Cat gods in Egypt Tahani Nelson's Faoii-Kaiya Edward Buatois Virtual Fantasy Con 2017
October 16 is Feral Cat Day
Feral, stray, and pet cats are all members of the same species; they are all domestic cats. But stray cats and feral cats are also different from each other. Each variety behave differently around people.
For the full article on this here's the link! https://www.alleycat.org/resources/feral-and-stray-cats-an-important-difference/
No matter how you deal with cats, you need to know how to tell the difference for the sake of good intervention. there are six key things to know.
What is socialization?
A "socialized" cat enjoys being around people, held, spoken to and played with—from an early age.
If a kitten does not become accustomed to people holding her and petting her while young, she will grow up apprehensive of humans and will not be happy living in homes.
Pet and stray cats are socialized to people. Feral cats are not. While they are socialized to their colony members and bonded to each other, they do not have that same relationship with people.
A stray cat is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her domestic home, as well as most human contact and dependence.
Under the right circumstances, however, a stray cat can also become a pet cat once again.
Another definition that may help: – “A stray cat is a domestic cat that has been abandoned or has ‘strayed’ from home and become lost. Stray [cats] were once pets and they can usually be successfully rescued and placed in homes.” – Stray Cat Handbook
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors.
Kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes.
Bottom line: If a cat you don’t know approaches you or if you can touch her, she is most likely not feral. Not all stray cats will do this though, especially at first—each cat will act differently in a variety of situations. More monitoring using these guidelines may be necessary to determine if the cat is socialized.
MaMa Kitty - Our stray who came to stay
When Our kids went off to college and the last of the pet hamsters went to Hamster Heaven, we thought we were going to be gloriously pet free. Nature and a beautiful stray Classic Tabby had other plans. Dr. Jackie our son Thom & I were at our inherited house in Piney Flats, TN (You saw a picture on World Architecture Day) We were raking leaves from under the crumbling outdoor deck, when Jackie came across a lump of black fur: a tiny kitten with eyes not even open. Further inspection revealed a white one, another black one, a tri-color tux and a very fuzzy tabby tux kitty. It was a litter, likely orphaned or abandoned by the mother. Then we saw her and Jackie fell in love with her almost instantly. She was weak and emaciated; likely not used to living on her own. She had been surviving on cicadas. We went for a walk after she was reunited with her kitties, and were trying to decide what we could do about her when we noticed she was following us down the road.
Now, I've almost always lived around cats. Most were outdoor cats. I had never seen a cat follow people as if she was trying to be a part of our lives. She went back to the house with us and even came inside for a can of tuna. We tried to find a shelter to take her and the kitties, but there was no place that was a "no-kill" except for one which guaranteed she and the kitties would live out their lives in wire cages. We took them back to Ohio and got the same sad news there.
Now we had six cats. Our son took two when he graduated. Our daughter couldn't because her husband had allergies. One cat passed away - ironically the first one we found. Now, ten years later, there are three: (from lower) Kali, Hickey and Mama Kitty. They are HUGE because the kittens were part Maine Coon. Looks like we're in it for the duration with our pretty stray cat and 2 of the kits who came to stay.
Cats and Egypt Cats were sacred to the Ancient Egyptians. They were praised for controlling vermin and because they could kill snakes. The domesticated cat became a symbol of grace and poise in the form of the Goddess Bast or Bastet the patroness of Bubastis.
There's more to the legend and lore surrounding Bast, however. Much of her worship and some of her story came from the worship of earlier feline deities. Sometime she is seen as a part feline woman. On occasion, the cat she resembles looks more lion-like and hearkens to lion women of an earlier era. The common clue is the protector and the defender of home and hearth.
In Egyptian mythology, Sekhmet was originally the warrior goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was married to Ptah, the god of healing. was the lioness-headed goddess of war and destruction.
In an alternate legend, She was created by the fire of Ra's eye, thus considered his daughter. Ra created her as a weapon of vengeance to destroy men for their wicked ways and disobedience to him.
At one point it became clear that she enjoyed destroying mankind too much and drinking the blood of the slain. So she was tricked into drinking wine that looked like blood. After she was drunk, she was defeated.
Mehit or Menhit
Many scholars state that these are two different goddesses but I see too many similarities to accept that. This goddess is known as "She who massacres" or "the slaughterer" She goes in front of the King's troops with her wolf mate Anhur or Wepwawet at her side raining arrows of destruction.
Both Goddesses came from Nubia. Sometimes she is seen as the mate of Khnum, a creator, aligning her with Ptah and hence Bast. Later in Egypt, she became combined with Sekhmet and still later the more warlike aspects of Bast. All in all, she was a dark-skinned tribute to African warrior queens.
Last week I interviewed Tahani Nelson.
This week meet her character Faoii-Kaiya
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
I am Faoii-Kaiya of the Monastery of the Eternal Blade.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
Probably Clearwall or one of the settlements near it. I admit that I don’t really know. Faoii are left with the Order shortly after birth, and I grew up within the Monastery. I don’t really know what life is like outside the Monastery, but I have to assume it’s incredibly boring.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I’m sure Cleroii-Belle and the other ascended would tell you I’m a pain in the backside and a disgrace to the Order, but the Goddess and I both know that I’m the best test of endurance and patience that has ever graced these halls. They’re always preaching on about the virtue of patience and whatnot. Always talking about how overcoming a struggle is the greatest thing a Faoii can learn to do. But THEY never have to take the tests, do they? So I’m just making sure they’re still following Illindria’s guidance. That makes me… dedicated. 😉
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I think the Monastery of the Eternal Blade is the largest of the eight Illindrian Monasteries. We’re definitely the closest to Clearwall, at any rate. It’s an okay place to grow up. Sure, early morning chapel is boring and there’s way too much time in class and not enough swordfighting practice, but you learn to adapt. That’s one of the Goddess’ things, you know? Learning to withstand hardships. I’m sure that’s the real reason the ascended spend so much time just talking about things instead of going out and doing them.
5. How old are you?
Sixteen. But I think our years might be slightly longer than yours.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
Of course. For as long as I can remember I’ve been training to be a Faoii. What girl doesn’t want that? To learn to use magic? To be one of Illindria’s chosen? I might have been bored sometimes, but I never doubted that I was luckier than every girl in Clearwall. And I had Mollie as my shield sister. She always made things bearable.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
In the monastery, Mollie was the best shield sister I ever could have asked for. She was slow to anger and always tried to keep me out of trouble. She failed, of course, but she always tried.
And even when the ascended came down on both of us, she always stood by me. I… I can’t believe she’s gone now.
These new companions I’ve found on my journey are… better people than I ever thought I’d find. I love Emery’s loyalty, even though he’s shy. Eili scares me sometimes. I think she could stop a charging stallion with a stare, so I’m really glad she’s on our side. Asanali makes me want to dance in the rain and howl at the moon. Tendaji definitely surprised me the most. To find out that I have a brother—and a Croeli at that—it’s unbelievable. We were both raised to hate each other, and now we have each other’s back in ever fight. And Lyn… Lyn means more to me than I ever thought anyone would again. She’s been through so much and she’s fiery as Hell—but she’s the best Faoii I’ve ever met and I’m proud to stand beside her.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
A year ago I would have told you my Oath. I would have said something about the Goddess or what it means to be Faoii. But now that I’ve seen the world outside my monastery, I think there are more important things than tradition. I want to save my country from the Croeli threat. I want to save my friends. I don’t care if they’re Faoii or not. I don’t care if they worship Illindria or radishes. I just want people to be able to live free and make their own choices.
9. What are you obsessed with?
I don’t really have time to be obsessed with anything. Croeli-Thinir is a plague on this nation. He’s burnt down all the monasteries—he’s enslaved most of the citizens. I have to stop him. There’s no one else left who can.
10. How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I am Faoii. My loyalty is always to Illindria, the Great Goddess. She is the one who gifted the Order with magic. She is the one that guides my sword and helps me see the path. She’s the one that will keep my friends safe in battle and guide my hand when I find Thinir. My entire life has been to serve Her. She is everything.
11. Biggest fear?
That… that Thinir is stronger than me. That I’ll eventually find him and NOT be able to bring him down. That I’ll just watch him use his dark spells to enslave everyone I care about. He’s already burnt down my home. He’s destroyed my world. I’m afraid of what else he can take from me. Goddess guide my battles.
12. What line will you never cross?
I don’t care how effective it is, I will never use tonicloran on my enemies. It causes your flesh to boil and come off in ribbons. It kills slowly, agonizingly, and there is no antidote. That the Croeli use it just proves that they are animals. I would never stoop so low.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
I don’t remember it, but I’m sure the best thing that ever happened to me was my mother deciding to leave me at the Monastery. Because of her, I am Faoii now. I can wield a fantoii and magic. I can guide the world with the Goddess’ eye. I am one of the chosen few who can make a difference. Everyone wants that chance, but few get it.
The worst thing…I still can’t believe that the Croeli have destroyed all of the monasteries. I can’t believe I’m the last Faoii left. Our Order have never been defeated before. Since the beginning of time we’ve been the champions of justice. And now… now I’m the last one. How is anyone supposed to face that?
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Cleroii-Belle has caught me doing all sorts of stupid things back at the monastery, and she always seemed to make my punishment a spectacle. Sleeping in class, sneaking out of the monastery at night, sneaking back INTO the monastery in the morning—if I did it, somehow Cleroii-Belle always seemed to catch me. Just getting caught time and again was embarrassing enough.
15. Biggest secret?
…My fantoii doesn’t sing for me. A Faoii’s blade is ALWAYS supposed to scream or sing when she swings it, and mine doesn’t. It just hums. I don’t know what that means. Maybe it’s not really my blade. I found it in the monastery after the Croeli left me for dead. Maybe I don’t even have a fantoii out there. Maybe no one got around to forging it before the monasteries fell, and I don’t know how to forge my own. Some Faoii, huh?
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Faoii. I guess your language doesn’t really have an equivalent. What do you call your warriors? The female ones, I mean?
17. What is your current goal?
To find out why Croeli burnt down the monasteries, slaughtered my sisters, and left me for dead. Why are they taking blood from everyone in the settlements? What do they want? How does their army keep getting bigger no matter how many battles they fight?
But mostly, I want to find Croeli-Thinir, look him dead in the eye, and make sure he realizes that it was a Faoii that laid him low. I want to watch the life drain from his eyes and take back my country. I want to end this.
It's a wonderful thing to see a writer emerge from tentative beginnings to polished exciting work and emotive characters. I like to hold up the example of Edward Buatois. He's yet to be officially published but is beginning to polish and grow a fan base. Here's Ed in his own words.
1. Who are you as a person? (brief bio paragraph)
2. I love reading — and writing, when it doesn’t give me hives! Bicycling’s cool, too. Love to go with the wife down in the Metroparks. I enjoy watching Netflix… mainly sci fi shows like Star Trek, and anything Marvel puts out. I like things with real human drama, but humor, too. I tend toward the quirky.
3. How long have you been a writer?
4. Depends on how you count it. But really, about four years. I used to wish I could sing or draw and bemoaned that I had no artistic skill, then realized I could write.
What “activated” me was I got into the first season of Lost Girl, about a Succubus raised by humans who’s trying to make it in the world of the Fey, and I thought, “I could write this!” Haven’t really stopped since.
5. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering? Not yet published. I’ve written probably about a dozen short stories and am working on a couple of novels. Every year I get better. I’d like to be able to “get published” with a short story just to say that I’ve done it, but with the books I intend to go Indie.
Traditional publishing, you give up your rights to your work and they take a huge piece of your profits while not doing much for you. Indie, you do pretty much the same work but keep control and almost all of the profits. With all the resources out there now for Indie writers it’s a no-brainer for me.
6. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
I have a few. Stephen Gould wrote Jumper, about a teen who can teleport… his writing was so breezy, so approachable. Melissa Breyden wrote a lesbian romance novel called Waiting in the Wings, which I read to study how women are together for a bisexual character I’m working on. Her writing is emotional and earnest and honest. Chelsea Cain wrote the Heartsick series, about a female serial killer and the conflicted relationship she has with the detective sworn to catch her. Her writing is raw and rich and funny. Most recently, Jillian Loren, who wrote a memoir called Some Girls, about her year or so spent in a Brunei harem. She also is raw and funny, but I also get out of it the dynamics of women in competition, and how men in power behave toward them; that also can be useful in my writing. Basically, I enjoy discovering rich, quirky, honest and heartbreaking ways to write about people, and studying the ways real people interact so their souls can breathe life into my characters.
7. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
A Succubus who just wants to be loved and left alone, but the world demands more of her.
8. What is the setting and genre?
Urban fantasy. Mainly somewhere in a middle-sized city in Colorado.
9. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Will the favorite character ever be one other than the main character? Eyrtena, the demon Succubus. She starts as naive and new and accepting of what she’s told, but as the book wears on she discovers that virtually nothing she believed about herself or how the world works is true, and it’s quite traumatic but she grows from that to become the most powerful Succubus on Earth while still retaining a kernel of that sweetness and naivete. That actually makes her a challenge to write at times, but it’s a challenge I enjoy!
10. What character is most like you?
Probably Taylor, a human love interest of hers. Very down-to-Earth, head maybe too much in the books!
11. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
Flying, like Superman. I’ve dreamed about it more often than I can count. It would be so cool to just be able to soar anywhere, not worry about falling, feel the wind on my body. Others might say “teleport” but I think most of the fun is in getting there!
12. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
Oh, tons. I guess the main one is, it’s not about who you are, but who you choose to be. Eyrtena has every reason to believe she’s a literal demon, sucking souls for Lucifer, but that’s a certainty that’s fairly quickly blown up in the book, and after that and for many other reasons she has to find her own way and purpose. She’s never quite sure the reality of it, though, which is important — I don’t want the reader to know whether she’s “really” a demon in the end, because it really doesn’t matter. What really matters is the choices she makes, what’s in her heart.
13. How are you marketing your book?
I will be giving readings and going to conferences, probably doing the booth thing, too, and creating marketing materials such as bookmarks and flyers that I will give out and leave around. I will support other writers, and give out free books in exchange for email addresses so I can directly market to people known to be interested in my work. I don’t really plan to do the twitter thing where you put up the cover of your book and beg people to buy it… that actually annoys me and I promise never to do it to you.
14. Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Hm, I don’t know. Nichola Tesla comes to mind because he was a such a brilliant, mysterious man, but for that same reason he probably wouldn’t make for much fun at dinner. Actually, probably JK Rowling. She’s a brilliant writer and quite the pithy political activist. I think meeting her would be a blast.
15. A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters.
Oh, I have no idea. Who’d make a good Eyrtena? Maybe Emilia Clarke as a brunette, who plays
Daenerys Targaryen. She’s tiny and beautiful, and has proved the range to be able to play resourceful, sweet, vulnerable, and decisive.
16. What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
I have to say, none. She enjoys soft jazz, but I’m not up on it. Night Shadow is a mix of thriller, romance, and horror… the main character, Eyrtena, is a creature born to devour the souls of the very humans she seeks out for love, and Night Shadow is largely her story of self-discovery as she learns this about herself and the various ways to tries to reconcile the incompatibilities of her nature with her desire.
17. What Favorite foods
My favorite foods? I’m pretty easy. Steak, french fries. Spaghetti. A really good hamburger. For desert, Creme Brulee.
18. What makes you laugh/cry?
Pretty much the typical things, I guess. I will say I have a quirky sense of humor, and I love a joke I have to peel like an onion.
19. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Literally a blank slate, in honor of writer’s block? Just kidding. Maybe a pithy quote from one of my stories. I fantasize about those “funny” ones people have actually used, like, “I told you I was sick.” Actually, I think this, which I just came up with: “In death as I was in life, the world at my back, dreaming of the stars.”
20. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I don’t understand the question? No, actually, I enjoy reading, of course. Bicycling. I keep up on politics, and also am fascinated by all things science — part of why I like to dream about “what if’s.” I think also I like to study people… how they are, how they dress, how they talk, what it says about them. It all helps greatly in writing.
21. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Primarily sci fi. Anything by Marvel. Anything by Wonder Woman. The Matrix was my favorite for a while. Avatar. TV shows… Stargate SG-1. Anything Star Trek.
22. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Depends — do we mean what’s possible, or what I might have done given the talent, etc.? I’d have liked to be a great artist, but I have no talent for drawing. I admire the heights of athleticism, but I myself am a total spaz. Can I turn this around? I am a software developer, but I wish I’d developed my writing earlier on.
23. What are you working on right now?
The Night Shadow story I mentioned. I did it as a NaNoWriMo, but it has to be cleaned up, and I also created a short story based on it that is finished. I’m told it’s not really “science fantasy” but more “dark fantasy with sci fi elements.”
24. What future plans do you have in writing?
A prior book I want to finish is Storm Angel, a lighter urban fantasy — also about a Succubus, but one that has no idea what she is and hates her powers, while Eyrtena embraces who and what she is (well, up to a point). Working on Night Shadow has been great practice and Storm Angel will be a much better book. I’m considering writing targeted short stories for some magazines… it’s harder to write a story off the cuff and find a home for it. I’ll also say that since I started writing in earnest I’ve been exposed to thrillers and romances, and seriously would like to try my hand at those, too.
25. What links or website do you have? List them below.
Pretty much just this one — edwardbuatois.com. Stop by, and subscribe! I post my short stories there. I also have a blog that I’ve been neglecting, but you can check that out there, too.
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