If you’re a writer, you may have one.  You may have one if you’re not a writer, too.  In fact, some humans have several, because we require more “supervision” of our daily lives — and more cat hair on our clothes, apparently.

O is for feline overlord, or “Overcat” for short.

I decided that I needed a non-serious post for today, a literal “fluff piece.”  So this post is about my cats.  All six of ’em.


This is Ashley, a dilute torbie (tortoiseshell tabby).  She has an obsession with playing fetch.  Her other hobbies include knocking things off tables and desks, and eating.



Una (a.k.a. Floofycat), the first-born of the litter, named for the princess in Stardust by Neil Gaiman.  She’s floofy like her father, and a little bit crazy.


Harmony found Nemo!

This is my favorite photo of Harmony (a.k.a. Neenee, a.k.a. Teeny Meany, a.k.a. Ittybittykitty), the baby of the litter.  “Look — Harmony found Nemo!”  (Nemo is filled with catnip.)  Harmony often stands on a bookshelf and makes weird yargle sounds at the ceiling for no apparent reason.  She also attacks boots and wrestles them to the floor.



Tip (a.k.a. Doodle) as a kitten; I joke that he was pretending in this photo to be a character from The Remnant (a sci-fi novel).  Now that he’s grown, he looks just like his father except for having shorter hair.  He’s also a big fan of Warhammer 40K boxes.



The kittens with their mother, Tabitha.  From left to right:  Tabitha, Tip, Ashley, Harmony, and Una.  They’re watching birds — or possibly a squirrel.


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…And here’s a baby pic of all the kittens, because I’ve been threatening to post one and embarrass them on the Internet.  🙂  It’s too bad you can’t see Ashley’s face in this pic; she looks like a little cat doll.  And Tip has the white tip on his tail that gave him his name.  (Alas, the white tip went away as he grew up — or rather, the white hairs stayed but became much further apart as the cat expanded.)



THIS is Calliope, Tabitha’s sister.  As you can see, she has the whole “writer’s cat” thing down perfectly.  “You, biped — sit at this computer and make clickety sounds on the keyboard, for it amuses me.”




About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to O

  1. Drew Llew says:

    Being a science fiction author, did you ever consider that your cats may not be of this world? If you’ve time, I theorized on the origin of cats here http://wp.me/p3clDN-2R


  2. Cats symbolize the feminine in so many ways, cultures and spaces of the psyche…
    Thank you,
    Garden of Eden Blog


  3. Michelle says:

    Great post!

    Please visit my blog, http://www.thatgirlybookworm.blogspot.ca

    My theme focuses on books and the title of the day starts with the letter of the day!


  4. Rosie Amber says:

    Cute cats! I have given your blog a shout out from my letter P today http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/


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