sorry, i don't have an updated picture of Pepper, but he's 11 weeks old. and yes, i said he. 3 weeks into owning a cat we thought was a girl and we found out from the vet he's a boy. in our defense, he's a long hair and we got him at 6 weeks, so it was a little hard to tell. you can imagine the mind-adjusting we went through when we found out. it took almost a week. *for the weird story of his name-adjusting, read the bottom of this post.
so that's one thing i learned from my cat - life is full of surprises. something i already knew, but this was a purrfect reminder. it was also good for my novel because i have to reveal a truth to my characters that they won't expect--in fact, that will shake up their world. so now i can go back to the cat surprise for the emotions they'll experience.
-- persistence - Pepper doesn't give up on anything, especially when you wish he would. like trying to get to my morning glass of milk while i use the internet. or jumping onto the table when he knows he's not supposed to.
-- enjoying life - Pepper loves everything - exploring, climbing, chasing, playing, ambushing us from around a corner, or wrestling with his moose pillow. he puts everything he is into whatever he's doing.
-- resting - he doesn't nap as often as he used to, but this cat has no problem with sleep. i envy his ability to just nod off whenever he wants. (and quite often those naps take place on the moose pillow.)
how this relates to my writing?
-- i'm letting my story go in unexpected directions.
-- i'm trying to be persistent, but not in a way that's frantic.
-- i'm letting myself enjoy the process of writing, trying to let go of outcomes and just write. (at the advice of a good friend, my son and i decided to just write a sentence, and we ended up with half a scene. and we had a great time in the process because we weren't pushing so hard.)
-- when a scene won't come, or i'm just tired of the story, or just tired in general, i'm trying to rest instead of worrying.
as a follow-up to last months IWSG, i let myself stop for a while, figured out a story problem, and now i'm back to writing. it's hard to let go of outcomes and deadlines, but my mind is happier now, and it's easier to write.
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*the kids didn't think Pepper was a good boy name. i disagreed. Pepper is gender neutral. a debate ensued. one suggestion was Jack Sparrow. (he does share some of Cap'n Sparrow's finer qualities) i made an executive parental decision. his name is now officially Cap'n Pepper Jack Sparrow. i call him Pepper. they call him Jack. most of the time, we just call him "Cat."