If you love life with your cat, making her happy, and untangling the mysteries of her felineness, mark your calendar - January 22 is National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day.
It's a holiday of feline understanding
The proper way to participate in National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day is to be aware of your cat on a more conscious level, and notice when your cat is trying to ask you something. Your job is to stop what you're doing and try to figure out what your cat is asking, and do your best to answer the question.
Now, you might think you know your cat pretty well - but as cat owners know, cats make us happy by just being there. We humans need to exert ourselves daily to please a cat.
In this part of a shortened blog, (because I am out of town and getting to know my fourth grandchild I'm taking excerpts from an interview with a CAT - And these are mine. (top to bottom) Hickey the Maine Coon Mix, MaMa Kitty, and Kali - all large and fat despite our efforts to slim them!
Even though you live a nice life together, you and your cat may never completely understand each other. You will always have questions about why your cat does this or that, and your cat most certainly has questions about your behavior. Just as you have no idea why your cat would demand that you open a door, only to refuse to walk through it, your cat has no idea why you would even have a door.
We've put together a few questions from cats, asked from the cat's point of view, of course. These questions may seem like those that would likely be asked by a cat you know and love. These are written as questions, answers and rebuttals, because we all know that cats like to have the last word.
Learn more about National Answer Your Cat's Question day and other quirky pet holidays at http://www.wellcat.com
Cat Questions, From Your Cat's Point of View
Cat's Question: Why do you keep shutting the doors in the house? Person's Answer: Lots of reasons, my dear cat. To keep you out of some rooms, to conserve energy, sometimes out of habit. What's the big deal? Cat's Rebuttal: Okay, well I need to know what's going on in my own house. I've marked it all as my territory and I want it accessible at all times. When you close doors, you cramp my style.
Cat's Question: Why do you bring strangers into our home? Person's Answer: They're my friends. And they love cats. There's no need to hide when they come over. Cat's Rebuttal: Oh yeah? I didn't invite them over! They scare me. They always want to pick me up. If they'd just leave me alone and let me sneak up and investigate them, I could decide if they are my friends too, and then I might be ok with them petting me.
Cat's Question: Why do you get so upset when I go potty behind your bed? Person's Answer: Because that's gross. You have a nice litter box. Use it. Cat's Rebuttal: Have you seen where you put my litter box? Have you seen what's in my litter box? How would you feel if your toilet were out in the open where anyone could see you using it? I may be an animal, but I need my privacy, and I like things clean. The litter box is really nice, but if I don't use it, there's a reason. (And sometimes the reason is I'm sick and I can't help it. You'll have to ask my veterinarian about that.)
Cat's Question: Why do you keep petting me when I tell you to stop it? Person's Answer: Well, you're so soft and cute and adorable I can't help it. And you like being petted. Cat's Rebuttal: I know I'm irresistible and I do love being petted, but I have my limits. When you see my tail swishing from side to side, I'm letting you know that I've had enough. When you don't get the hint, I have to get up and walk away.
Cat's Question: Why am I not I allowed on top of the refrigerator? Person's Answer: I'm afraid you'll fall. And you'll knock stuff over. Cat's Rebuttal: Dude, I'm a cat. It's unlikely I'm going to fall and if I did, I'd land on my feet. I need to be up high. That's how I observe and supervise my domain. If you don't want me on top of the refrigerator, can you give me some other high places to perch?
Cat's Question: Why do you give me interesting things to lie down on, then take them away? Person's Answer: Oh, you mean, the book or newspaper I happen to be reading? Those aren't for you - those are people things. Cat's Rebuttal: Really? When you sit quietly staring at paper, it feels like a nice moment to be with you. Besides, I think I'm more interesting than whatever you're reading…don't you?
These are just a few general questions your cat may have for you. To understand your cat's questions, you have to try to see things from your cat's point of view. Your cat does try to tell you things, with her meows, her ears, tail, general body language and behavior. The more you know about your cat, the more she will love living with you.
Learn more about National Answer Your Cat's Question day and other quirky pet holidays at http://www.wellcat.com
Last week we met with Sanna Hines, but there's a bit more to learn!
Contemporary Mythic Fantasy
Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe https://www.amazon.com/Shining-Ones-Legacy-Sanna-Hines-ebook/dp/B018EJ8EJ2 http://www.amazon.com/Shining-Ones-Legacy-Sanna-Hines/dp/1478761806/
Young Adult Thriller
SHINING ONES: Legacy of the Sidhe
Ever feel you're different from other people? For police officer Tessa Holly, it's not a feeling; it's a fact. She can change her body any way she chooses. She will never grow sick or old. Born a descendant of Ireland's magical Tuatha dé Danann (Clan of Danu), Tessa expects to follow her clan's Rules in all things--friendships, career, even marriage. But when her brother and a human girl are seized by enemies bent on stealing Danann longevity, the Rules don't help. To rescue the captives, Tessa must rely on a man no one trusts as her guide through cairns, castles and cathedrals of Ireland and Britain in search of her people's greatest treasures. Along the way, she discovers a power greater than all others. If she uses it, she could save—or destroy—her people.
Three daring, daylight kidnappings stun Boston. When Beacon Hill preppie Liv Smallwood sees an extraordinary classmate taken, she can’t wait for police to find her friend. Liv launches a social media campaign to intrigue the kidnapper and draw all of Boston into the search. Even this is not enough. Two obstacles stand in her way: bodyguard and kidnapper. Holly Glasscock, new college grad and cop wannabe, wins the role of Liv’s bodyguard with bold moves of her own. Convinced the
job will propel her into a law enforcement career, Holly soon learns “to protect and to serve” She soon learns “to protect and to serve” takes more than education and martial arts skills. She’ll need wit, courage, and heart to keep Liv from the man called “Stealth,” a man tormented by the death of his twin brother, Brandon. One person with two souls, Stealth will do anything to appease Brandon, even risk a final, desperate capture.
And of course
Josh Seldom just wants to fix cars and succeed at his second chance for love with girlfriend Georgia. But he lives in a town where he meets fairies, giants and ancient Egyptian priests on the street, rubs elbows with elite werewolves, and frequents the clubs of entrepreneurial vampires who plan to cash in on the tourist trade. Tourists are coming to take in Elvira's newly revealed wonders. Before they arrive, someone starts hunting the town's star attractions. Josh, Georgia, resentful psychic Ruthanne and chick-magnet Archie find themselves leading the investigation. Two Goth girls more interested in forbidden love than sleuthing round out the detective team. It's an odd group, but then, nothing is ordinary in Elvira, the place where anything is possible--the place where we'd all live if we could.
Sanna Hines is fascinated with the question, “What IF?” What if I were in danger? Would I face it with bravery and resourcefulness—or give in to fear? What if I could live forever but my loved ones could not? What if I lived in an extraordinary place? What lies waiting to be discovered behind the veil of ordinary existence? Journalism, art history and business studies led Sanna to a career in marketing communications. In 2004, she turned to fiction. Her first two books, Stealth Moves and Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe, were published in 2015. Elvira Wonders followed in 2017. She holds a master's degree in art history and two black belts in Tae Kwon Do. Sanna and her family live in Maine.
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved this book! I'd be happy to read any spin off from this book
This was an adorable story. Part fairytale, part crime thriller, part whodunnit, part love story, part trade in endangered species... I fell into the story and could hardly pull myself out. Loved the characters, and there were a lot of them to get to know, but they all played an essential part.
The only detraction for this book is the cover, but in this case the saying "never judge a book by its cover" is true.
This was a truly delightful story. There were several storylines woven into one overarching story, which kept things interesting. And I never guessed the ending.
Before reading the story I was skeptical about how the author would be able to tie in all the magical creatures, but she did a wonderful job. The Red Fairies vs the Green Fairies, the two different races of vampires, the long established families vs the newcomers - all essential ingredients in any small town conflict novel.
I guess you can tell that I loved this book! I'd be happy to read any spin off from this book.
And now let's meet Josh Seldom of Elvira Wonders
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Josh Seldom, mechanic. I learned my trade in St. Louis, where I lived for four years after high school. I’m an ordinary sort of guy—well, ordinary unless you count fairy magic. Honestly, I didn’t think I had the Gift until this spring, when I called fairies to save me from a psycho. I was as surprised as the fairies were, but now I plan to learn more fairy magic.
2. Tell us where and when you were born.
I hate to admit it, but I was born in Goreton, the next town over from Elvira, which has a hospital. Elvirans have a long-time feud with the Gories. They don’t like our wolves.
3. How would you describe yourself?
Average build—okay, I’m more on the skinny side, but let’s not go there. Brown hair. I wouldn’t say I’m handsome, but Georgia likes the way I look, and that’s what matters.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
Elvira, pop. 700. It’s the Little Town of Wonders now, but it was just the town we called home when I was growing up. Sure, Elvirans knew other places didn’t have fairies, giants, werewolves, an Egyptian temple or the big birds we call “piasas”. We figured we should keep quiet about them. That was before the factories closed and farm prices fell. No one could find work. Elvira was headed for extinction as a town until Mayor Stedwell—he’s from Chicago—convinced us to let the world in on our secrets. Two sets of vampires built clubs to profit from the tourist trade. I’m gotten pretty comfortable with them, but there’s no telling how many other ways tourism will affect our town.
5. How old are you?
Twenty-two. I’ll be twenty-three in the fall.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
Happy enough, I guess. I have nice parents, an older sister and brother. Grade school was a problem when Tommy Hanrahan and Tink Withers bullied me, but my fairy friend taught me to call fairies for help. I made the Call one day when I was sure Tommy and Tink would pulp me, but I didn’t know it worked.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
Oh, man! There’s a touchy subject. I was always close to Georgia—Georgia Beckett then, Georgia Hanrahan now. People thought we’d wind up together until I made the dick move of ditching her senior year in high school. For stupid reasons, I thought I wanted this chick named Cissy Rettger. BIG mistake. Georgia gave me a second chance, and I’m working hard to convince her to trust me.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
People I know, people from Elvira. It’s such a small place, it’s like a big family. I missed that when I lived in the city.
9. What are you obsessed with?
I’m not obsessed with it, but I like ghost hunting. My friend Archie dragged me into the hunt when he was between girlfriends. (Rare event for Archie, who’s always been a babe magnet). Once in a while, we run into things that are scary, but mostly, it’s interesting, even with Ruthanne, who’s psychic and conceited.
10. How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
Being flexible—having the “knack” we call it—keeps everything running smoothly in Elvira. We know when to avoid cranky fairies, how to keep werewolves from eating us, what to do when giants are angry, where it’s safe to be during the spring piasa hatching season…things like that. Our new mayor doesn’t have the knack. I keep trying to fill him in, give him warnings. Sometimes, he listens.
11. Biggest fear?
Elvira will change until it no longer feels like home.
12. What line will you never cross?
I don’t know. You can’t make hard-and-fast rules in this town.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you?
Getting that second chance with Georgia. The worst? Knowing Georgia’s son, Benji, was in the hands of a maniac. Benji’s only four, and he’s cutest, coolest kid I’ve ever met.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Inviting fairies to my home where they found part of a murdered clansman. They thought I was the killer. Luckily, a vampire came by to set them straight and save me.
15. Biggest secret?
I love Georgia, but can’t tell her so yet. She has to decide if she loves me. Her father’s ghost said she did, but how much can you trust ghosts?
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
Moving on with life even though that’s not always easy in Elvira. You never can predict what might happen. Anything is possible.
Now I'd like to introduce you to Christina “DZA” Marie
1. Who are you as a person?
I run the blog Dragons, Zombies & Aliens and write fantasy and sci-fi. Everything I write and review is done through a critical feminist lens.
I am also a Hufflepuff. :)
2. How long have you been a writer?
I've been getting published since 2015, but I've been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil. It's at least 50% genetic; both of my parents are published authors. But even if they weren't, it's just something I love to do.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
Both! I work with Endless Ink Publishing House on their Earth's Final Chapter series. My contribution so far—book 8, Homestead Hunts—is basically about Canadian cannibals in the future.
This year I'm getting into self-publishing with my graphic novel Sovadron, as well as a couple of smaller pieces: a novella called The Witch from Minnesota and a collection of short stories.
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
You understand this is like asking me to choose between my children, right?
Growing up, I've always been a fan of Rick Riordan. He's usually who I turn to for inspiration in YA. Branching off into the adult section, I love George R. R. Martin.
This past year I've also discovered the awesomeness of Robyn Bennis, Tiana Warner, and Margaret Fortune.
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)
Sovadron is your classic “group of adventurers who don't really like each other at first are forced to work together to save the world from the ancient evil” kind of deal, except instead of the Medieval European setting, it's based off of the Early American Republic (late 18th/early 19th Centuries)
6. What is the setting and genre?
This is an epic or high fantasy, set in the world of Eoroe. You have gods, giants, dragons, demons, sorcerers, everything.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Probably Lieutenant Shakairra Romazi. At first I liked her simply because she was based off of my Dungeons & Dragons character of the same name, but the more I write her and flesh out her character, the cooler she becomes. She's very down-to-earth, gritty, and takes absolutely zero shit even from her commanding officers. But at the same time she's very vulnerable and has to learn how to trust people.
8. What character is most like you?
Honestly, all five of them have little bits and pieces of me. I have a very single-minded determination, which Shakairra definitely illustrates. Kyne la Clare has all my nerdiness. Rain has my optimism times twenty. Elkvein is a chatterbox like me. And Gundar...
Actually, I don't think Gundar and I have anything in common.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
It's super cliche, but I would love to be able to fly. Otherwise, telekinesis.
10. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
Sovadron's theme was accidental, and I'm sure those who read it will have their own takeaway. But I guess the message I'm trying to say with this story is that we all have our differences and strange quirks, and it's only when we accept them that we win.
11. How are you marketing your book?
Mostly through a combination of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and my blog. I'll also be attending a ton of conventions this year so I can talk to people in person about it.
12. 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.
Without a doubt, I would want Michelle Rodriguez for Shakairra. She's who I had in mind when I was first starting to build her character.
Liam Neeson would make a pretty interesting Gundar, or Sir Ian McKellan.
Halle Berry could be Elkvein. It'd be fun to see her knock Gundar down a few pegs.
As for Rain and Kyne...I have no idea. I kind of want to say Maisie Williams for Rain, just because she's a werewolf.
13. What Favorite foods
Sushi, oysters, pumpkin pie, and chocolate are my favorite foods.
The best meal I ever had was at Quincy Market (in Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts). It's basically a high-end food court where you can get anything. There's hot dogs right next to shellfish, right next to donuts, right next to ice cream. The shellfish shop had a little bar-like seating area, so I went there first for half a dozen raw oysters, which the guy shucked right in front of me. Then I went right across the hall to the sushi shop for a couple of spicy handrolls. Then after that there was a bakery that had these massive half-vanilla half-chocolate cookies.
The whole thing cost about $40. Totally worth it.
14. What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything makes me laugh. Pixar makes me cry.
15. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Well I'm a Buddhist. So instead of RIP, I'd want BRB.
16. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Knitting and crocheting are probably my second-favorite pasttime. Martial arts is another—I got my black belt in American self-defense when I was thirteen. Watching good movies and television is another, as is going on nice, long walks.
17. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Game of Thrones, which I am so pissed that we have to wait a whole other year to see the end of. I also enjoy American Horror Story, and recently I've gotten into Daredevil.
I love the Marvel Phase Three reboot movies and am so psyched for Infinity War. The recent Star Wars movies are incredibly and way better than the Star Trek reboots, which is funny because the original Trek is better than the original Wars.
I also like Pixar and horror movies. Weird mix, I know.
18. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Actually, my full-time job is not (yet) writing. It's working as a community support staff for Dungarvin. We help people with mental and/or physical disabilities in a wide variety of fields. I mostly working in supported employment, in-home support, and independent living services.
Basically, human services.
19. What are you working on right now?
Other than Sovadron, I'm under contract for a series of short stories called Twisted Tales for Sic Semper Serpent. They're fairy tale reboots. I'm also writing for a new RPG called Endless Realms, and I've resumed contributing articles to TheThings.com.
20. How much research do you do for your novels? Bonus –what’s the weirdest thing you have Googled?
I do a ton of research, especially if it's for epic fantasy or sci-fi worlds that I have to build from the ground up. Most of the kingdoms and countries are based off of real places in history, so I research their political and governmental structures, as well as their cultural norms and social structures
21. What’s the scariest thing you have ever done, and did it end up in a story? This ended up in a short story a while ago.
When I was sixteen years old, my family (me, parents, and my younger brother) went to our town's annual River Days Celebration, which included a little carnival that had rides and whatnot. One of the new “rides” they had that year was a two-story platform. You jumped off and onto an air mattress on the ground. We had to sign a death waiver to go.
My mom and brother thought it was crazy and refused to have any part in it. My dad and I heard “death waiver” and immediately bought tickets.
It was awesome. :)
22. Name 5 fictional characters you would invite to a dinner party. Where would the party be?
All smartasses. Tyrion Lannister for sure. I'd also want either James T. Kirk or Leonard McCoy, I'd have to flip a coin for that one. Mushu from Mulan would be on the list, and Tony Stark. And then Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series to put them all in their place.
It would be at Bilbo Baggins' hobbit hole. We all know how much he loves unexpected dinner parties.
23. What links or website do you have? List them below.
Http://www.dzamarie.com blog is http://www.dzamarie.com/blog