Holidays, Memories and Sick Cats…

Life is really a treasure chest of possibilities…for characters, plots, articles, dreams, and well, living.

Today is the celebration of our nation’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, America! Over at Write Chix, Sharon cooked up a special salute – check it out – then come on back!

I overheard a woman on her cell phone talking to her husband, reminiscing about the hours of traffic they’d braved when the kids were younger so they could see fireworks in person. Another lady was talking about how she’s never owned a dog that didn’t hide under the bed during the fireworks every 4th.

And here on the Double Q, we’ve got another rescued kitten – his name is Yoda for those big ears and feet he’ll be growing into. He’s sweet, energetic, has delightful markings – and he’s sick. Cuddling his warm little body and dashing about to make vet appointments, wrestling his three-wriggling pounds to get the antibiotics administered – well, as usual, never a dull moment! But then, the little bumps give life its rich color.

So, when you’re writing that scene, that novel, that article, remember to “flavor” it well with the nuances of life…those details that give it texture and warmth. Memories of holidays spent with others or alone; nearly-sixty ladies with one too many cats; the smell of rainy days or sun-baked city streets; the struggle it took to get those 100 year-old azaleas wrestled away from the house so you can paint it.  Notice it all and capture all that you can!

Hope you find it in your plans to brave that traffic and go see the fireworks in person this year!

Until Sunday, keep writing!


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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2 Responses to Holidays, Memories and Sick Cats…

  1. Chelle says:

    Hi Nancy,
    Hope your new kitten feels better. He’s lucky to have a good home.

    • Nancy Quatrano says:

      He is much improved, Chelle. Thank you!

      Hope you and all your clan are doing well! Are you going to submit a short story? Would love to have one from you!!

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