The truth behind the Dewey stories

Due to some comments arising from my Dewey story yesterday I thought that I could do a post revealing some of the truth behind the Dewey series.Β  Don’t need to leave my readers totally in the dark, though I am not saying that everything will be revealed. πŸ™‚

Why did I start a story about a cat named Dewey? Honestly not sure what made me choose a cat, being that I am a dog person. Not that I don’t like cats, I have grown fond of Dewey. I guess there was a little part of me that always wanted a cat perhaps,Β  so now I have an imaginary one. Ssh! Don’t tell Dewey that he is not real!

With fiction pieces there usually is some truth that inspires the writing. In the first story Dewey dug up a rose bush in his servant’s flower garden and found an old flower pot with strange writing on it. Did that really happen in real life? Not exactly, but….I was asked by a friend if I could translate Latin. I said No, and he asked if I knew anyone that did. He needed a translation for a old pot that had been dug up in the garden. Thought it was a relic and very curious to know what the pot said. I asked my friends if they knew Latin and 2 did, so I sent the Latin message to them via Facebook. Suffice to say that you really didn’t need toΒ  know how to read Latin to translate this inscription . My friends got a good laugh. Especially the friend who was in such need of my “help”.

Did Dewey really have a late night meeting with his friend Odessa to try to get some important information?? Is Odessa totally imaginary as well? Hmm… Odessa was inspired by a real person. Thought I can’t reveal the name I can say that Odessa is as wise in real life as in the story.Β  Did she really have important information to give me in real life and was she sneaky about getting it. Yes πŸ™‚

Why does Dewey’s manservant seem to come into bad luck a lot? He gets swatted by Dewey, caught in a torrential downpour because of being outsmarted by Dewey, and in the last story he fell into a deep hole and broke his legs. Yeah, its a shame isn’t it! Unlike Dewey, the manservant was inspired by a real person. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from being a writer and being able to make anything happen to a character which you can’t do in real life. So when that character thinks they are being so smart and getting one over on you, you can have some reassurance of being able to get even in your story. That’s what friends are for, right? To include them in your stories πŸ™‚

Last but definitely not least how did Jaxon become a character in the Dewey story? Was he just made up like Dewey? Not quite, but…. Jackalopes are rare and magical creatures and yes there is a story behind Jaxon, though that may make this post too long and wouldn’t want that.

Thanks for reading the Dewey stories. I didn’t really expect them to continue past the first one but they have been fun to do and I hope you continue to enjoy them.


17 thoughts on “The truth behind the Dewey stories

  1. It was interesting to read how you manipulate fictitious characters in order to get satisfaction from real people. Not having too much experience of writing fiction, I wonder if that is common with fiction writers? Regardless, you seemed to successfully stir up a lot of controversy based on your readers Comments. Well done. Actively involving an audience in a written scenario cannot be that easy! πŸ™‚

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  2. I think the sign of a good writer – and particularly a good blogger – is someone who can really get the audience to engage. I’ve always enjoyed your stories, but I admit I am quite the Dewey fan so glad to hear he’ll be continuing on πŸ™‚

    Also, just of note, there’s often one character in a continuing story (or comic strip come to that) who seems to get the short end of the stick. That’s just part of who that character is…sure s/he’s entitled to a birthday here or there, but for the most part I see no reason to change a formula that’s clearly working so well! πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks for your words! And yes Dewey has 9 lives remember, so he should be around for awhile πŸ™‚

      You make a good point about that one character. Every story does need them, don’t they! I agree wtih you about the formula and how it is working. As the saying goes, “Why fix something that isn’t broke” (but yeah his broken legs will heal in time πŸ™‚ )

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