Cats, Puppets, and Book Edits

Posted on 15 August 2011

I’m writing this in a cafe on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Some little girls are playing with a kitten puppet in the corner. How wrong is it that I wish I could play with that black-and-white puppet instead of doing the work I’m supposed to be doing? You spend your whole life dreaming about publishing a book and then you get there and all you have to do is make your way through a few edits but you’re distracted by the rain outside and by this kitten puppet. Which has a pink nose and, perhaps, some kind of tutu made out of a napkin?

In other words, there’s only a few months to go until Living Arrangements is out in the world and there’s still a lot to do. Like these edits, which I am working on. The changes are mostly small, nothing too terrifying, but it’s still such draining work. At least, it is for a detail-oriented perfectionist like me. Like: What if I change my mind about those commas once it’s too late?

We are also working on the cover design. I am happy to say I now know what the cover will look like, but I’m not going to share anything it until it’s finalized. All I can say is that the cover does not feature cats. You know what’s funny? I’m trying to recall whether my book has any cats in it and I’m drawing a blank. Hold on while I do a quick search.

Okay, I’m back, and never mind. While there’s no cat-centric story in the book, cats are at least referenced in 3-4 of the stories. Yeah. I can’t escape myself.

Did it rain on your weekend? Can you make a decent shadow puppet? How do you escape yourself?

Photo: Jo Peattie

9 responses to Cats, Puppets, and Book Edits

  • Lyra says:

    What I wouldn’t give for a rainy day in a coffee shop to just sit and write.

    I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see the cover. Kudos, my friend. Now get to work.

  • Downith says:

    Cat-centric – that could be a whole new genre.

    Laura, is Living Arrangements coming out in the UK ?Just wondering? (I can still buy it online if not.)

    Can’t wait to see the cover!

  • Averil Dean says:

    There is no escape. Some days you just mind your own company more than others. (You again? Am I ever sick of you.)

    My weekend was mostly great, though it started with an ugly scene at my mother’s house, during which her boyfriend called me a hideous person and I called him a f***ing idiot. I feel the guilt percolating in my chest, but it has not yet spilled over into self-loathing.

    • I somehow missed this comment. I’ve had a crazy week and have been remiss in various Internet duties. But I’ll say now that I hope the guilt passed and now you’re in a good place…away from the boyfriend.

  • Paul says:

    No rain on my weekend. Spend Sunday in a comfy chair on a shady porch overlooking a sparkling lake. Even managed to get some writing done!

  • Teri says:

    I miss rainy days in summer. And storms. I really miss a great thunderstorm.

    I find it pretty easy to escape myself. It’s spending time with myself that I have more trouble with. Must be a side effect of memoir writing — too much time in here….

  • I have owned cats since I was four years old. I’ll bet nearly everything I’ve written features them to some extent. Probably because I can’t really picture my life–or any fictional person’s–without them.

    Looking so forward to your book!

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