This weekend was a hard one for Matthew and me, punctuated by attempts to distract ourselves from the sense of too-quiet at home and a celebration of the memory of Hobkin's life. We were hit-and-miss with the former but I think we did okay with the latter. We made stew (the kind we always threatened to put Hobkin in when he'd been particularly naughty) and beer bread (which Hobkin was quite fond of), shared memories of Hobkin that made us laugh and smile, took down the rover gates in his area, and put up a couple fairy doors.
Big thank yous and hugs to kittymel for the thoughtful sympathy card and to Ico and her dad, Barnaby, for the beautiful flowers:
Some new reviews of and recommendations for "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" and Returning My Sister's Face:
• "Snow-women and Samurais" by Nin Harris (exsilii):
"The writing is filled with both the graceful simplicity I have come to associate with Far Eastern literature and poetry as well as the modern edginess which comes with the meeting between two cultures...Returning My Sister's Face remains one of the brighter sparks in the output of published writing for the year."
• Returning My Sister's Face reviewed by Ken Schneyer (ken_schneyer):
"[Eugie] tells her tales with such energy, grace and heart that one feels instantly transported and moved."
• "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" made Tangent's 2009 3-Star Recommended Reading List.
• "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" was recommended by Aaron Hughes as his Story of the Week pick for Feb. 25, 2010, at Fantastic Reviews Blog:
"Foster manages to keep the tale moving forward, using elegant but not flashy prose...a fascinating, absorbing story"
I'm sorry I didn't see this until just now. I'll miss Hobkin, and I'm sorry for you two...it's hard to lose a pet.
Pick a good time coming up (after the session, I assume), and I'll take you and Matthew out for ice cream.
Edited at 2010-03-10 03:57 am (UTC)