Thursday, December 1, 2011

5 Short Cat Tales

I wrote a book called 5 Short Cat Tales.  It's a collection of short stories about two cats that came into my life, and how our lives have been together ever since.  I wrote the stories because I wanted to see if I could make a life as a writer.  The stories are presented for their entertainment value, but I also hope that the readers will find something useful for making their own cats happy.  Since I'm trying to make a living at this, I'm (cautiously) asking for feedback, as long as it's not some kind of hate-mail.  I am in the process of changing things, so it would be better not to use the email on the book cover,  The email to use is, and a link to that is on my Profile page. 

Included in this collection are two more stories, that were contributed by my sister, Krista, and my sister-in-law, Mamie.  I edited/co-wrote the stories with them, which was surprisingly hard work, and equally gratifying.  The reason I called it 5 Short Cat Tales is that I already had the cover done and couldn't afford to change it (this is before I got a computer, and I had the local printer make a cover for me).  So you get seven stories for the price of five!  

I originally intended to publish the traditional way, but it didn't take me long to realize the incredible difficulty in doing that alone, and then attempting to advertise the efforts.  It was not be practical for me to do so with such a small book.  Thankfully I got a computer and started my life in the e-world.  I wrote more stories and found a company that could make the book available on all e-book readers, as well as on their own website.  It was a remarkable thing to find such a company, and I owe eBookIt a great debt of gratitude.  For a nominal fee, they did all the work that would have taken me, well, I'd still be doing it.  To have to learn all the intricacies of every e-book reader, and make sure the formatting is perfect for all of them - it's beyond my capability as a computer noob.  I hope to use their services again soon for my book, because they are able to convert my book to audio, using a computer-generated voice.  I've heard it, and it's pretty good.  Really good, in truth.  I can't decided between the American man, American woman, or British woman.  There's something appealing to me about the idea of a "cultured posh accent" reading my little cat stories, and I'm sure it's because I'm a big fan of British humor.  I just don't know how much my audience would like that compared to a familiar American voice.

Well, that's about all I can tell you without making you buy the book!  It's the history of my big black Stig, and my little baby girl, Jerri, and how I've tried to help my warring cats get along since the time they showed up at my house.  I still haven't fully succeeded, but they're doing better now than ever before.  Sometimes I get them huddled with me under a heat lamp, and for a couple of hours we're in radiant-heat heaven.  It's a small moment of peace and love, and for that brief time, I can get some writing done. 

One last thing, since I'm talking about my writing.  I have three blogs right now, including this one.  My first blog is, and my second is  I'm also on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +, if you want to read a bit more, and on there you can find some pictures and some of my sense of humor as well.  Maybe I shouldn't have told you that part....

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