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Sigh ... my cat is a better writer today than I am.

Thursday, September 13, 2012



Meet Harold. AKA Hairy-toes, aka Buttercat, aka Fatty McButterpants.

He is driving me crazy today. I am trying to design my brochures for my business and he apparently not only has quite a bit to say (and very loudly I might add), but he also wants to type it out. It generally looks like this:

aleraweehrwl34r328n)(*%%IMdk
jra4rqp32skjvmmrautypppppp
ppppppppppppppp

Very hard to translate.

When he's not typing, he's deciding that I've done enough and lays on the key board. If I take him off and put him on the floor, he jumps back in my lap and purposely centers himself in front to the screen. Then chases the cursor with this paw. (This elicits a 'cursor' or two from me.)

I've probably said "Harold! - no - stop - get down - leave that alone - go outside - for the love of god!" now about 14 times and its only 8:30 am. I've put him outside and he comes right back in to jump on the desk. He has sprawled himself out next to the computer and is soothingly purring. Except his purr sounds like a leaf blower.

I am resigned to feline help whether I want it or not.

The problem is that his typed 'words' are better than my own today. Why is it so hard for us to tell people what we do and why we do it better than someone else? Is it part of our culture to think that if we do, we are being prideful and boasting? An arrogant braggart? You know - 'that guy' - and no one wants to be that guy.

I don't know why I am blocked. I know what I want to say, I just can't figure out how. I've looked at other brochures and said 'that's good!' but then get perilously close to plagiarism so I scrapped that! I've tried online templates, but they just don't fit. Oh and then there are colors and styles and lions and tigers and bears oh my to decide on.

Hmmmm. It is a quandary. Coffee isn't working either! Maybe I'll go for a ride on the bike and see if that can clear the cobwebs.

Told you. The cat is definitely the better writer today. And he's kind of smug about it too.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/18/2012 1:06AM

    I'm a little late on my response, but sounds like your cat could use to be grounded for a bit. When my cat drives me nuts and just will not stop bothering me he gets grounded - aka locked in the bathroom for 5-10 minutes. It gives him a chance to think about what he was doing wrong and for him to calm down. It works. Sometimes when he knows he's done something wrong I just walk over by him and he walks into the bathroom by himself to be grounded. He gets so many chances before he gets grounded but it does work.

As for the writing, if you haven't finished it yet, you could try a stream of consciousness writing. Just write anything that comes into your head, no matter how good or bad it is. Then walk away for awhile (maybe half hour) and when you look at it again pick it apart and see what you can use to write more. And sure, most of us don't like to talk ourselves up because we're afraid of appearing arrogant. But in something like this you should seem arrogant. Perhaps get your family and friends involved. Ask them to each say something positive that you can use. That way you're only editing what they said.

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MOMCATTT 9/13/2012 4:54PM

  You are moving quickly too, Tina:) I understand about the block. Deadlines are a great motivator for me! lol.
Mc. Butterpants! King of Queens reference lol. My older kids and I watched it:)
Def outside and movement makes it all better. Ugh, cobwebs! emoticon

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ANNE1123 9/13/2012 12:44PM

    I had to read your blog because I was afraid you had a talking cat like Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey mystery series. Sorry to read about your writer's block. Today I am struggling to keep my kitty inside. She was chased by a rot puppy last night and the local bully, an orange cat, and I can't let her outside. It's making me crazy. She comes in but only on her time. I'd love a cat who could walk around the keyboard and stay in, but it's not going to happen today. I created a monster by letting her out in the first place! Have a better Thursday!

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KANSASROSE67 9/13/2012 12:11PM

    Exercise almost always works for me to get the creative juices going...hope it works for you, too! I think starting is the hardest part...just type SOMETHING and you can always change it later.

Every time I have a sermon to write, I feel like I've completed a mental wrestling match before I'm done...so I understand how you feel!

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