It came from Mari Ness

Metaphorosis_2016-01_1kMari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016.

I don’t really remember much about the actual writing of this story, but I suspect that I wrote it in part because although one of the cats that I live with seems convinced that I too am a cat, just a rather overlarge and clumsy one. (The other cat is well aware that I am a deeply inferior creature who can in no way claim to any of the glory and beauty that she can.) And because I once had a dog who could not quite grasp the difference between “people” and “dog,” but seemed pretty sure he was people – which made some sense, given how terrified he was of dogs.

What if my cat and dog were right – that is, I am, on some level, part cat, and the dog was, on some level, part people?

That was part of it. The other part was that if my Excel spreadsheet is correct, I wrote the story during a period when I was sick, and bored, and considering choices, and possibilities, all of which I can now see bled through the story. Along with those thoughts about cats and dogs.


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Cat Play – Mari Ness

When the girl moves almost next door – across the way in our apartment complex – I lose my breath. Literally. She’s – well, gorgeous doesn’t begin to cover it. Long, incredibly rich black hair that you know just from looking at will feel like silk, and extraordinary eyes that I’ve never seen before – large, green, tilted, kinda cat shaped, really. The eyes are the first thing you see in the face, which is…

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A question for Mari Ness

Q: Are titles easy or hard for you? Do you start with the title or the story?

A: I hate writing titles, primarily because I am just terrible at it. It’s always the very last part of the process for me. I can’t even imagine the idea of starting with a title and writing a story, although I realize others do just this.


Mari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Mari Ness

Mari Ness spent much of her life wandering the world and reading. This, naturally, left her only able to eat chocolate, snark about popular culture, and occasionally write.  She lives in central Florida, with a scraggly rose garden, large trees harboring demented squirrels, and two adorable cats.


Mari Ness’s story “Cat Play” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 8 January 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.