First, let me introduce myself. I am Miss Muzzy, a four-year-old, eight-pound bundle of fluff. And as of February 22nd, I got both a new home and a new human. And not just any human–I got a writer-human!
Having a writer as a human is not the easiest thing in the world. Having been brought into the home of a writer less than a month ago, there have been a lot of adjustments to make. But as I’ve found, it can be a wonderful thing—if you handle the transition properly.
When I was first introduced to my new home and my new writer-human, I made it a point to check out the books on her shelf. After all, what a person likes to read is often what they like to write, too. Science fiction, fantasy, westerns, and some classics—nice! I was pretty sure we’d settle in together quite well.
One thing I needed to recognize early on was when my writer-human needs a break. When this happens, it is best to have a toy on hand to play with. Other distractions, like knocking over the trash or trying to run away with the cords on the back of the computer don’t go over nearly as well as a toy mouse or jingle ball.
Probably the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn, having a writer-human, is learning when and how to show my interest in what she’s writing. For instance, providing a listening ear to my writer-human as she hashes out plot points and argues character’s decisions is a very good thing, and can result in a treat. Trying to edit her work and point out inconsistencies on the word document—definitely not appreciated. I still keep trying, though. Someday my writer-human will recognize my genius!
All in all, though it’s been less than a month, we’ve done a good job getting used to each others’ quirks. I’ve gotten used to my writer-human needing to sleep in the morning when she gets home from working a night shift (and often I join her for a cat-nap of my own); she’s gotten used to me asking (quite a lot, actually) to have the faucet turned on so I can have a drink. I’ve learned to play gentle and not use my claws…mostly. She’s learned that I am smart and stubborn, and will try to get in that little hole under the cabinets, no matter what barrier she puts in my way.
There are still a lot of things we need to learn about each other, but we’re getting there. After all, we have several fun years together to look forward to.
What kind of writing companion do you have?