Imagine reading your own copy of Cat Tales and finding a story by someone you know. Me! 🙂 That’s the third best reason to purchase a copy for yourself, each member of your family, all your friends, and the Crazy Cat Lady down the street. Of course, the two best reasons are the Against Malaria Foundation and Cats Protection, the worthy charities to whom the proceeds flow. Please do. For only $1.99 (digital) or $9.50 (print), you can help make the world a better place, and read some really entertaining stories. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Illustration by Louise Kimber
Which a writer like Sue Ranscht has oodles of. Not just her – Harlan too. In Cat Artist Catharsis, Sue’s story in Cat Tales, the anthology drawn from last year’s Book a Break short story competition, Harlan doesn’t just imagine the cats, he imagines them into life. How’s that for the power of imagination? Phew!
By the time he was fourteen, Harlan’s bedroom walls were two-thirds covered by drawings of cats and parts of cats. He’d switched from crayons to two sets of coloured pencils, one set left dull-pointed for soft and blended colours, keeping the other set’s points pointy with his little pen knife, perfect for detailing claws, fangs, raspy tongues, and whiskers. And eyes—green or blue, yellow or orange, brown or copper, deep and speckled, flecked with gold, shiny and wise. Diligent practice had elevated his skill to a level…
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