Monday, June 11, 2012

Life Happens


I am back in India, and back to writing full-time, after four months devoted to saving this little one, Alice. She found me in a lane in Kathmandu. Sick, dehydrated, and terrified, she looked up at me and I was a goner. I tried to find her a place in a shelter, but the shelters in Kathmandu are woefully overwhelmed. I found her a home, but she refused it and made it clear she was not going to let me go. I intended to return to India much sooner, but stayed on in Nepal in order to get all her shots and the paperwork needed so she could travel.

Then Nepal was hit with a violent general strike. The country shut down. And we had to leave by a certain date. Staying too long meant, at best,  a huge fine and other expenses I couldn’t afford to pay, growing food and water shortages and more violence in the streets due to the escalating strike.  Oh, and the rains were coming to ground flights and wreck the roads, which have a terrible reputation in the best of weather.  Luckily, Alice has a way of winning people over, and humans from all over the world helped, from Indiegogo supporters to the amazing Dr Jha to Buddha Air to Russian Peter to Jody Epstein to a brave rickshaw wallah to Mr. Harbinder Singh. After 37 hours of straight travel by foot taxi turbojet cycle rickshaw and train we made it safely to friend Kurt's place in Delhi. Now we are working on Alice's trip to Canada.

It's a cliche,  but true, that when you rescue an animal, the animal rescues you back. I am giving up my itinerant life, looking for a way to settle down and give Alice, and her future four-legged buddies, a stable home. Stay tuned.




10 comments:

  1. Karma will reward you handsomely. This was truly an amazing feat. Maybe if you end up back in E-town we'll get the dogs together for a play date... ;-) I look forward to following all of the Alice going-ons. Cheers, Terry

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  2. Dear Sparkle,

    I'm trying to find a way to buy all of your books in eBook format.
    What are my chances of finding somewhere that would let me do that, and maybe even let me pay with paypal? (I have a Sony eReader, so it can and will handle just about any format I throw at it except Amazon, for which I have to resort to using the computer app).

    I saw your Revenge of the Cootie Girls while I was working in a bookstore in New Zealand, and managed to sneak a read of a few pages - when somebody else bought it, I regretted it, and, naturally, this was at a time when the store wasn't ordering in new books (because we were going into administration at the time, not!yay).

    Yours in hope,
    A really hopeful reader.

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  3. Congratulations! I'm with Terry, that's a karma dog. Our cat came to us a year after losing the last of our two older cats. Since then, life has been full of change - can't really give the cat credit, but as his is the first face staring into ours as soon as we wake up in the AM, I'm not entirely sure he doesn't have something to do with it. Best of luck with your move back to Canada - hope to meet you at a signing one day - am so delighted to have discovered your books!

    Dana

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  4. Thanks, Bakaknight! Only the first three are available in ebook form. Try smashwords for #2 and #3 in multiple formats. If that doesn't work give me a shout.

    I recently got the rights back to #4 and #5 and will be converting those as soon as I finish rewriting the current book. :)

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  5. Uh, and here's the link for smashwords:

    http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/dharmabum

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  6. Anonymous Dana, Thank you. Alice is cat-friendly, and totally pushing the changes at the moment. A dog is driving this bus.

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  7. I'm staying tuned! What an incredible journey already. Waiting for the next installment.

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  8. Sparkle, you did an amazing job in rescuing Alice. Aren't there any dog boarding long island in Kathmandu? Dogs and cats can be taken care better while in pet resorts.

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  9. No, there are no pet resorts in Kathmandu. There are a couple of shelters, but they can only deal with a tiny fraction of Kathmandu's stray dogs and cats.

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  10. You're awesome; never forget that. :)

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