Saturday, April 13, 2013
Pets and Thier Author: Heathcliff the Cat with an Editor's Soul and Michelle Styles
Heathcliff and his dearly missed brother Mr Darcy came into our lives in Christmas 2009. Our other two cats had died the previous March and the house did not feel like a home with just the dogs. They were my daughter's Christmas present but I rapidly learnt that the pair had a fascination for pens, paper and computers. My other cats Tuppence and Penny had ignored me while I worked. Tuppence might recline nearby and occasionally raise her head but the act of writing held no fascination.
Mr Darcy and Heathcliff found plenty to be fascinated by. Heathcliff in particular thinks me writing is important.
In May of last year, Mr Darcy suddenly died but Heathcliff continued the tradition. In fact he has decided that the best place for him was to lie on my arms as I type. This can make it difficult to see the computer screen. Occasionally he stretches out a paw and suddenly a long line of g's appears.
Heathcliff also has a fascination for manuscripts and has been known to scratch up various pages. Invariably they were ones I was going to cut...
Then there is his policing of my noticeboard. I have started using post it notes and mapping out my manuscript. Heathcliff deems it important that he inspect each post it note and approve them. If he doesn't like them, he bats them down. he has even chewed one or two up.
And there is nothing better than a cat snuggling up when the writing just isn't flowing.. or even when it is because let's face it, a cat's purr can be perfect.