Yesterday was rather adventurous, as the cats brought wild birds in our house. Twice. Both while I was eating. The first time, I was sitting down and just peeling the plastic off my nice, home-cooked TV dinner when I saw Belle chasing something. At first I thought it was Dude or Moccasin, but then I saw that it was small and flying and therefore not a cat. She chased it into the pantry, and I grabbed her and shut her in the basement. She had torn the poor thing's entire tail out, and it was shaking so hard it couldn't move, even when I picked it up using a paper towel. I brought it outside and lay it down on the bench, checking to see if it was badly hurt. It was tail-less and had some ruffled chest feathers, but it didn't appear to have any other serious external injuries. It was pretty stunned and shaken, so I left it alone but kept an eye on it. After a few minutes it stood up, and it must have eventually flown or hopped away. Belle looked pretty irritated that I had liberated her meal, but she's used to it. And later, as my dad and I were finishing our dinner, Dude walked in with a bird in his mouth. He tried to meow as if to say, "Hey, I brought dinner!" and the bird flew out. It was a different one this time, and it looked like it was ok. We grabbed Dude and put him in the basement, and we got the bird out with some clever fish net/paper towel teamwork. It flew off like nothing had happened, so I'm glad that one was ok. Dude didn't seem to care though, he probably just caught it for the thrill of the hunt.
Our neighbors came over to give us some stuff, and my neighbor gave me this book she read called "Pirates," which is... a young adult novel about female pirates. I started laughing and told her about my own pirate novel. But the book she gave me is creative nonfiction, and my novel is all fiction. So I'll read this book to get an idea of what not to write (hey, I'm all about originality) and see what else has been written about pirate girls. Speaking of pirates, I'm working on a web site for my novel-in-progress (hey, it will save you from reading my excited ramblings about it all the time, and it will hopefully motivate me to actually finish the thing). And I gave Anna a livejournal too: anna_morrigan. I have reached a new level of writerly geekiness. Thank you. *bows*