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How to Host a Dog for Friends or Family in a Cat-Filled Home

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

We recently had the fun good fortune to bring our friend’s dog into our household for the weekend. Here is how it worked. Keep in mind that this is an exceptional dog that probably wouldn’t hurt a fly. Still…we learned a few things about how to do it, if we do it again.

Read it here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-dog-sitting-behavior-training-host-holidays

 

Photo courtesy of J.S.

“Norton Author Wins National Award” — Press coverage of the Great Purr and Muse Medallion award at Newport Daily Express, 11-14-2014

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Author, Awards and Honors, blogging, book review, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, creative writing, The Great Purr | 0 comments

A local paper did a story on me and THE GREAT PURR, and the Muse Medallion that the GREAT PURR just received from the Cat Writers’ Association.

Here’s the link, and also, the entire text of the article below (the link will only show a header).

http://newportvermontdailyexpress.com/content/norton-author-wins-national-award

 

Gratitude, friends in Newport, who helped make this interview possible!

 

Norton Author Wins National Award

 

By LAURA CARPENTER

Newport Daily Express Staff Writer

November 14, 2014

 

Local author Catherine (Cat) Holm has won an award for one of her latest published books, The Great Purr, a fictional cat fantasy. Holm, who now lives in Norton, traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, recently to attend the Cat Writers’ Association Awards Banquet not knowing she was going to win the Muse Medallion. She actually tied for first place with another author.

Holm moved to Vermont less than a year ago from Northern Minnesota. The story that won the award is set in a Northern Minnesota mining town.

In the fictional story the cats had always maintained that the Great Purr is a force that holds the Real World, the Under Earth, and the Spirit World together. But when the Great Purr becomes corrupted and threatens to destroy the world, the magical cats of Ironton must work together to prevent disaster, Holm said. The different cat character traits are revealed, including temptation and evil, which threaten to unravel the Great Purr.

Holm’s books are available for purchase at the Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, Creative Natives in Colebrook, NH, Miller’s Thumb Gallery in Greensboro, at Green Mountain Books in Lyndonville, and Amazon. Most books are available on Kindle.

Cats and dogs have always been important to Holm, but she didn’t realize, until living is rural Minnesota, how important and how much cats meant to her. Holm has been a writer and editor for a long time, and enjoys fiction.

She has short stories and other books published, including memoirs, like one called Driving with Cats, which has received rave reviews on Amazon.

Holm doesn’t always write about cats. Another favorite topic is exploring the impact of land and place on people.

Holm is pleased with her and her husband’s relocation to Vermont. He is a native New Englander, and the couple visited Vermont for years before deciding to make it their home. Holm said she is expecting to love living in Vermont, finds the landscape beautiful, and anticipates that the winters will be milder than what she is used to.

Asked about how she came up with the idea for the book, Holm said that ideas tend to gestate and form in her mind for a long time before writing.

“I have always been fascinated by the possibility that magic or the unusual may be a lot closer to us than we realize. There was a particular town near where I used to live in Minnesota, a mining town. The town had steam heat and you could always see the steam rising up from the grates (manholes) in the sidewalks. My imagination probably just went to work somehow and eventually tied it all together.”

She added that the character development of each cat helped to shape the story. She had a black cat named Target who had the best single pointed focus she had ever seen.

“So naturally, in the story, his focused personality will contribute to certain actions that only he could take.”

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A TN(R) success story.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats! | 0 comments

My Handsome Zorro! It’s hard to believe that last year, he was a scared “feral” in our unheated garage. I couldn’t get near him.

I got lucky. We were able to trap and neuter him. It became apparent that he wasn’t really wild, just very very scared. He enjoys a nice indoor life now and seems completely uninterested in going outside.

TNR stands for Trap-neuter-release/return. Obviously, we did not return Zorro to the outdoors.

 

Up today at catster.com — Are Your Cats More Cuddly as Winter Approaches?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Cats are opportunists! And when the temps start dropping, cats start seeking heat. Much of this involves cuddling.

Read more here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-cats-more-cuddly-fall-winter-cold-weather

 

 

Two kitties snuggled tightly in a cat bed.

THE GREAT PURR wins the Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Author, author event, Awards and Honors, blogging, cat fantasy fiction, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, The Great Purr | 0 comments

The Great Purr, my cat fantasy fiction novel, walked away with a Muse Medallion at the annual Cat Writer’s Association contest. Woo hoo!!

What this means is that it scored the highest (in a tie with mystery author Clea Simon) of ten or more books, submitted under the category of “Books: Fiction.” There are many categories in this contest and there were over 260 entries across the board.

It’s a great honor to be recognized by your peers. Big congratulations to ALL the talented winners this year!

 

Jamie Bluebell watches falling snow

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats! | 0 comments

Jamie Bluebell watches falling snow.

 

Up today at Catster.com — 6 Ways My Cats Try to Keep Me From Working

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

It’s true. My cats have a conspiracy. Keep mom from working, and then she’ll have more fun. And this is true! Though if I don’t work, how can I afford their fancy cat food?

Here are some of my cats’ strategies for keeping me from working. How do your animal companions keep you from working? Read it here:

 

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-humor-distraction-working

 

Zorro doing a good job of covering the keyboard.

MAC Center for the Arts in Newport, VT opens the Fall 2014 Watercolor Exhibition tomorrow, 9/12/14, 5-7 p.m.

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Author, author event, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing | 0 comments

  The MAC Center for the Arts, in Newport, VT, opens a fall watercolor exhibition tomorrow night, 9/12/14, 5-7 p.m., with a reception.

Music and refreshments will be provided, and I will be reading from my work at about 6:15 p.m. as part of the entertainment. I will have 10-15 minutes, so am not sure what I will read yet — perhaps a short excerpt from Voice Lessons, My Heart, and/or Driving with Cats. It’s all good. See you there! There’s a gallery full of beautiful artwork at the MAC, so come by if you’re in the area!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up at Catster.com today — Do You Find It Easier to Get Along with Cats Than Humans?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Those of you who know me know that I love people as much as cats. Really! There’s some editorial license taken here to make the article a little more fun. But seriously, I think my relationship with my pets actually helps me be a better human, and probably helps me deal with people for the better. Read the article at catster.com — Read it here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/adopt-a-cat-behavior-relationships-cats-people-humans

 

THE GREAT PURR wins a Certificate of Excellence

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Author, Awards and Honors, cat fantasy fiction, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, The Great Purr, Writing | 0 comments

I am a member of the Cat Writers’ Association, a group of professionals of all kinds who do cat-related writing and visual art. The organization has an annual contest. The Great Purr has won a certificate of excellence in that contest for 2014. This means that it scored at least 90 out of 100 in the category for fiction novels, and is eligible for a Muse Medallion. The top score in each category (and there are many categories of writing and art in this contest) wins the Muse Medallion — awarded in November.

Congratulations to ALL the winners!

Up today at Catster.com — Does one of your cats bully the others?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

My cats are all loving, and generally they get along. But one cat has started bullying the only female. It’s subtle, and I think it’s on the way to improving. Here’s what I am trying.

Read it here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-bullying-health-care-bully-tips

Upcoming events and appearances

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Author, author event, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing | 0 comments

I have a few appearances and events coming up soon. These should be varied and fun. If you’re in the Vermont/New England/Quebec area, please come and check these out!

 

 

  • MAC Center for the Arts, Newport, VT, Friday, September 12, 2014, as part of the “It Happens in Vermont,” exhibition and sale, sponsored by the Vermont Watercolor Society, reception from 5 – 7 PM.  I will be reading at 6:15 pm.

 

 

  • Cat Writers’ Association annual conference, Saturday, November 1, time TBA; book signing and autograph party at the Westin Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, GA.

 

 

Today at Catster.com – 6 Ways My Cats Have Altered My Personality

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com, Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time | 0 comments

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Many of my teachers have been cats. I’ve always believed that our animal companions have much to teach us. Here’s how mine have shaped who I am, hopefully for the better. Read it here.

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-cats-shaped-my-personality

 

Selfie with Jamie Bluebell, a young teacher.

at Catster.com today — Let’s Talk about Why We Love Having Multiple Cats

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats! | 0 comments

Here’s where I make the case for why six cats are more fun than none. We (mostly, I believe) thrive on loving and nurturing others. This is one way in which I do it. Read about it here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-adoption-love-multiple-cats

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Up at Catster.com — Is Your Cat a Micromanager?

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I never thought cats could be mircomanagers — until I met the unforgettable Leo, black cat of a friend of mine. Leo has micromanagement down to a science and he’s impressive! Is your cat a micromanager? Find out more here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-humor-micromanager-micromanaging

 

The beautiful Leo and his sister Katy.

 

Fall is almost in the air — I love it

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Author, Catherine Holm Author, Place | 0 comments

I’m beginning to get giddy. I love fall. Fall is not here yet, but I am assured it will be spectacular. But…I am feeling the nudging beginnings of this transition.

A few leaves are starting to turn

Crickets are singing day and night

It’s a little too cool to swim in a pond

Veggies are being harvested

Wood is put up

Aster is blooming in the woods and in the garden

The blackberries might actually make it

The raspberries are almost past

 

I’m excited. Later, i might be sad because winter will be coming. Right now, I LOVE IT.

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Up at Catster.com today — Does Your Cat Remind You of Your Mother?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Author, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

It’s humor, but it’s true. I found similarities between my cats and my mom. Does your mom have eyes in the back of her head? So do your cats. Read on, here!

 

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-humor-just-like-mother

 

My Velcro cat, Zorro, is probably like some mothers.

 

Do you sometimes deny your cats the things they love? Up at Catster.com today

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I had this experience the other day where I gave into Corona’s (our dog’s) desire to get on the porch, and had a scare…it made me think about why dogs love porches and cats love beds.  Read it here at http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-dog-behavior-care-deny-things-love-porches-beds-bedroom

Everything is new when you move.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Place | 0 comments

Everything is new! Usually, that is thrilling. Sometimes it is edgy. Once in a great while, it’s almost too much. But really, it’s mostly amazing and fun.

And there was a sense, the other day, of bringing in the “old” to the new. My husband and I stacked wood together for the first time in the new place. I think things had been feeling way too easy and soft! It was so good to be working outside together. Not that we haven’t been working our butts off, but this was a familiar kind of “homestead” work that carried over from the other place. It felt good. And then I processed a bunch of peas and beans, and that felt good, too. For a garden that was put in Very Fast and pretty late, it is yielding some nice veggies. I am happy.

Not my garden, but all gardens are interesting and beautiful.  From Flickr.

amusing myself

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I amused myself walking down the mountain today. Where we lived previously, we had to fight like heck to get carpenters to come help us. Here, there are carpenters fighting to help us. :) #eastcoasthustlehustle

Up at Catster.com today — 8 Things I Can Never Do Because I Have Cats

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I like to focus on the positive. Yes, there are things I can’t do at home because of cats (leave dangerous things out, leave doors open, etc. etc.) but there are many things I CAN do. It’s more for humor than anything (and hopefully, there’s some informative value) that I wrote this article on cats — read it here — 8 Things I Can Never Do Because I Have Cats.

 

Up today at catster.com — Is Your Cat an Old Soul?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Some animals have a quality that’s hard to nail done. They seem a little more aware, in tune, mature than others. I write about this Old Soul quality in some of my cats, and how it shows up.

 

Up at Catster.com — My cats playfighting — 7 moves that kill me (in a good way)

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I am easily entertained, and I love watching my cats playfight. Certain moves are universal, and seem to be part of the cat canon, much like archetypes. I’ve seen these moves over and over and over again. They amuse me. For your entertainment, here’s a primer on cat playfighting, at Catster.com.

 

Zorro and Norton have at it — hours of play and exercise fun.