Busy busy busy, erg. So here's a couple pix (taken from my new-but-crappy camera phone) of Hobkin as a mouse pad. Stuff on My Skunk! And yes, an optical mouse will work atop a skunk . . . sorta.
I'm going straight to hell, aren't I?
I'm flattered you remember my badger story!
Yes, actually, Hobkin has made an appearance or otherwise inspired quite a few of my stories. The icon of this post is part of the illustration (by Kelly Dyson) from "Running on Two Legs," which was published by The 3rd Alternative. He's also the inspiration for Hobs in "The Storyteller's Wife" and the Devil in "The Devil and Mrs. Comstock's Snickerdoodles" (both in Realms of Fantasy), the Taylups in "A Parade of Taylups" (Aberrant Dreams), and Cosith in "Spring Arrives on a Hob's Tail" (Story Station). And his mischievous personality has shaded a lot of my anthropomorphic animal characters, including the badger in the one you read.
I can definitely see why there are so many cat stories out and about with so many writers having cat companions. My fuzzy muse just happens to be a skunk.