Being a Cat Butler

Having to stay at home non-stop during the pandemic has produced the strange long-term effect that I’ve slowly devolved into a cat butler whose only functions in life are to let our two cats outside, back inside, dry said cats with a fluffy towel when they get wet, and listen to them complain about other cats daring to enter their territory (which isn’t actually their territory at all – it’s our neighbour’s back yard and one of the “invaders” is her cat whose lived there his whole life).

In addition, my every writing session starts with ten minutes of waiting for one of the cats to stop staring at the screen (judging me, of course) and finally settle down to a nap, because of course they couldn’t just let me write by myself. I’d screw everything up.

My wife is beginning to worry that my subservience to feline demands is becoming a tad excessive.

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  • Toni
    August 3, 2020 - 2:47 pm · Reply

    My friend (and pretend grandson) recommended and loaned me, your Spellslinger Series.
    I enjoyed the books very much!! Although, magic and fantasy are not really my preferred genre (I’m currently reading a series about a rather depressing psychotherapist who gets involved in murder investigations and likes to walk the streets of London in the middle of the night!?!) – I loved your characters and their stories and philosophies!! Fantasy has a definite appeal these Covid days! I think I might be a convert! You are on to a good thing. Keep them coming! Thanks!

    • decastell
      August 4, 2020 - 8:32 am · Reply

      Thanks for the kind words, Toni! And thank your friend (a.k.a. grandson) for bringing you over to the fantasy side of things. Although I have to say, a depressing psychotherapist involved in a murder investigation who walks the streets of London in the middle of the night sounds pretty appealing, too.

  • Jenn
    August 5, 2020 - 11:59 pm · Reply

    I stumbled across your Greatcoats series several months ago and lost many hours of sleep, falling victim to the “just one more chapter” promise I could never keep. The Spellslinger series has equally affected my reading addiction. I now firmly and adamantly recommend two authors, of which you are one, to anyone looking for something new to read.
    I completely understand the rule of the cat. My cat also insists that she is present and participating anytime I am at my computer, although my writing is typically related to university assignments and far from entertaining stories for now.
    Stay healthy and thank you for continuing to write.

    • decastell
      August 6, 2020 - 9:31 am · Reply

      Delighted to hear you enjoyed the Greatcoats and Spellslinger series, Jenn!

      But now I’m curious who the other author is that you recommend? Is it someone I might’ve read?

  • Prz
    February 3, 2021 - 4:52 am · Reply

    I’m so glad to have found your spellslinger series- all of them! at the library. I gobbled them up. They have been a real treat particularly during the pandemic. I really like the surprises, that your books are not formula written and do not pander, not lingering too long in the romantic spots, just enough to give it its due. But mainly pure exuberant adventure. And above all what captured me were the multi dimensional female charactors. Finally! Thanks so much. I cant wait to read the way of the Argosi.

    • decastell
      February 3, 2021 - 10:15 am · Reply

      Thanks so much! I’m delighted you found the series and enjoyed it! I’m hard at work on Fall of the Argosi now (the second Ferius book), so there’s lots more to come!

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