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25 May 2008 @ 19:24
 
New writing link, featuring interviews with first time authors: The First Book

One thing, however, gave me pause. One of the questions is about cats. Writers are assumed to have cats.

Well, yes... but... if so, what a curious trend!

Poll #1193491 Writing and cats.

Writing and cats?

I'm a writer and (past or present) cat owner.
19(34.5%)
I'm an artist and (past or present) cat owner.
7(12.7%)
I'm a writer/artist/creative type and (past or present) cat owner.
14(25.5%)
I'm neither a writer nor artist, but I AM a (past or present) cat owner.
3(5.5%)
I'm a writer and would love a cat one day.
1(1.8%)
I'm an artist and would love a cat one day.
0(0.0%)
I'm a writer/artist/creative type and would love a cat one day
3(5.5%)
I'm neither a writer nor artist and I would love a cat one day.
1(1.8%)
I'm a writer and have no cat-related plans for the future.
3(5.5%)
I'm an artist and have no cat-related plans for the future.
0(0.0%)
I'm a writer/artist/creative type and have no cat-related plans for the future.
3(5.5%)
I'm neither a writer nor artist and have no cat-related plans for the future.
1(1.8%)

This fandom has many cats?

More fandom friends than non-fandom friends have cats.
24(53.3%)
More non-fandom friends than fandom friends have cats.
2(4.4%)
Cat ownership is pretty much equal.
19(42.2%)
 
 
 
h_w: smoochhungry_worm on 25th May 2008 07:25 (UTC)
I'm a (currently rather inactive) artist/creative type and had a dog, but my brother had a cat and we all lived together, so it kind of felt like our cat. ;) I would, however, probably choose a dog again, since I find cats too independent (although well, having both cat&dog I wouldn't mind).

I've been amazed how many writers have cats. Maybe it's something about their special, confident presence, often unobtrusive but demanding when they need and want to be, or maybe it's just that a warm lapful of (optionally purring or sleeping) cat is the perfect thing to have when you're sitting on the computer for hours.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th May 2008 07:47 (UTC)
I wonder if it's fandom thing... somehow? Fandom likes cats, fandom leads you down the dark path to being a writer or artist.

There seems to be some kind of connection, anyway...
The Devil's handmaiden: bored now from safire iconsseraphim_grace on 25th May 2008 10:06 (UTC)
at the moment I have a dog, a creature, who always demands attention and when sitting on the sofa tries to push the laptop off my knee so he can sit there instead
he's only little so it's a 50/50 battle at the moment
I had to give up my cat because of the feral cats in the area, but i never had tht problem with him
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th May 2008 05:23 (UTC)
I don't understand why the feral cats would be a problem...?

Anyway, another writer/cat added to the mystery.
The Devil's handmaidenseraphim_grace on 26th May 2008 07:12 (UTC)
he never left the garden but they used to come in and attack him because he was a tom, even though he was tiny and fixed...
the vet suggested one of them had to go, the army of feral cats, or Linton, so Linton went to live with my aunt, actually in the city so she didn't have to worry about it,
pink_bagelspink_bagels on 25th May 2008 10:45 (UTC)
I do own an evil calico cat (she's very opinionated--I should have named her editor) and I am a writer...However, I've always found it a true prerequisite to own a *black dog*.

(I say this after seeing a documentary series on writing called 'Writerly Confessions'. Every single writer interviewed had a black dog! O.o)
Williamgenkischuldich on 26th May 2008 05:24 (UTC)
...A black dog? I have a black cat... does that count?
The Devil's handmaiden: bored now from safire iconsseraphim_grace on 26th May 2008 07:17 (UTC)
Boston's dark brown with tiger bits and white spots - does that count?
I always wanted an irish wolf hound for long walks in the country - big enough to fight off the army of cats in the area...
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Williamgenkischuldich on 26th May 2008 05:25 (UTC)
Wow, I assumed from your username that you'd really be into cats. What's the story behind it, if I may ask?
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Williamgenkischuldich on 28th May 2008 07:05 (UTC)
When I was a baby, the cat frequently tried to suffocate me by sitting on me. My mother used that as an excuse to cut short long phonecalls. :P
Unseelieunsee1ie on 25th May 2008 13:39 (UTC)
Just a note, like most qvizzuz i do understand this can't be comprehensive, but it bears noting that Cat ownership does not preclude nor negate Dog ownership. and circumstances can be whack: you housesit a cat that becomes yours while wishing for a dog, you don't like it and didn't want it, so do you really count as "having a cat" in a qviz that seems to measure preference? ah, that's it - happenstance vs preference is difficult to account for.
Williamgenkischuldich on 27th May 2008 12:49 (UTC)
This simply shows that there far more variables at work here. A cat that becomes "yours" after housesitting him/her for a while would be an even greater indicator of mysterious cat-related forces.
ext_85209 on 25th May 2008 16:13 (UTC)
=cat owner who would always have preferred a dog
hence not a writer?
Williamgenkischuldich on 27th May 2008 12:51 (UTC)
You're a writer... But the fact that you're a writer and somehow still managed to get a cat against your will shows that there are mysterious forces at work here.
scribblemoose on 27th May 2008 13:52 (UTC)
How weird! But true!
Williamgenkischuldich on 28th May 2008 07:08 (UTC)
...However, if you're purely an artist, then you HAVE to have a cat. The statistics don't lie! :P