Real cats are OK ... I used to be a dog person, but cats are a lot easier to handle, and they get a bum rap from people who don't know them. I currently have no pets ... my African Gray Parrot flew away when I walked into the back yard with him on my shoulder.
...my husband just came in and asked what I was typing. His response: "No harm ever came to a cat on 'The Wire.'" Then he followed it up with something I don't think Ning will let me publish about Derek Jeter. He's a native New Englander and Red Sox fan.
As those of you who know me already know, I feel rather defiant about my tastes -- I refuse to accept that cozies can't be well written, that "real" writers can't use animals (CS Lewis anyone?), that any one genre is better than any other, simply because it may be tougher or bloodier, or more male oriented.
Yup, and I adore Denise Mina and Robert Wilson's very dark humored West Africa series, too. Wanna make something of it? (In all fairness, I adore cats, but my fictional cats act like real cats - they don't talk and they don't solve crimes. Plus, I use my mysteries to showcase some real animal issues,such as hoarding.)
I adore Denise Mina, but maybe we just have different tastes in the harder edged stuff? De gustibus and all that!
By the way - and I'll cross post on Mary's board - "Topsy Turvy" is a fabulous Mike Leigh movie about the making of "The Mikado." Basically, Gilbert and Sullivan are at a creative dead end. Both have personal issues weighing on their work and while they're still wildly popular, they're sort of repeating themselves... until inspiration strikes! It's got a great cast (I adore Jim Broadbent), and it is definitely worth checking out, if only for the slow change on Gilbert's (Broadbent) face as inspiration strikes.
Speaking of movies AND harder edged -- any fans of "Sexy Beast" out there? Great heist movie/romance (for us slightly older married types).
Hey, Clea! It's fun here, isn't it? Today I'm teaching my cats (two) to use a kitty door. My husband put one in the door to the basement. They'll go through if I hold the flap open. They're still contemplating and studying it, though, to make sure it's safe to do themselves. :)
I think we have the same writing genes. We're both SPLASHERS. I forget exactly what those stand for, something like Sometimes Prefer Light And Sometimes Harder Edged Reading.
That is so cute! None of mine thought they were cats but my middle one, a girl, spent years trying to be a horse. We had horse jumps in the front yard half the summer. She did not play riding the horse, she was the horse. Until she tried to carry a kid too heavy for her she would do the jumps with a smaller kid on her shoulders.
Yup - five cats. Five kids too so it is a cat per kid. Some of the cats think they are dogs (well one does and follows my oldest around the house) and others think that the younger kids are their very own babies.
Oh I love that site! Got to meet the "Bad Cats" guy last year at the annual Cat Writers Association (Jim something). Very sweet guy -- but the funny thing is, he's allergic to cats. Basically, he's a humor writer who had a wonderful idea. Do you also know about http://www.infinitecat.com ? I should link these all on my main blog, cats & crime & rock & roll, at http://cleasimon.blogspot.com .