Two things close to my heart…

This photo sums up two topics very close to my heart and wraps them up in a rather amusing one-liner, so I just had to share it on here with my writing friends…

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By the way – just for clarification – those two topics I was referring to are good grammar and sci-fi; not over-bearing dominance and kinky leather costumes.

Thanks to the Official Star Wars costumes Facebook page for the original.

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The importance of paying attention to coincidences…

I’ve talked about character names on this blog before, and you may recall that I get many of my names from gravestones.

Well, in relation to that, a funny thing happened the other day… or not so much funny, but more such a striking coincidence that I really just had to pick it up and run with it.

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10 Great Quotations from Writers about Cats

Loved this, especially the first one. Thanks Interesting Literature for the original.

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‘Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.’ – Robertson Davies

‘When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.’ – Mark Twain

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‘I am glad you have a Cat, but I do not believe it is so remarkable a cat as My Cat.’ – T. S. Eliot (letter to his godson, 1931)

‘Little one, I would like to see anyone — prophet, king or God — persuade a thousand cats to do anything at the same time.’ – Neil Gaiman

‘When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not more of a pastime to her than she is to me?’ – Montaigne

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‘If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.’ – Doris Lessing

‘Cats will amusingly tolerate humans only until…

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All this negativity, it’s just so… negative

So, to begin with, my apologies for not posting for a while. I’ve been working solely of the first edit of my book, which (unsurprisingly) required a lot of work. But it’s finally back in the editor’s hands now, looking a lot more lean and muscular than before.

Hence, I now have time to connect with all my followers in the blogosphere (hi, you two).

And, in true-to-form fashion, I’m going to start with a rant… well, a little moan, at least.

While I may not have been writing my own blog posts recently, I have been reading a few. And in the time it’s taken to edit my book, I’ve began to question whether this is even a worthwhile experience due to a host of negative articles on why certain forms of publishing are worse than others. Ironic, eh?

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