The way that people spend their money says a lot about their passions. Some folks spend hundreds of dollars on comic books. Others spend thousands of bucks on rare dolls. There are people who spend money planting trees to save the environment.
But me? If I were lucky enough to win the lottery, I would buy some land in the Blue Mountains and build a ranch for unwanted cats. A place for shelter cats that no one wants to adopt—blind cats, special cats, missing-a-few-limbs-here-and-there cats. Oh, and cats who are so old that they probably remember where they were sitting when they heard about Princess Diana’s death.
In the ViewMaster of my imagination, I can see a complex with walls made of scratching posts. All around this building would be fields of cardboard boxes. And of course, beyond this would be beautiful trees and verdant pasture.
In short, it would kind of be like Tippi Hedren’s pet sanctuary, the Shambala Preserve. Except just for cats. So I guess you could call it Kittybala. I would have an enormous staff of humans: retired firemen who would spend their days pulling cats out of trees; delivery boys would deliver fresh (empty) boxes; and volunteers who would man a snow machine filled with catnip.
But why am I telling you all this?
Well, I wanted to express my love of cats.
I love all sorts of cats. The cute ones, the affectionate ones, the mean ones, the socially-awkward ones… I think they’re all miraculous beings. And this is why I decided to create an illustrated cat book.
The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book has 127 pages and 50+ paintings. Waiting within its pages are 33 unique cats that I wish were real: Catalina the narcissistic movie star, Kit the steampunk genius, Guillaume the macaron chef, Ozzie the Flying Ocelot, Dolly the Harajuku cat, and many, many more.
To learn more, please have a look around www.ciyecats.com. There’s a trailer, a gallery, and some additional info. The book is currently only available on my website. It’s an eBook that you can buy for $3.
A physical version of the OOAK Cat Book is something I plan to produce somewhere down the line. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m thinking of doing a kickstarter to get the funds for a hard copy. But in order to do a successful crowdfunding campaign, I’ll need to get this book off the ground. So I hope you’ll take a chance on OOAK Cats.
If you like what you see, please follow my blog and social media profiles. Some goodies and surprises are going to emerge in the near future.
P.S.: If you won the lottery, what would you do with your cash? Let me know in the comments section.