Wed. Oct. 9, 2019: The Feline Adjustment Process

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde

Hop on over to Ink-Dipped Advice for the latest on the business side of things.

I needed meditation group on Monday! Felt so much better when it was done. Came home. Cats were fine. They had a quiet day, mostly sleeping, which is good for them. They’ve had a rough few days.

Had fun opening the latest Goddess Provisions Box. It’s such a treat. My prize arrived from last week’s remote chat, which was fun, too.

New Kitty #1 came out and we even played a bit. She’s very sweet. I thought she was striped, but she’s not. She’s a gray-and-white tuxedo. She’s very pretty. After a few minutes, though, she had enough interaction. She took refuge in my reading chair in the writing room, and contemplated possible names. She did a few half-hearted hisses, but no one would engage.

Tessa got into the toy box that came with New Kitty #2. She took every single one out, marked them, played with them, and left them all over the living room. She feels it’s a job well done. When I put them back, she took them all out again. Now, we have LOTS of toys all over the house. She has her favorite toy, with which we play every day. But she had to show who is boss.

I was exhausted and went up early to read in bed. After awhile, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. To my surprise, it was New Kitty #2. She looked as shocked as I did. She growled, and I said, “Okay, I won’t look at you if you won’t look at me.” Well, Diva Princess that she is, that doesn’t work. I went back to my book. She explored the room, checking to look at me sometimes. I looked at her when she was busy. She finally sailed out of the room, tail high. First periscope tail since she moved in. Progress.

Quiet night. Up early yesterday. I spilled a cup of coffee on the light-colored carpet in my bedroom, so they got to hear me swear and watched as I scrubbed.

Good writing session. New Kitty #1 still has a fort in my office, but she likes to watch me at the computer. Tessa sits and keeps me company, as she always has.

Tessa feels secure because we are maintaining the routine. The other cats are learning it, and the fact that (in spite of freelancing and ME doing different things every day) THEIR routine is consistent helps. Tessa sets a few boundaries and makes it clear she is in charge. After being bossed for years by Iris & Violet, she likes being the boss.

They both are really nosy, now that they’re not terrified. They’re starting to seek engagement with us. That makes a smoother transition than if we tried to force it on them. Cats always prefer it when it’s their idea.

It makes us miss Lucy and Lucy’s sunny personality even more, though.

I think we have New Kitty #2’s name. One that suits the little diva princess, and to which she responds. New Kitty #1 is being more particular. There were several names I tried which she definitely does NOT like.

Got some good writing done in the morning. Onsite at the client’s. Only one in the office, which meant I got A LOT done. Set some appointments/meetings for later in the week. Got out some more LOIs.

New Kitties are venturing out more to explore, so I think we have some more hissy-spitty and growly days ahead of us as they work it out.

Today, I’m onsite with the client again. I’m looking forward to the Remote Chat (it’s become one of my favorite parts of the week). Thursday and Friday have the potential to be a good busy.

Hoping some other pieces fall into place, but I’m making Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D. Having multiple plans works for me. That way, I can mix and match elements as I need, and have options while still being flexible.

I don’t believe there’s such a thing as “too many options.” I have no time for people who whine about that. Fine. Too many options for your comfort. Get out of my way, because I intend to make full use of them.

And showing up at the page every day keeps things steady, and gives me tangible progress.

Have a great day!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

The temperature really dropped severely. I may have to turn the heat on today.

Poor Tessa! She’s losing some of her baby teeth, and one of her kibbles got caught in a loose tooth yesterday. She was very uncomfortable, and it was quite the adventure getting the food off without hurting her — the tooth is loose, but not loose enough to come out yet. She recovered pretty quickly, though.

Ran errands, including getting in some decorations for the house for fall. I don’t think I can do my skeletons-playing-poker display this October, because the posing skeletons that can withstand outdoor weather are out of my budget this year. So I have to come up with something else! Bought each cat a new toy and handed them out, so there wouldn’t be any jealousy, but, of course, everyone wanted someone else’s toy! Even though they were all the same, just different colors.

Spent most of the day catching up with students. Most of the work is very good. Unfortunately, sometimes, even when it’s good, it’s not always relevant to the exercise. If the workshop focuses on dialogue, and the exercise requires that you communicate specific information through interaction and dialogue, why would you post an entire exercise that’s only narration and internal monologue? If I ask for one scene with a specific purpose, why are you also posting the scenes leading up to it? If I’ve sent something back multiple times to fix paragraph structure, and you have both STRUNK & WHITE and the lectures detailing how to correctly structure paragraphs with dialogue, why are you still posting with the same mistakes?

Fortunately, that’s the minority, and the stuff that’s good is REALLY good. Even a lot of the stuff that doesn’t fit the exercises is really good — but it still doesn’t fit the purpose of why we’re here, and it gets sent back for revision!

What’s exciting about all this is that there are a lot of great storytellers out there, and that’s good for the industry — not just so publishers can make money, but so readers have many choices of well-written, intriguing pieces.

Speaking of which, I ordered some books, including the new Terry Pratchett and the new Sharon Shinn, which starts a new series from her. They should arrive the first week of October — can’t wait!

It didn’t rain yesterday after all, which means I could have mowed some more, but didn’t. So I guess I’ll have to make up for it today! I also have to go to two different libraries to pick up books I put on hold for the Harpy book.

The prep for this book is going well. I’ll be well prepared to start writing on October 1, and it will be hard not to begin before then.

Devon

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