Almost every writer I know has a pet to keep them company as they go through the steps of the writing process, from start to finish. Some days we will complain about the neediness of the pet and how they distract us from our work, but on those hard days where we stare at the computer and nothing comes to us, we’re glad they’re there. I know I’m thankful for the way my little man (Thorndike) paws and meows (constantly) at me when I’m the one who needs the attention — and I believe he knows that.
On the days where I’m feeling very productive, my 12-year-old little man loves to be the center of attention. He practically begs to be played with, cuddled (which most times during this process he falls asleep and begins to snore loudly), and of course, he loves to be pet – a lot, and doesn’t want me to stop. Wait, let me rephrase that – he doesn’t want me to stop until his daddy gets home.
Then there are times when I’m reading for a book review or tour, and I get up to get more tea or take care of the buzzing washing machine, that he plops himself down on the book. I can’t resist taking a picture of him because he’s just too cute! (Notice how the book title “Good In Bed” goes as a perfect caption for him?) Does your cat do this too?
Simon’s Cat is a little comic strip of what most of my writing and editing days are like with my little man!
Do you have any pets that keep you company? How does he/she keep you motivated? Do you have a funny or sweet story you’d like to share about you and your pet(s) during your writing process?