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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inspiration Is All Around

A orange moon with the silhouette of a cat in front of it.

Yesterday I posted the final installment of my first draft of my upcoming book, Tales of The Cat's Eye Gang. It has been an interesting journey, to say the least writing my first novel, not to mention blogging it as I wrote it. Unedited, with all of the grammar issues, typos, you name it. I put it out there for public consumption. I wanted to let people know what it was like to bring forth a world that scratched its way to life, inside my brain, to become a finished manuscript waiting to be edited.

Most people wonder how I think up the ideas for my stories and I have to sometimes really think about what prompted to life what became a story. That isn't the case with Tales of The Cat's Eye Gang. You see I live every day being inspired by the ones for whom the characters were created. Watching how they interact together in their daily life, helped me develop their characters in my book. This post today will be my re-introduction of the real-life counterparts to the Cat's Eye Gang.

photo of a brown tabby cat owned by author.
CeCe (CeCelia-Queen of Mithral)
CeCe is my 10-year-old brown tabby. I rescued her when she was 6 weeks old from the proverbial old cat lady who was going to lose all her cats to a shelter. I couldn't bear the thought of my baby girl starting her life in a cage. She is the queen of this household and she knows it.

Bo Jangles (Bo- Count Borjaeis)
This next member doesn't technically belong to me but we all share the same household. Bo Jangles is my brother and his family's cat. Bo's previous family moved and just kicked him out into the street to survive after giving him a life since he was a kitten. He was living on the street and had been hit by a car when a lady found him and took him to the shelter. He was sick and taking medicine when my brother discovered him. It was love at first sight for both of them. His true age is unknown, but we think he is around 7 years old.

This next member is part of what we call the Triplets. They were all born very close together and we got them within days of each other.

Neko Dubh (Neko-The Pantheri Prince)

Neko Dubh is my sanity, and at times he drives me completely nuts. I don't know how I lived so long without him. I found him at Texas Humane Heroes in Killeen, Texas and ever since that day he has calmed my turbulent soul. How a scrawny week's old kitten, who tried to climb into my purse became so important to me I have no idea. Yet he has. He is now almost 5 years old. In fact, in just a month he will be from this posting. The shelter named him Neko which means "cat" and I gave him his middle name of Dubh, which is Irish for black. So as you can see his name fits him well.

Dominic Danucci (Dominic)
Our next member of the family is the one I like to call "cotton ball fluffy butt" because it fits him so well. He is better known as Dominic Danucci. He is one of the twins and a member of the Triplets. Are you confused yet? Dominic will be five a couple days after Neko has his birthday. And just take a look at his picture and the next picture and you will see why we say twins. We had to keep different collars on them just to tell them apart at times. Although I swear Dom has bleach in his tongue because I have never seen a cat keep his white parts so white.

The last member of the gang is no longer with us. He passed away in March of last year. It completely floored the family. He was our baby. He was Dominic's twin. I still don't think Dominic is over his loss even now. I still find him searching for his bubby. He is the last of the triplets, even though he was a born a month later than Neko and Dom. They were all adopted so soon together and they were like three peas in a pod. So they were the Triplets in my book.

Donny Brasco (Donny)
Donny Brasco was a fighter. He was sick when we brought him home from the shelter but he fought and survived for almost four years. He sadly passed right before his fourth birthday. My brother and sister in law had to make the heartbreaking decision to put him to sleep rather than let him be in pain any more. I found it hard writing his character for a bit but then one day it was as I sat staring at his picture I felt inspired to create his character the way I did. He became a survivor and as always he was a fighter. This book in part is dedicated to Donny's memory because if more people faced life with his strength the world would be such a better place.

There you have the five members that started out from Cat's Eye on the Queen's Quest for the Triad. Hope you check back often or better yet subscribe to the blog so that you never miss any content. Until next time, love fully and laugh often.

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