Flicking to the blurb of my current read, I notice that the author ‘lives in Kent with her husband and three cats.’
Now, it seems to me that a multiplicity of cats is a very common attribute of published authors and I’m wondering if as the part-owner of a single cat, I am putting myself at some writerly disadvantage. In fact, our neighbourhood is over run with cats right now, and our own beast being non-territorial, several of them think nothing of wandering in and making themselves at home chez nous. Maybe I could appropriate a couple for my own potted biography. ‘Shares her home in Bristol with a husband, daughter and several unrelated cats.’ Worth a try?
Ah, logic! I guess the university of St. Andrews no longer makes philosophy compulsory for arts graduates, but those were the days … Anyway, Dan does well to remind us that the proposition (is that the jargon?)
‘successful writers always work hard on their writing’
does NOT equate to
‘Writers who work hard on their writing are always successful.’
Damn. I guess that means that the cat thing won’t work either. How about ‘lives at home with her cat and three husbands’?
That might stir things up a bit.