Day 11

I had big plans for tonight, I really did. I worked until 9 PM tonight, but planned to stay up and write for a while tonight, along with a cup or two of some Irish Breakfast Tea I picked up while I was at work today. My main character finally got to Ireland yesterday, which is where the main action begins to happen, so I thought Irish tea would be a suitable drink of choice.

I’m just too tired to stay up all night, and I have to work all day tomorrow, too, so I really do need to get to bed. But for tonight, I’ll introduce you to a character from my novel. Sebastian is my main character’s cat, and he is based on my beautiful real-life cat Albus.

Sebastian stood up again, this time reaching his front paws forward to stretch. He jumped down off the bed and headed towards the door leading to the rest of my small apartment, his fluffy white tail forming a question mark in the air. He stopped and looked back at me, again blinking at me in expectation.

“Okay, okay,” I said, forcing myself up. “I’ll go feed you.” And with that, he waved his tail with a flourish and ran from the room.

Outline for NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I completed the outline for my novel. Completed, as in, there is a beginning, middle, and end, and the plot seems to actually work! This is more of an accomplishment than I thought possible a few months, or even weeks, ago. I was really having a hard time figuring everything out.

My outline is about 6 pages long, handwritten. Today my plan is to type it out, revising and adding scenes and ideas as I go. I’ve already got 2-3 Beta-readers in mind, just to make sure my outline makes sense and to get feedback and suggestions. I know that NaNoWriMo will be much easier if I have a clear path already laid out, instead of trying to bush whack my way through as I go.

I’m home from church, I’ve got my hot tea and a bagel, and I’ve got a warm fuzzy purring feline, Minerva, snuggled against me. I think that means I’m ready to go!

Correction, in the few seconds it took me to write that last sentence, Albus has climbed into my lap, somewhat obstructing one of my arms, making it a bit difficult to type. So, now I have two felines basically in my lap. That’s ok. It’s good to be loved!

A Lion Called Christian

I read this book a few months ago and wrote a short review about it. I thought I’d share it now.

Someone recently sent me a link to a very touching and enchanting video on YouTube. After watching this reunion of two men with a grown lion they had raised as a cub, I had to buy the book to read the whole story.

A Lion Called Christian tells the true story of how two Australian men visiting London in the late 1960s purchased a lion cub at Harrod’s. For a few months, Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall shared their small apartment with Christian, the lion. Their apartment was located above a furniture shop called Sophistocat, so Christian seemed to become a mascot of sorts for a while. As he continued to grow, Ace and John began to explore options for Christian’s future. Life in a zoo was just not something they wanted to consider. Eventually, two English actors, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, wandered into Sophistocat, initially intending to purchase furniture. However, their meeting with Christian eventually led to his relocation to Kenya and integration into the wild under the care of George Adamson. A year later, Ace and John went to Kenya to visit Christian. At this point, he was already a member of a pride and according to George, quite possibly the largest lion in Kenya. Christian remembered his two friends and welcomed them gladly, as shown in the video.

I absolutely loved this inspirational story, and I recommend this book to all animal lovers.