Right this is the proper return to the blog. This time it’s for reals, guys. The Book is finished, I’m taking one last pass at it before it gets shipped out to Beta Readers. Which means that I am putting an end to my time as a recluse and shall be putting the social back into social media.
Also, I wanted to introduce you to the latest addition to the household. Now, some of you might remember that our two cats (Blue Cat and Green Cat) take a very active role in my writing. And while no one could do a better job of cutting the circulation in my legs as I write, or of staring judgementally at my writing, I needed another pair of hands. You see, The Book is quite lighthearted and tongue in cheek. Dare I say it, at times even funny (god I hope people agree or this could be really awkward). So I felt like I needed someone with expertise on fun and silliness (while the cats are discerning when it comes to adverbs and improper use of punctuation, they’re not so good with the funny).
Enter Poppy. She is seven months, and totally bonkers. You’ll notice that the fur around her eyes is lighter. Yes, our little Popster was born with built-in eye shadow. How’s that for fabulousness!
We rescued her after she was found with her six brothers and sisters, being bred for meat here in Hong Kong. Isn’t that crazy, I mean look at that little face! Who would be deranged enough to want to eat such a gorgeous girl, that’s what I want to know!
We heard about her, saw this hilarious photo of her with her wonky paws, and completely melted. And since I had an available slot on the editing team, well it seemed like a perfect match.
Now, of course there has been some tension. The cats, understandably, were less than pleased to find a newcomer treading on their territory.
And you know how territorial the publishing world can be. Trad vs Indie, Hachette vs Amazon…Blue Cat and Green Cat vs Poppy…..Publishing wars can last for a long time. There’s been growling, hissing, barking, swiping of claws…I tell you, these publishing wars are rough.
Luckily, we have reached an entente cordiale when the cats realised that Poppy provides them with two pretty cool perks: new, food in the house (do cats normally eat dog food? Because Green Cat, little fattie that he is, will not leave Poppy’s bowl alone), and something that is constantly wagging, for them to play with….
So now that we have a cat and pup truce, the writing is back on track, and I do believe that my little editing team is stronger than ever!