What is Love: Writing About Your Muse

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It was only recently that I found my love for cats, growing up without a warm snuggly mammal by my side left my heart immune to their soft resonating purrs. It wasn’t until I took a job at an animal shelter did my love for them grow. I’ve always loved animals, but there’s a big difference between loving them from afar and being in contact with them day to day. Yes, I’ve gotten used to soft bits and scratchy tongues, sharp nails, and unexpected head butts. It comes with the package when you accept a cat into your life and with it comes a special love, one that is earned.

I think what I love most about my job is watching them transform from terrified, frightened little creatures into cuddly little love bugs. It’s very rewarding and it shows in my writing. I would have never expected my first book to be about cats, but here I am on the heel of publishing my first book about them.

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It’s exciting, but back to talking about cats, I’ve worked with hundreds of them. From kittens to granny aged adults each and every one with their own story and unique personality. They come and go leaving a lasting impression on my soul, well maybe not each and every cat, but I do walk away learning something new every day. These lessons I can apply to my own life. Be patient; don’t cut the flower that has yet to bloom. A little respect goes a long way and free food is the foundation of a good friendship. Yup, little lessons like that. Also, I would like to flat out say, your new best friend is waiting for you at your local shelter. Rescue a life and watch them save yours in return.

Another thing I like about working with cats is all the wacky things they do. Some cats love to climb, whether that be cage bars or you, never underestimate a determined cat. Cats drool! Yes in fact dogs rule and cats drool. They drool when they’re happy. It’s so weird but cool. Something you would never expect and some cats like belly rubs and I’m sure you’re raising an eyebrow right now, but the is fact what cats love is as diverse as the colors and sizes they come in.

orange-catSo please treat yourself, volunteer, or pet your cat a little longer today. Don’t be afraid to embrace your cuddly side.

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It’s Worth its Weight in Gold

As the weeks turn to days, I find myself asking what I want out of publishing my book. Of course, I want to share my wonderful story with the world and maybe make a little change on the side, but that’s not my endgame so to speak. What I really want out of this whole experience are reviews.

Yes, reviews, feedback, the reader’s opinion. Why does it matter? Well taking a page from my college classes in creative writing, receiving good feedback is essential to improving as a writer, whether it comes from an editor, an agent, a publisher, or a stranger off the street. Of course, I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt, but how my story is received is very important to me. Maybe the readers don’t like the cover art, maybe the formatting is a little hard to read, or maybe they didn’t enjoy an aspect of the story. All this feedback will help me make better decisions in the future, after all, I want to make sure I’m delivering the best story I can.

It’s important to remember, people who write reviews have gone out of their way to interact with you. It goes beyond buying the book, it’s like sending a thank card to a friend who’s attended a party. It’s special, even if the review is less than spectacular. It means they felt strongly enough to take five minutes out of their time to find your book and write a review. I appreciate that I really do and I hope OTCC earns lots of reviews. I want to hear what you think.

Count Down to Launch Day!

We’re live! Well, sort of, I recently added my book to Goodreads, just in time for folks to add it to their Goodreads 2017 Readings Challenge. While the book doesn’t come out until February 9th, you can still add it to your reading list. Now I’ve been a little buttoned up about the details, but now that I’ve got everything straightening out I can chat away.

Ouji the Curious Cat is an exciting tale about a house cat who escapes into the wild with the help of his new friend Adrian, a little deer mouse. The pair meet new friends along the way but soon find themselves at the foot of a grand adventure. Will the journey be too much for the house cat from the burbs or will he re-discovery what it means to be a wildcat? Find out February 9th!

 

You can now pre-order the Kindle edition on Amazon.com!

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Print copies will be available on February 9th.

New Years Resolutions!

It’s the New Year and time once again to make our annual New Year’s Resolution. Now I know what you’re thinking, there’s no point in making promises you don’t intend to keep, but what I would like to do this year, instead of calling it a New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to call it a New Year’s theme. I like themes instead because it encompasses lots of goals you can achieve. For example, my theme this year is all about reading. I’m not a strong reader, but I’m going to change that. So this year I’m going to set aside my time and try on a bunch of books for size. I know I’m a picky reader, but I’m sure there are lots of books out there I would enjoy, I just need to find them. So, me and my wallet are hitting the stores, thrift shops, and libraries for the best books.

I started early and already have a nice collection of books I’m excited to read. I will post my reading list below, along with a short summary and why I selected it. You can also follow me on GoodReads by going to my reader profile here and clicking on 2017 Reading List, where a master list will be posted of what I plan to read.

Feel free to post your New Year’s themes below, I’d love to hear about them.

2017 Reading List

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1. Clockworks by Phillip Pullman

Summary

Fritz, the writer, spins a spine-tingling tale to cheer up Karl, the apprentice clockmaker. But rather than helping matters, the story begins to come true….

The stories of Karl, the apprentice; Dr. Kalmenius, his nefarious “savior”; Gretl, the brave daughter of the town innkeeper; and a young prince whose clockwork heart is in danger of winding down come together in surprising and magical ways in a story that has the relentless urgency of a ticking clock. (GoodReads)

I choose this story because I read it in elementary school and was quite put off by it because of its creepy storytelling, but even still the story has always stuck in the back of my mind. So I think it deserves a second chance.

the-jewish-japanese-sex-and-cook-book-and-how-to-raise-wolves2. The Jewish-Japanese Sex and Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves by Jack Douglas

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I couldn’t find a good summary for the book, but I was immediately drawn to it by the title. If I can get my hands on a copy I’ll post a better summary and review.

the-hike3. The Hike by Drew Magary
Summary

When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. (GoodReads)

I found this book while browsing my local B&N and the cover art jumped out at me, along with its funny and eye catching summary. I knew I had to add this to my list.

the-unlikely-tale-of-the-royal-elite-squad4. The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad by D.A. Alston

Summary

The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad follows four young girls as they embark on an exciting new journey after an accident occurs at their school. (Amazon)

I love to support new authors and this book looked very interesting, so I thought I’d give it a read.

the-wild-road5. The Wild Road by Gabriel King

Summary

Secure in a world of privilege and comfort, the kitten Tag is happy as a pampered house pet–until the dreams come. Dreams that pour into his safe, snug world from the wise old cat Majicou: hazy images of travel along the magical highways of the animals, of a mission, and of a terrible responsibility that will fall on young Tag. Armed with the cryptic message that he must bring the King and Queen of cats to Tintagel before the spring equinox, Tag ventures outside. Meanwhile, an evil human known only as the Alchemist doggedly hunts the Queen for his own ghastly ends. And if the Alchemist captures her, the world will never be safe again . . . (GoodReads)

This was an incredible find! I found this in the donation bin at work and thought it was very similar to the cat adventure story I was writing. I love cats and can’t wait to follow Tag on his adventures.

storm-frontfool-moon6/7. Storm Front and Fool Moon apart of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

Summary for Storm Front

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. (GoodReads)

These two books were gifted to me by one of my closest friends. She loves the series and was nice enough to get me two copies. It looks interesting, can’t wait to start reading.

the-aeronauts-windless8. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Summary

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake… (GoodReads)

Another wonderful gift from my good friend. This looks equally good.

wandering-city-blues9. Wandering City Blues by Jonny Lupsha

Summary

13 creatures emerged from the ocean, each over 1/4 mile tall. Then came a lethal fog that covered Earth’s surface. A small remnant of mankind built cities on the backs of those beasts and migrated up over the fog forever. 99 years later, Detective Leon Adler and his mysterious new partner Iris investigate a murder case that takes them halfway around the world to an extinction-level conspiracy. Can they survive the journey, chasing leads on massive skyscraper-perched birds and colonies of inbred cannibals, or will they succumb to the Wandering City Blues? (GoodReads)

I actually got to meet the author at a comic book convention. He had such a wonderful pitch, but in the end it was the cover art that sold me. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

**Readings will start in either late February or March. Books will be selected at random to read, so check back in on my blog to see what I’m reading. While I strive to finish every book, if I don’t like it or get too busy I may stop reading without warning, with that being said I may pick it back up again.**