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Three happy cats 2

It may be a risky thing to say but I believe things are settling.

The house hardly smells at all, at least by cat-lady standards.

Many more of the things that ought to be deposited in litter-trays, are being so deposited.

Vast amounts are being eaten.

A few squabbles arise, but are short-lived.

Mystic’s ear is much better.

Fluff’s coat is refluffing.

If this goes on I shall have to start writing about books again.

Not to mention actually writing them!

The Fantasy Freebooting Tour with Jan Hawke #RRBC

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Please join me in welcoming Jan Hawke to Fiction Favorites. She is on a 4Wills Publishing Tour and I’m so happy  she decided to make my place one of her stops.

Fan fiction as backstory

Because we weren’t allowed to play even minor characters from the original books (and films) we were given a pretty free rein with creating our own ‘original’ characters. Who you chose, and where and how you decided to play them was up to you. Some people only wanted to play in classic canon style threads and so their hobbits, elves or dwarves etc, tended to retain the original profiling as written by Tolkien – salt of the earth hobbit types like Sam Gamgee, or enigmatic, serious Rangers like Aragorn. You knew where you were with that kind of character.

For a Bard like Jano, you were of course expected to sing and tell stories, and…

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The Fantasy Freebooting Tour (the mooch goes on!)

Follow this tour, it’s fast and fantastic!

Jan Hawke INKorporated

Day 4’s in the can – now with added music! 😀

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It has been a good weekend. No, really it has.

The visit from my dear daughter and her equally dear wife was very welcome, and they cheered me considerably.

It’s just a pity that they also had to spend so much time helping me wipe up cat poo and air rooms and scrub carpets.

You will recall that the question of toilet habits has been vexed ever since the cats’ arrival on June 10th. Some progress has been made. Felix and Fluff are both allowed out now, and in a further ten days, Mystic will be able to join them.

Felix is now not soiling anywhere and using the litter tray/outdoors dependably.

Fluff still doesn’t seem to want to go out, so he and Mystic – still quarantined – are still leaving little deposits.

On Saturday evening last, I said to my guests, ‘It’ll be fine once they all go out, as long as no-one has diarrhoea before then.’


Poor Fluff had it everywhere all that night, judging by what we found when we came downstairs the next day. Then he did it again on Tuesday morning.

Steps have been taken, scrubbing has been done, access to carpeted rooms has been reduced overnight; but what I really need is to be able to open doors and encourage them all outside.

Now longing for (a)Tuesday, and Mystic’s last injection and then (b) the following Tuesday, and a family day in the garden!

But I still love them, that’s what mad cat ladies do.

Siân’s Sunday Mooch

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No! You’re not dreaming 😀 I’m mooching 24 hours earlier than normal and… I’ll be mooching nearly every day this week (except Friday ‘cos that’s my day off and Telly will take over the reins then) BECAUSE.. Todays the day that we officially launch –

A Freebooter’s Fantasy Almanac!

AFFA-rgbWEBYes!Click away on the Amazon link all those of you like to read on Kindles – 😀 There’s everything you could want on there now, although we are still waiting on the Foreword, which is why there’s no paperback edition just yet! We couldn’t wait to get the book out to you, is the reason we’re going out ever so slightly incomplete in eBook format. Of course, that’s the beauty of the form, because it can be updated in the drop of the proverbial hat.

I’m trying to do something approaching the Barbara Cartland thing just now and sitting at…

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Pawtrait; Felix

Felix is a handsome chap, a classic Tuxedo Cat who looks younger than his 16 years.

Like his brothers, he’s always hungry and always wanting to be the one on Mum’s lap.

These are the two main sources of friction among the three.

Felix is so far the only one to venture out; he’s clear of quarantine and likes to pop out of the catflap and nose abut the back garden.

It’s a fiddly situation still since I have to keep Mystic in until after the second jab, so I’m having to keep the flap locked, open it to let Felix out, then set it to IN but not OUT. I hope when it’s at last OK for me to just unlock it by day, Felix realises he’s allowed out without my presence working the locks!

Mad cat lady? Me? What makes you think that?

[I’ll be offline til Wednesday, take care everyone.]



Jan Hawke INKorporated


Hi, and welcome to the debut of NOVY’S SON: THE SELFISH GENIUS” BOOK TRAILER DEBUT!  This amazing story has been penned by Author, Karen Ingalls.  To find out more about Karen, please visit her blog tour page at 4WillsPublishing, where this event is being sponsored. We hope that you will enjoy this amazing story, told thru visuals, meaningful words and music.

Novy's Son by Karen Ingalls


From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.

As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love? Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique…

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Fluff is a long-hair, the first one ever to live with me. He’s 16 and very skinny and dainty, and when people see him they think he’s a lady. His face is half black, half white, with a really straight line down the middle, like the people in the Star Trek OS episode, ‘Let that be your last battlefield.’

Just at the moment he’s not looking his best, as he had to be de-matted at the refuge and the hair on the shaven areas is only slowly growing back.

He’s immensely sweet and cuddly, and has an enormously loud purr for such a little thing.

Although he’s officially allowed out now, he’s ignoring the whole idea in favour of sleeping on his chosen chair most of the day.

I love him dearly, these three cats are genuine heart-printers!

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Pawtrait; Mystic.

Mystic is 18 years old and white and black rather than black-and-white.

His face is half black, half white, and his right ear has been partly amputated; it’s still slightly crusty but on the mend.

His feet are all white, and his pads mostly pink, with the occasional black spot.

He’s an affectionate old gentleman, and loves to sleep most of the day in his doughnut, although he’ll have a cuddle now and then.

I though he would be the one who would not be interested in going out, but now that the catflap is uncovered he seems to have realised that Felix is being allowed through it, and comes to peer hopefully though from time to time.

I hope he’ll live for a record-breaking number of years, I’ve fallen for him already!

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We Were All Young Adults Once: Why Are We Not All Reading Young Adult Fiction?

Couldn’t agree more.

Tara Sparling writes

When thinking of book genre classification, I’m reminded of what Winston Churchill reputedly said about democracy being “the worst form of government, except all those other forms which have been tried from time to time.”

We Were All Young Adults Once: Why Are We Not All Reading Young Adult Fiction? Somebody tried to categorise this guy once. It wasn’t pretty I’m always banging on about book genre stereotyping, but Isee it asthe single greatest obstacle for authors today. It’s like a door which only opens one way; and if you find yourself on the other side of the wrong door, you’re fecked, because there’s no going back and changing your mind. Once your book has been classified and marketed withina genre, that’s it. You’re pigeonholed, and that’s where you stay.

Youth Is Wasted On The Young, Etc

One genre which sometimestries to break free is Young Adult, in that it has the so-called ‘Crossover’ sub-genre, which indicates that itmight be read by ordinary old…

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