Wednesday, 5 March 2014

IWSG-Insecure Writer's Support Group for March 2014

Anna Nordeman


Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for starting Insecure Writer's Support Group.

This is my twelfth post for IWSG. I've been participating in this bloghop a whole YEAR!!!

Elsa, the cat, and my daughter, Elisabet

For my March edition of IWSG I would like to say a few words about my work in progress (WIP) and then leave an update on how I am solving my practical problems  living with six cats in a small apartment.

Reading Roz Morris' practical handbook Nail Your Novel as helped me tackle the structure of my novel. Using post-it and index cards I have outlined almost my entire story. 

Unfortunately, the holidays are over, the spring term has begun, and I have to write a paper for the university. So the novel will have to wait a few months. But using the skills that I have learned from reading so many 'how-to-write-a-novel-books', I think I will even be able to 'nail' my academic paper too!

This is my report on life with six cats:

On Tuesday February 11th, my daughter, Elisabet, was diagnosed as being allergic to cat-fur. This means that she cannot live in my apartment together with six cats. If I don't improve the air in the apartment she could develop astma. Elisabet has temporarily (we hope) moved to my former husband's, her father's cat-less townhouse, built in 1916, with high ceilings and hugh windows.

In the mean time I am looking for new homes for the kitties. I put an ad in the local newspaper and have succeeded in finding three new homes! As of yestersday, February 28th, I have sold four cats to good, animal-loving people! 

Elisabet holding Lars or Sigge

The first to go was Lars. He left on Wednesday February 26th. He moved to a kindly widower who lives in the country. Lars will be able to run, climb, hunt mice and loose some of that excess flab. I am happy for him, but I miss him already. He's like a cuddly tebbybear to hug.

Erik with either Lars or Sigge

Then on Thursday February 27 Sigge and Kalle found a new home with a couple who have a garden. Kalle was my son Erik's special cat. 

Kalle, Elsa, my son Erik, & Rosetta

Yesterday, February 28th, our wild-child, Elsa, found a new home on a horse farm!

Elsa and Elisabet

Parting with our cats has been hard on my son, Erik, who refuses to take an allergy-test. I have agreed to keep one cat, Rosetta, to see if we can make the apartment liveable for Elisabet using air-cleaners. It may not work, but I am willing to try. Otherwise, the family who has adopted Elsa, has promised to take care of Rosetta too.

Not having to have to change six litter boxes and provide fresh water and food several times every day for six cats, will allow me to do other things. Which will help my everyday life (even though I will miss my furry friends terribly - I miss them already).

Yours faithfully,

For those who would like to see my list of how-to-write-books, please go here
[If you would like to read my other earlier posts for IWSG, go back to my first post in March 2013 here, in April 2013 here, in May 2013 here, in June here, in July 2013 here, in August 2013  here,  in September 2013  here,  in October 2013 here, in November 2013 here, in December 2013 here, and for January 2014 here, and February 2014 here.]

First Commenter:

Alex J. Cavanaugh 



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You may not be able to tackle that novel for a while, but sounds like you will be prepared when you do.
Very sorry you had to get rid of your cats. Hopefully you can keep Rosetta.

Tina said...

Hejsan Anna!
Det har varit aldeles for länge sedan jag har varit här. Forlåt mig?
I'm excited to hear that your novel is going well, but sad for you about your cats. I'm highly allergic to cats, as are both my sons and my husband, so no cats ever for us. We all have severe asthma except the hubby. My kids can't even play at a house that has a cat, or they will have an asthma attack. I hope that your plan works, and that maybe just less of the allergen will be enough. I'll be thinking of you!
I'm writing about Sweden again for the A-Z Challenge...I hope you have some time to stop by. I will try to be better about stopping here...
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
Co-hosting the IWSG

Tanya. said...

Hi Anna, sorry I haven't visited in a while but life has been hectic and now I am trying to catch up. Sounds like you have an excellent plan in motion for your novel. I am really sorry to hear about you having to re-home your cats but at least you know where they all have gone and that they will be well looked after. I keep my fingers crossed for you being able to keep one of the cats.

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