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New Guest Blogger: Catherynne M. Valente

Yes, I'm travelling again, from next Wednesday. (I'll post details of my public fixtures tomorrow: places I'll be hitting include Colorado Springs, Manhattan, and Boston.)

While I'm on the road, blogging will be very erratic. So I'm handing over the soap box this time to award-winning and wildly innovative fantasy novelist Cat Valente. Here's her potted author bio:

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton Award, the Tiptree Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award She has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, and Spectrum Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and enormous cat.
Catherynne will be dropping in to blog here from next week ...



Enormous Cat? A Maine Coon, possibly?

We have a half-Norwegian Forest ("Hex"), and locally, there is also "Harvey" (as in wall-banger) a beautiful silver tabby tom Norwegian, who wanders threough my local, waving his giant fluffy rear-erection ....


Pic of enormous pussy or it doesn't exist.



Yes, I know a maine coon cat. But what is the enormous cat mentioned by Charlie?

I.. creeped.. this link:

But no pic or cat breed stated. Also a little stale at 6 years old. Interesting statement about authors not being real authors until they have a cat.



"Tabby"; that suggests a domestic short-hair, but they can run in big. One of my friends had a dinner jacket cat that weighted a full 16lb, pretty much all of it bones and muscle.


Interesting statement about authors not being real authors until they have a cat.

Oh no, I'm doomed. My cat died a year and a half ago--kidney failure most likely. Looked like a B&W version of the Maine coon, but was a stray, so definitely a mix.

Does housesitting cats count? I do so a few times a year.

Typing with a cat in lap puts a crimp in the output, particularly if you usually have a keyboard there.


Many moons ago, we had a cat, called ... Hermann. Originally from Herman, but later, from Hermann Göring.

7.5kg of stripey killer - dogs, irrespective of size, were wind-up clockwork toys, as far as he was concerned. Only time I ever saw him fazed was when he went ... "birdie!" (big birdie, but who cares?) and birdie went "intruder on my patch!" Both went: hissssssssss .... Cat vs. farmyard Goose: Mexican stand-off Both ... "another time, another day, perhaps?"

I CALL FOR A link-ennabler, so we can post kitty-pics to C's blog - the moderators can put them into place? (Without us havng to Fickr/photobucket the pictures, that is)


Greg--October is indeed a Maine Coon. :)


I ... see ..' You'll Take Manhattan ' eh? And the Bronx and Staten Island Too ? ....

Be sure to say ' Hi ' to the Ghost of Blossom Dearie.

Never neglect to know that ..." The subway Charms Us So .."

and also do say hello for me to West 35th Street .....

" Nero Wolfe, who has expensive tastes, lives in a comfortable and luxurious New York City brownstone on West 35th Street. ..


And for everyone else--the tabby I mentioned in that post (impressive sleuthing!) is our other cat, who we refer to quite often as badcat or evil cat, for she is vicious and sneaky and refuses to use a litter box--I feel you can either be a mean kitty OR not use the box, but both makes you an outside cat, which she is now. She pre-dates me in my husband's life and constantly looks at me like she expects to outlast me too.

October is our Maine Coon, she is two years old, and I can offer one picture of her face and one that shows her size in comparison to my golden retriever Sage. Enjoy (some of my many) animals!


With regards to Maine Coons, seems like they have a high rate of polydactyly, which might haveinteresting effects; from

For example, a common variation with six toes on the front paws, with two opposing digits on each (comparable in use to human thumbs), enables the cat to learn and perform feats of manual dexterity generally not observed in non-polydactyl cats, such as opening latches or catching objects with a single paw.

Oh my god, cats with opposable thumbs! We're doome.., err, I for one welcome our new feline fluffy overlords.


Cats with thumbs, yes - YouTube has the milk commercial.


"Opposable thumbs" Well, Norwegian Forest Cats are similar. Their "thumb" claws are much further spaced than normal - which make them very good climbers. Hex, sitting warm and rumbly on my lap as I type this is half-Birman/half NFC and she can really climb!

Mind you our Birman tom, Ratatosk, understands the class of objects with lids ... butter dishes, saucepans etc. Food has to be put in fluffy-proof positions before we go out - after he got the lid off an (approx) 4-litre stainless-steel "Unipot" containing set meat stock. Oh dear. He extends his paw to the edge of the lid, then extends his claws into the lid/pot join, to get a purchase, and LIFTS: BINGO! kitty dins ...... He's currently (past couple of weeks) trying to fathom out how to open the bedroom small cupboard, in which "special" kitty-nibbles are kept.


Awhile back we heard Charlie's tale of how there were suddenly two different works called Palimpsest. Does this guest-bloggership arise from being introduced to each other over that? Shall we be hearing the other side of the tale?

In other news, there's a Maine Coon here too. Lovely huge beastie.


I was expecting to see an enterprising teen with freakishly improvised sails and a hull made from who knows what, but the book trailer on YouTube showed me a pre-teen with a magic leopard and the Book's museum Web pages had no sailboat in sight but lots of keys and necklaces which I assume to be magical.


Forgot to link to the book's museum:


Thanks Cat. Everything I've ever read previously (never met one; they're rare in Scotland) about Maine Coons suggests that they're either hugely good-natured, or utterly ebil and vicious with it!


Alain-- Don't worry. The freakishly improvised sails and hull made from who knows what come later in the book.


oh my, deathless!



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