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In Which my ‘Tab’ Key Becomes a ‘Tabby’ Key

“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.” ~George Burns

5:00 a.m.--Suzy hits "snooze"

Burns probably had another profession in mind when he dropped that quip, but thanks to the invention of the internet and the laptop, I do get to make money from bed… as a freelance writer. And as a bonus, every day is take-your-kitty-to-work day!

Today was a pretty typical work-day for myself and my “staff” (Suzy-cat, that is).  With 10,000 words due at noon, I could have gotten started yesterday when I was sent the assignment, but instead I spent the evening on enjoyable sidetracks–writing about Peeing Trees and reading Artemis Fowl and watching the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie which arrived from Netflix and…  well, stuff that wasn’t writing-for-deadline.

Tabbing Tabby

So I set my phone for a 5 a.m performance of MercyMe’s “You Reign” to get me going with an early start.  (It takes some wicked Smashmatics at times, but I don’t miss writing deadlines).  Snoozy Suzy didn’t even stir a whisker from her perch atop my hubby’s tummy, but I got up, poured my first mug of coffee, and climbed back under the quilts, armed with my keyboard and caffeine.

After an hour or so, Suzy made the “commute” across the few inches of comforter to give me a hand paw with the typing, and between the two of us we got ten thousand words sent in by deadline.  I can’t even say I mind the early start, since I didn’t really have to get up to go to work.  Purring all around!


I am... a writer, an explorer, a coffee-drinker, a recovering addict, a barefoot linguist, a book-dragon ("bookworm" doesn't cover it), a raconteur, a sailboat skipper, a research diver, a tattooed scholar, a pirate, a poet, a spiritual adventurer, a photographer, a few kinds-of-crazy, a joyful wife, a mom... a list-maker! :)

34 thoughts on “In Which my ‘Tab’ Key Becomes a ‘Tabby’ Key

  1. Well, I will agree that working from home does have its advantages. Although, there was one “commuting” accident that involved my face and a rather rudely placed wall–not sure why they put that wall right next to the door, seems like bad planning for the morning.

    I am jealous of those of you who have the extra assistance, even if they are paws…then again, everyone needs pawsitive reinforcements.



  2. Ah, I feel a kindred spirit out there as I type this with my laptop tilted against my knees and three pillows behind my head. I just haven’t yet gone for the coffee…and I’m decaffed. xxoo


    1. This is why it’s a little ironic that I didn’t “win” NaNoWriMo… I average 5K words per day, 10K is about the top limit I’ll commit to–but with all of November to “play” in, I only got about 3K of FICTION written. I just don’t think that’s my gig. ;)


  3. Kana – I’m in a state of amazement that you can churn out 10,000 (no doubt high quality) words before breakfast and write so prodigiously on your blog too. How do you do it? – CJ


    1. Well, not before breakfast–before lunch. ;) It’s just my innate “chatterbox” personality channeled at the keyboard. ;)


  4. Ah, yes the joys of being a full-time freelance writer working from home. My cat doesn’t help with the typing unfortunatly. Prue just likes to sit in my lap and dig her needle sharp claws into my thighs, while purring incessantly, which is really more of a distraction than an assistance. I admire your focus and ability to get 10,000 words down in a morning. I need to get up to that kind of speed.


  5. Aloha Kako’u, With all due respect to Suzy, your quote of George Burns has aroused my curiosity. Should I consider changing my signature line to “Keoni Da Literary Pimp”?


    1. Just so long as YOUR curiosity doesn’t kill the cat, My Love ;) I don’t imagine there are many Husbands who are as happy as you to say their wives make money in bed…


  6. Your job sounds ideal, but I’m afraid I would snooze through the writing time and miss deadlines. My staff, (Cassie the talking cat,) has to live with my mom, but I visit whenever I can. She always gives me moral support.

    I receive your posts in the email, but when I click on the name of the post, or on comments, I get ‘page not found, try Searching.’ Does this happen to others, do you know? Thanks — I love your writing!


    1. My hubby also gets the email alerts (as if he didn’t already have the alert of my regular bounce-and-hit-”Post” routine, accompanied by the announcement that “there’s a little something to read now”) and he just alerted me to that problem as well… I’ll play with my settings and would appreciate feedback on whether the problem gets resolved! Thanks for the heads-up. :)


  7. I am also an author and writer working from home and my cats are my muses-I couldn’t do without their wisdom and companionship. Like many writers, I’m a bit of a recluse. Cleo loves sitting in the ‘in tray’ near my lap top, and Zak sits up on the desk occasionally running across the keys if he thinks my writing isn’t purrfect!


  8. My oh my. Ten thousand words from 5:00 am till noon. Even with two felines, I wouldn’t be up for the task. I take way too much time “changing my mind” and rewriting.

    My hat’s off to you.


  9. Ooh, the kitteh. :) I want one. My mom used to leave the gibberish whenever our cats walked across her keyboard, so it would look something like this:


    “Kiki says hi.”


  10. Sounds sooo good… I wish I had this option this morning after our work Christmas party last night! :) But I got sleep a bit longer! I guess it’s better than nothing! :D


    1. And here I was enjoying the image of a poetic goblin whipping up the team of horses tearing down the road with coach in tow… ;)


  11. Ten THOUSAND words? Holy smokin’ keyboard, Batman, no wonder you need kitty’s help! I also have feline “help” but he only helps with the procrastination part. He’s Siamese so when he comes and demands things, he’s hard to ignore.


  12. Sometimes my kitty sits on the desk beside me and keeps me company while I faff on the internet. But, echoing previous folks, 10K words? I’d have had a heart attack. It took me 2 months to write a 6K operational manual.


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