Sunday, 20 November 2011

Yeah, because what the internet really needs right now another perishing cat poem.

I really should be doing my NaNoWriMo (nearly 25,000 words in, thanks for asking).

It's actually been quite liberating just writing without stopping every five minutes to go back and edit. I'd reccommend doing NaNo for this reason alone.

The story has changed almost completely out of recognition. My original concept was going to be set in a very small setting with just a few characters. Within just a few paragraphs of starting, it changed to a much large setting and had loads more characters - most of whom are just background to be fair, so don't really figure in the story itself, but they were never meant to be there.

It's also taking much longer simply to type in the words than I expected. If things are flowing, I can get about 2,500 words entered in a stint of a few hours.

It's proving to be a really good exercise in discipline though. If I want to hit the target I have to make my word count each day. End of. I'm not 100% conviced that I am going to make it, but I am going to give it my best shot.

Anyway, back to that cat poem

He is a cat of the edges,
Of High places and ledges,
Of four-clawed defences,
Of walking on fences.

He is all about sneaking,
Of nosing and peeking,
Of staring and thinking,
Of slow languid blinking.

He is of playfully pawing,
Of lightning fast clawing,
Of suddenly chasing,
Of restlessly pacing.

He is of stalking and pouncing,
Of walking and bouncing,
Of stretching and leaping,
Of suddenly sleeping.

He is of dreamily twitching,
Of magic and witching,
Of warning and prowling,
Of warring and yowling.

He is a cat of the edges,
Of High places and ledges,
Of fireside and mat,
Of contradictions, this cat.


  1. Love the poem! So descriptive of cats!

  2. Eva - Thanks, one of my two fluffies (the one who first appears in my post about not getting things done) inspired it.

  3. I don't like cats much, but I like the poem. And come on the novel!

  4. Good luck on the writing binge. I'm overdue for some output myself, but trying not to think about it right now.

  5. How do find time to write cool cat poems while churning out all that prose!!??

    I've been writing a long piece of prose too, this month - but I've only got to 6000 words. I wish Nanowrimo was in the school holidays.

  6. Bug and Titus - thanks for liking the cat poem. Not sure where it suddenly came from.

    Beer for the Shower - the NaNo is now 30,700 words after two really productive days. I'd really like to read some of your novel stuff. If your blog is anything to go by, it'll be great.

    Dominic - maybe we should have our own writingfest at a more suitable time of the year.

  7. i've always found the cat poems that Cats was based on to be a bit annoying (sorry Lloyd Webber et al)

    But i like this

  8. DFTP - Thanks. I thought that the 'Cats' poems were based on TS Elliots Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, but I could be wrong.


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