You may have guessed from the affectionate rendition of my protagonist’s pet, Chief (“half cat, half Thylacoleo Carnifex”), that I am a cat person. You wouldn’t think it, but this tiny admission represents a huge breach of pseudonymity, because cat people tend to be introverted, open-minded, non-conformist and more intelligent than dog lovers. I won’t debate this, it is quite clearly correct, so suffer the slings and arrows, dog people, slings and arrows! But you know me a little better for the admission, and you know D/Sgt John Mora a little better too. Can’t be a bad thing.
That said, is it harder for a dog person to get into the character of a cat person character. Do you find yourself shouting, “Just DO something! Enough of the stream-of-consciousness bullshit already! Just whack it with your sword!” I get that a little reading the classics. Austen and the Brontës, especially. Pride and Prejudice? Like watching paint dry. So maybe I am an energetic cat person? I like the sort of novel Jane Austen might have written if she spent a torrid night with Lord Byron and woke up inexplicably wearing Nietzsche’s moustache. The abyss gazes back, sort of novel.
Back to cats, though. I have two of them, and unscientific rumour hold firmly that cats are only capable of four facial emotions. One cat (Harry) is limited to hungry, sleepy, crazy, and not-quite-hungry-more-like-peckish in his facial features. The other cat (Hugo) oscillates between inquisitiveness, attentiveness, cunning-ness (?), and his default “WTF is he doing with that remote? I’m going to have to reprogram the television all over again tonight!” expression of pure, humans-are-stupid, frustration. I know people with jobs who are dumber than Hugo, but I also once picked up a piece of wood more intelligent than poor Harry! He is a himbo.
Now if you think this is just a wordy excuse for posting cat pictures then you are definitely a cat lover. If you are still stuck on the Austen/Byron/Nietzsche mash-up, well, umm, woof-woof?! Where’s the blog? Go on! Where’s the blog?!
Harry and Hugo: