Cats… Love posts about cats. I need to write more about Nero. Enjoy the read.

Pattys World

To me, they’re wonderful creatures, cats. That said, I find it often true, that one either admires cats, or finds little to admire. We often hear people debating, which is the most intelligent, cats or dogs. Where I have no scientific figures, if such a thing exists, I feel they’re probably about the same. The thing is that often one loves cats, and others wish they’d go away forever.

Is there such a thing as a normal cat? Good grief no! Of course, to me this is the delightful thing about cats. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more endearing than a faithful dog, who loves you no matter what. These God’s precious gifts have been an important part of my life. Now, cats? What can I say. A dog will do anything to please its owner, where a cat, will do anything to please its self, and this individuality…

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Does Your Novel Confuse Readers with “Too Many” Characters? 8 Ways to Unconfuse Them – by Anne R. Allen…

My very first story had …from memory 8 couples. It was a bit like Downton Abbey, showing the different sides of life and love. Still unpublished, though maybe one day I’ll dare. Meanwhile, untangling them a bit more sounds like a good idea.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

One of my personal writing issues is I tend to pack my books and stories with way too many characters. If a fascinating person walks into one of my stories, I feel it would be rude not to let them join the party. I suppose my inner Manners Doctor takes over. 🙂

This drives my editors batty. They think confusing the reader is worse than being rude to fictional people. And of course they’re right. They usually tell me I need to consolidate minor characters or eliminate them altogether. Someone even told me there’s a “rule” that a novel should have seven characters or less.

I’ve always been annoyed by all this. But this week I saw a thread in a readers’ Facebook group that helped me see the reader’s point of view.

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What Does It Mean to “Write to Market”? – by Jami Gold…

I’m not sure I’m capable of writing to market. However, have a read, it’s interesting.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

If we’ve ever researched how to be more successful as a writer, chances are we’ve heard the advice: Write to market. And if we’ve heard that advice, there’s a good chance we’ve had a strong reaction.

Some writers hear that advice and think, duh. Others hear the advice and feel a visceral protest.

What does the advice mean? Is there a way we can recognize the benefits of writing to market without running into the negatives?

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FIVERR the Pros and Cons and How to Pick a Graphic Designer

Information on how to look for a Graphic Designer, be them on FIVERR or freelance. Make sure you RESEARCH #newauthors

Plaisted Publishing

FIVERR... The place many people go to get cheap work done, especially new authors and those who don’t understand the ropes of how to get the best out of FIVERR.  This post is to help you find your way, researching who to trust and when to run. It’s a bit like people using Vanity Publishing, at times. A nightmare of…bad work. 

As a new author in 2013, I did use FIVERR after being introduced to them by a friend who worked in a different area and made items like you’d find on ESTY. Due to being a Family History Researcher, i tend to research everything and I was exceptionally lucky to find Seren Waters, who did my original Garrett Investigation Bureau book covers.  They were excellent – however, my problem was not knowing much about marketing books and book covers… Seren Waters now has 900 reviews with a…

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FEATURED AUTHOR OF THE WEEK: Author and Publisher Claire Plaisted #WordPressWednesday #Author’sCorner

Thank you for the warm welcome and interview, Patty. It was fun.

Pattys World

Hello to all!

This afternoon in campbellsworld, I’m pleased and privileged to have with me, author and publisher Claire Plaisted.

Claire and I have worked together in various ways for years, and I can’t imagine not having her in my life.

So, without further ado, I give you Claire!


First, in your own words tell us a little about you.

My name is Claire Plaisted. I am a British born Kiwi (New Zealander). I married my husband, Paul who is a Kiwi and we had four children, sadly losing our youngest daughter due to genetic conditions. Our surviving children are now adults. Our daughters living in England and our son in Wellington, New Zealand where he is studying Architecture.

I grew up in a small English town with two older siblings and my parents.

I am a family history researcher who makes reunion books. I fell into writing fiction in…

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How To Use Mood Boards To Inspire You While Writing Your Novel

Creating Mood Boards which Inspire. Do you make them? Have a read and leave a comment. Personally I don’t make them. I’m more into lists for characters and only so I don’t forget what a character looks like.

Uninspired Writers

Mood boards are brilliant. There’s something so pleasing about the aesthetic of it. And more importantly, mood boards can be a really useful tool to inspire you, and motivate you, while writing your novel. Here are just four ways to use them:

Character Mood Boards
Character mood boards are great fun to make. They enable you to delve into the character, and pick out images that represent them. You can do it for each character, or just the main characters, whichever works for you. But either way, it enables you to delve into their own aesthetic.
Pink and Yellow Pop Fashion Photo CollageLocation Mood Boards
Setting the scene isn’t always easy, especially when you’re at home, staring at a blank screen. Location mood boards can be used to absorb you back into the world you’re writing. You can make a mood board for each scene, or each location in the story, to inspire your mind…

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BDSM–It’s Not All About Sex

An interesting look into BDSM…

Musings of a Chaotic Mind

It’s not all about sex, but I can see why you might not realize that if you watch or read a lot of power-exchange fiction.

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10 Surprising Things I Learned About Writing Just in the Past 100 Days

Surprising things I learned about writing…Not mine, I could probably tell you more and different ones from over the years. Meanwhile, enjoy the read. It is interesting

Meg Dowell

1. The stories you feel called to tell aren’t necessarily the easiest to write. But they are the ones that touch others’ hearts and lives the most.

2. Just because you enjoy doing something doesn’t mean it’s the only thing you’re “allowed” to do.

3. Kindness will get you farther in your journey as a writer than you think.

4. People who don’t agree with your words aren’t necessarily interested in having their mind changed. If your words didn’t do it initially, they probably won’t do so after the fact either.

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Nero and the Bread Bombs

Nero P 02 July 2020NERO: What is it with humans these days. Here I was by the back door looking out the window. I looked up at mum and she opened the door for me to go out. I meowed for my friends, though none of them appeared as I walked along the footpath. Suddenly something flew over my head, landing on the grass. I was white. I looked up and wish I hadn’t. Square white and brown things flew out of the window, one missed me by …an ear. Startled I ran towards the back door.

Meanwhile inside the house!

I’d just let the cat outside. Entering the kitchen I shook my head at my husband.
ME: What are you doing.
OH: Throwing the bread to the birds.
ME: I just put Nero outside.
OH: I didn’t see him.

I returned to the back door to find one startled cat looking at me with wide green eyes.
NERO: What the hell mum? What is that stuff? Where’s it coming from?
ME: Shrugs
NERO: I’m outta here. He ran inside skidding around the corner and under the couch making me laugh as I returned to the kitchen.
ME: You scared the cat.
OH: How?
ME: Bread Bombs.
OH: Right he smirked. He’ll get over it.

Then we have the flush a toilet scenario… NEXT WEEK

Nero the ‘SPLAT’ Cat

Honest to God, sometimes I don’t understand the mind of a cat, they do the daftest things one could imagine.

We’ve had Nero since the end of April, making him 16 mths old. He is one of those cats who loves tummy rubs, insists on a morning cuddle and is starting to enjoy going outside to play with the neighbour’s cats. Not that they necessarily want him to play.

On Sunday we went shopping and I remembered to buy him a collar. It was a lovely bright blue colour with a bell. The first thing we did was take the bell off. Nero hates noises like that. My darling husband warned me to put on gloves and long sleeves due to a cat who hates being handled unless he’s ready. Strangely enough, without gloves or long sleeves, I was able to put the collar on him without any issue.

Now the fun starts.

He started itching and scratching straight away. I suppose most cats would for a while. I remember our cat Sylvia who was Queen of our street removed and lost at least four collars, we gave u in the end. Sadly she also lost her when she was about eight years old. Never did find her again.

Anyway, I’m sure many of you have seen a cat race around your home (presuming you have a cat) like a bat out of hell. This is where ‘SPLAT’ Cat comes in. I was laughing so hard at his antics.

It was a warm day, the reach slider glass door was wide open along with the net curtain, a bloody good job it was. Nero can tearing out of the hallway, around the side of the couch and if the glass door has been shut he would’ve gone SPLAT and probably hurt himself. (I’m sure you’ve seen Tom for Tom and Gerry hit a wall or even the wolf chasing Roadrunner…lol) That was how fast he was going. So, there he was racing towards the door, leaping outside missing the top step, body in the air in the SPLAT position, paws out as if he was about to smack into something. His body twitched…as I mentioned I was laughing so hard I didn’t see him land or disappear. He came in later and settled down for the night, still not liking his collar.

Next morning I saw him sitting in front of me, scratching the collar, looking puzzled.
NERO: Mom what the hell is this around my neck?
ME: It’s to let people know you have a home and you aren’t a wild cat.
NERO: It’s horrible. I don’t like it.
ME: Tough.
NERO: This bit is a pain.
ME: *Rollseyes* Collars are always a bit too long.
ME: Fine, I’ll trim it then. *chopped off with scissors*
NERO: Thanks, Mum – he grins and goes to feed

Later on Monday, I caught sight of him. The part I’d cut has been shredded, it was starting to look more like a scarf with tassels. Somehow he managed to get it off his neck. I was praying we’d not got another Sylvia. Bah Humbug. Guess who had to trim it again and get it back on him. Yep…Moi. I made it a bit tighter, he went back to scratching. No worries I thought and took a few images trying to show the collar. He slept through the night and went outside for some of the day playing with a ginger cat. By the time he was home, the collar looked more like a damn cravat, all pulled apart, hanging nicely. I knew this wasn’t going to last much longer.

Three days and $6.50. Gone, ruined…probably under the sofa where he was playing and we are back to no collar again.

I must remember to buy a leather one next time and see how long it lasts. He looked so cute with a blue-collar. Never mind at least he’s not racing around like a looney and not more SPLAT episodes.

Below are a few images in of NERO with his Blue Collar…

UPDATE ON CARDBOARD BOX – Nero does still tear pieces off at times, though apparently, he’s also found it comfortable to sleep on as seen in the image below.


Last, be not least. Nero decided he wanted to sleep on my laptop…and do some writing… Oh, the pain of the words…Will he ever be published? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. Images in a slideshow, showing Nero waiting for tummy rubs and cuddles.

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