New Cat In Town #Caturday

Sweetie Pie Turner here.

No, the new cat in town isn’t a furbaby for MomGoth, it’s a PUBLISHING HOUSE.

But first, a picture of me.

Not The New Cat In Town

Not the New Cat in TownNow, here’s what MomGoth had to say about the “new cat”:

For something called a “House”, publishers can be surprisingly fluid. To add to the confusion, when they dissolve when they’re INsolvent.

That isn’t the only reason they dissolve, of course. The publishing partnership I just left dissolved because of a variety of incompatibilities and disagreements. I hope all the former partners regain and retain all our good feelings toward one another; each has strengths, but the shakedown period proved that we didn’t work and play well together.

But The king is dead! Long live the king! — I’ve joined a new partnership.New Cat in Town

Per Bastet Publications has begun. We’re getting our paperwork in order (or, as we say in imitation of the chefs who “plate the food”, we’re rowing our ducks). We’ll be transferring our own books from other publishers (or, in some cases, some of our books and leaving some with previous publishers because we’re happy with them). When we feel we’re on a firm basis, we’ll start soliciting submissions from others.

Not very splashy, but we’ve seen too many new small presses splash all the water out of their own pools by starting to big too quickly.

Wish us luck!

It’s bound to be a success, with a cat on the logo, am I right?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR ANIMALS: What do you think about humans using animals to represent their businesses and sports teams?


A Mad Star Trek Twin and Vermeulen 4 Realz

Yes, it’s Friday again 4 realz, and I’m busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, as my grandma used to say.

So let’s kick back and check in with The Mad Macedonian, a.k.a. frequent commenter Kiril Kundurazieff, a.k.a. Daddy of Elvira and Sneakers, cat bloggers extraordinaire. It seems that Kiril and I are secret twins, having both cut our writing teeth on Star Trek fan fiction.

If you don’t believe me, check out my ST:TOS fanfics! I be turning these babies into original fiction. This is where FORCE OF HABIT and the Holly Jahangiri stories came from. (currently not in print — I’m working on it!) Illustrations are by the one and only JANE!

A Pratty and a Scotsman 4 Realz

4 realz

Wasn’t that fun?

A just-begun commenter I followed back to his lair website is Cobus Vermeulen, who writes like no other. Go see.

Last, but certainly not least, go read at least one of Andi-Roo’s “open-letter rants” on The World 4 Realz. You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write an open-letter rant to somebody. Not me. kthnx


Scofflaw #ThrowbackThursday

Yes, MomGoth was a scofflaw in her college days; I confess it.

See, all the female dorm residents were required to fill out these cards after, say, 6:00 pm. I’m sure, now, the purpose was to keep us safe, but the male residents didn’t have to fill them out, so we saw it as sexist. If it had been merely paternalistic, the boys would have had to fill them out, too, yes?

Here is what the cards looked like:

Scofflaw Evidence

scofflawMany of the young women protested the cards by carrying them away instead of filling them out and returning them to their places. I can’t imagine why I have one. ~casts eyes innocently at the ceiling and whistles nonchalantly~

I see we were also supposed to note where we were planning to go, and that my destination, when I chose to share it, was often a play or the campus flick. Nothing to bring the blush of shame to me, but it was the double standard that irked me.

Truth be told, that’s about as protesty and scofflawish as I ever got. Kinda sad, isn’t it?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character outrages a rule or breaks a forced agreement.


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