Cat: No…well…it could, of course. I’m a strong believer, me, that the unconscious is a natural storyteller. I’m not saying don’t help the ideas grow. That’s how it is with most people—it’s one thing or another. You overthink it or you go all freeform. No! I’m saying, you know, you don’t get to choose your children. Don’t force a round peg into a square hole—
Me: So, even cliches are allowed?
Cat: Story’s are gruesome things. Heard of Stephen King? Kill your darlings.
Cat: Cut the bad stuff, I mean. Once your ideas had their playtime, talk to ’em. Learn from them. Nurture them, but not too much. Usually, they need tough love. If you’re lucky, they’ll be strong and powerful. If they end up a cliche despite your efforts, or if they just suck, kill ‘em.
Me: So, are you saying an interview with oneself as a cat could eventually evolve into an eloquent philosophical treatise on the creative process?
Cat: Yeah, I suppose if I…uh, you…had the time.
Me: Speaking of time. That’s all we have for today. Thank you, cat, for joining us. And please come back soon.
Cat: Great. Now, I just need some pithy and clever stroke of brilliance with which to end this interview…perhaps in the next edit.
Written by Edward Bagby
E. A. Bagby recently published his first book, The Journey (The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial Book 1), on Kindle.
The work is the first installment of a science fiction/fantasy fiction epic being distributed in a serialized fashion.
Always thinking about what could be, and having a lifelong fascination with the environment (both built and natural), technology, and cultures (both ancient and current), E. A. has used these interests to invent a unique, speculative world.