Does every writer have a cat? While perusing a couple of writing blogs I began wondering this, and as I continued my daily rounds I realized it was true. Holy crap! Beth Revis has a cat! so does Maggie Stiefvater, and Libba Bray, and holy crud Jackson Pearce’s site even advertises her cat ownership!
I was utterly shell-shocked. I do not have a cat to lay on my keyboard and interrupt my writing, I realized. All I have is an overweight coyote looking dog that lays next to my desk and snorts in her sleep. If she tried to lay on my keyboard she’d break the computer!
As I continued to mope over my overweight dog I came to the realization that I also don’t drink coffee or tea… I don’t
even drink mountain dew! Every writer on earth seems to mutter over sipping on coffee or stirring their tea as they write at their desk in the morning or haul through a tough NaNo night. Me? i hate coffee and tea.
So there I am, Cat-less, and ready to go brew a thing of coffee just to let it go cold on my desk when I realized something. If I had a cat instead of my bum-ish over fed dog I would probably be chasing it off the keyboard every five seconds or teasing it with catnip. And on top of that if I was drinking coffee I would never be able to sit down. I get bad sugar highs and if you handed me a bottle of caffeine I would probably have a heartache attack and never write another word ever again.
So, I came to the conclusion that even though I apparently need a cat to do this thing called writing. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have one.
Anyone else notice habits writers have that you don’t?