Task Master Meow

☆ November 1, 2012


As I lounge in your chair on my throne, you shall WRITE!

~ NaNoWriMo starts today ~
I wrote 1487 words while doing laundry this morning, 400 of which were about a vulture landing on a fencepost. Hoping for an end of the day total of 2000…
Otherwise I’ll have to answer to Eli.


52 Responses to “Task Master Meow”

  1. Donna Perry
    November 1st, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    His Royal Highness is quite a handsome fellow.

  2. Sandy
    November 1st, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    oh, eli…how i have missed you!

  3. Ingrid
    November 1st, 2012 @ 1:52 pm


    Man, he has got some serious Winter Jowl Syndrome going on!

    (That’s what I call it when cats’ cheeks get full and fluffy for winter)

  4. carolyn
    November 1st, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    That cat is cool! My favorite trick or treaters last night was a kitty cat. She was a tiny human… could have been about the size of Eli. He is huge!!

  5. Kaelie
    November 1st, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    Eli is so fluffy! He’ll smother you with his fluff! Haha!

  6. Terry V.
    November 1st, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    He’s absolutely royal in appearance. Squeezable too.

  7. pam
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    so very glad to see Eli…its been too long since you’ve written or shown him.

  8. Aleta
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Great to see Hizzoner again. His ears look small; is it just winter fluff or did they get chewed by kittens?

  9. Cindy
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    flap, flap, flap, vulture landing on a fence post causing a ruckus in the vultures already hanging out and waiting for the breeze to rise. Looking forward to it.

  10. Jenny C
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Ha, Aleta – “Hizzoner”

    He really does look like a miniature lion in this shot, doesn’t he? When reading these comments to him, please delete “miniature” from your discourse. Thank you. :)

  11. m.v.
    November 1st, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I am glad to see His Meowness is doing well.
    He certainly looks like a strict task master.

  12. Carla
    November 1st, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    That cat’s an Eli imposter. Can’t be him.

    Today I wrote three words for NaNoWriMo: “There was this dog.” But that’s three more than I’ve written on this book in years. So it was a good day.

  13. Carla
    November 1st, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Ha, just kidding. Four words. Just testing your math skills. Ugh. Not really. Stupid latte.

  14. Melissa b
    November 1st, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    I want that chair!

  15. Deborah
    November 1st, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

    That is the most manly cat I have ever seen!!!

  16. karen
    November 1st, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    First off…@Carla (post number 13) your too funny..LOL!!That is hilarious. AND I agree about an Eli impostor too. He definitely is ruggedly handsome though!

  17. Penny
    November 1st, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    After you took this, did you go bury your face in his fluffy abdomen, or were you strong enough to resist?

    And those pink paw pads… delicious!

  18. Torre
    November 1st, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Hi Eli! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping you were doing well. I see you are – ruler of the household and all. You have a comfy place to relax!

  19. Liza
    November 1st, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    How nice to see Eli again! Good luck with the writing.

  20. Lisa
    November 1st, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    I hope you got your work done! Eli is quite the task master!!

  21. wright1
    November 1st, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    Majestic in his stern, orange massiveness. Long may he reign.

  22. Steph in Oregon
    November 1st, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Such a great expression on that face~ It’s realy good to see Eli.

    I bet Eli swears–I’m quite sure a couple of my cats have “potty meows”.

  23. Elly
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 5:13 am

    Oh! That face! Love it :)

  24. Katbalu
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 5:53 am

    Yea 1487 words:) Your on your way!

  25. Susie
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    No messa wid dis cat!

  26. Colleen G
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    There are so many adjectives running through my head right now trying to describe this cat. But you did it the best… task master suits him perfectly. He looks a bit testy, so I would be sure to get your work done. I hate to think of what the wrath of Eli must feel like, so you best get busy!

  27. shreve
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Penny ~ Yes! I cannot resist ~ I do it many times a day.

  28. Kelly
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Aw, such a fluffy older gentleman cat! But yes, you must write. Or at least not occupy this chair which is made even more comfy with the helpful offering of your sweater.

  29. christine
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    Tough task master. Now I can see why he rules the roost…

  30. Amy
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    Eli is the Teddy Roosevelt of cats.

  31. Dawn J.
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Oh Deborah you are so correct. LOL As soon as I read your post, I went back for a quick look at that handsome fella, had to laugh, “damn, she is right” hahaha

  32. Isabel
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    @Amy: Really? I picture him as more of a Winston Churchill kind of man. Cat. Personality.

    I love winter fluff cats.

  33. Pat D.
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    @ Aleta: Looks to me as if Eli’s got his ears flattened a bit, showing his displeasure at the ever-present camera aimed at Himself (as the Irish say), as well as his sterness about running Shreve’s writing career.

    Ha! Great to see Himself, all orange and in-charge, again.

  34. Nanci
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    Ahhhh, Eli. What a wise and wonderful wilderness cat you are.

  35. Karyn
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    Good to see Eli is keeping you on task, but the urge to pet, cuddle and love his winter fluff must be overwhelming! He and Sir Baby are among my favorites in your farmily!

  36. Dana
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Eli looks like a taskmaster I wouldn’t want to cross!

  37. Claire
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    Cats rule their household. Plain and simple. Doesn’t matter who’s in their family they think (and usually do) run things.

  38. penny in co
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    Ha…I don’t think he looks anything other than pissed! LOL

  39. rockrat
    November 2nd, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Winter is gonna be rough. Do the other animals have thick winter coats already?

  40. JennyLu
    November 3rd, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    The first thing I thought of when I saw that stern, square-ish head, and his seating arrangement, and his taskmaster status, was this terrible pun: Chairman Meow

    Admit it, the resemblance is uncanny: http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mao_Zedong

  41. jo davis
    November 3rd, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Eli has become quite the hunk…with maybe ali’l chunk? or is it that he’s just hunkered down and is indeed sportin’ his Winter coat? Thumbs up on the words…your words are always terrific and that is an Awesome chair!!!! :-)

  42. cassie
    November 3rd, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    Eli has a Games of Thrones to him there! You need to heed what he says . . .

  43. Julie
    November 4th, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Wow, Eli is definitely looking more and more like the master of his kingdom! He’s a big grizzled tom now!!

  44. Sara
    November 4th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Oh my goodness. I decided to do NaNoWriMo. I started a couple of days late but I am at 4,693 words. I actually think it is going somewhere after lots of words and partial thoughts I organized an actual chapter today. Lots of starts to chapters. It just started flowing. Thank God for airports – that three hour layover in Denver was not wasted. I would not have done this or known about it without your posts :)

  45. Janine
    November 5th, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Looking good Eli!

  46. Nan
    November 5th, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Good to have a taskmaster, for sure!
    Btw, I hope it was you and not an e-mail hacker — you wrote to me that I won one of the plot books? Anyway, I didn’t get anything and just want to be sure it was you and that I didn’t give my address to a hacker — lol!

  47. sue c
    November 5th, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    ha ha Chairman Meow! wish I had thoughta that one, I WAS thinking he looked chinese……..
    Those ears – like helicopter blades at rest, that particular look always seems to deter the most curious of dogs. Well, my dogs, anyway.

  48. shreve
    November 5th, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    N ~ it was me! the books were being mailed by the publisher so I don’t know precise details re/ timing, though they emailed me to say they’d been sent… keep me posted.

  49. Mishka
    November 5th, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Love those ears!! Perhaps next November I will get my act together for NaNoWriMo…no way could I write a novel, but would like to just write more and this would be a perfect excuse!!

  50. sherry
    November 6th, 2012 @ 8:26 am

    He looks like a small lion. Eli just makes me think of Greebo from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series… I can image Eli frightening the local wolf and coyote population and trying to take down an elk all by himself. He is so awesome.

  51. Nan
    November 6th, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Shreve — ‘k, thanks for the heads-up — so glad it was you, not a hack. :)

  52. Carla
    November 8th, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Hey, Shreve …

    How’s NaNoWriMo going? Part of the fun and challenge of this month is checking in with each other to help keep things rolling along. But I have a feeling you’re going strong on your own. You’ve already learned how to be self-disciplined and focused in your writing. But do you have any tips you can share? Things that work for you?


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