Other writers’ companions

Following on from my earlier blog about how perfect cats are as a writer’s companion, I found this link about famous writers and their cats:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/harpercollins/16-famous-writers-and-their-cats-9npd#.jmmBOjZPN

Oh yes, and since it’s pouring today, not yet 9am, and I have had to open the full length windows in the bedroom and my study to let Twinkle in three times already, I may have to revise my opinion on this altogether! Just in case you were wondering, she has a great cat flap. In fact, after I let her in, chase her around with a towel, battle her squirming to dry her off, she goes straight out the great cat flap and around to the front of the house to be let in again. Three times!!

A Writer’s Companion

I am well underway with writing Sabrina Summers’ Second Saga, and having great fun plotting things to do to the Beast and to Witchy Wu. I am being kept company by Cleo, who has taken over the best chair in my study, and Twinkle, who has made a nest from the brown paper that wrapped up a delivery of the dyslexia-friendly version that arrived yesterday.

I recently wrote a short story for the New Zealand Society of Author’s Canterbury branch’s upcoming anthology on Cats. It was a diary of a typical day in the life of a writer who is kept company by her cats (I didn’t have to stretch too far to think of a subject matter!) But it started me thinking about how perfect cats are as companions for writers. They are someone to talk to (because I think it is slightly less crazy to discuss plot points with a cat than to talk to thin air, don’t you?); they add interest even if it is sitting in tiny boxes or standing next to a closed door and then walking away when you open it; and they love and appreciate you. Cleo and Twinkle were rescue cats, and as I say in the print versions of  “The Uncooperative Glass Slipper”, animal rescue centres are desperate for kind and loving homes for their charges, and I am sure that my two cats are happy to be with their forever family. And, because my cats are on an expensive diet food from the vets, they keep me working hard at my writing to pay for their needs!