The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


Surprise Splash

Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?

Interesting prompt. 

Surprise me with something, a colour to bump into as I walk down the monochrome street.


My little Canon Ixus does this. Bit of a gimmick, but it can be fun.


Interview, Ms Fabulous Speaks

Weekly Writing Challenge.

Conduct your Q & A as an informal dialogue and write it down from memory, or compose a story in which this conversation assumes a central role.

 As you may know, cats really dont do questions. I find it easier to get them to relax and tell me their story, it’s a useful technique. We dont often get socialites passing through, but I believe this one was heading home from George & Amal’s little shindig in Venice.

I am Fabergé Sapphire Dusky Moonlight. You know what that funny little line above the e means darling?  That means class. My cat friends call me Fab  I’ve got Papers you know, you’re looking at real breeding here. Look, I’m not really a snob, I’m  just a regular mog really. I like to keep in touch with the street folk, one does like to keep it real. You know some of the local toms round here are refreshingly direct.  Plus, my people darling…. appalling! Same dinner every night, a girl can get fed up with minced fresh rabbit with vitamin supplement.

You got some chicken? Love chicken! Anything real greasy? It’s good for my fur you know. You wanna photo? That’s going to cost…. you got sausages?  I could really go a sausage!

By the way darling, thanks awfully for the soft focus shot. Everyone’s so photoshopped these days, it’s all those instagram filters or whatever. Anyway, a girl does like to feel up to date with these things.


 Down by the bins. Fab slumming it in Figeac, France.


Daily Prompt: Cats Connect

This is Cousin Cat, so named because he’s a cousin of Lytton the Kitten.  We connect…. he’s the bravest, some might say cheekiest, of the neighbourhood strays. I took this half an hour ago. 

Cousin cat.

Cousin cat.

Oh man, who you callin’ a stray? I got my place, right here where I’m sitting. Cheeky? What are you saying…. I’m pushy?  Listen dude, a cat’s gotta eat. Do I look scared of you man? No way. I aint movin’  from here, I cant see no dish in your hand neither. Still dude, no harm huh? Last night’s chicken was molto bene, you know what I’m saying?  Your cooking’s definitely getting better.

It’s nice huh? This sun, good for you, good for me. They wont let me up in the gardens, but I got my spot right here.   We agree huh? Life aint so bad.

By the way dude, what we havin’ for dinner?


Daily Prompt: Settling Right Down

After a long day at work or school, what are your favorite ways to wind down and decompress?

I’m not working at the moment, so I asked one of the locals.

Yeah man, it dont take long to wind right down. I’ve put in my two hours, prowling, sniffing…. harder than it looks. I have to check everything out, who’s been where, what’s in the bins. Plus there’s the big guy from up the road. I can never tell if he’s just howling me out or if it’s gonna come to claws.

So, then I settle down here. It fits like a glove, I can see the world, absorb a few rays… that’s working too you know. I have to have my Vitamin D. Cant really decompress totally of course. The Italian place across the way closes at 4, might pick up a stray piece of ham. Yep, serrano, tasty and chewy.

So, I hunker down and wait for better times.  They happen at 6 when the Old Lady lets me in. Always good though, a snack before dinner. I love that high class ham.




Street cat (not a stray) Figeac, France.

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My planet? This one!

You get to design your own planet: tell us all about your planet — the weather, the seasons, the inhabitants. Go.Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPACE.

I think I’m quite happy with this planet. I’ve seen a bit of it and it’s diverse enough for my tastes. There’s lots of it I havent seen, but the photos look good.  Like a lot of people, I believe we need to take more care of it… but I’m sure it will outlast us anyway.

I know that there’s no such think as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. I like rain, I dont mind some snow.

The people are alright, most of them get on with each other. I wouldnt want a planet where we all agree all of the time. Nothing would change, there’d be no progress. We need many viewpoints. We’ve invented language,  so we can exchange ideas. The internet is just an extension of language. Ideas can get around much quicker and easier. Injustice exists, but the more we know of it, the easier it is to remedy.

So, my response?  Happy with this one thanks.

Here’s one of the inhabitants of my preferred planet.


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What am I to a cat?

Daily Prompt: The Cat Says Meow

Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person. Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSPECTIVE.

Can I read a cat’s mind?  Would I dare to enter that alien and savage universe? What does a cat think of me?   A few cats I’ve see along the way.

This dude sees me as a meal ticket. He’s the proprietor of a small restaurant in Fayence, South of France.  He works the room, looking for tasty treats, so he’s a good advert for the place. He’s stunningly blue, this photo doesnt do him justice. However, he doesnt have a nice voice…. quite harsh.


This guy just doesnt care about me. A street cat from the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris, he gets fed and he’s got some sunlight.


Easy to read, even with a cat from Japan…. why isnt this door open?


A blog written on the off chance that there are not enough cats on the internet.