Magic Thinks Big

Years ago I spent a week on a lake in Maine. There was a cat there named Magic, and one morning we saw him sitting in a doorway looking out. My wife said, “Magic is contemplating his next move.” I liked that line and thought it would be a good start to a book. When we flew home to California I found a cat to sketch. An immense cat named Orangey, who according to his owner’s vet was the largest cat in Alameda County, at thirty-four pounds. I drew him, and drew on memories of the Maine lake, and thought about what a cat would think about while sitting in a doorway. I like the idea that imagination can be its own adventure.

Magic Thinks Big - Orangey the Cat