Find Chey Friday #273

WP_000022Did you miss me? Two weeks ago my humans were out of town. Then the Male lost his job on Thursday and the Woman totally forgot about Find Chey until late. So now, I’m back.

And where the heck am I? Can you help?

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Sunday Guest Star: Laila and Minchie

Angus and LailaWell this was harder. The Trout Talking Tabbies guessed and guessed. They guessed so much they confused the woman and she thought they finally found me but it was really Laila and Minchie AGAIN! They said, “Chey, are you in Bruges, Belgium? If so, could you bring back some Belgium chocolates?”

And I was there! Yep. Flynn had recommended I visit there. He figured since his Mum had just put that photo up on Facebook that it would be easy but very few cats go it, apparently because, well we’re cats and we find humans dull….

Now, my human needs to go get a brain so she doesn’t make silly mistakes like not getting where I am. And maybe have some of that chocolate I brought back from Belgium. After all, it’s not good for me…

 

Find Chey Friday #272

unnamedWell I wonder where I can go from here? Hmm… Anyone? Any help?

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Sunday Guest Star: Laila and Minchie

DSCF0001Well this one was a little confusing. Flynn and his family suggested I visit, no doubt thinking this was a perfect place for me to hang out! Merlin, Domino, and Odin came by and said, “I love the architecture of Russian Orthodox Churches. This looks like the Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.” And while that is in Talinn is the right place, that’s actually the name of the religion practiced at the church but not the name of the church itself. 

The name of the church where I am is, as Laila and Minchie said, “Chey, we hopped right up on our boogie mat and teleported over to Tallinn, Estonia and found you at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an orthodox cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town. We have room for you on our mat to take you back home in time to celebrate the holiday weekend.”

So you learned a little about the Church itself as well as the religion practiced!

And the Furkids came by and said their family had been there but Laila and Minchie were fast that night! Now you may all go be jealous of Laila in her very cool box…

Find Chey Friday #271

flynnThis is an amazing place. What do you think? But I have to get back to Sparkle’s blog so I can comment for her memorial. There’s a donation happening. Have you commented in her memory? Now can you help me get there? Like where am I?

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Sunday Guest Star: The Purrfections and friends

Thankful Thursday aug21Well just about everyone knew I was in the Katnip Lounge. Truffle and Brulee were the first to come by. And Maxwell, Faraday and Allie recognized Salem but not Rupert. We had to wait for Katie and Waffles to get that name, but then everyone came out of the woodwork and knew who it was!

Salem seemed to be a bit hit around the Lounge when the people came visiting. For all of that, the Baby was not to be outdone, yakking for the women there with my human. Imagine that! How intimate! But it was a good visit.  The Woman was of course looking admiringly at May Ling (after all, she can never resist a meeze) and she admired Scout up on his perch.

Now, having announced that I shall go nap with some silvervine that we still have from the visit. It is parceled out only at random times and I intend to take advantage before Ichiro hogs it all.

 

Find Chey With Friends: In Memory of Sparkle Cat

10389148_10152195133741150_2235987987211335138_nYesterday, as most of the blogosphere knows, we lost Sparkle Cat. And everyone has great memories of her. I do too. I’m going to miss her but not as much as her family will.

It reminds me how much we appreciate each and every one of our friends. All of you are special in some way. The woman always wanted a hundred cats as a child and you have all allowed her to exceed that dream. And I don’t even have to live with all 100 (plus) of you. Unfortunately, it means we also lose friends as well and that’s hard.

Sparkle was a dear friend and as each one leaves it takes a piece of our heart. Maybe that’s why the Woman finds it harder and harder to blog. She likes the community but it’s so hard to lose the ones we love.

If you want to read many more tributes to Sparkle, Katie and Waffles have a link up for all those who are paying her tribute today.

So today, as I remember Sparkle. I will be spending time with some friends. And as it’s Friday, I’ll feature anyone who knows where I am and who I’m spending the day with on Sunday.

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Sunday Guest Star: Maobert

mao-yoda-petcoSo, surprisingly Mao found me this week. I don’t know what he was doing in Smartypants rather than Crankypants but he was.

Mao said, “Black Angel in Tallinn, Estonia”

And then the Furkids came by and said, “We agree with Maobert! It’s the Black Angel. Here’s what we found out about it: the Russalka Memorial is a bronze monument sculpted by Amandus Adamson, erected on 7 September 1902 in Kadriorg, Tallinn, to mark the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship Rusalka, or “Mermaid”, which sank en route to Finland in 1893.

The monument depicts an angel holding an Orthodox cross towards the assumed direction of the shipwreck. The model for the angel was the sculptor’s housekeeper Juliana Rootsi, whose grandson is the politician Tiit Made.

The Florida Furkids”

Boy, aren’t they smart!

Mao, of course, thought the Furkids were showing off.  We think they were great! And we must thank Flynn and his mum for sharing this great photo with us!

Find Chey Friday #269

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You know, I think I want a statue of me. Maybe I better get home and demand the woman take up sculpting. And yep. You guessed it. I seem to be lost. Can anyone help?

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Our Writing Process

IMG_4304smWe were tagged by Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More for the Writing Process Blog Tour.

The Three Questions

What are you working on?

Personally, I’m working on a nap but that’s just me.

The woman is working on several projects. She’s working on transcribing some video interviews that will go in a book for acupuncturists about called Untold Stories: 12 Acupuncturists Tell their Stories of Success, which will be out in about a year. She is the editor of this one, not the only writer.

She’s got a short book for acupuncturists on thinking like a business person which she hopes to doctor up here soon and get the Male to do some editing and publish that. This is in a line of business books for acupuncturists.

She’s almost done with Death Interrupted the fifth book in the Whisper Series that comes out under the pen name Bonnie Elizabeth. This is going in for final changes by her and then will be proofed by the proof-readers.

While she waits on that, she’s writing short stories and is playing with writing a children’s book. The kids book will actually involve cats, even it doesn’t involve me. But hey, that’s a start right? And down the road, she’s gotten in some preliminary edits on Whisper Six (for all you fans) and has also worked on Steampunk novel that she’s not sure if it’s worth continuing on but probably is.  She recently finished another fantasy mystery, but that one turned out to be 60,000 words of back story. So she’ll need to work on that but before all of those things happens, she wants a first draft of Whisper 8 so readers won’t get mad at her.

Why do you write what you do?

I just dictate my life. Or the life I ought to live. When I’m lucky the woman transcribes it. Lately she keeps talking about not time..

She writes what comes to her. It is always stuff she wants to read. Some short stories are experiments in style or setting. I think she should write more about me but she says the muse doesn’t go there.

How does your writing process work?

Well, I nap on it a lot.

The woman writes a draft. Goes on to write something else. Usually she comes back to edit said draft. If she can’t finish it because it’s bad, it gets tossed. If she really wants to tell that story, it gets a major re-write. She’ll keep writing things and editing things between books (which is how she has so many things going on). Often while she’s editing a fiction book, she’ll write a non-fiction book for acupuncturists because that allows her to write (which she prefers) over editing and changing. But that keeps her on track. We try to write 4,000-7,000 words a day and we’re pretty good at keeping to those goals. Editing is always about 30-50 pages a day (depending upon whether it’s an initial edit to see if it’s worth keeping or if it’s a more serious edit that needs more time). On days when editing is the focus, we usually only write about 1,000 words a day.

After the Woman edits something three times, she gets a real editor to go over it and then she makes those changes and finally there is a copy edit/proof work and then it goes to Kindle and CreateSpace. Of course, the one she is mostly transcribing/editing will be a little different.

Nominees:

The Meezers. We really want to know how they always manage to make us laugh.

Max The Psycho Kitty (my favorite author). Maybe I can pick up some pointers?

And anyone else who has a process and wants to share! Or even if you don’t have a process. We always come by these so late that we have a hard time finding folks to tag!