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Divine Daisy
March 12th, 2014, 01:39 PM
A great many people have said that I should write a book about Seamus my Maine Coon cat. Well a little while ago I began. Just for my own amazement because there are way too many books out there about cats and no publisher would buy another I am sure. I have three chapters done and today I was revising the first and I thought I would post the first page for the Seamus fans on the forum.

So here goes....... I won't be posting more and it will never be published but if I ever finish it I will send it to any who want to read it.

Famous Seamus or The Quilter’s Cat

Seamus was a cat. His lifetime companion was a quilter. Some would say that the Quilter was his owner, but Seamus knew better. He lived with her, he loved her. He quite liked her quilts and the food she provided but only because he chose to as he had chosen her so many years before. He could change his mind at any time. He never would but she didn’t need to know that.

The Quilter made quilts for other people, or so she thought. Seamus knew better about that too. Every piece of fabric she sewed to another piece of fabric was for him to inspect and approve. Every cosy fluffy finished quilt that was folded with such care was for him to test for softness and kneading quality. But Seamus was good at delegation and he would often leave her to sew, choosing to snooze beside her knowing that when he felt it necessary he would be checking her work minutely.

Seamus and the Quilter lived in a quintessential English village. The village was his world. His to petrol and keep things ticking over. It was a huge responsibility. Every weekday morning he made sure that the little ones were in nursery on time and that all the patients at the Doctor’s surgery were ok. If any were upset or nervous he would sit with them until the doctor was ready to see them. It was tiring but he did it anyway and once he knew everyone was where they needed to be and were happy, he would wander back home where he knew the Quilter would have started work for a snack and a snooze.

The village was not the Quilters whole world. He could see from the sewing room window that there were fields and moors outside the village. There was a quiet road that led to a place the Quilter called Howarth. This was apparently a very nice place where a famous writer had lived who had written a story about the very same fields and moors that Seamus could see from the window. Quite a literary place apparently but Seamus was not a literary cat, he was a literal cat and he frankly did not approve of such goings on as leaving the village for visits and the like so he ignored it all. He sometimes ignored the Quilter when she came home too just to make his views clear. This obviously upset her. As it should.

In the afternoons Seamus had more jobs to do. Sometimes he went to check that the hairdresser was making the ladies look pretty enough and that her floors were tidy. If he found that they weren’t he would chase a curler or some clips around for a while, just to point out the error of her ways. He didn’t enjoy it! Not at all. It was just another of his duties that kept the village in order. After that he might call in at the pub to see who was there and to stop for a chat but generally he checked the pub in the evenings and as the Church was one his route home he would occasionally see what was occurring there. Usually though he left the Church because he had trained the bell ringer to ring the bells when he was needed. It was a useful system and meant that he could have a little nap before tea.

MayinJerset
March 12th, 2014, 01:45 PM
Absolutely amusing and you have to give us more. May

Mazzer
March 12th, 2014, 01:48 PM
Oh Wow! This is just fabulous. You must carry on with it now you have started.

hugs
Marion

lauratreky@comcast.net
March 12th, 2014, 02:13 PM
Please put me on your list to send the finished copy. This sounds like a great story! You should try to get it published!

bubba
March 12th, 2014, 02:20 PM
Fabulous....plus what the others said!

turena65
March 12th, 2014, 02:43 PM
Hahaha! I love it! More, please! :)

SallyO'Sews
March 12th, 2014, 02:57 PM
I would buy this book on a moment's notice, Ms. Daisy! I do hope there will be photos of Seamus in the book, when it is published.

GinnyKNC
March 12th, 2014, 03:08 PM
I just love Seamus's adventures and stories. I would sure buy the book so I hope you get one published!

Genny
March 12th, 2014, 03:25 PM
I too would love to have a finished copy if possible. My daughter absolutely loves cats and I've told her about everything I've read about Seamus and she's as intrigued with him as much as I am. I will gladly pay for it.

rebeccas-sewing
March 12th, 2014, 03:35 PM
I'm imagining a children's book here, Alison! I can just picture the illustrations. As I'm reading the beginnings of your book I'm envisioning my wonderful visit and very much missing England. Looking forward to more Seamus adventures.

alliek
March 12th, 2014, 03:39 PM
I WANT the finished project. Daisy you have to print it. I will pay you for a copy of it. I LOVE it and i know my DD would be crazy about it also. Just love that Seamus. :lol:

Deneldac00p
March 12th, 2014, 03:49 PM
Add me to you list please. Absolutely charming!!!
Dena

BobW
March 12th, 2014, 05:08 PM
You realize Marilyn you will be hearing from Seamus agent soon. He is wondering who will play him in the movie version! LOL

That is a great beginning, but as Seamus would say how could it not be great it's about me. ;-)

Madeforyouinma11
March 12th, 2014, 05:16 PM
I LOVE IT! I definitely want to hear more...please put me on the list for a copy of the finished book and I will gladly pay for it!

MayinJerset
March 12th, 2014, 05:59 PM
That is a great beginning, but as Seamus would say how could it not be great it's about me. ;-)

You are so right Bob, LOL!

Nidan_07
March 12th, 2014, 06:03 PM
I'd love to read more, Daisy. Can I please have a copy when it gets finished?

Quiltfreestyle
March 12th, 2014, 06:53 PM
This is great Daisy!! Put me down for a copy when it's finished.. I really think you have a talent for narrative, with Seamus help of course. :)

slg0522
March 12th, 2014, 06:53 PM
It's wonderful! add me to the list.

PeggyM
March 12th, 2014, 07:00 PM
I would but the book, too!

Jean Sewing Machine
March 12th, 2014, 07:35 PM
I'm in! You intrigued me by paragraph #2! Hope to see it all some day!

Swedish leo
March 12th, 2014, 07:40 PM
Absolutly wonderful!

Can´t wait for more!

Gotta love that cat!

You are a very talented writer!

Hugs Annika

Sandy Navas
March 12th, 2014, 07:53 PM
What a wonderful way to pad your retirement funds. Chalk a copy up for me, too!!! It would sell like hotcakes.

auntiemern
March 12th, 2014, 07:56 PM
Dear dear Daisy. I do believe you have a winner here. I certainly want to read more. I must go back over the forum posts and read the many adventures of Seamus. Keep them coming dear one. We always want more of your wonderful stories.

EsGrandma
March 12th, 2014, 08:32 PM
Love, love, love this story about your infamous Seamus! Please keep more coming! Would definitely purchase this for special people!

Precious1
March 12th, 2014, 08:37 PM
Cliff hanger!! Gotta have the rest of the story!! I've always enjoyed your Seamus stories. I still laugh over the one about him jumping on the coffin at church. And the one were he steals your glasses. Would definitely purchase a book should you ever publish. Download is even better, won't have to wait for shipping, lol.

lilmouse
March 12th, 2014, 10:54 PM
Add me to the list as well.....love that cat...and you too of course!

lourixe
March 13th, 2014, 01:01 PM
I'm a subscriber, too!

BellasQuilts
March 14th, 2014, 07:17 PM
okay, someone on this forum can make illustrations for this book, which we must have, Daisy!

Miss Sheri
March 14th, 2014, 09:18 PM
Daisy Darlin', as they say, "Well begun is half done" You have a delightful start, and that is quite a tease to share the start and then tell us that we won't see any more. . . We adore You and Seamus. I would be delighted to pay for a finished copy too.

Grandma G
March 14th, 2014, 10:15 PM
I think it would make a wonderful children's series, too. Maybe "The True Stories of Seamus the Cat", Volume 1. Think of all the fabric you could buy with the royalties!! I know my grandchildren would love it. If all of us on the forum bought a copy you could add to your fabric stash in no time!! And we could say we know Seamus personally, well sort of... Love that Seamus!

MRoy
March 14th, 2014, 10:47 PM
I think it's great! I'd love a copy of the whole story. You've told us just enough to make us want more!

Monique
March 15th, 2014, 08:00 AM
I echo what has already been said. I love to read your stories about Seamus and we need more!!!

Iris Girl
March 15th, 2014, 08:38 AM
add me too, Love that cat!

easyquilts
March 15th, 2014, 09:54 AM
So entertaining.... More! I would love to read this....and future chapters to my grandsons.... It's so much fun to read about Seamus.

Kgrammiecaz
March 15th, 2014, 10:05 AM
Ditti what everyone said. I love it and our grandchildren would want one for themselves. Keep on!!!

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grannyann
March 15th, 2014, 10:42 AM
Oh Daisy I would love a copy also. I so enjoy your stories. I think you opened a can of worms here because everyone enjoys your stories and indeed will want a copy. Hope you can work out something that will benefit you and give us so much enjoyment.It must be a win win for all.

Divine Daisy
March 15th, 2014, 03:05 PM
I think it would make a wonderful children's series, too. Maybe "The True Stories of Seamus the Cat", Volume 1. Think of all the fabric you could buy with the royalties!! I know my grandchildren would love it. If all of us on the forum bought a copy you could add to your fabric stash in no time!! And we could say we know Seamus personally, well sort of... Love that Seamus!

If it ever gets published it will be called Famous Seamus the Quilter's Cat.

I got another chapter today........

Famous Seamus does the plumbing.

I walked into the kitchen this morning to find Mr Daisy with his head under the sink with his bum in the air and next to him was Seamus with his head under the sink with his bum in the air.

I missed the photograph because by the time I got back they had both removed their heads from under the sink and were examining the piping joint they had been removing.

BTW the dishwasher is fixed.

tdimitrov77
March 16th, 2014, 12:52 PM
I'm hooked! I will be wanting a copy of your finished book please. I think it should be published!

GuitarGramma
March 16th, 2014, 08:34 PM
You are quite a talented writer! You know, there really is a market for this book as many quilters are also cat lovers. And Seamus is not just any cat! When you're close to finishing, you should contact one of the companies that publishes quilting novels.

Can't wait to read more.

BellasQuilts
March 16th, 2014, 08:39 PM
No worries about the photo, the description is wonderful. Ladies, truly, who can do illustrations here?


If it ever gets published it will be called Famous Seamus the Quilter's Cat.

I got another chapter today........

Famous Seamus does the plumbing.

I walked into the kitchen this morning to find Mr Daisy with his head under the sink with his bum in the air and next to him was Seamus with his head under the sink with his bum in the air.

I missed the photograph because by the time I got back they had both removed their heads from under the sink and were examining the piping joint they had been removing.

BTW the dishwasher is fixed.

Poppytree
March 16th, 2014, 08:54 PM
I'm not even a cat lover but I LOVE IT - especially the bit about "His to petrol" patrol? (must be feeling a tad homesick for those green fields and quintessential English villages!)

Was looking for the hilarious bit about the funeral - please publish more when you can. I agree - the illustrated adventures of Seamus would be a hit I'm sure.

71058

LorraineRob
March 16th, 2014, 09:20 PM
Oh, I love stuff like this. It's absolutely delightful and a proper smile bringer. I'm off to search your threads for some other tales of Seamus, lol.

stitching woman
March 16th, 2014, 09:22 PM
Love the Seamus stories keep them coming.

Meli
March 17th, 2014, 02:35 AM
I have always wanted a cat like Seamus, who visited the village and kept track of everyone. Please add me to the list for Seamus stories!