“What are you writing?” asks my cat, who leads a double life as my muse.
“A blog post,” I answer.
There’s small silence while he considers admitting his ignorance. “O.k. what’s a blog post?”
“Hmmm,” I murmur. How do I explain this to a cat? “Blogging is writing down your thoughts on subjects you are passionate about,” I begin.
“I can understand that,” he says.
“Then you publish it on the internet where, with the click of a mouse, it flies off into cyberspace and you hope someone will catch it and read it and maybe even write back to you.”
This time there’s a longer silence. Whether it’s the clicking mouse reference or just the concept that has him most confused is hard to tell. I wait to see if his curiosity will win out over his need to appear all-knowing.
Now I’m in for it. What can I tell him when I don’t really understand it myself? I give him an evasive answer. “It’s kind of a mystery.”
“I love a good mystery. Go on.”
“All I can do is try to give you an analogy. You are familiar with analogies?”
He gives me that look; the kind that means the question is too ridiculous to answer.
“Cyberspace is a very ethereal place. You can’t see it or feel it, but there is so much going on out there. Millions and billions and gazillions of words and thoughts and feelings that people have typed onto their keyboard to share with others. Friends and strangers. Lost words swirling in a vast unseen world. Words waiting to be found. Words begging to be read by someone who will understand their passion.”
My muse finishes the analogy for me. “So, cyberspace must be something like cosmic space and the words are bits of stardust floating everywhere. No,” he pauses as he collects his thoughts on the subject. “More than stardust. Words and thoughts clustered together like galaxies waiting to be discovered.”
“Oh, that’s perfect! Can I use that in my blog?”
“I think you already have.”
He purrs and I scratch behind his ears. Having a cat for a muse is nice.