Life with the dogs has been crazy lately. After Tiberius went to the kennel for training, we had a couple of incidents with Emmy and Cookie. First they got into a fight and Cookie bit Emmy’s ear, requiring stitches. Lesson learned, Cookie wears her muzzle at all times, no questions asked, unless it’s dinner time, she’s in her crate, or John and I are walking them together. Two weeks later (on my birthday, no less) they got in another fight. I think Emmy’s paw got caught on Cookie’s muzzle, and the muzzle came off, allowing Cookie to bite her leg. Back to the vet for more stitches. Since then, Emmy has been staying with a friend of mine so she can heal in peace, and so Cookie and Tiberius can have time to become friendly without Emmy causing trouble.
The good news is, Cookie and Tiberius are starting to get along. Yesterday they played chase in the yard for a few minutes. Tibs licks Cookie’s ear, and lets Cookie sniff him as much as she wants. We’re not ready for them to go muzzle free yet, but we are starting to feel better about their relationship.
Tomorrow will be nerve wracking – Emmy is coming back home. I hope she’ll be healed enough soon so she can go to board and train. Bo wants to have her for 3 weeks, and at the same time Cookie for probably 2 weeks, to work with them together. So we’re making progress, but it’s been slow, stressful, and expensive.
On the writing front, well, see above. There hasn’t been much time for it, which has thrown my schedule off a bit. Or has it? I planned out what I need to have finished when in order to meet a September release date. (Don’t ask when in September…I don’t know yet. Probably mid month.) Basically, I want to have the rough draft finished by the end of this month. I’ve been aiming for 70,000 words to make it a similar length as Divided. But I think I’m finished telling the story in fewer words than that, so I’m polling some writer friends as to whether series books should be of a similar, consistent length, or if the story is told well, maybe it doesn’t matter.
The last bit of news is I’m going to have a booth at Contamination Defcon 4, the local horror and pop culture convention. I’ll be there all weekend, August 2-4. Stop by and say hi, and have some fun. I’m also planning to get a booth at Archon, but haven’t reserved that yet.
And now it’s time to get back to writing. I’m going to review my notes one more time and see where the story stands, then take the pups for a walk. I do have one more scene to write that I’ve been putting off, but I already wrote one difficult scene tonight. Maybe that one can wait until tomorrow.