Save the Cat for Novelists

Kicking my writing intentions into high gear for 2019, I dug out my Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. And what I realized is that I’m living the “Save the Cat” life. Art imitating life or life imitating art? There are two thoughts on that one.

Case in point: If you look closely at the “Save the Cat” beat structure, you would see that this time last year I was living my normal life, the status quo, the Setup. We’d just moved into a brand new Florida beach house, a new kitty had joined our little family, we’d had to trade in our Jeep that kept stalling at inconvenient times for a brand new Dodge Challenger (which I love, btw), new furniture to decorate our new house (especially when the electric recliner couch got permanently stuck in the open position), and life was looking pretty darn good. We were set up to live in our forever home, right?

Then, last summer, out of nowhere, we were blindsided. We didn’t see it coming. First, our beloved 18-year-old cat Skipper died and this may sound minimal to non pet lovers, but this was a huge loss that I’m still suffering through (okay, he was old and we knew he couldn’t live forever, but he’d been doing so well). Then, two weeks later my father died. The next month, hubby was summoned back to headquarters in Las Vegas, where we’d just moved from the year before. We thought we’d left Vegas behind. Ah, yes, we were faced with a Catalyst.

So after returning to Florida, the Debate begins. Should we leave Florida, move back to Vegas? The job situation really looked like it. Personally, it seemed like it, too. I was missing my home back west, and the losses were too much for me being so far from home. But we had a brand new house. The cross-country moving expenses are huge. Was it worth it? Where would we live now that we no longer had our Vegas house? Could we recover?

Then we break into Act 2. As Save the Cat says:

The game is afoot! The challenge is accepted! The adventure is upon us! The new way of life has begun! The Debate is over, our hero knows what they have to do, and now it’s time to do it.

This is where we are now. Unexpected challenges occur, resistance is futile, it’s time to take action and move forward into my pursuit of what I really want, and, hopefully, find what it is I really need.

And now, my friends, it’s time to get to work and structure my wip, “save the cat” style.

Changes and a 5-Star Review

In my last blog post, I wrote that when you change something, everything changes. Often, we just want to change one thing and then are surprised by so many things changing, things we didn’t really want to change. But that’s what holds people back from changing anything.

After a brief halt to the life-changing events we’d started in motion, we’re back on track for changes. And they’ve already begun. I couldn’t spend one more afternoon in that house facing the intensity of the desert sun. It’s not my natural habitat, and I’d spent almost 10 years there. It was definitely time for a big change.

But I miss waking up in that bedroom, my morning routine of Rich going downstairs first to feed the cats and start the coffee while I stretch my back so I can get out of bed, get dressed, and join him downstairs to sip our coffee together. After morning devotions and kissing him good-bye for his morning commute, I would peek into General Hospital, play with the kitties, and then head up to my office either to work on some music in my studio, write a blog post, or write a scene for my current wip.

Around 10 am, I might take a morning break walking the neighborhood, and then return to whatever I was working on until about 11-11:30 to make lunch, watch the rest of GH, and then have my lunchtime chat with Rich. I loved this routine!

But it was isolating in that big house, and by the end of the day, I was nutty – lol! So here we are, throwing ourselves into a whirlwind of change, moving across the country, moving from a suburban house into an urban apartment, ready to get back to work and see what else I jump into – writing groups or music groups – this has yet to be seen.

It’s exciting and scary as I peek into the future and the past at the same time.

In the meantime, I noticed Raining Men got a 5-star review after its recent upload of version 2.0. Thank you. It encourages me to keep moving forward, writing stories and writing songs.

RAINING MEN

When California girl Brooke Slade, looking for love in all the wrong places, is presented with an opportunity to move to the Pacific Northwest, she turns it down, refusing to leave her life in Sunny California. But when she loses her job, she decides to give the Northwest a chance for thirty days and discovers it’s raining more than the wet stuff – it’s raining men. Wading through so many Mr. Wrongs, can she find Mr. Right?

AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon.com for Kindle.