Saturday, December 22, 2018


Thistle on his thirteenth birthday

I'm sitting beside Thistle as I write, something I've done regularly for the past twelve years. But this time is different. Thistle is fourteen, and we're soon going to have to say good-bye to him.

I'm writing through tears, but I'd rather do it now, when he's with me, toasty-warm and with his side rising and falling beneath the blanket. He's in his favorite place, at home on the couch, and he's lying on the *best* couch cushion. I feel like I need to write about him and to let the world know he was here.

The kids were twelve and nine when Thistle joined the family. He was reunited with his littermate Pepper, our other sweet dog, at the time. He fit in immediately.

My son and I brought him home, and we took him around the house, showing him all the places he could go. We both remember he seemed to smile when we encouraged him to jump onto a bed.

Thistle means so much to each of us. He's our buddy, a family member, my writing assistant,

a cookie lover, a sun worshiper, a book model,

a book eater, a bookend,

a pillow,

a camping companion,

a squirrel taunter, a cuddler,

and so much more. His sister Pepper was his best friend and partner in crime. His favorite activities: hanging out with the kids, taking walks (unless it was too wet or too cold),

chasing squirrels and birds,

eating chicken and hot dogs, curling up with someone on his couch, having his ears rubbed, and lying beside me while I write.

Good boy, Thistle. You'll be in my heart forever. Thank you for all you've given us and for making the world a sweeter place. I love you, and I'll miss you so.

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I wrote that yesterday. Thistle has now moved on, and it hurts so much. I hope he's somewhere where he can run in the sun with his sister.

Thistle VanderMeer
November 22, 2004 - December 22, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Happy news!!!!

I signed with the incredible Jennie Kendrick at Red Fox Literary!!

Yay, yay, yay!!

I'm over-the-moon excited to get to work with Jennie, Karen Grencik, and the rest of the Red Fox team!

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Thank you, Jennie, for believing in me and my writing!