Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Friday, September 11, 2009


This has nothing to do with the story I have written, nor the one that is fermenting in my mind as I type. This has to do with the very pregnant stray cat my flatmate took in (with my excited blessing) a few days before I moved in. She was very young, and very pregnant. We named her Persephone. On the weekend she gave birth to beautiful, squealing kittens. There are four of them.

They are so beautiful as to be heartbreaking. I love the little squeaking noises they make. It reminds me somewhat of Norbert, Hagrid's baby dragon. Norwegian Ridgeback, as I recall. A small diversion. They are such beautiful little things.

We have named three already. Smèagol, the grey and white kitten (who is also the loudest). The female kitten shall be named Calli-Rose. And the most recently named is the runt of the litter, Galahad. The issue remains, what shall we name the other one? Near as we know, the one is a boy.

Suggestions are appreciated! If there is a favourite literary character of yours, kindly let me know the characters name, from which book and why you like them so much (you are permitted and encouraged to supply a character you have written yourself). Chances are, you'll have named a kitten for us.

This is just for fun, so there really isn't a prize for this, though I would love to say that each name picked gets a copy of my book. I haven't yet published my book, so that promise would be horribly problematic. I could send you a thank-you card if you wished. Of course, you will also have my gratitude. That's about all I can offer... a little lame, I know. It's the best I can manage for now.

Thanks for your help!


Kendra said...

I'm not sure how it would work for a cat's name, but one of my favourite characters would be Joseph Crazy Dog aka "Bones", from Charles De Lint's books. He's had many the bit part in the various stories, but became a larger part in the novels "The Onion Girl" and "Widdershins". He's a mix of corbae and canid, and shows time and again what it means to have a damn good friend looking out for you.

whqttt said...

Ignoring your self-doubt, you could always have a small batch printed by someone like lulu and give them as prizes. If you get published, they'd be valuable, if you don't get published, they'd still be valuable. Either way, for very little expense your prize winners would feel rewarded.

S. M. Carrière said...

So do we name him Joseph or Bones? I'll put them both in the hat and consider this a double entry on your behalf.
Thanks Kendra!

S. M. Carrière said...

Thanks whqtt.

I'll look into that!