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May 4, 2009

That's improbable!

While getting ready for work this morning, The Feline was busting my chops. She likes to do this, especially when I'm tired and groggy at oh-dark-thirty in the morning.

Sometimes I humor the animal (or, er, myself) and have a "conversation." It goes something like this:

Feline: Meow!

Me: What's that you say?

Feline: Meow!

Me: Constantinople? Really?

Feline: Meeeow!

Me: Met at the bazaar? You know, they don't even call it Constantinople any more. You're so old fashioned.

Feline: Meow!

That is but one example.

So this morning, The Feline and I engaged in another of our lengthy conversations. Here's the rough transcript:


Feline: MEOW!

Me: Had a bad dream, huh? Sorry to hear it.

Feline: Meow

Me: Maybe you should try cutting the kibble ration and sleeping less?

Feline: Meow!

Me: That's interesting. You know they say a dream about eating fish means many conflicting things. Could be attachment issues.

Feline: Meow!

It was then that I thought to myself, "Hey, I could do that whole Pet Psychic routine. This is easy!"

Why did my brain drift over to "Pet Psychic?"

I'll tell you why.

Recently, I pitched a literary agent about my latest work. Last week, I got feedback from the agent. He said (in not so many words) that a main plot point of my story wasn't entirely plausible.

I found that odd, since that plot point was something that had actually happened in my life ("write what you know!").

But ok, I took his very professional feedback to heart (maybe too much to heart, if you were to ask The Good Man).

With that in mind, I went to the library to check out items in the "new fiction" section to see what IS plausible enough to get published these days.

That's where I found this gem.

"Pet psychic, radio host, four-time widow, and dedicated rescuer of distressed animals, Mary Catherine rushes in to help a turtle stranded in a house, only to stumble over a body. With the rescued turtle as the only witness, MC works with the initially skeptical police to discover the real murderer."

Unh huh. So a pet psychic getting the eyewitness account from a turtle IS plausible enough to be published?


And the clincher from the book jacket:

"Includes recipes for pet treats!"

Well there you have it.

The Feline remains non-plussed.

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