General Blogging & Writing

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

A Looking Glass Moment of Time for a Cat Writer

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A quintessential moment in time captured – this is me.

We’ve all seen questions like this, whether in social media, magazines, interviews, etc. where you’re asked what three words best describe who you are. I’ve seen numerous variations of the question and despite the simplicity of it; it’s actually a difficult question. As human beings, we have so many different facets of our life that determine who were are, and often they can change like the direction of the wind. I’m typically coined creative, compassionate, and determined, but that’s only scratching the surface. The same with a photograph – a photograph captures an image in time, but depending on who is looking at the picture; it will conjure up different connotations. And then there are the moments where the sun and the moon perfectly align and purity is revealed. That’s what happened to me when Dan took a random picture of me. I looked at it and realized in an instant that it captured the essence of me. Read more

Editing and Hanging Out – It’s a Perfect Sunday for a Cat Writer!

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Enjoying Sunday with some of my favorite editors – Mia, Zoey, Rolz, Zee, and Jazmine.

Happy Sunday Everyone! Between working my day job and trying to finish my book in the evenings, I feel like I’ve dropped off the face of the earth! But I have good news – I received my first draft copy of Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them and I’m super-excited with what I’ve seen!!

This is picture is of me in all my glory – hanging out with my gang as I do some last minute editing. Despite the scowl on my face, all is good, I’m just concentrating really hard on what I’m doing! If everything goes as planned, I should be on track for a pre-Christmas release!! And just wait until you see the cover – it’s unlike anything I’ve done before and I know you’re going to love it!!

Have a great day all!

Help! Need Some Last Minute Submissions for Upcoming Cat-Related Book!

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Okay Peanut… I think everyone gets it… you need some help. No need to shout!

Wow! Hard to believe, but my upcoming book is finally starting to take shape! Focusing on the silly, odd, crazy, and weird things our cats do, the premise is simple—with over 70 million homeless cats living on the streets and in shelters in the U.S. alone, it’s my hope to bring attention to the public eye how wonderful cats are as pets to help increase adoptions. I want to bust the myth that they’re too aloof to make good pets, which is one of the reasons they are sometimes overlooked for adoption. Read more