Scraps of dialogue that distract me while I’m driving

If I ever write a time travel novel, I’ll want to find a place to include this…

Situation: My 21st century protagonist is trying to explain to an 18th century acquaintance why she is working at a menial job that she is obviously too well-educated for.

Protagonist, defensively: “Well I have to do something. Got to keep my cat in kibble.”

Blank stare from the 18th century person.

Protagonist, uncertainly: “You know. I have to earn money so that I can afford to feed my cat.”

18th century person, sympathetically: “Oh. Is she not a good mouser then?”

Protagonist, abashedly: “It’s just an expression.”


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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