November 2012 Archive

Secret Santa, and other things

Hello everyone! Thank you SO MUCH for all of your amazing support over the past month, especially at the beginning of the month. I’m often blown away by how loving this community is. I’m eternally grateful I made the leap into this world ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, I had the idea of a writer’s secret santa hit me in the face. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the idea is amazing and I’m plowing forward with it. I know this time of the year can be financially difficult, so I understand if anyone wants to opt out, but I think that anything, even a card sent to a writer friend would be fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not putting a price cap on gifts sent, but I will admit that I probably won’t spend over $10.

So, if you’re interested, shoot me an email with the following details:

Email address
Blog address/Twitter handle
Physical address
Favorite Color
Favorite Book Genre
And two things you love to do if you aren’t reading/writing

I’ll leave this open until December 8th. On that weekend, I’ll email you your secret santa name and address.

Please write in the comments if I missed anything that might be important. I’m fighting a bit of a cold and definitely have brain-mush today.

*Pig is still going strong and seems to be a happy puppy. We have her on prednisone and that seems to be treating her pretty well. We hope she’ll stay with us for a long, long time still ๐Ÿ™‚

**I was officially accepted into graduate school to get my masters of elementary education. I’ll start in the Spring and am feeling excited/nervous about heading back to school and working full-time and keeping strong with my writing, but I know plenty of you who already do this and that’s giving me inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

***How’s everyone doing with Happy Snail Mail? I know some of you are still sending letters out. Every time I think you’ve stopped, another one appears in my mail box. I’m hoping to send out another round sometime in December!

In Which The World Stops Turning

I’m going to tell you a story. And then I’m going to tell you what happens when the world stops turning.

And please, for those of you who are not dog people and will not understand this post, do not comment; It will most likely make me cry, and I will definitely delete it, and I will probably hate you forever. I will also quite possibly say something incredibly nasty to you from over here on my side of the virtual world.

Three years ago, I was in a car accident. For those of you who have been following my blog, you know this, what you don’t know is this: I fractured my pelvis in three places, broke I-don’t-know how many ribs, broke a small bone in my spine, injured internal organs, and gave myself one bad concussion, but none of that mattered, because the worst part was that my dog was in the car with me.


Worst day of my life, in many ways. I don’t remember when people opened the passenger side door and she dashed out and across the highway. I do remember someone telling me in the hospital that she was gone and knowing, horribly, that I would hate myself forever for losing her.

Some days after the accident as my mom and Cale’s mom were driving around the location of the accident, handing out Have you seen this dog?ย posters, they decided to stop by one last house before calling it a night. Sure enough, there she was in the woods behind the house with her leash wrapped around a tree.

So she came home and she got fed steak and eventually stopped being nervous around cars and with loud noises and we healed.

But a few days ago, we learned that our other dog, our three year old puppy, has stage V lymphoma. And the world shrunk down to my living room with only my family and we stopped sleeping or eating or feeling good. Worst days of my life. I would take breaking my pelvis again over this. I would heal my baby and take whatever consequence myself.


And this is why I haven’t been around, why I don’t want to be on twitter or facebook or my blog, butย I am still here, so if you have exciting news or a funny story or read a hilarious blog post, I would love to see it, it would help brighten my mood a bit.

Anyway, bear with me guys, send prayers, I’ll be back eventually.