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painting of cat

Warm Winter Sun, oil pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

Well, The Creative Cat has won a Certificate of Excellence in the Cat Writers Association (CWA) Communications Contest!Thank you, Namir, for inspiring me to do this!

And so has Great Rescues as a gift book, as well as the illustrations and the notebook paper, “22 Cats” in the back of the book!

two black cats looking out window

Mimi and Mr. Sunshine keep an eye on the birds.

In addition, and article, a photo and an illustration have won, “On Dying and Death, and Remembrance” in an edited version and “Birdwatching“, both published in Meow, the newsletter for the Cat Writers’ Association, and “Peaches“, the portrait I painted last year for Ingrid King and then published as one of my set of Feline Art Cards.

painting of dilute calico with amaryllis


The award letter reads that “the standards for winning a Certificate of Excellence are very high and this award is a recognition of your outstanding work.” Also, winners of the coveted CWA Muse(TM) Medallion are chosen from among the Certificate of Excellence winners, all of which will be announced at the annual conference in November.

What a wonderful ending to a somewhat frustrating week! It’s like a reward, and all the thanks go to my family of cats, yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s.

Read more about the Cat Writers’ Association and their annual Communications Contest. If you are a writer, illustrator, videographer, artist or in any way create public communications about cats, please read up on the organization and consider becoming a member!

Congratulations to all the other winners as well, since we’ll probably all get our packages at about the same time!


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We Are Featured on Zee and Zoey!

We are featured today in a post on “Zee and Zoey’s Chronicle Connection”!

Some day I’ll actually meet the woman in leopard print, but for now I’ll have to be content with a virtual friendship with Deb Barnes, author of The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey—a Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary and host of the blog in their name, “Zee and Zoey’s Chronicle Connection”.

Her stunningly lush and lovely blog was nominated for a Petties Award for “Best Designed Blog” and a visit will show you it’s inspired by the physical features and personalities of her family of felines as well as figures and features found in nature, so guess what I do when I visit? Yes, it’s difficult to focus on the writing! But once I get over a visual review of all the features, the stories themselves and Deb’s writing style keep me focused.

And just as Deb was introduced to me by our friend Ingrid King of The Conscious Cat, so was I introduced to Deb as Ingrid shared a post I wrote, and through all the haze of social networking and blogging and writing and visual images, it’s truly a joy to meet a kindred spirit.

Deb writes of her reason for featuring the four of us (and you’ll need to visit the other blogs too):

Within those blogs, and outside of the Petties, I have a handful of blogs that I am very devoted to for my own personal reasons – none of them are similar – each is uniquely wonderful to the personalities of the authors themselves and I wanted to share my thoughts on them and why they are so important to me.

I’m in good company! Please visit: My Favorite Things « The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey.