General Blogging & Writing

Cat Writers’ Association Certificates of Excellence Announced – Thank you for 10 Years of Memories

My first CWA conference in 2011 – White Plains, NY. I’m here with friend and fellow blogger/writer, Janiss Garza.

Wow. It’s been ten years since I’ve joined the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) in 2011 and with a blog, three books under my belt, and several national print and online freelance writing gigs, it still sometimes feels like a dream. I didn’t start life out thinking I’d be a published writer, it just sort of fell into my lap when a tough economy in 2009, along with my two cats – Zee & Zoey – who had a litter of kittens that helped get me out of deep depression and inspired me to write my first book – The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary, that it all changed. Read more

Join the CWA for our From Glammies to Jammies Virtual Awards Ceremony and Tabby’s Place Fundraiser!

For those that follow this blog, you may well have thought I fell off the earth it’s been so long since I’ve posted and in many ways I have. Once this COVID pandemic really kicked in several months ago, forcing the Cat Writers’ Association to cancel their 2020 Cat Writers’ Association 26th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet that was supposed to have been held July 16 – 18, 2020, in Iselin, NJ in conjunction the CFA/Garden State Cat Show and Expo, my life took on a whole new direction. Read more

Cats, Comfort, and Coping with Coronavirus – The New Normal

Staying in and working from home is becoming the new normal for many of us.

Like many, I’ve had to reinvent myself numerous times. I’ve been a child of divorce and a child who was bullied. I’ve been divorced myself, resulting in me being a single mom of two boys, struggling to keep us afloat. I’ve also been unemployed several times over the years, wondering how I’d ever pay my bills – all circumstances giving me the resilience and fortitude to survive. With the coronavirus epidemic, I’m reinventing myself again, only this time it’s not just me, it’s the whole world reinventing themselves and the planet we live in. Read more

A Presidential Peek Into the Cat Writers’ 25th Anniversary Conference and Awards Banquet

Tick, tock – the clock strikes noon and I grab my purse in frazzled haste, heading to my car where I sit in the sweltering South Florida heat to make some phone calls during my lunch hour in the parking lot. I sweat; loose papers are haphazardly strewn on my makeshift desk, which in this instance are my blue jean clad knees, while I frantically try to take notes amid the disruptive roar and rumble of afternoon traffic, rendering it nearly impossible for me to hear. Did she say the room would be for seating of eight, or we’re meeting at a later date? Read more

Packing my Gear and Going Cat-Camping in New York City!

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I’ll be in New York City this Saturday and Sunday for Cat Camp NYC and it should prove to be quite the adventure!

Whoo Hoo! I’m going cat-camping. Well, not literally camping. Or camping with cats. I’m going to New York City this weekend to attend Cat Camp NYC – New York’s inaugural cat-centric symposium. I had heard about the event months ago – it’s a 2-day venture that features speakers and panelists sharing their knowledge on a wide range of cat-related topics, assorted vendors selling all kinds of cool cat stuff, and cats for adoption from the local area. Due to the costs involved – airfare, food, lodging, etc. – I didn’t think I could go, so I put the thought out of my head. But sometimes fate intervenes and when I was presented with the unexpected opportunity to spend the weekend with my dear friend Laura Zaccardi of Squeedunk Whiskers & Warehouses who has a warehouse studio apartment near the event, what could a cat-loving girl do but pounce at the chance? Read more