I call the above photo of my new 11-month-old kitten, Mister Logan Black, Just Out of Reach.  I can’t remember if he’d just caught the mouse and I was pulling it away or if he’d tried to catch it and failed. What I do know is that if you’re thinking “that looks like a really long cat,” you would be absolutely correct.  Logan might be an 11-month-old kitten, but he’s a big guy.  He weighs 11.5 pounds and he’s not even the least bit overweight.  And a big reason for that — literally — is that he’s an especially long cat.  In fact, he doesn’t quite fit on my lap  I have to sit with my legs up, such as on the recliner, and then he lies down the long way on my legs.

So, how have you been?  Is your week off to a good start?  I hope so.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, as you could probably tell from my last message.

It’s my nature to over-analyze everything.  That often entails a certain degree of paranoia.  And I can convince myself of things sometimes that aren’t entirely accurate. On the day I wrote my last update I was really missing Mister White and I’d been beating myself up, wishing I’d had more time with him during the weeks leading up to his death.  But that’s how we always feel when anyone dies, right?  And what good does thinking like that ever do anyone?  None.

Now that I’ve had time to look back with a clearer head, I don’t think I spent less time with Mister White before he died.  It’s just been bothering me that he’s not here with me, bonding, while my roommates are away right now.

Don’t get me wrong — I absolutely love Logan and he’s great company.  I would not have survived the loss of Mister White without him.  But making a new friend doesn’t mean that you don’t miss your other friend who died, ya know?

In that last e-mail, I wrote that writing Book of Shadows 4 had kept me away from Mister White and that I hated it for that reason, but now I realize how silly that was.  If I wasn’t busy writing Book of Shadows 4 then I’m sure I would’ve been just as busy doing interviews for Love is Pop, or trying to make music with Acid Pro, or what have you. I’m a creative person and I spend my days in my home office working on my various projects.  I could just as easily been working on a new remix when Mister White passed away.

The bottom line?  There’s no reason to hate Book of Shadows 4.

Speaking of which, as I may have mentioned, the other day I had a wonderful breakthrough.  I thought I’d sorted out the end of Book of Shadows 4 and paved the way for one of the main plot elements of Book 5.  Well, when I woke up the next day I realized that there were a few little problems with that big idea I’d just had.  Things that fans could point at and criticize the book for, had I done things exactly as I’d first thought of them.  Well, the good news is that I sat outside for a few hours today and smoked a big, fat cigar and gave it further thought and came up with a solution to those issues!  I swear, I do all of my best thinking when I’m smoking a cigar.

Usually, I’ll have a Tabac Especial.  The maker of those dips the tobacco leaves in premium, organic coffee before they’re cured.  So, the tobacco tastes like coffee.  And the caffeine makes it give you a bigger buzz.  C’est formidable.  But today I had a Kuba Kuba, which is made by a company called Acid.  If I understand correctly, they cure their tobacco in rooms where they put out flowers and oils so that the tobacco picks up flavor from them, resulting in a unique tasting cigar.  The Kuba Kuba tastes like rose petals, honey and lavender.  Well, mostly, it tastes like tobacco.  But it has notes of those.  But, of course, you shouldn’t smoke.  You definitely should not smoke.  Anything.  Ever.  But, you know, what’s a man without vices, as they say?

So, tomorrow morning I plan to open up Book of Shadows 4, take 46 and work on the very end so that things will end perfectly and set the stage for Book 5, which I’m eager to begin writing.  Very eager!

Oh, also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Book of Shadows soundtrack for books 1 – 3 that I made on Spotify then you’re really missing out.  Check it out here:

I think the soundtrack has something to offer you regardless of what type of music is your favorite.  Most of the songs are about witches and witchcraft, so if that interests you then definitely give it a listen.  And let me know what you think!

Here’s hoping the rest of the week proves to be agreeable for all of us!

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