of sound editing, RUFUS has joined my stable of AUDIOBOOKS — five in the collection now (Keeper Of Secrets, Trust, Slightly Spooky Stories, Dot Dot Dot… , and Rufus).
It’s true that it is a painful process, but it is also true that it is a lot of fun. I sometimes wish I had kept all the outtakes, just for the fun of it.
I record at night when it is quiet and my dogs think it is unusual that I get out of bed and go to the other side of the house into a room that does not get a lot of use. Naturally, they tag along to see what is happening. If you know dogs you will know that there is a bit of preening that goes on before they settle, so my recording has to wait while they scratch and lick and drink water. An added difficulty can be Zed’s perceived job, that of frightening away stray possums that walk across the deck. Needless to say, there are a few swear words mixed into the outtakes.
The whole process takes several weeks and there is a huge sigh of relief when the files are uploaded and approved for distribution.
RUFUS has now joined the recorded word family and I’m pleased that he is there.
That’s right. RUFUS is now available as a paperback from Amazon’s US store (and their UK store and a bunch of others, but not the Australian store as yet).
“I know what dead people look like. I worked for a summer at our local hospital. I told my mother that I was gaining experience for my future career as a writer. I’m not sure if she believed me, but she let me go. To be honest, my goal was spending money, boys and parties; and I succeeded on all fronts. Along the way, there were several dead bodies.
A dead body is a dead body, but some dead bodies cause more problems than others.”