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note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

A Strange Creature, Indeed

Originally posted on my HSB blog, July 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I "helped" my cat Tux post an entry on the blog that he shares with my other cat, Chessie. I thought that this was one of the most creative entries I've done from the perspective of my pet, so I wanted to share with you.


Well, it's Tux. For once, I've been doing something other than sleeping & eating.


We have a new human in the house. Her name is *Muffin*, and she's 7 months old. My owners watch over her while her parents work.


*Muffin* can sometimes get annoying, especially when she chases after me! Chessie, for once, is reassuring me. She says that it is normal, and that I should be patient with "the little thing". Where did Chessie learn that, anyway? Maybe it's true... but I can't handle the thought of her getting her slobber on me. At least she can't pull my tail!

Anyway, *Muffin* has been chasing me a lot lately! It seems like every day she comes, she gets faster. My owners call it "crawling". I guess I'm helping them, because every time she sees me, she tries to scoot over to me. All my owners do is just watch in anticipation, and then cheer when *Muffin* reaches me. I don't know why they don't help me get away from "that little thing".

*Muffin* has other odd habits as well. She makes noises that I've never heard before, and she makes them at the most inopportune moments. She, as well as her stuff, has a strange smell, and sometimes she gets stinky. She doesn't walk, and seems to be lazy because my owners carry her around all the time. She scatters toys where I want to sleep. She eats an unfamiliar white liquid from a strange contraption (Chessie says it's a bottle. Again, where DOES she learn this stuff?)

*Muffin* = A Strange Creature, Indeed.

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