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In which two young cats watch television with their humans, pounce on each other, wrestle and also learn a spell for making prey stumble from a lioness in a documentary. They start figuring out what they need to do next.

They're kittens. My protagonists are eight week old kittens.

All of the cat fantasy novels I've ever read involved clans of feral cats way out in the countryside somewhere who either never saw humans in their lives or avoid the few that are nearby. This book is for all the cats who adopt humans, live in houses, watch television, eat food that comes from cans and bags and plates while hunting more for sport and learn how to open window latches and doors for themselves, along with all the honorary cats who share their clans.

So when your cat is pawing at the floor with intense concentration and you don't see why, or walking in careful circles, making strange sounds or doing other mysterious cat things, now you know. They're doing magic, possibly to help you prosper at your job or remember to bring home the salmon flavor gooshy food.

I would've written more yesterday but all the pain caught up with me. I laid down to shut my eyes and try for a nap at about seven, but didn't sleep. Eventually I figured out that I might need to rest my eyes, so a couple hours later I got up and read a bit of Tad Williams The War of the Flowers, an excellent fantasy novel by an author who's on my "learn to write that well" list. He's also the author of one of my favorite cat novels ever, Tailchaser's Song, which he never followed with another cat novel.

But that's up to him. If this book comes out in its final draft as good as it feels to me right now, I could easily see doing a Magecat Series.

I just woke up and it's noonish. I took my meds. Now I need to wait for them to work, poke around a little online, read back the latest scenes I wrote and go back to New Orleans to find out what kind of trouble those kittens get into. They almost decided to seek out a poisonous cottonmouth snake.

They're still kittens. They don't get it that some of the trouble in the outline was just trouble that happened to be in their way rather than something they needed to do or gain in order to defeat the Blight.
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the_mongrel
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
They're kittens. My protagonists are eight week old kittens.
Oh, cool! We must be on the same wavelength. My protagonist is a cat too!

That's a ridiculously awesome word count, btw =)
robertsloan2
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
That rocks! I love cat novels. Definitely join http://www.sffmuse.com/forums and post your novel for crit. I want to read it and will do my share of the work to earn the privilege.

There are some adult cats in my novel too.
the_mongrel
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
want to read it and will do my share of the work to earn the privilege.
Aww, that's so nice of you Robert! I'd love to share, and I'll definitely go join the site. (I think I may have been on there a couple years ago but don't remember my password any more hehe).

There are some adult cats in my novel too.
Sweet! I'd love to read yours as well. And at the rate you're writing, you'll probably be done in a couple days heh ;-)
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Might be, though it's also going to run significantly longer than 50k so it might take longer. Right now I'm over 40k and not even halfway through the plot, so this will be a good sized one. Still, I might finish this week -- it would rock if I did. Purrrrr if you don't remember your password or username, just join again and create a new one. We have been weeding out inactive accounts anyway when they're like over a year old sometimes.
savannahjan
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
WOW!! Your word count is amazing!

And also, I really love the idea of your NaNo. It's very interesting. I've never read cat fantasy before, but you have peaked my interest.

Good luck! :)
robertsloan2
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm having fun with them being so felinocentric.
robertsloan2
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Ari, of course, is helping me with it by spreading out on the corner of the waterbed snoozing and shedding Cat Hairs of Inspiration.
the_mongrel
Nov. 4th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Felinocentric! <3 it!
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yep! They see everything in cat terms! Everything!
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Jerry is teaching Leonora how to see like an artist. Night is teaching Leonora how to smell like a cat. He advised her to stick her face in Jerry's armpit and learn his scent so that she'd recognize him even when she's asleep and stop beating him up in her nightmares.

I love that animated avatar, that is too perfect!
notalwaysweak
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
This story sounds so, so awesome.
robertsloan2
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
athenagrey
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I do want to read this one sometime. Cats and magic are a natural combination. Does Ari make a cameo appearance, beyond the inspiration that he sheds?
robertsloan2
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ari's mommy has already made a cameo. The story is set in 1992 so if he comes into any magecat novels, they'll have to be after 2000 when he was born. But I might work in a cat a bit like him somewhere.
ulesegi
Nov. 3rd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your great NaNo word count!

You might want to check out "Book of Night With Moon" and "To Visit The Queen" by Diane Duane. I think you'd really like her cat wizards (they live in New York City, so they're not countryside cats at all). :)
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I think I would -- and maybe I should finish my book before reading them so that I don't get undue influence. I know I've liked Diane Duane in the past and it's great to know others have written about urban cat wizards. That's too cool.
equani_tsula
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
WOW
You KICK BUTT!!! I bow my humble head! The story sounds like so much fun.
robertsloan2
Nov. 4th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Re: WOW
Thank you! I'm glad it does. I still haven't worked on it yet today because I got sick and wound up going back to bed... and then going back to bed... and then going back to bed... sleeping off the aftereffects of the Sunday outing but it was worth it to go. Took some pills and I may stay awake to write now.

Or go back to bed again and get up to do some more. Big counts as soon as I get back to writing, it's just going to take a lot of sleep to get to that point.
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