Week In Review

Hey, everyone. Once again, Friday is upon us. Am I the only one who always looks forward to weekends? Come to think of it, wouldn’t it be nice to have two-day workweeks and five-day weekends? Alas, that isn’t the case.

Okay, I promised myself this week’s photo would be a little more upbeat than the one I shared last Friday. What could be better than sharing one of my fur babies?

This is our cats, Little Bit and Tucker.  Little Bit is a Black Manx who found us. At the time, we already had two cats and didn’t intend on getting another. But after he nearly lost one of his nine lives in the mouth of our dog, Maggie, and a $600.00 emergency vet bill, Little Bit became a permanent member of the Hall household.

Tucker is on the right. We’ve got him almost six years ago when our other Tuxedo, Cruz, ran away from home only to return five weeks later. They looked virtually identical, even down to the little black mark beneath their chins. Sadly, Cruz ran away again four years ago, and we haven’t seen him since.

Both Little Bit and Tucker have made their way into my stories. Tucker was the inspiration for Whiskers in Unseen Motives. I swear he has the longest whiskers of any cat I’ve known.

Little Bit inspired me to write about a cat named Tinkerbell. You’ll find him in The Keeper’s House, a story about a haunted lighthouse. It is included in the anthology, Macabre Sanctuary.

By the way, the fact that today is Friday the thirteenth had no bearing on my choice to include a photo of a black cat.

Do you include animals in your stories? I think having a pet speaks a lot about a character’s disposition.

And now, it’s time for this week’s writing links.


On This Site or About My Books


From Story Empire:


From Other Writing Sites:


That wraps up this week’s links. Enjoy the weekend!

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  1. Lovely picture – though Little Bit has that ‘don’t mess with me’ expression!
    I have two dogs in my book – they started out as golden retrievers on paper but morphed into our rough collies in my head. We called our first dog Tamlyn after the knight. Six weeks later we found a friend for him; he was a bit damp and smelly but he quickly grew on us and so we called this one Fungus. Should have thought that one through for summoning purposes…

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  2. I have a black cat, too. She’s called Bandit. Another cat – black and white with a little black bit under its (we haven’t determiend gender yet) chin – visits every day and demands food. Bandit tolerates it but isn’t terribly keen on sharing her home.

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  3. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Joan Hall’s Week in Review post is a great one today, filled with super links, and oh, yeah, some cool cats, too. Check it out, and then pass it along, if you would. Thanks, and thanks to Joan for passing these links along to us! 🙂

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  4. Beautiful kitties, Joan. They do seem to find us even when we aren’t looking. Yes, pets do tend to make it into my stories because it’s so natural for them to be there. Happy Friday the 13th.

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  5. I write a lot of animal characters into my stories. I’m a big believer. Only one actually spoke, so far. Now I’m writing a robot cat who speaks. Guess I’m a sucker for animal characters. If the robot cat counts, I have cat, yak, horse, anvil bird, rabbit, cockatrice, fox, dog, and am outlining an ox character.

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  6. Little Bit and Tucker look very comfy and right at home. They are gorgeous!

    I’ve included pets in a few of my book—a German Shepherd in Eclipse Lake, and a husky in my Hode’s Hill trilogy. I even wrote a novella Food for Poe where the black cat in the story saved the day. Pets add a cool dimension to books and bring out traits in our characters that might not otherwise be apparent, Plus they’re fun to write 🙂

    Really fun post to wrap the week, Joan!

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  7. Love your weekly roundup, Joan, and will share it later today on The Write Stuff. And your Tucker looks a lot like my Harry. I love a black cat with a pink nose & white whiskers! Very cool.

    Yes, I almost always give my characters pets, from Irish wolfhounds, to various cats, to a man who collects albino and leucistic reptiles. I believe, as you do, that you can tell a lot about a person by the animals they love, and it’s fun to write about them. It also gives you a chance to insert some private person-to-pet dialogue now and then, too, which can be pretty revealing at times. (We tell our pets things we’d never say to anyone else.)

    Have a great weekend! (Sorry it can be reversed to the 2/5 thing you’d prefer, but I suspect that’s not likely to happen to many of us.) All the more reason to enjoy the one we do get, though! 🙂 ❤

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