Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: If animals could talk, what animal would you like to interview and why? Perhaps the animal could help you with a story line.
Julie Hennrikus: I would like to interview specific animals. I bet Doris Duke’s dogs and camels had a tale to tell. The camel I rode in Egypt likely has an interesting story as well. I wish my cat (who I recently adopted just after her 11th birthday) could tell me about the first part of her life. That an animal could help with a character study–no doubt. I already use some of their characteristics to flesh out human beings. We all do.
Lee Laughlin: Well I ‘d like to interview my cat but that is less about literary information and more about learning why she keeps yelling at me. I think as a species elephants would be interesting to interview. Many think their size makes them dumb. I suspect the opposite is true.
Jamie Lee Wallace: In general terms, I’d love to learn what the great mammals of the sea know – whales and dolphins. They seem so full of wisdom and they have undoubtedly seen things no human has ever seen. If I had to name a specific animal, I’d choose the cat who has been coming around to visit my daughter and me at our house. He began showing up a few weeks ago – sitting at the back door until we let him in. He’s a very handsome gentleman – Siamese coloring, but with the silhouette and coat of an American Shorthair. He has no collar, but is obviously someone’s pet. He’s extraordinarily affectionate – never stops purring and rubbing. And he really is the oddest creature – comes in and walks from room to room like he owns the place, puts his front paws up on the window sills and then peers out to the street below, climbs up on the bathroom vanity to look at himself in the mirror, and then curls up in my daughter’s room for a quick snooze. He arrived early the other day while my daughter was still at her dad’s house. I had a solo visit with our feline friend and said to him how sorry my daughter would be to have missed him and invited him to come back a couple of hours later when she would be home. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it myself, but that damn cat came back right at the time I’d suggested and had another visit with my little girl. Kind of eerie. Would definitely like to know what’s going on in his head!