I guess I have to turn in my redhead status and become blonde.
Perhaps the world's most difficult task: Feeding a finicky, scornful, toothless, ancient underweight cat while at the same time trying to keep the younger, fat cat away from the scorned food. Silhouette had his checkup yesterday and while overall healthy for a 19-year-old cat, the vet reminded me that he IS 19 years old. He's had a mass in his ear for at least a decade that gets infected periodically; he has about three teeth left (although he will gum down dry food in a pinch), most canned food he'll eat one or two spoons from and then the rest of the can goes to waste (and lately he won't eat Fancy Feast "Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Feast" at all, and he's adding the "Cod, Shrimp, and Sole Feast" to that list -- but now he's eating the Friskies Turkey Giblet Dinner that he previously had been scorning); right now he likes the ultra-moist "Wholesome Goodness" from Meow Mix, but after eight packages of THAT, now he's leaving most of it on the plate instead of eating every last bit. But he's lost a pound in the last year (and 7 pounds is really too light for this fellow, he was a good 15-17 pounds in his prime, and he was NEVER fat). I do have to face the fact he's not going to be with us too very much longer, but as long as he's willing to live, I want to give him all I can.
The kitty compels me:
Last weekend while coming home from Barb's mom's house, we saw a whole flock of white doves. It was very pretty. Either escapees from a wedding or someone's pets out of their dovecote for a fly.
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?
Anyplace, any time, any where. On a keyboard; the computer replaced the typewriter in college, but always on the keyboard. I wrote out early stuff longhand; my handwriting is appalling and my hand cramps up. I type something over 100 WPM, though, so – woot!
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
Sometimes. I always have to have something on; usually at home it’s TV. I write best when I’m watching/listening to something I know exceptionally well (old sitcoms are good).
Music plays a big part of my writing. There are a lot of songs that are connected to my characters. Almost everything by Roger Wallace is a Matt/Cody song. Leslie Fish’s Kipling tunes belong to Westwind. Sean Patrick has a whole wagonload of songs, although any recording of “Hallelujah” (Rufus Wainwright’s largely) will spark a scene I have yet to write.
8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
There’s really no set process. Sometimes they simply erupt fully-fledged from somewhere; sometimes they grow and change from an idea. I needed a girl for a love interest for Matt. I knew nothing about her when I gave her the name Cody. I had to search through my name books a couple of times until I landed on the last name of Cameron. From there she took on a life of her own and has become what I think is my best female character of all time.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
I’m not sure... underage Matt (16) walking in on his guardian (vampire) having sex with his (30-year-old) girlfriend was a bit, well, awkward.
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