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Cats & Books

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Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a restful weekend. Clearly, Harold (orange) and Maude (tortoiseshell) did. These two. SUCH rascals! I didn’t know that cats actually do, in fact, attempt to sharpen their claws on your curtains, until I got Harold. Or witnessed a cat try to swipe everything that moves by her, including dogs 28x’s their size, like Maude. It’s a good thing they’re so darn cute, I’m telling you.

I’m in that odd, liminal space I find myself in whenever I’m between books. Just submitted a last, final batch of edits for Handmade Gatherings last week, and will begin work on the new book later this week, after I complete several freelance jobs I’m working on. It’s odd, my relationship with writing books. Whenever I’m working on one, I’m completely focused on the deadline, on getting everything just right and just so and into my editor on time. And then, I turn in the manuscript, and I suddenly feel adrift, rudderless.

Writing books is something I adore, and yet it always feels, well, like work, too. And it should, it should feel that way, with all of the attendant challenges and frustrations and joys and thrills that come with working on a project. And, of course, whenever the weather turns cool, I can’t help but think about that bit of fiction writing I hope to one day get to, as well.

Devilish cats, book restlessness, and future fiction. That’s what’s capturing my attention at present. And you?

Here’s wishing the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

 

8 Responses to Cats & Books

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Such an inspiration you are! I’d love nothing more than to write a book, about something, anything, well not ANYTHING, but you get the idea..I don’t even know where to start!

  • jen says:

    Our cat was so lovely…decided to only sharpen his nails on cheap welcome mats and nothing else. I think we got lucky with that guy. :)
    Capturing my attention right now – growing this baby and finally feeling it kick inside and out. Still new that it catches me by surprise and I’m still loving it. I am told I will grow annoyed with the persistent kicks by the end, so for now I’m enjoying the newness and wonder of having a living being inside me!
    Congrats on finishing up the book! I can’t wait to get a copy when it comes out – any idea for a release date?

  • CINDYO says:

    Speaking of books…I am using your cheese book to guide me in making mozarella today! I am practicing for the Adult Ed class I will be teaching next week called, “Cooking From Scratch!” And, speaking of ‘gatherings’ we are building an outdoor wood-fired baking oven in our backyard, yes, in the middle of a Montana winter! I anticipate gatherings galore, to share community through delicious fire cooked food.

  • kimpeck says:

    i would love more nap time likes those lovely cats!
    what am i up to…photographing farms in the snow, getting marketing ready for the new Co-op in town, and making a new baked good every day. yum!

  • Georgette says:

    Getting ready for spring planting, making marmelades, practicing calligraphy, writing poetry and short stories … Cleaning out nest boxes almost ready for another nesting season…reading…practicing yoga…Thinking of romantic ways to express appreciation for my husband…stuff…

    I am very inspired by your weekly suggestions! I check all of them. Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to your latest book. Will certainly buy it for my library. Take care and have a happy week !! Here in the Bay Area we are waiting for that rain at the end of the week. Rain is precious to us.

  • Georgette says:

    Oh and your cats are very sweet. We enjoy the company of two felines in our little home. Jacques and Bodhi.

  • sarah says:

    your maude looks like our tortie bleecker, who also loves to swipe!

  • Alicia says:

    I love the picture of your felines. Brigit – no, I am not kidding; that was her given name by the staff at the local Humane Society – is just as devilish. She gets into some odd situations. I often call her Houdini Cat.