Saturday, December 31, 2011

News Flash

Sugar Plum... and Boo

I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but….

The world is not going to end in 2012.

Tell ya how I know:

First off, I just got news from the nice Chicken Soup folks that my piece on Sugar Plum will be included in the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! The book doesn’t come out until late in the year, and I know Sug would be particularly disappointed if her book doesn’t get as much attention as Boo's book did.

Next off, I will be finishing the long-awaited dog book in the next couple of months, to be released some time this coming summer. I’ve promised the spirits of Sandy, Rufus, Sapo, Niki, Alex, Ellie, Ian, and Osa that this book will honor them as the good dogs they were (and still are, always, alive in my memory).

In addition, I will (finally) publish Ghost Grandma, the YA novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo six years ago. Yay! I love that book!

Then there’s that presidential election thing going on. We gotta see how it turns out, right? Enough said; I don’t want to alienate any readers with my intense political rantings. Mouth closed. Tongue quiet….

Best of all, some strange and wonderful things have been happening with Tainted Legacy. From what I can tell from TL's Facebook page and my Amazon stats, the book seems to have taken off in other parts of the country besides Missouri. I don’t know how, I don’t know why, but I am grateful to the Universe that the story of Bertha Gifford continues to be told (even though she doesn’t like it when people talk about her—yes, Great-Grandma, I knooooow).

And my grandson will graduate high school… and start college. Wow….

And anyway, we’re not getting out of this as easy as all that. We’ve created a lot of problems for Mother Earth with our greed and consumerism and self-centeredness. Just like when we were kids and made a mess and Mom came along to tell us, “You’re not going anywhere until this mess is cleaned up!” so the Universe will hold us accountable. We have many lessons yet to be learned. I’m still trying to remember to stand up straight and not slouch. (OK, Mom, OK!)

Osa, my dog, my soulmate, will be featured in the upcoming Lessons I Learned from the Dogs that Saved Me.


  1. Osa was indeed one of the best dogs ever! Although she wasn't a hunting breed she used to hunt birds with me. I taught her the game of find the birds when she was a pup. She would come with me and dutifully find them on our hunting expeditions. She was the sweetest yet most ferocious dog I have ever seen.

  2. "Sweetest yet most ferocious"--man, did I ever find that out! The story of how she scared the devil (I hope!) out of some naughty teenagers will be in the book!

  3. Congratulations on the many good things involving your writing that will be happening in 2012!!!! January startes the big push for me to get "Wicked Jurupa Valley" done. Wheeee!

  4. Hi Kay,
    Lovely to see your work all rising to its publication time! I look forward to reading it soon! Happy new year... Laura H

  5. Sounds like an exciting 2012 ahead for you. It is really nice to know that you have done what a lot of us dream about-put down in words those thoughts and ideas that express who we are. And you get to share them with everyone! I'll be watching for the new things coming out. I found TL absolutely fascinating.
    And yes, we all need to "stand up straight and not slouch"!