And this is what he does on the desk too but it’s hard to get a photo of him lying like that on the keyboard because he has to lean against my chest.
I think I need longer arms to accommodate him and still write!
So this month is a writing month. I signed up for Dean Wesley Smith’s challenge of writing three novels in three months. I can totally do that. Dean also expects me to send him links to the book on an ebook retailer within three months of his reading them, so I have to publish (if he says the story works). We’ll see.
This month Feel the Fear Came out and I have a story, Power Outage, in that one. It’s a fun story. I had a heck of time writing it, getting it close but not quite there. Mark saw a lot of what I was working towards and he purchased it anyway and then worked with me to make it the story that it is. By the time we’d finished working, I was pretty happy with the tale. Check it out.
On Hallow’s Eve is a Halloween bundle that includes my short story Familiar Trouble in it. So this month has opened with lots of new stories out and one to be written.
As far as personal life, Ichiro and Ham seem to like each other and our older female cat is back to living under the bed. I’m working on her but it’s going much more slowly than I had hoped. I wish she wasn’t so timid.
Her name is Gemini and she lives up (or down as the case my be) to the name, hissing at the door when someone comes near as if she were an attack cat, while simultaneously running for cover to hide.
Currently, I am sort of starting to feel out the possibility of adopting another cat. I have two since I lost Chey in late May. Gemini would be fine without another cat and would probably prefer to be an only, but my other cat, Ichiro a Siamese mix really is very social and he sort of drives Gemini nuts with wanting to play.
In one of the early Whispers, probably An Air of Suspicion or Little Dog Lost, Zari A makes a comment about cats and blogging. Yes, she mentions Chey at The Cat Post Intelligencer and Chey, is, of course, my cat. We started blogging sometime in 2006. Actually we started on Blogger for another cat in 2005 but moved to our own in 2006. I wrote daily and my goal was to get in the habit of writing daily. It worked.
I also met some great people who also blogged about their cats. And in the ten years that I have known the bloggers we have had many losses and many joys. We spend time on Facebook now, not just as a our pets but as our human selves. We have grown up with the internet.
When I first started blogging there were perhaps thirty cat blogs that were listed in sidebars of other blogs and I started visiting those. Now there are hundreds. There’s a site called BlogPaws which does a conference for pet bloggers and connects people blogging about pets with pet merchandise manufacturers. Some people are blogging about specific things, like training a service dog. Others are blogging about pet health as veterinarians. Still others, like me, started out blogging just for fun, but now add in informative posts about caring for pets.
My cat blog still exists, but if you go over there, you’ll see that I haven’t blogged in years. We moved and I had to shut down for a while. I was busy writing books for people who wanted to read them. I didn’t care to blog for free so much any longer. I was writing daily even without the blog. Still, you can see that Chey comes on now and then to share something.