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Do I Still Wanna Be a Cat?

This time last year I was going through a lot of stuff, and in the midst of a full-blown identity crisis I wrote a blog post about wanting to be a cat. Today I decided to reassess that. I realized I still have moments of feline envy when I wish to curl up and sort of hide. Times when I wish life were simpler. Or when I wish I could be more withdrawn and just live somewhere peaceful and write and make art and not put as much pressure on myself. Still, I think there’s more clarity nowadays about who I am, and some of the things that were weighing on me last year have since been resolved. I also can draw better cats and that’s important. And, because we should all occasionally give in to our impulses to withdraw, at least temporarily, I’ve decided to rent a sweet little beach place and take my dog to the Island for a few days next week. Maybe some salt air, some long walks, and a few peaceful evenings is all we need. Maybe a full-on feline transformation is not necessary. I’ll keep you posted!

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Only Salt Shakers

The book signing for The Adventures of Miss Vulpe was today. And in honor of this event I must confess that I’ve never ever stolen a sugar bowl, the way Miss Vulpe does. Only the occasional salt shaker from a bar in Upstate New York when I was in my twenties. I don’t even know why I did that except that the salt shakers were teeny tiny and seemed misplaced in the bar and I thought it was funny. I’ve long since decided that stealing (even tiny irrelevant objects) is bad karma. Except for John’s art supplies, which I still love to steal, but that’s a different story.

So how was the book signing? It was fun! John made the room look amazing for me, set up a beautiful table, champagne, white orchids, etc, and AVM and Lily both were very supportive and sweet so it was a special moment. The people who showed up for the book were all wonderful, and it was all in all a great evening. Even Miss Vulpe managed to be on her best behavior. 😉