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The porch is now covered with cats.

First there was Dusty, a skinny little kitten whom I could not resist. Now Dusty is growing up into a sturdy, glossy, handsome tom with a nice plush coat. The one I called "Little Girl" has grown up enough to prove that he is instead a little boy, and a feisty, pushy little fellow, at that. He's black, long-haired, a tiny little morsel, with exactly two white whiskers (one on each side). When I open the door, if he's hungry, he'll jump right inside.

And then came "Stranger." Stranger is a long-haired calico-tabby mix of some kind, I think, mostly cinnamon, black, and white. She is definitely a she, but she is no kitten. She has old teeth and the thickened skin on her belly that says she's probably well beyond kitten-bearing (and possibly, considering how extremely tame she is--she lets me brush her and mess with her feet--she's been long spayed). But Stranger seems to have no home, because once she moved in, she moved in to stay. Dusty and Feisty will wander and roam as strays will, sometimes disappearing for days at a time. Stranger moved into the box under the front porch table, where she sleeps, and she moves from there to the porch chairs to sleep in the sun. I think someone moved out of the apartments across the street and either left her (boo!) or lost her (whimper!). She was just about skin and bones when she came, and I haven't the heart to turn any of them out.

I do have "sucker" tattooed on my forehead in cat. However, continuing to afford to feed six cats is becoming a concern. They teem around my feet when I leave for work and when I come home.

In the quest to remove significant wordage from my novel, should I leave the wedding of the hero and heroine as the closer, or cut it and put it into the theoretical book two? It can certainly end with the knowledge that they WILL be married, so I face the fact that it's not necessary to show it in this story. Cutting it removes over 9,000 words -- which is, I admit, an AWFUL lot after the main story's climax. But would readers want to see the wedding?

For two days now I have been working the 8:45 to 5:00 shift. So far, not too bad. {knock wood}


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 14th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
Cut it. (I'm ruthless.)

And yay you for taking care of the cats who need it. They love you for it and so do I. :-)
Dec. 14th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
Yup, that was gut instinct.

They're so nice and furry. I can't resist 'em. :-)
Dec. 14th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
We have got to find good homes for these sweet little kitties. I so wish I could adopt one, but what with rooming at The Mom's with hardly any time for Dickens to run around, that wouldn't work. If you want to take them to the vet for a checkup and shots, I'm willing to help out with the vet bills if we staggar when we do it so the bill doesn't come all at once. (I also need to take my own cat in for a checkup and shots.)Let me know if you want to take Stranger to the vet to see if she's been microchipped.

I could put out a notice on Craig's List to see if anyone would be willing to adopt a cat if we paid for the checkup and shots.
Dec. 14th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
I want to, believe me, but I have so many expenses right now (holidays, and all) I don't know how I can afford the checkup and shots -- not even for my own boys, who also need 'em! (I'm a bad cat mommy! :-( )
Dec. 14th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think letting the readers know that they will be married sets up a nice sense of anticipation for the next book. Cut it. :-)
Dec. 14th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
All righty then. I just have to change the scenes from "whew, we made it through that crisis" to instead set it up for the next book's major plot.
Dec. 14th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Axe it. If you even have to ask the question, it's not necessary.
Dec. 14th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I ask because I need to reduce words, not 'cause I want to. :)
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