Meankitty Wants to Know: Nancy G.

When my Typing Slave read Nancy G’s speed-reading stats, she had to go sit down and stare at her “TBR” bookcase for a little while with longing. One of the supposed sacrifices she’d made in order to pursue a writing career is to spend time writing when she could have been reading or paying attention to me and Big D. Personally, we cats aren’t convinced it’s worth her while, but you just can’t tell humans what to do sometimes.

Anyway, let’s learn about Nancy!

1) Do you live with any cats? Please state names, ages, appearances and temperaments of the cats.

One kitty at this time-Purrsephone-loves to cuddle at totally inappropriate times, is crazy about running through the house jumping off the furniture

2) If you want to tell us about any humans in the house, that’s okay too. But you don’t have to.
Myself-old person with full time job helping the unemployed become employed; make jewelry, write book reviews for a internet site, love dragons, Irish/Celtic stuff and chocolate, and my cuddly kitty. Son-25 going on 10 who does the cleaning and cooking and kitty sitting while I work.

3) How much do you desert your cats (leave the house for things like “jobs” and “school”)?

My kitty is never home alone. If I am not there, my son is at home-he calls her baby girl. He gives he extra treats and cuddles.

4) How much do you read and what do you usually read?

I read, on average, thirty books a week. Usually romance of all kinds, but also some mystery and fantasy s well. I review romances and spicy things and love most books.

5) Does your reading detract from your time spent worshipping cats or running a cat sanctuary? (If you don’t worship cats or run a cat sanctuary, perhaps you should consider cutting back on reading, working that day job, sleeping and cleaning to make time for more important things.)

I used to have a house full of kitties until I realized they were not getting the quality attention each deserved, so I found each one the perfect home, and check on them often to make sure they are all safe and happy.

6) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a lover of words, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)

Cats are independent thinkers and can amuse temselves for hours. They can provide love and attention without the need to be there every minute. Dogs are okay, but they need so much reassurance to know that they are loved. Cats just take it as their right to be loved.

7) Tell me about the felines in your favorite books. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play in the narratives?

I love the felines (KoKo and YumYum) in the Cat Who mysteries. They are great crime solvers, and have such an interesting way of expressing themselves. And Mrs. Murphy in the books written by Sneaky Pie Brown and her pet Rita. They have some much impact on solving those crimes in both series. And absolutely adore Midnigh Louie in those books about Las Vegas-he is a terrific PI.

8) On the off-chance you have yet to read books about cats, when do you plan to rectify this egregious error and demonstration of poor literary taste?

I have read all of the Cat Who books, all of Sneaky Pie Brown’s mysteries, and all of Midnight Louie’s adventures.

9) Perhaps you’ve read a few books about cats and perhaps you haven’t (but will). Chances are you haven’t read the perfect book about cats yet, but even if you think you have, cats are so awesome there’s clearly more than one perfect book about cats. What narrative elements or plot points do you think a perfect book about cats would have in it?

It would have to be from the cat’s POV of course. And it would be first person narrative with lots of action.

10) In your experience, do you think cats would make better superstars of fiction, comics, movies or television? Please explain your choice with superlatives about feline gloriousness or at least something that makes sense to the humans reading this.

Cats have to be seen to befully appreciated, so I believe movies and/or television would be perfect. After all, I can describe my cat with a tousand words, but it still wouldn’t convey how pretty she is or how much fun she is.

11) Speaking of movies, what are your favorite works of cinema involving cats?

Disney’s That Darn Cat, and of course The Cat People.

12) Do you have any amazing or humorous real life cat stories you’d like to share?

We had to put a bungee cord on our refrigerator, because Tom, our old kitty, used to use his paw to open the door, then call the others in to feast on whatever was available. Many times, I’d go to the fridge to get a snack and he would hop out when I opened the door. So we had to bungee cord it.

13) Can you pet one cat while you read?

I have been known to pet while reading, yes.

14) Can you pet two cats while you read?

It gets a bit more difficult, as they like to lay across my chest when I read, and if I get more than two or three I can’t see the book.

User submitted questions:

How goes the discussion about discipline in your house?

Purrsephone rules the roost.

What one thing would you change about your pet/human?

Nothing-she is a wonderful and independent kitty and we love her that way.

Do you believe pets and humans come to resemble each other over time?

Not so much with kitties, but my hair is almost as many colors as her fur.

Can you type with a cat stretched out across your wrists? If not, why not? Otherwise, how’s the carpal tunnel?

Yes actually, I have learned to type whle she lays on my wrists, my arms, while she is chewing my fingers, even when she bats at my fingers as thy hit the keys. No carpal tunnel (yet, thank goodness).


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