Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Upcoming Guests

I'm lucky to have two guests this week.

Tomorrow Carolyn J. Rose will be here with a fun twist on "you are what you eat." You'll enjoy If What You Ate Affected What You Wrote, so be sure to stop by. Carolyn plans to give away a copy of A Place of Forgetting as part of her guest appearance.

And because Saturday, December 3rd, is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, my special guest on Friday is Northern Coloradoan Natasha Wing, author of "the night before" books for kids. Natasha is going to share her thoughts on her favorite books that have become classics as well as some newer selections.

Katie Kitten's Close Call

Monday, just as I sat down to begin my big push to the 50,000 word mark for NaNoWriMo, I heard a couple of clicks near the window. Katie had knocked down the cord from the mini blinds which I'd tucked up high out of reach, and she was playing with it.

Before I could hop out of my chair and put the cord back out of reach, Katie jumped or fell, catching one of her back feet in the loop. The most horrible thumping and yowling and hissing and thrashing brought me to my feet in a flash, and I ran to the corner to rescue her. Fearing injury from her teeth and claws, and totally intimidated by her hissing and fighting, I pulled the cord down (and the blinds up) as far as they would go. That created just enough slack for the cat to pull free and race out the door. She moved so fast I didn't see her run, so I didn't know if she was moving on three legs or four.

She was under our bed, and I couldn't coax her out. I decided to go back to my computer and wait for a while to see if she'd come out on her own. About five minutes later, she tiptoes into my room, stretches her neck trying to see into the corner where the invisible monster had attacked her, prowled around the bookcase, and finally went into the corner to sniff the walls, the carpet, even the side of my desk. Convinced the danger was gone, she was fine the rest of the day.

And she's walking and leaping and playing using all four legs. It was a very close call, and another good reminder how dangerous those cords can be for pets as well as kids.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo

And hoping the subject rests in peace until next November (unless I decide to do Camp NaNoWriMo this summer)...I reached 50,172 words Monday evening.


Here's an interesting post about query letters from Janet Reid at Janet Reid, Literary Agent. It's called Notes from the incoming query holding pen.

And Finally

Be sure to drop by on Monday, December 5th, because I'll be giving away one copy of the 2012 Writing Planner designed by Kerrie Flanagan, writer and director of Northern Colorado Writers, and featuring unique drawings from the pen of writer/artist/food blogger April Moore.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Wow! Katie sure did have a close call! I'm so glad she wasn't hurt! Yikes!

I look forward to your guests later this week, and good for you on the progress you've made for NaNoWriMo. I admit I didn't take up that challenge this year...

Maggie Toussaint said...

I'm glad Katie survived the encounter with the Blind Monster!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What are the odds she'd catch her foot on the cord?
Well, I guess pretty good odds...