Doug Goodman

Texas Horror Writer. Cadaver Dog Handler.

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Pooka is Puke-A

Posted by douggoodman on May 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM

Very unexpectedly, my daughter's dog, Princess, died a few nights ago.  She had bloat, and there's not much that can be done when that happens.  But in a weird art-imitating-life scenario, I recently published a story, Haruspex, about a child dealing with the death of his pet.  The story is in the latest Murky Depths.  Both dogs are retrievers, and both children I imagine to be about the same page.  It was an interesting coincidence, which is a word we are dealing with a lot after Princess' death.  I think when someone dies, you start to see signs everywhere, even in th little things.  I wanted to capture some of that in the story, and hopefully I did.  Lord, I just hope my daughter doesn't turn into a haruspex. 

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Job update:

There are no jobs at NASA.  Even the major companies just aren't hiring right now.  I've spent weeks looking for a job and haven't found anything.  Fortunately, I have a new position with Jacobs.  I am working in shuttle records archival.  It is a 5-month position, with a possibility of  a longer contract.  I just hope that by then, NASA starts moving forward again. 

Categories: Writing, Losing A Dog, Unemployment

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