Author Gail Gauthier's Reflections On Books, Writing, Humor, And Other Sometimes Random Things
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Let Us Now Praise Famous Cats
Thanks to Sheila at Wands and Worlds, I learned that galley cat is doing this cat picture thing. Authors are sending in pictures of their pets looking literary, and galley cat is posting them.
Hey! I thought. I've got a literary cat picture!
Here's the thing, though: Take a look at that photo. Baby Lynx was not working on a laptop. He wasn't working on a desktop, either. He wasn't even working on an IBM Selectric. That portable typewriter is so old, I can't even remember what brand it was.
We're estimating here at Chez Gauthier that Lynx the Wonder Cat went on to his reward nearly thirteen or fourteen years ago. Somehow, it doesn't feel right to be sending his picture anywhere at this late date. I can't quite put my finger on a reason. Maybe because I have a gut feeling that galley cat was thinking live cats?
Lynx really was a marvel, though. In fact, he was the inspiration for my first published short story. I had been writing quite a long time before I broke into print, so I really owe him one.
He was irreplaceable--mainly because after his death we learned that three-fourths of our family members were allergic to him.
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