The Cat Lady* Writes Again

Today I’m at Writing Wranglers and Warriors. And it is about the cat(s).

Writing Wranglers and Warriors


Posted by Kathy Waller


You may say a cat uses good grammar. Well, a cat does — but you let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights, and you’ll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use.
~ Mark Twain,  A Tramp Abroad

dscn1846Ernest Davis-Waller on back of recliner

I’m sitting in my recliner, feet up, laptop on lap, Ernest Davis-Waller stretched out on the wide overstuffed armrest to my right. His left foreleg stretches down so his paw rests against me. He’s making biscuits on my leg. Clothing doesn’t protect me: his claws pierce my flesh. I take his leg, move it up to the armrest. He reaches down and resumes making…

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Happy 100th, Agatha & Hercule! and Many More

We’re celebrating the birthdays of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot at Austin Mystery Writers. Come on over and have some words. (I wish we could invite you for cake.)

Austin Mystery Writers

Posted by Kathy Waller

This month mystery lovers celebrate two of the most important figures in the history of crime fiction:

~ Agatha Christie, who was born on September 15, 1890, and whose mysteries have outsold everything except Shakespeare and the Bible; and

~ Hercule Poirot, who, having appeared in 1916 in Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, is marking his one hundredth birthday.

The Royal Mail is observing the occasion with a special stamp issue focusing on six of Christie’s novels. Each stamp contains clues and features related to a specific book.  “As the solving of mysteries is the focus of Christie’s art,” said a spokesman for the Royal Mail, “it is fitting that the public have to turn detective to find the hidden words and images in each stamp.”

A series of literary events–Agatha Christie Birthday Celebrations: Marking 100 Years of Creativity–is in progress, including those in Torquay

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I published the following post on Whiskertips in January 2010.

The night before leaving for New England, we stayed at the Millennium Hilton, across the street from where the World Trade Center had stood.

The hotel was damaged in the 9/11 attack and at one time was believed to be in danger of collapse.

I sat outside that evening with my journal, not writing, just looking across the narrow street. Blue panels hid all but the booms and jibs of cranes. Passing pedestrians seemed to take no notice. Except for signs identifying the area, it could have been any other construction site.

I wondered whether any of the current hotel staff had been working on 9/11. I wanted to ask but felt the question would be an invasion of privacy.  The building  has been repaired, but people who experience that kind of horror aren’t so easily healed.

The next morning, I took photos of the site from our room.