Friday, February 10, 2012

Writers Can Make You Crazy

Charlie Harris from the Cat in the Stacks series by Miranda James talks about writers

Creative people are supposed to be a little odd, right? Eccentric, even.

But does odd mean they have to be downright rude to the rest of world?

Take Connor Lawton, for example. He's supposed to be this hotshot playwright, here for the academic year as writer-in-residence at Athena College. All well and good, because it's a coup for the college to land someone as highly regarded by the critics as Mr. Lawton.

I haven't read one of his plays, or seen one of them performed, but I have had the (dis)pleasure of meeting the man several times. He shows up at the Athena Public Library occasionally needing help with something. And it's been my (mis)fortune to help him several times.

Despite the fact that I am old enough to be his father and -- one would hope -- entitled to at least a modicum of respect due to my age, Lawton treats me and everyone else at the library like peons who ought to be happy to do his august self some service. I'm tempted to tell him how the cow at the cabbage (one of those wonderful expressions I've picked up from reading English mysteries), but the man is so monumentally self-absorbed I doubt he would even understand what I meant.

Diesel, my Maine Coon cat, doesn't care for Lawton either. Smart cat! He's an excellent judge of character, and he looks at Lawton and then turns away.

I wonder how his temporary colleagues in the drama department at the college feel about him? Somehow I can't imagine he's any less abrasive there. I don't think it's going to be a happy year for Connor Lawton or anyone he meets. Someone not as polite as I am may well try to teach him a lesson ... .


  1. We admire Diesel's reaction. We wouldn't go close to the man, but we might let out a little woof or possibly a deep but quiet warning growl.

  2. The, Dru, you'd REALLY dislike Connor. 'Self-absorbed' doesn't half say it. No matter how talented one is, if you can't bother to treat others with respect and kindness, you don't deserve recognition for that talent. There are always others out there with at least as much talent, but are polite, too.

  3. Agreed, Diane, Dru, Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho. One reason I find it hard to mourn when people like this have bad things happen to them. :-)

  4. I must say that Diesel shows remarkable restraint. One wonders what drives a person to be so self-impressed. That sort of behavior isn't well received anywhere, especially not at institutions of learning where so many people are very clever. I have a feeling this doesn't end well for him.

    ~ Krista

  5. Edam & Brie from Ashton Corners Book Club mysteriesFebruary 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Cats are always the best judges of character! Yay, Diesel!

  6. My cats are very good judges of character---they picked my husband for me.

  7. Well you convinced me to find out more and I went and ordered your book so I can see how things turn out. My cats have never led me astray (pun intended) so I am sure Diesel knows something we don't! I look forward to finding out what it is.

  8. Connor may fit in with his colleagues better than you'd expect. Humble and talented aren't always found together in personnel descriptions.