the Unending Journey of the Wandering Author

A chronicle of the unending journey of the Wandering Author through life, with notes and observations made along the way. My readers should be aware I will not censor comments that disagree with me, but I do refuse to display comment spam or pointless, obscene rants. Humans may contact me at thewanderingauthor at yahoo dot com - I'll reply as I am able.

Location: New England, United States

I have always known I was meant to write, even when I was too young to know the word 'author'. When I learned that books were printed, I developed an interest in that as well. And I have always been a wanderer, at least in my mind. It's not the worst trait in an author. For more, read my writing; every author illuminates their heart and soul on the pages they write upon.

Friday, November 17, 2006

To Pet A Tiger

These cute little creatures, comfortably cuddling each other, are my two kittens. They're slightly over a year old in this picture, so technically not kittens, but I think of them as my kittens anyway. They came as tiny orphans who had to be bottle fed.

I wrote an earlier post about one of their adventures. Since I have almost no time to write a post tonight, I thought some of my readers might like to see what they look like. The tiger on the left is Tristan Brighteyes, Hero; the tiger on the right is Stargazer, Miss. Chevious (a name I selected after I realised the phonetic spelling in the earlier post was open to misunderstanding).

As you can all see, I can have the pleasure of petting a tiger whenever I would like. Tristan loves to greet me, whenever I come in, calling out to me, his tail high in the air. Miss Chevious likes to drop by while I'm working on the computer, to see what tips she can pick up. One day, she will be blogging on her own (without any human to type for her, either - I've had some smart cats, including one who would try to speak over a dozen human words, and this girl is smart.

For those of you who are wondering, I still intend to finish the novel, but my hopes of completing 50,000 words by the end of the month are about as bouyant as the Titanic. Of course, the novel would be longer than that, and will require editing. All in all, I don't expect it to make an appearance in the world until sometime next year. I hope to have it out by spring or summer, but as always, life has a habit of changing the "best laid plans of mice and men."

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Blogger anna said...

The one of the left side of the screen (my left :) ) looks exactly like a cat my mom has.

I love kitties.

Great pic.

November 17, 2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Susan Abraham said...

They're gorgeous, WA!
Stargazer is of course, my favourite and a true beauty.
Makes me wonder if there's any sibling rivalry that goes on.
Have missed you lots!

November 17, 2006 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh no, the curse of the flickr cat has now spread to the blogosphere!!! Now, don't get me wrong, I have nothing against cats (after all, they are rather delightful when slightly roasted and seasoned with a mild spice) but I'm convinced there's a global conspiracy by cat owners to turn the world to mush by uploading photos of cats. (Oh, and before I get an inbox full of death threats and feline jihads from cat lovers of the world...the roadting of cats was a much better grilled!) ;)

November 18, 2006 2:42 AM  
Blogger ian said...

Now, here's the funny part showing my book geekiness...

When I read the first cat's name was Tristan (which ended one line and this was before I read the Brighteyes, Hero part), I just sort of assumed the other cat would be Isolde.

Ian <---dork

November 18, 2006 5:08 PM  
Blogger The Wandering Author said...

Anna, your mom has a beautiful cat. :=) if he looks like Tristan. And yes, I love cats, too, if that wasn't obvious.

Susan, Thanks. They're both beautiful. They're actually pretty close; most of the rivalry is with their "step-brother", my son's cat. I've been by your blog a few times, but Blogger only let me leave one comment, on your ghost story.

windscreen fly, I'll let the cats answer you. I do suspect from your comment, though, you haven't yet stumbled across any of the blogs written by cats. Ooops! There's a few links you'll never get now! :=D

Ian, actually, the story of Tristan and Isolde was one of the main inspirations for his name. Brighteyes is a descriptive name added later, Hero is a title he earned, if you read the post I linked to. His sister is not named Isolde first because that would seem a trifle, incestuous?, and second because it doesn't seem to fit her.

iphids = I hope that isn't a geneticially modified form of aphids. We're under attack!

November 18, 2006 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Tristan Brighteyes, Hero said...

Do I hear buzzing? What's that? Look, on the windscreen! It's a fly! Gulp.

November 18, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger erica said...

They are cute!
My cats don't speak human words, but they sure are bossy sometimes :)

November 20, 2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Oh goodness, this is the wrong post, but Zach is gorgeous! Congrats!

November 20, 2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger Thy said...

ahhhh so cutee

my biggest weakness: animals

November 21, 2006 12:34 AM  
Blogger Annelisa said...

Love the tigers' names!

YOu've still got 8 days to finish your wordcount! Go for it! :-D

November 21, 2006 9:23 PM  
Blogger barista brat said...

tristan brighteyes looks EXACTLY like my cat, espresso. we call him a mountain lion because he's huge and all muscles. his sister, misto, looks a bit like stargazer except misto has longer fur and is smaller.

my kitties were also rescued and we had to bottle feed both of them. they are now 2 years old and i'll have to send you a piccie so you can see the similarity!

November 22, 2006 4:45 AM  

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