by Tanner (resident kitty)
I have heard that if you
give a million monkeys a million typewriters, in a million years or so they
will eventually write the works of William Shakespeare. That is plagiarism.
That Shakey guy already wrote it so those monkeys shouldn't mess with it. However, I have been thinking about writing a book
myself, even though I am a cat. (Note: If Arlo can be an artist, I can be a writer!)
|I take pen in paw to begin.|
My mommy wrote and
self-published a book recently, and I have been helping her promote it. That is where I got the idea of writing my own book.
her several years to write Them That Go—longer even than I have been an esteemed feline
member of the household. If she can do it, I can do it.
I figure that a kitty with computers and iPads in the household can write something original in
a lot shorter time than either those monkeys or Mommy. So I
want to run an idea by you for King of the Catsel and see what you think. I am maybe basing the
characters on some cats I know, but I will change things so they don't get mad at me. These are my characters so far:
- The Young Prince Tannerite, of humble origins
(like maybe a dumpster somewhere in the kingdom) who explodes upon the
scene and proves his superiority over all the other cats in the kingdom.
- Good King George, who is nice to the Young
Prince Tannerite even though Tannerite is trying to take over his kingdom.
King George goes on a lot of quests, so he isn’t exactly watching the
kingdom very well.
- The Fair Princess Chloe, who becomes the bestest
friend of the Young Prince Tannerite (hereafter abbreviated to YPT because
it’s hard to type a long name when you only have paws that don’t have
opposable thumbs) and who is a sort of free spirit that roams around the kingdom
whenever she pleases.
- The Pirate James-Robert, who has many adventures
and is more or less nice to the YPT except when YPT wants to lick his
head. The Pirate James-Robert is good friends with Good King George and is
the Fair Princess Chloe’s brother.
- Arlodor, who is a young upstart dark knight—or
maybe a wizard or something sneaky—who slinks around and plots evil deeds, but he also has a
few good points. I will think of those later.
- Clawmilla, who is an evil old witch. She is mean
to YPT and he is mean right back to her because she was mean to him first.
Here is what I have so far
for King of the Catsel:
|I am trying to pen my tale but Arlo's tail keeps distracting me.|
Once Upon a Time, not so long
ago and maybe far away but not too far, a young kitty prince found himself in dire
circumstances at a dumpster site. He was most forlorn as well as homeless, and
was reduced to begging to make his way in the world. When he had almost given
up hope, there arrived two magical creatures who enticed the kitty prince with
tasty viands which they fed unto him and which he did most highly relish. Then they
ensconced the kitty prince in a small plastic enclosure, swung shut the gate, and
spirited the young prince away to another part of the kingdom. Where he got
even more to eat. Which he again did most highly relish. To thank his hosts, he
slew a rodent that night, an act for which they heaped upon him much praise.
Alas, he was kept in
solitary confinement for a time, being visited by the tall and magical
creatures, and once by King George. Before too many days had
passed, YPT was again ensconced in the plastic enclosure and spirited away to a
place where an unspeakable thing was done to him while he was asleep. He later compared notes with
King George who’d experience the same procedure.
“I’m not sure what happened
while I was under some sort of a spell,” quoth King George, “but I know I’m not
the man I used to be. No matter. At least they feed you well here and provide a
warm place to sleep. It could be worse.”
King George tended to look
on the bright side of things. Soon, YPT was allowed to venture farther into the
interior kingdom, though not into the exterior kingdom where King George
reigned and occasionally slew a most dragonish rodent, much of which he
devoured on the spot.
|Good King George with rodent.|
For a time, YPT was mentored
by an old black wizard cat, Edward the Puss, who—Alas!— is no longer with us.
He taught YPT the ways of cathood in the household, for which YTP is most grateful.
And he taught YPT how to avoid Clawmilla, who never missed a chance to hiss
vile incantations at him.
YTP befriended the young
vagrant Arlodor and tutored him in the ways of cathood.
|Young Prince Tannerite teaches Arlordor about cleanliness.|
|Young Prince Tannerite teaches Arlordor about book promotion.|
But Arlodor grew up to
be a dark knight or evil wizard or something who liked to jump on the dashing
YPT. Eventually, however, YPT became King of
my his own catsel, of which
the other cats were highly jealous and who sometimes attempted to overthrow me
That is all I can think of
for now. I need to work something in about Princess Chloe, but I am having writer's block.
|Prince Tannerite with Princess Chloe.|
Thinking about this book has made me a basket case. Maybe I need a nap.
Anyhow, until I get my book done, you should buy Mommy's book. It will likely take you a while to read it. Maybe by the time you read it, I will have finished my book or abandoned the idea because the other cats might not like me writing about them. One of those.
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