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Black Cat Enterprises

Originally published at Ben Peek. You can comment here or there.

 

On Friday, the girlfriend and I adopted two black cats, around eleven months old each. Before we left for London we agreed that, upon our return, we would take in a new cat, and these two, brother and sister, came as a pair from the rescue shelter. They are both settling in well, and it is nice to have a new pair of animals around – and in truth, I have missed telling my friends how the cat is doing when they clearly have no interest in it. Good times, ahead.

Anyhow: the cats are settling in, becoming used to us, and finding all the hiding spots around the house that neither of us know about.

In other news, the Godless is moving along, appearing in stores, being shared by people around. A friend of mine took this photo in Dymocks in Perth’s CBD.

thegodlessdymocks

Wild, hey?

For my part, I just try and get people to talk about the book in places, to let word of mouth build. I tell myself that it is a long game I’m playing – there’s a paperback next year, a second book after that, then the paperback of that and the third book, but it’s such a strange experience seeing a book I wrote shelved that like that I vaguely feel a sense of panic that it’s not going to work out, that everything is a disaster already… and it’s around that time that I get up, walk away from the ‘net and the computer, and try to do something different for a while. Occasionally it makes a difference. Occasionally not.

At any rate, there’s a bunch of stuff that needs doing today, and I ought to go and do that, really. Also, I’ve lost track of one of the new cats again.

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ironed_orchid
Sep. 9th, 2014 05:11 am (UTC)
Enjoy being a person who lives with cats.

I haven't seen your book in the wild yet, but I will check my favourite Perth bookshop on Friday (with the back up option of Dymocks now sorted).
benpeek
Sep. 9th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
we had a cat before. she was my partner's cat, and came across from the states with her - she died a bit suddenly about six months ago from a blood clot. she was about 14/15. but this is the first plural cats i've lived with.

anyhow, i hope your favourite store has it. and i hope you enjoy the book, as well.
ataxi
Sep. 17th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
Hey man, I read the first fifty pages of your novel last night, and so far I'm really enjoying it. It's the first of your novels I've read but your voice is very recognisable.
benpeek
Sep. 17th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
sweet, man. thanks muchly for buying it, as well.

i don't know how much my voice will stay consistant through the previous novels - i suspect it's particularly inconsistant in black sheep, but i guess that's part of the way it is for these things. but anyhow, i hope it holds up for you.
ataxi
Sep. 18th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's going very nicely. I'd love to discuss your influences with you some time but I'd better finish the book first. New job is kicking my arse at the moment.
benpeek
Sep. 19th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
yeah, man, just hit me up whenever. i'll probably need some time to make some up that sound good ;)
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