These Kittens Look Familiar

Sharing another catty writer prompt today, and I think you’ll agree these kittens look familiar. How do you suppose THIS happened?

A basket of kittens, these kittens look familiar
You open your shirt drawer. Inside it, a cat you don’t recognize has had kittens. The kittens look JUST like your tomcat.

One possibility. Your tomcat let his girlfriend in through the cat door. Another possibility. Your tomcat and his girlfriend are shapeshifters. Another possibility. Grey tabbies are really common and your tomcat had nothing to do with this. Another possibility. They aren’t actually cats but instead are sentient alien beings.

What’s your possibility?


The cover for blue guard by jody wallace on a fancy blended blue background

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Whose Diary Is That?

You probably shouldn’t pick the lock on secret books. Bad things can happen when you unearth a secret cat diary.

You find a locked book. When you unlock it, you realize it's a secret cat diary.

You shouldn’t be invading people’s privacy this way! But since you did…fill us in. What’s kitty been up to? How much danger are you in? Is kitty saving the world or destroying it? You can get a catty writer prompt every Wednesday at my Twitter page or my Facebook page or other places!


The cover for 1000 kisses, a paranormal romance in which a cat plays a significant role (though not as one of the people in the romance)

Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

But I Needed That Box!

What do you do when you have a really scary guard cat and your cat chases the delivery person? And what was in that box that was so important? Every Wednesday I try to post a catty writer prompt to get your creative juices churning, kind of like a whirlpool of feline. This particular cat is very proud of the way he chased off the mail person.

This story would probably be flash fiction, but I’d like to see your flash!

Your cat chases away the delivery person with a very important package

Here is a delightful old video from AFV about a cat who does NOT like the mail delivery — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kn3ymQB4iqQ


Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Always Have Helpers

Don’t ever try to be a writer on your own. You always need a helper. This is my advice to you. It doesn’t make ME your helper, not exactly, because you need your own personal helpers.

Here is one of mine. Multiple helpers are beneficial!

A white cat sleeping between a person and her laptop which has been shoved way down to her knees. He is one of the author's helpers.

This is Magnus. He helps me by making sure I don’t write too long and get all stiff and sore. He strives to be like Pumpkin from Catalyst.

While he has not quite earned a place on Meankitty.com, it’s not for lack of trying! He has a thing for toes and loves to fetch. Especially roaches. Especially at 3 am. That’s a long story.


Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at www.jodywallace.com and the cats at www.meankitty.com

Meet My Character!

I was tagged for this meme or hop by fellow author Veronica Scott! Last week, she posted a Q&A about her female protagonist in a science fiction romance, so today I’m going to post a Q&A from MY female protagonist in a science fiction romance…of sorts. My work in progress just so happens to be a science fiction romance SPOOF written in interactive fiction style.


For the interactive romance a photo of a furry white cat about to whack the photographer
Killer Kitty would like to be “interactive” with you.

Interview of Mari Shu

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Mari Shu Nine Million is the name of the titular character in what will probably be titled The Interactive Adventures of Mari Shu. She is made up.

2) When and where is the story set?

Most of the story occurs in a tarnished, grungy, polluted future, on Olde Earth as well as other planets, except for one thread where I plan to have Mari Shu travel into the past with a swashbuckling swashbuckler of some sort.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Mari Shu needs your help to make decisions that affect the course of her whole existence!

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

In the beginning, her main conflict is that her salary at the widget factory has been reduced and she can no longer afford to support herself and her sisters or pay rent in their small, shabby apartment. Mari Shu’s first choice is to become a sexxorer, relocate herself and her sisters to another planet, or go out to a seedy bar for dinner in search of inspiration, which I can assure you she does indeed find.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Mari Shu would like to feed, house and otherwise care for herself and her two darling younger sisters, who never cause any trouble at all, except for the trouble they cause her in the introductory section which I’m not going to spoil for you because IT’S. SO. SHOCKING!

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The Interactive Adventures of Mari Shu doesn’t yet have a page on my website, but it probably should.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Before November 2014. (Uh, ETA, the series is published now.) Finding people willing to copyedit it should be…interesting. Not to mention commissioning JUST the right cover! Or more than one cover, because this book is turning out to be oh so long.

How To Write Reviews: An Author Tells Readers What To Do

Meankittyreviews2Step 1: Get your hands on something you’d like to review.

Step 2: Consume the product in some fashion.

Step 3: Decide what you think about that product and share what you have to say with other people, like, for example, online.

Step 4: Find a way, in the text of your review, to add something about how cats are awesome. Doesn’t matter what product you’re reviewing. This is just something that’s required if you want to be taken seriously on the Internetz.

Step 5: Congratulations! You have reviewed a product!

Sincerely,

Jody W. & Meankitty

www.jodywallace.com * www.meankitty.com