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by Jennyj
Rated: E · Assignment · Pets · #1844685
Calvin is at it again- AMID CAT HEAVEN: A SINGULAR FREQUENT CRASH INTO OUR THOUGHTS!
Lesson One Writing Assignment - Point of View For your writing assignment this week, select one of the vignettes you wrote last week. This will be the story that you will develop throughout the course for your final writing assignment, so make sure you like and are comfortable with the vignette you select. You may use the same vignette you used for your Exercise this week if you want, or you may explore a different one.

Thinking about what we learned this week about point of view and narrative voice, choose the point of view you think you want to write your final assignment story in. Now rewrite that vignette - in your chosen point of view - into a 300 to 400 word scene. It can be the beginning of your story or a pivotal scene you will use later on.
Just a Quick Note Here! DO NOT try to write your assignments in present tense. While writing in present tense is a popular trend right now, it is a difficult skill to develop to the point that its use does not distract the reader and distance him or her from your story. It's much more important that we focus on the concepts we are learning each week, rather than adding experimentation will a difficult writing method to the mix.

Original story:
A SINGULAR FREQUENT CRASH INTO MY THOUGHTS!

My middle cat Calvin is a huge Maine Coon look-alike who doesn’t believe that he has grown up; he is six years old but thinks he can still fit in small cozy spaces like any good kitten can! His favorite current nap zone is on top of our window air-conditioner, but he has been too big for that small narrow space for about 5 years. He can actually barely fit on the space cuddled up against the cold glass of the window, but immediately gets into trouble when he falls asleep and subsequently loses his balance while chasing an illusory fake mouse! He makes an atrocious noise. No amount of coaxing or showing other, more comfortable beds persuades him to relocate his naps to a safer and quieter place!

REWRITE: first person –Jenny’s view

A SINGULAR FREQUENT CRASH INTO MY THOUGHTS AND SLEEP
I watch with absolute horror as my poor six-year-old cat falls asleep on top of the air conditioner unit and once again has a dream and falls off onto the floor with a frightening crash! I fancy that he is dreaming of catching a mouse or little running bug as he careens to his destination on the floor. He won’t sleep on the bed with the rest of us, preferring the feel of the cold window glass against his thick fur…until he falls off with a mighty crash!

AMID CAT HEAVEN: A SINGULAR FREQUENT CRASH
INTO OUR THOUGHTS!

My cat family is special to both my husband and myself. They range in age from 11 1/2 years to our two 3-year old fraternal twins. We have 3 girls and 3 boys; each one is as different as possible from all the others. The eldest is a calico female named Pumpkin Pie. The other five are all related to at least one of the others by blood or marriage or whatever it is that cats think they do.

The middle male cat in the family is 6-yr. old Calvin; he is a huge Maine Coon look-alike. Despite his enormous size and thick fur, he doesn’t believe that he has grown up at all; despite the fact that he is six years old, he still thinks he can comfortably fit in small cozy spaces like any good kitten can!
Calvin's current favorite nap zone is on top of our small window air-conditioner unit, but he has been too big for that small narrow space for about 5 years. He can actually barely fit on the narrow space, cuddled up tightly and perfectly still against the cold glass of the window. However, he immediately gets into trouble when he falls asleep and subsequently loses his balance while chasing an illusory fake mouse or large bug!

Upon experiencing his fascinating dream, he immediately loses his balance and crashes to the floor, his dignity and relaxation long gone. When falling, he makes an atrocious noise as he first lands with a heavy bang, and then attempts to scramble back up onto the unit, where he frantically bathes and tries to fall back to sleep. This chain of events repeats itself once every fifteen minutes throughout the day and night!

No amount of coaxing or showing other, more comfortable beds persuades him to relocate his naps to a safer and quieter place! He has tried the top of the shelf, the top of the TV set, and we may have successfully found him a quieter bed on top of my husband's pillow, but he still tries at least once every few hours to reclaim his perch atop the AC unit, as it has the best view of the room and the yard at the same time!

The rest of the cats are oblivious to all of this drama and ignore the noise and activity going on around them. We are not so lucky and wake up each time he crashes past us to the floor.


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