Lap Cat.

Last night, while the weather outside turned frightful, Mardukas decided to become a lap cat, and well… just look at those eyes… he wasn’t about to be dissuaded from his decision. So I worked on Cyndere’s Midnight, the sequel to Auralia’s Colors, for three hours straight with Mardukas (the inspiration for that big, wild, black cat named “Dukas” in the book) draped over my lap with his paws on the keyboard.

Bonus points for anybody who knows where my cat’s name comes from.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • aravis72

    I thought Mardukas was from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

  • ruthanderson

    I love the picture! Reminds me of my cat Pepper. :)

  • jenzug

    Hilarious. All I could think of was that big dog Marmaduke from the Sunday funnies – a twisting of the name.

    Just finished Auralia’s Colors about an hour ago, and wow. Will let you know when my review is up at The Pile. I plan on making it my book choice for the next round of my book club!

    Can’t wait for the next one!

  • aslanfrodo

    Midnight Run – the Charles Grodin character (Jonathan Mardukas). Of course, I cheated – looked it up online. Here’s my question: I am guessing I need to see that film, huh? I have never bothered, and I have heard that it has approximately 8000 F-bombs in it, but it must have a special place in your heart…?


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