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Fanny September 5, 2008

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

It isn’t so much that Fanny was Deloney’s cat as it is that Deloney, as well as all of the Danforth that she could see, belonged to her. She will be slinking in and around the corners of our minds as long as we have minds to house her, to feed her, to keep her warm.

To honor Fanny, whom we physically lost this week, I offer this rerun from Alphabird. I had promised a “D is for Deloney” entry, and when I got back ’round to D in January, this is what found me:

A click of the mouse and suddenly I’m on the Danforth, tumbling onto the street like Alice down the rabbit hole. Sometimes it’s hot and steamy there; sometimes cold and gray. Always there is the smell of good food and a many-accented murmur. It’s good to be on the street, but it’s also lovely to take in the view from the window of Deloney’s apartment, the smell of onion and garlic comforting even that which thought it could not be comforted—and Fanny rubbing up against me, purring a bit, pushing a bit, whispering, “Move. That’s my sill.”


1. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - September 5, 2008

So lovely. Thank you for this.

2. She She - September 5, 2008

I think this post is where I was first introduced to Deloney. Did I ever thank you for that? Thank you.

3. Deloney - September 5, 2008

Thanks for reminding me of this. It was a beautiful post.

I’m still feeling like a basket-case today.

4. Bridgett - September 5, 2008

Isn’t it funny, the little glimpses we get?

5. indigobunting - September 5, 2008

Del: Thinking of you.

She She: Oh, you’re so welcome. If I’ve done that for anyone, I know I can die Having Done a Good Thing.

6. Craig (Maito Sewa Yoleme) - September 5, 2008

Deloney, it’s OK to be a basket-case. Not only today, but next week. Even next month. Hearts don’t heal overnight. Take the time to be gentle with yourself, and to savor all those memories.

7. Mali - September 5, 2008

That was lovely the first time, and even lovelier now.

8. Helen - September 5, 2008


9. Susan - September 8, 2008

That was so nice, IB. Just lovely.

10. damyantig - September 9, 2008

Sometimes, Indigo, I just want to pick you up by the collar, and shake you till your teeth rattle.

Of course, I cant do that. Firstly I don’t know how to get hold of you.

Secondly, I don’t know if you are older, heavier, if I can do that “picking up by the collar thing”. Physically, I mean.

Thirdly, of course, because it is a rude and horrible thing to do.

But all those reasons don’t stop me from wanting to. Shake you up.

You are such an absolutely smashing writer. All you should be doing is writing short stories, novels, novellas, columns, features, what-have-you.

Instead, you chase editing deadlines, of course, blithely ignoring a powerhouse talent that others would kill to have.

Grrrrrr, there, now that I’ve got it out of my system, will go back to work. Hmpf!

11. indigobunting - September 10, 2008

Damyanti: Perhaps I need you as a life coach.

Or perhaps I need to start having some bigger writing goals!

Or perhaps I need stop chasing deadlines to even THINK about if I have anything to say or not!

Thanks for this…

12. damyantig - September 11, 2008

I know, I know, Indigo, we all need to do something or the other:)

I was so frustrated by your obvious talent and equally obvious apathy towards it, that I kind of let go, and said exactly what I thought!

I have seen plenty of people in creative writing classes, even published authors who do not have a fraction of the talent you do, and feel a lot of despair when I see someone like you who effortlessly writes so very well, and has no writing ambitions at all (at least none that you speak of here!)

When you say “I need to start having some bigger writing goals!” I say “Hurrah, finally!!”

Maybe you have no time to write, a terrible inner critic which tells you everything you write is crap, or simply do not think writing is a good idea….take your pick. I have gone through this stage, and have finally started writing….not that I have the kind of talent you have, which makes me turn absolutely snake-green sometimes! 🙂

Some of my struggles are here:

I am not sure you would like to talk more about this, but if you do, we can always chat on email:)

Take care, Indigo, and I hope to God you will start writing more:)

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