Awards and Nominations

Makin’ News! Makin’ Biscuits Receives Three Prestigious Writing Awards from the Cat Writers Association!

No mistaking whose suitcase this is…

It started off a rather harried and frustrating day, considering I was getting ready to leave for a decidedly fun and hyped-up event – my annual trip to the BlogPaws/Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) conference being held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I went to zip up my leopard print suitcase before weighing it to see if I could meet the ridiculously low-weight standard mandated by Spirit Airlines of 40 pounds for a checked bag (40 pounds? My assorted shoes and cat ears alone would probably weigh more than that) when I got that unmistakable whiff anyone who has cats would recognize. Cat pee. Read more

Gratitude for BlogPaws and the Cat Writers’ Association

Highlights from the 2016 BlogPaws / Cat Writers' Association Conference in Phoenix, AZ at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa Gratitude. That’s the only way I can adequately describe what I felt during my days at the BlogPaws/Cat Writers’ Association conference held at the gorgeous and tranquil Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Spa and Resort in Phoenix last weekend. It was an odd dichotomy—both calming and spiritually nurturing, based on the Native American roots of the hotel—and typically hectic as a result of the whirlwind of events jammed into a 3-day time frame. Being an ambassador for BlogPaws also elevated the interactive notch to extremes my normally introverted self wouldn’t pursue. I’m the kind of cat that has to hide under the bed a bit before she warms up to company, but that’s okay. Pushing the personal envelope isn’t always a bad thing. Read more

The Business Card of Your Life – Do You Know Who You Are?

It's important to convey your personal identity if you're trying to maintain a professional career

Cats, computers, books, blogging, writing… yup… that about sums me up!

It’s almost impossible for me to believe, but I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now. It started as an afterthought – I was writing my first book – The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary and it was brought to my attention at a writing conference that I needed a blog. So I started a blog. I got business cards. I set up an LLC. All without having the foresight to realize that even though I knew Zee and Zoey were two of my cats that inspired me to change my life, unless you knew me personally, or bought the book, the rest of the world probably didn’t. Read more

August 26, 2011 – Petties Award Winners to be Announced Today at 5:00 pm, EST

As you read this, I am already at BlogPaws in Virginia, but wanted to give you the details on how you can tune in later today for the virtual ceremony when the Petties 2011 winners will be announced at 5:00 pm, EST. All of us at Zee & Zoey’s Chronicle Connection are keeping our paws crossed that we win in the category of “Best Designed Blog” so that we can donate $1000 to the Cat Network of South Florida. But, even if we don’t win, it sure was an honor being nominated along with all the other greatly talented pet bloggers out there in the vast blogging universe! Here are the official details from DogTime who is sponsoring the awards as to how to tune in and what to expect:


 The ceremony will be broadcast Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 5pm ET
 To watch the show, go to
 DogTime encourages EVERYONE to watch because they will be giving away two $1000 shelter donations on behalf of a couple of lucky Twitter users
 DogTime will also be announcing how someone can win a $10,000 donation to the shelter of their choice!

I will be watching the event while at BlogPaws and can’t wait to see what happens!!!


Petties 2011 Awards – July 29th – Last Day to Vote!

Zee and Zoey thank everyone for all of their support for the Petties 2011 Awards

Well, it’s finally here – July 29th – the final day to vote for Zee and Zoey in the category of “Best Designed Blog” for the Petties 2011 Awards. It’s been a long month of campaigning and Zee and Zoey thank each and every one of you for all of your support. We are hopeful that we will be able to present the Cat Network with the $1000 donation, but, win or lose, we still feel like we have won. We have met so many wonderful new friends along the way and learned so much about our cause – educating people on the critical need to have cats spayed and neutered to help stop the epidemic of cat overpopulation.

We did a three part series on this topic and if you have not had a chance to read these heartfelt and informative posts, I hope you will. I know they have changed my life with what I have learned, and I think it will change yours as well:

The Petties Awards 2011 – Making a Difference – Part One
The Petties Awards 2011 – Making a Difference – Part Two
The Petties Awards 2011 – Making a Difference – Part Three

Thank you again and hope to see you at BlogPaws soon!!