I share my somewhat messy office with my alien kitten, Wookie. That’s my favorite place to work because I can go in there, turn on the radio/cd player/tv and close the door! LOL Well that was true until the end of June 2013.
This morning, as I settled down to write this guest post, Wookie, who has been my muse and writing partner for the last ten years, sashayed up to my chair and asked, “Chrruupp?”
I immediately dropped my hand to her soft little head to pet her. I believe that’s an automatic reaction to “Chrruupp?” even though it has nothing to do with the question. The question being “What are you doing?” or maybe “Do you have any nummies for me?”
Wookie is fluffy, too fluffy if you know what I mean. So instead of giving her any of the treats sitting on the desk, I simply replied ‘I’m writing a guest post for a very popular blog’. At this point, Wookie leaped onto the back of my chair because her minion, Skye, had entered the room and Wookie always likes to look down at her. I think it has to do with a cat’s natural sense of superiority.
Skye, meanwhile, is rooting her nose under my hand demanding, in her own sweet way, her share of pets. In case you haven’t heard, Skye is my Golden Retriever who came to live with us last year. She started as an 11 pound bundle of golden fluff that the vet’s office promptly named ‘Cutest Puppy of the Year’. She’s still adorable. She’s still golden. And she’s got more enthusiasm in her than Wookie and I can wrangle in any given day.
Okay, so how does an energetic and enthusiastic young dog fit in with a writer and an alien kitten? It’s like life everywhere. You have to learn to balance. In this case, I had to learn to balance my time and energy.
Wookie is great for solving writing problems. With a wise and thoughtful ‘Mmrrppp mee-rall’, she can point out mistakes I’ve made in characterization better than an editor (and I’ve had some fine editors). But Wookie is a slow motion creature. The only thing she does fast is fall asleep.
That’s where the Golden Minion comes in. With her boundless energy, Skye gets both Wookie and I revved up and moving. And that helps me figure out the action part of my book plot. It also keeps me moving because Skye has needs of her own. She likes to retrieve (surprise!) so I have to spend time tossing a ball or a Frisbee or a cuddly toy. She likes running so I take her outside to do the Frisbee or just let her stretch her legs (and mine).
When we come back inside, I’m energized and ready to write. Wookie has had her alien kitten-nap, twentieth of the day, usually in a sunbeam. On her back. With her feet in the air. If she feels like it, she’ll get up and join me by the computer while Skye wanders off to her bed to take her own ‘cat-nap’. Doggy-nap? Minion-nap? Whatever. It leaves Wookie and me the freedom to do the important work of writing that next fascinating scene.
Wookie likes to hang on the back of my chair where she can read over my shoulder. If she’s quiet, I can bet she’s either a) impressed with the story or b) asleep. If you’ve ever met a cat, especially an alien kitten, you know that to impress them is quite a feat.
With a flick of her pointy ears and a feline smile, she’ll ask, “Mwawww?” Which means are you done? Because it’s time for her nummies followed by a rousing game of kill the feather tease toy.
A writer’s work is never done.
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