Literally a Ton of Writing

I have, literally, a ton of writing to get to over here. Need to get some new pages written for the Pearl Bailey play, then do a huge amount of revisions on the TV pilot. All of it preferably done yesterday, so…

What better way to spend this busy moment than by posting more photos of my cats???

This is Scottie in various stages of kittendom last spring and summer. Scottie is one of Tommy’s babies, the sister of Francis-the-scamp.

Scottie is a sweet-natured tabby, but more on the side of feral than semi-feral. She rarely even ventures upstairs.  She hangs out in the sun room, the family room, or up in the rafters in the unfinished part of the basement.  She’s very, very pretty, if also very shy.

Scottie with her brother, Zellie, when they were just wee bonnie babes. Scottie is the tabby. Zellie was only one of two kittens that actually got adopted.
Scottie with her brother, Zellie, when they were just wee bonnie babes. Scottie is the tabby. Zellie was only one of two kittens that actually got adopted.
Scottie, a little bit older, out in the sun room last summer.
Scottie, a little bit older, out in the sun room last summer.
Scottie about a year ago.
Scottie about a year ago.

 

The Birthday Haul So Far!!

My housemate surprised me this morning. During the night he had put out a birthday cake with candles, a vase of tulips, and some Edith Head collectible paper dolls! What a COOL thing to find in the kitchen at 5 AM. Really, it made my day and the day was just getting started.

The cats got together and had a sculpture of me made out of old stinky fish parts. I will treasure it forever! It is truly amazing how much it really does look just like me!

zcatfish

Okay, just kidding about that particular bit, but really I am having such a nice birthday. The Monty Python show on Sunday was so fun, then lunch with my cousin yesterday, and today (my birthday — 54!!) is all about taking it easy and eating cake! (I do have to take a writing webinar this afternoon but I guess that’s a birthday gift I’m giving myself & my career, so I’ll look on it like that and not like it’s work.)

Here’s the haul so far, gang!

Birthday Haul minus Dead Fish Sculpture
Birthday Haul minus Dead Fish Sculpture

 

 

Oh man, this was cool!

Some of you know that I am working on a one-woman musical play about Pearl Bailey for an actress in New York City, and I am sort of at an impasse with the script.

I’m not totally worried because every script, or novel, or short story, or memoir I’ve ever written has been full of impasses that I eventually worked through. Yet while one is happening, it sometimes seems oddly permanent. There will never be anything more than these few pages, etc., etc.

I’ve been a professional writer now for 33 years already, so on some level I know that no block is permanent unless I decide it’s permanent, but this little 12 minute audio on youtube, from an Abraham Hicks workshop, really did something fantastic to my psyche just now.

If you’re blocking anything, or just need inspiration for a terrific energy flow, give it a listen. 12 fun minutes that will be wisely spent!

Have a great Sunday, wherever you are. (I have been to church already, and later today, a friend is taking me to see the final performance of the Monty Python reunion being broadcast live from London today as an early birthday present! So while I’m sitting here waiting for the festivities to unfold, I’m staring at some rather empty pages of the soon-to-be manifested play…)

Okay, onward, gang!! Thanks for visiting today! See ya.

[Tommy and her 3 babes, this time, last summer.]When we were very young...

When we were very young…

 

Lovely Rainy Saturday

I think what I love most about this new blog is its obscurity.  It has renewed my desire to blog again. I can write about anything I want to write about, which these days, is mostly my love of cats and my love of God.

My last blog averaged 1700 readers a day. This blog averages 15! I don’t know who’s reading this blog, but the last blog  was read by a lot of people I personally knew, from good friends to ex-friends, lovers to ex-lovers, colleagues, family, friends of family members, and then a bunch of unknown fans of my erotic fiction from all over the world. The more personally I knew the people, the less inclined I felt to really be free with my blog post topics as time went on. I got really tired of certain people looking over my shoulder, but look, they did.

I actually fell in love with a man that I met through my blog. For 4 solid years, he was the center of my universe. But since this past March, we couldn’t be further apart.  Ideologically, we really shifted away from each other.  He loved my cats, but not my ministry. He couldn’t understand it at all and treated me like I was out of my mind.

Nothing endears me more to a man than to have him treat me like I’m nuts… Especially when it has to do with something as fundamental to me as my beliefs about the nature of reality. Well, on we go.

Even though it was really jarring to have GoDaddy discontinue supporting my blog software so suddenly after 7 solid years, and then have my RedRoom blog go under the following week, after 7 years, as well, it is nevertheless refreshing to be starting anew; to attract new eyes, new readers, new energy.

At the end of this year, my ministry will officially launch, and then my primary blogging will shift over to that website, and the other blogs connected to that. It will mostly be video talks with me, and podcasts — not a whole lot of blogging.  Overall, I guess it is all about change. This year has been kind of amazing in that regard. From my writing projects to my ministry.  I find that a lot is up in the air now, but it’s all GOOD. Good, good, stuff going on these days, gang.  I could not be more at peace.

Hope you are having a peaceful Saturday, wherever you are, folks! I leave you with a shot of Francis. Francis is a veritable wild beast, trapped in a tiny body.  She was the most unadoptable kitten you ever saw.  She was definitely one of the kittens that I was told to have euthanized; that she was never going to be tame, never going to be adoptable, so i should just go ahead and have her killed. But here it is a year later and she’s having a wonderful life. We make do. Joyfully.

Francis the scamp
Francis the scamp
Francis as a newborn
Francis as a newborn
Francis as a kitten, with Mom and Zellie in the background
Francis as a kitten, with Mom and Zellie in the background

 

How to have a great day, every day

First, let go of everything you think you believe. That’s a great starting point.  I’ll give you a moment to figure out how to do that…

(tick, tock, tick, tock)

Okay, got it figured out? Good! (Honestly, that part took me about 53.9 years, but I did finally figure it out.)

Next, stop reading or listening to or watching the news. Everything you need to know — trust me, the Universe is going to make sure you find out about it. The rest of the news is 99.9% bad and there is nothing you can do about it.  Stop impeding your joy simply because news broadcasters want more advertising dollars than you can possibly imagine. Seriously, try it. I stopped reading and watching the news about 25 years ago and yet I still manage to be informed about the things I need to know. It just happens.

Third, learn how to say “NO” to things that don’t enrich your life or make you happy.  And that includes relationships, working at a job you hate. Or even being forced to buy health insurance.

Then, drink more water, breathe more deeply, and meditate about 15 minutes a day. (If you like guided meditations, here’s one I really like.)

Also, make an effort to drink your morning tea or coffee outside under a tree or under the morning sky and commune with the Source that sustains you so joyfully. Give thanks. It’s funny how much more time you will suddenly have every morning.

And then you know what else I do that really helps me have a great day, every day? I say “yes” to life, whatever life brings. Just say “yes” and see what happens.  (You might find that amazing creatures come into your world to stay! You never know, gang!)

Okay, thanks for dropping by. Have a terrific Friday, wherever you are!

Beck
Beck

A great historical murder mystery

Heirs of Glory
Heirs of Glory

I just wanted to take a minute to plug a friend’s new book, gang.  If you enjoy historical fiction that’s meticulously researched, and if you love murder mysteries that just pile on more and more and MORE mystery, I really think you will enjoy this book.

It takes place during the era of Jack the Ripper in London, and there are also some really great sections in Paris that center around the Eiffel Tower, which is still under construction in the book.  There are political uprisings and mysterious murders and illegal grave-digging and kidnapping and sword fighting and ghosts and madhouses and an illicit romance, and also all that gory Jack the Ripper stuff. Oh yes, and fast pursuit and gun shots on a train!

It got off to kind of a slow start, because it is completely written in the tone of a bored upper class Englishman from the 19th Century. It took a chapter  for me to get into that voice. But all of the sudden, the story just took off and then I couldn’t put it down. It was a really FUN read to get lost in. And it is the first in a trilogy, so I am really looking forward to the next installment, which I heard is due in March 2015.

Heirs of Glory  just came out this week. You can buy it in paperback, hardcover or Kindle at this link.

Good morning, glories!

As promised!! A much-anticipated photo of another one of my cats!!

Lucie
Lucie

Wait, no. That wasn’t what I promised, was it? But let me first tell you how ridiculously hard it is to get a photo of Lucie, so you are really blessed today. She is semi-feral and will run like the blazes from anyone holding a camera, even if the camera looks like a harmless iPhone.

The above photo was taken with said iPhone, from pretty far away, which is why it is so blurry, blown up like this. You’ll probably just have to take my word for it that Lucie is one gorgeous cat.  She is 15 months old, and I’m hoping that as the years go by, she might grow to be tame. I’m not holding my breath, but we can always hope.  Because hope is what, gang? That’s right:  It is 100% FREE!!

A quick update on the halogen lamp. It appears to be completely dead. So one of these days here soon, I will have to break down and buy a new floor lamp. I hate to do it because I will be moving to a new house sometime within the next year and I hate to decorate an entire house around a single floor lamp, so my other option is to just spend good money on a really boring lamp that will blend into any future decor down the road.

In the meantime, though, I have a ton of reading to do for school this week, not to mention I have a play I have to write, and I really can barely see a thing here in this cave of a room.

Okay, I promised yesterday to help you with the flea problem you might be having right now with either your feral colony, or just your regular house cats. There are two ways to go: chemical or natural, and I recommend combining both if you can tolerate chemicals at all.

First, if the problem is indoors, vacuum. Then, use this miracle spray!!

KnockOut E.S.
KnockOut E.S.

It is a little expensive so check online for a good price. Right now, California Pet Pharmacy has it on sale for $14.50 plus shipping, for 16 oz., which is a great price. My vet charges $27 plus tax. But this stuff is the BEST.  You spray it on everything, let it dry (about 20 minutes or so) and then everyone, including pets, can go back into the sprayed area. You don’t need to cover things, you don’t need to vacate the premises for hours. It lasts for 7 MONTHS, and even if eggs hatch in the area, new fleas will not live.

It is not an overpowering chemical smell, either. The smell goes away pretty quickly. If you are dealing with an indoor infestation, it is still best to vacuum at least once a week.

Next, dealing with fleas on cats. With ferals, I recommend Capstar Pills, crushed up in wet food, at least once  a week. They are flavorless. The cats will eat the food and not eat around the medication. (Here is a link to 1800petmeds, but they are slightly higher than what my vet charges, so check with yours.)

Capstar
Capstar

This will get expensive, but these pills kill any living fleas on the cats within an hour. It does not kill eggs or prevent further infestation, which is why it gets expensive. But if you can afford to give them the pills once a week, within 6 to 8 weeks you can get the infestation under control. But you have to make sure that the area they live in has also been sprayed, to help prevent further infestation.

I also recommend crushing up a brewer’s yeast w/garlic tablet for cats in their food everyday. A lot of people will warn against the garlic, but the garlic is in trace amounts, and really what you’re weighing it against is a constant flea and/or tick infestation on the cats for the rest of their lives, which isn’t any healthier. The tablets are really affordable and the cats love the taste of them.

These things work, gang. But you’ve got to be vigilant with a long-term repellent method, like the brewer’s yeast w/garlic pills daily. The reason I can only recommend the chemical approach with ferals is because the spray and the capstar pills do not require getting anywhere near the cats themselves. If you deal with ferals you know that it is impossible to get close enough to them to apply anything to their fur, let alone –[insert uproarious laughter here] — give them a bath!

Tomorrow, I’ll post about the natural products that work well for my tame house cats.  In the meantime, have a terrific Tuesday, gang, wherever you are!! Thanks for visiting.