Writing is a solitary occupation. While we authors come out to play at conferences and book launches and library talks, much of our time is spent sitting behind a computer. For hours and hours and hours we sit there, lost in creating the imaginary worlds and the imaginary people of our stories. On our own.
I’m not the kind of writer who can work in the midst of chaos. I’m also very easily distracted by other people. As deadline approaches—and I always seem to be on a frantic last-minute rush to meet it as I’m a procrastinator, but that’s a different story—my family know I need my space. Luckily, I have a room where I can close the door. I don’t want noise either. No music, just quiet. Which is why I am so often writing late at night and into the early hours of the morning.
|Alfie in his favourite box - right near my desk|
However, while I’m locked away in my writing cave, I’m not really alone.
|Sweet Ivy always likes to be nearby|
Always, with four cats, I have feline company of some kind. I haven’t shared photos of my pets for a while so here are my companions who keep me company of the quiet, uncritical kind.
|Our darling Tabitha is 18 now, and has kept me company through lots of books|
That is, unless one is hungry or wants to play, or wants to go in and out the door. No need for me to set an alarm to make sure I get up and walk around at regular intervals. There is always a cat who wants in or out of a door!
|Darling Cindy, my other old girl probably about 17|
P.S. While I’m outside gardening at my little farm, I have not only cats but chickens for company and usually horses hanging around nearby too. But I really had to laugh at the sight of my husband weeding with one of our two pet steers, Squirt and Thimble, keeping him company.
|Thimble helping out with the gardening|
The bullies are a miniature breed called Dexters but they’re not exactly tiny! This is Thimble.
Do you have an animal companion of some kind that keeps you company while you work? I’d love to read about it in the comments!