Merleon the Wanna Be Muse He was born in 2000, and is half Persian. As he’s an old boy he spends a lot of time in the heated bed on my writing table. He has this funny habit of raising his paw when he wants something. He had an operation earlier this year to remove a lump that he’d had for years. He’s been far less grumpy since. Sometimes you don’t want to be so closely watched.