A Look Back at 2014 by Feliz:
What I’ll always remember 2014 for was the loss of my beloved dog, Sherry. She was only ten years old and died from brain metastases of the breast cancer she developed three years previously. I’ve had to hear it many times: “what are you makin such a fuss about, it’s only a dog”. No, people. Sherry was a family member, a beloved living being, and I’ll never stop missing her.
I’ll never forget how we first got her, one of those “throwaway puppies” from a puppy mill, scared and skittish. She immediately disappeared under the corner bench and sat there shivering from fear for almost an hour–and I sat under the table, whispering and crooning at her until she crept out, into my lap–gave a BIIIIIG sigh and immediately fell asleep. From that day on, she was mine and I was hers.
She took her last breath in my arms in March 2014.
Someone once said: “My little dog–a heartbeat at my feet”. I didn’t want another dog–we still had my husband’s pup, Filou, after all–but my husband (who isn’t only the best of all men, but also my most trusted friend and who knows me better than I know myself) saw how much I missed my own little heartbeat, and he dragged me to a breeder, a real one this time.
I didn’t so much pick Emmi–she picked me. I actually had my eye on her sister, a beautiful black cocker spaniel. But then this tiny red roly-poly bundle of joy sat down on my foot and refused to budge. When I picked her up, she was all over my face with kisses, and that was it. We brought her home in May, and I hope many happy years with my sweet, mulish, cuddly, hoggish, confiding little furry baby will be granted to me.
As for my writing year–courtesy of my lazy muse (yes, I’m talking to you mister!) my own writing left much to be desired. It wasn’t until NaNo rolled around that my creative juices started flowing again; I’m putting a lot of hope in 2015 in that regard.
On the other hand, I’ve found great joy in translating that past year. It’s a special kind of creative fun,translating; I find it a rewarding task, transferring an author’s voice into my own language and making the words I love so much accessible to people who’d otherwise remain shut out from a whole world of reading experiences. I even managed to infect one of my non-English-speaking friends with the m/m bug, so that should count for something… 😉
As a reader, I discovered my share of gems this year; to only name a few: Almost Mine by Eden Winters, This Is Not A Lovestory (The Hacker and His Hero) by A.E. Lawless, Undercover Blues by Chris Quinton, Spokes by PD Singer, Walk A Mile by Sarah Madison (FINALLY!!), Think of England by KL Charles, A Threefold Cord by Julie Bozza… sigh. So many great books, so little time. Many of those authors have become friends over the years, some even unwittingly through their books. Others I’ve met, in person or at least virtually, and a few of them have grown very dear to me.
Last but not least, I’m a passionate reviewer too, and after unfortunately losing my “reviewer habitat” twice consecutively (first Jessewave’s, then Mrs. Condit and Friends), it’s with pride and joy I’ve found a new home here at Prismbookalliance. I might not be able to be as prolific as many of my fellow reviewers, but I’ve never felt less than welcome and accepted here, for which I’m immensely grateful. I can hardly wait to meet some of you in person in Bristol!
So long, and Happy New Year to all !
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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