Katy (a large calico) believes she’s my muse
This huge calico cat with a huge attitude usually sits behind me on my swivel desk chair when I write. Like Kim Novak’s cat Pyewacket in the movie “Bell, Book and Candle” Katy thinks she helps me write ghost stories and fantasies that cast spells over my readers. Katy may be right, though I’d prefer to think of her as a helper rather than a “familiar.”
There’s also something about this chair next to the fireplace. (Probably has spirits under it.) Any time I sit in it, Katy leaps into my lap. My brother Barry saw her there this weekend and snapped a picture. Seriously, I think Katy and I are much hotter than Kim and Pyewacket!
Our three cats do bring a lot of vibes and energies into the house. They seem closer to uncertain places, boundaries and primal currents than most human-type entities I know. They teach us how to forget some of that brainwashing we had thrust upon us in grade school about being civilized in such an artificial way that we begin to forget that we are animals within nature and not apart from it.
My actual muse is, in many ways, a witch, so I think having Katy sitting here with me at my desk while I write probably connects me to wherever it is those ideas come from. To hear Katy’s explanation of things, she actually wrote most of my recent short stories “Moonlight and Ghosts” (now on Kindle) and “Cora’s Crossing” (coming soon) and then allowed me to sign my name to them. She also believes that 88 cents out of the 99-cent price must be used to buy cat chow, cat litter and designer cat toys such as the little orange mouse (fake) that she carries around the house.
If you want to write, begin by adopting a cat.