Monday, July 20, 2009

Meankitty Wants to Know: Java and Meg Benjamin

Author Meg Benjamin, who writes for Samhain, is owned by a very lovely and shiny cat by the name of Java. We must all write suggestions for Java in the comments re: getting more than 5 minutes of ear lovins at a time!


1) So, your human writes books. Does this mean he or she is home all day and easy to access? Elaborate if necessary.

She used to have what she called a “day job,” which meant she often missed putting down the obligatory lunch food for moi (she left out dry food instead—like I’m really going to eat that). However, she’s now retired, which means she should be spending much her time making sure my entirely reasonable needs are met (why do humans always assume five minutes of ear scratching is enough?).

2) How large a proportion of her income do you have her devote to your gourmet tuna, cat beds, toys and other basic necessities?

Well, obviously not enough since she has some left over for her computer, but I’m working on that.

3) What are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments, just because it's fun?

I find hopping onto her keyboard does a great job, particularly the yelp of surprise it always evokes (sheesh, you’d think she’d be used to it by now).

4) What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human's writing career?

Did I mention the five minutes of ear scratching?

5) Tell me about the felines in your human's fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play?

My human has shamelessly stolen events from my life to portray in her first novel, Venus in Blue Jeans. The cat there (she calls him Nico, but believe me, that’s an alias) even goes through the most traumatic experience of my life—the time I was shot by a mysterious assailant and rushed to the vet who managed to save me. You’d think that would be the central event of the book, but no, she has to bring this human love story into it, too.

6) On the off-chance your human has yet to incorporate cats into a story, what are your plans for making sure she rectifies this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?

My human once owned another cat who liked to chew on power cables. I’ve never developed the taste myself, but perhaps her printer cord. . .

7) What works of fiction or cinema involving cats does your human enjoy sharing with you?

My human has pointed out the cats that show up in Jo Beverley who seem to have magical powers. As if that would make me more interesting! I don’t think so.

8) If you could make one change to your human, what would it be?

Well, there’s the ear-scratching thing. I could see starting at twenty minutes, then we’d work up to making it as long as I want it to last. That would certainly be an improvement over the five-minute rule.


Meankitty *


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've got her moving in the right direction. I find that persistence is the key!

Jo B said...

But Meankitty, did your human tell you that my cats in Dangerous Joy get the starring role in doing in the very nasty, kitten-killing villain? True justice required it.

Jo Beverley :)

Writer and Cat said...

Jo B, my human did not tell me that. Perhaps I should follow up...