Saturday, November 19, 2011

HOLDING 'MAXDOG' FOR THE FIRST TIME...

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA!
MAXMOM here...


As the birds start twittering in the early dawn, I too wake up.  Nowadays its around 4am - when the glow of a brand new day is only beginning to taint the horizon and the earth is still cool. There is so much to be grateful for and so much to be excited about which causes sleep to evade me. I want to rise and seize the day.

Holding the first proof copy of "MAXDOG", in my own hands yesterday, was somewhat an ethereal experience - like floating on a feathery, white cloud and being transported to another mystical world.  It is pretty unbelievable. 

 I have picked up so many books in book-stores during my life, but have never quite (until this moment) appreciated the work that the author must have put in to create an opportunity for me to engage with his/her story (or not). I've always taken this privilege for granted - books and the opportunity to read them - and never given it a second thought. ...until now...having finally written my own.  

When I held MAXDOG for the first time yesterday, it felt like I was holding delicate glass. Yet somehow, the cover melted into my hand and I ran my palm over its smooth exterior. It almost felt edible.  I  held my breath, took a moment to absorb its full glory and then, for the first time, ventured to open it...carefully.  Strangely, the first words that hit my eyes felt so new for me - like I was reading them for the first time -  and I took a moment to savour what they really meant:

MAXDOG
12 March 2000 - 24 May 2010

Only ten short years!

...but it has taken me two long years to pay adequate tribute to how those ten years affected my life...?

I breathe a sigh of gratitude at the opportunity of finally being able to share Max and my story with the world. What an incredible privilege...

"Thank you!"


Sending all my love to my family, my friends, supporters, prayer-partners and "fur-buddies" from around the world. Your faithfulness has never waivered...and I am so, so grateful!.



"Wherever MAXDOG goes, let it do good!"

14 comments:

Sam said...

Congratulations and best wishes Maxmom.

Angus said...

You must be very proud ! And relieved .

emilene said...

I am so happy for you!! I wish you all the very best with the sales - may all your expectations be exceeded!! Can't wait to get my own copy... xx

Sam said...

How exciting! Congratulations!

Sam

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

We are so excited for you and can't wait to read a copy!!

AROOOOOF!
Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

Mrs. JP said...

I can feel the excitement all the way to the holler...
Good for you. Now you can get ready for the big book launch.

Amber DaWeenie said...

We will watch for the book release here. Mom really wants to get a copy!

The Life of Riley said...

Ten short years, but love continues. Max is still with you, and who knows where Max and his story will lead you. The next stage of your journey is just about to start - we are so excited for you and thank you for sharing each step with us.

Mum is really looking forward to holding a paper copy of Maxdog in her hands (even though she has a Kindle) and reading your words.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Love
Riley

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Maxmom, congratulations. Now you can finally relax (if that's possible) and thoroughly enjoy yourself. Take care. No worries (especially for you) and love, Stella and Rory

Andrea said...

Congratulations and GOD BLESS:)

Woofs and Wags,
Sitka

24 Paws of Love said...

I can not begin to imagine the feelings that washed over you. I held my breath as you shared.

I'm not sure what else to say, but thank you Maxmom for sharing everything that Maxdog needed you to share.

Bouncing Bertie said...

That must have been such a truly incredible feeling.
Wow!

The Thuglets said...

Congratulations! What a fabulous experience and what a journey you are making.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

sprinkles said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!1