November 28th, 2011


Adventures with my neighbours pets: the sequel

I am a soft touch: Heinlein would have said I deserved no even breaks. If there's a lame duck or a lost cause, I'm your go-to girl. The marquis despairs of me. I despair of me.
I'm playing unexpected host to my neighbours' dog. She managed to get out of their very well-constructed dog-proof back garden and sat in their front garden howling and complaining for about two hours. Which worried me, of course, because she's not a young dog and her people were clearly out at work and I am infamously a pushover for animal. Having taken her water and checked the fence to see if I could show her how to get back to the back garden (which I couldn't), muggins here decided that it was getting cold and dark, and that she was distressed, so I brought her home. And left a message for the neighbours telling them where she is.
She's a sweet little thing: dim, but very friendly, and she' now happily ensconced in a bean bag. The cats are deeply not impressed. I'm hoping the neighbours are home soon... (This is the rather difficult neighbour, so they may yell at me for interfering. I hope not, though: she was a very unhappy little dog stuck on her own.)
ETA: Dog now home, neighbour pleased to see her and very happy she was somewhere warm and safe.
Skirt of the day: dog-hair dotted denim.

Magick for Terri

The highly esteemed editor and artist Terri Windling has financial difficulties, and a group of us are holding a fundraiser to help. You can find the details here. I'm offering a signed and personalised copy of The Four Musketeers, by me and the marquis. It's one of my non-fiction books, and is all about my favourite subject (the musketeers), their history, the real people behind the book, how Dumas came to write it, and the many sequels and tributes it inspired.
Terri Windling has done a lot for the genre: do go and look. There are many fine things on offer. The bidding opens on November 28th 2011.