• Debra Palmen

Do Ninjas have Zen?

Updated: Aug 26

Robertson Davies was one of Canada’s best-known and most popular authors. He once wrote, “Authors like cats because they are such quiet, loveable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.” That works for me.

And anyway, it’s a scientific fact that psychopaths prefer dogs. Just saying.


Jon Ronson, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, wrote The Psychopath Test about a decade ago. Utilizing his skills as an investigative journalist, he discovered that sometimes those who study madness can be just as driven and obsessed as their subjects. And he also discovered that psychopaths prefer dogs over cats. Apparently, they like obedient animals over wild, willful creatures.

It makes you think, doesn’t it? Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or a little of both? If you really hate cats, just remember that Adolph Hitler also despised them. So you and Adolph have a little something in common. Just saying.


But we’re all sane around here, right?

Right?

And that’s good, because I’m pleased to tell sane people who don’t mind a little wild and willful in their lives, that Book 3 in Calypso’s Art Deco storybook series, That was Zen, This is Meow, is now in pre-production with the printer. That means it's available for pre-sale right now.


I’m showing you some sneak peeks here (just images, not the story). It’s a beautiful, fun book and I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. I hope you will be, too. The reading age to read alone is around 6-12. But if you enjoy reading together with your children or grandchildren, the images and the story itself are designed to appeal to all ages.

One of the guest stars in this book is Marley the fox. In real life, she lives on the Isle of Wight in the UK. She's a gorgeous little mischief-maker, who loves to go on car rides with her girl, Poppy. She sticks her head out of the window to enjoy the rush of the wind, just like a dog. In Calypso's book, she's a wild fox who offers to show Calypso the secret, quiet spots in a snowy Japanese forest.

Our other guest star is Brad Woods, who plays Brad le Chat, the greatest art thief in all of France. He's the tall, buff one, not the podgy little one. If you look closely at his loot, you’ll see that he and his henchman are making off with antique blue and white china and fabulous original paintings by Gustav Klimt. Tallulah’s fear that the robbers might come back to finish the job is what leads her to Japan, to learn to be a ninja. Every cat is a natural-born ninja, did you know that? But humans need training. And things don’t always go entirely to plan ….


And hey, that's my own front door we're depicting in the book. Because, why not? I like my front door. It's four Belle Epoque era gate panels with frosted glass inserts, so I reckon it was just right to also be Tallulah and Calypso's front door. What do you think? Every now and then I keep my own stock - it's one of the perks of being an antiques dealer.


The first two books of Calypso’s series are also available right now. Just go to the Book section at www.frenchandvintage.biz. You can also pre-order Book 3 to receive the very first copies of the First Edition. There are also First Editions of Books 1 and 2 still available, for now.

Did you know that the cheapest First Edition of Casino Royale by Ian Fleming is now worth £10,000? Not that Calypso is a secret agent just yet – that’s in a book to come. And her books aren’t famous yet. But they will be, and then you’ll be glad you have her First Editions. Just saying.

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