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Voice Lessons: Tales of Breaking Free (short story collection) by Catherine Holm now in print

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Author, Voice Lessons, Writing | 0 comments

My new book VOICE LESSONS (my second short story collection) is now available!

  • Email cat (at) catherineholm (dot) com or contact me through my website or for details!
  • Order by check or paypal. $14.95 plus shipping and MN sales tax
  • I’ll custom autograph for you and include an attractive, autographed bookmark.

 

Order Voice Lessons now!

 

Linked by the theme of finding our voices, breaking free of constraints, and transformation, the stories in Voice Lessons look at what it means to move into a new way of being, or to reexamine our beliefs and internal stories. A woman who can’t resolve her relationship with her mother takes solace in the wilderness. A man leaves his corporate job impulsively, finding that the noise of ferry boats tugs open his heart. North Dakota hills call to a woman on a passenger train. A deaf woman wants to learn to sing. A moneyed couple’s life falls apart when their acquisitions disappear. These and other stories explore what it means to listen to one’s true voice, and act on it.

 

Cat Holm creates characters who can find hope even on the darkest of nights. A deaf woman yearns to sing, a widower seeks to find the spirit of his wife in the caprices of a young boy, in a car wash, at Walmart, anywhere. How strong the desire to protect the eggshell placed around the heart, as Holm so aptly observes. From her stories about a mother’s death, a writers’ retreat, and homeless children confronted in a city park, readers will discover stories so great and big––just as the first story of this collection is so eponymously named.”

~Kate St.Vincent Vogl, author of Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers

 

 

  • Email cat (at) catherineholm (dot) com or contact me through my website or for details!
  • Order by check or paypal. $14.95 plus shipping and MN sales tax
  • I’ll custom autograph for you and include an attractive, autographed bookmark.

Order Voice Lessons now!

 

 

 

Book Sale — free shipping through 2/28/14

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Ann Catanzaro Cat Fantasy Fiction Author, Catherine Holm Author, Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, Kali's Will: A Cat Fantasy Short Story, Last Wish: A Cat Fantasy Short Story, My Heart is a Mountain: Book Promotion | 0 comments

I’m having a Book Sale!

FREE SHIPPING this week only.

Order any of my books through this Friday (2/28/14), and I will cover the shipping, custom autograph your purchases, and include an attractive signed bookmark.

Contact me at cat (at) catherineholm (dot) com or via the website contact form  to place your order. 

Please contact me rather than trying to order from my site, as the regular shipping costs are built into my website.

Additional sales tax for MN residents. I can ship internationally, and subtract the cost of US postage.

 

Choose from these books — or buy them all! Great gifts; good reading.

* MY HEART IS A MOUNTAIN: $15.00 plus FREE SHIPPING (magical short stories about people and place)

* DRIVING WITH CATS: $14.95 plus FREE SHIPPING (cat-themed memoir and more about the lessons from our companion animals)

* KALI’S WILL and LAST WISH gift set: $8.90 plus FREE SHIPPING (two fun cat fantasy short story chapbooks for all ages, with phenomenal covers by the talented Matt Socha)

Take advantage of this sale and order now!

 

 

 

 

For writers — thoughts on creation and publication

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Life, life coaching, Writing | 0 comments

What keeps a writer going? What should keep a writer going? Is it publication? I’m not so sure. We all dream of publication. We want our work out there. And yes, it’s a very very cool thing when a reader (a stranger!) comes to you, or writes to you, and tells you that your book really moved them, or really made an impact. Then, it all feels worth it. WE want to matter. We want to connect. We want our work to move people.

Publication comes with a lot of stuff. It is a hell of a lot of work. Unless you’re super well known, and/or have the means to hire help, promotion is GRUELING. It takes time. You run into roadblocks. You get doors slammed in your face. Hey – just like pre-publication! Life isn’t so different. The rejections just take on a new form. And, you become more public. Now, you have a persona. Me, I just like to be myself. But maybe I am sometimes too much myself. I run the danger of creating all kinds of mental angst around this that may or may not be valuable.

I’m not dissing publication. I love that my books are out there. But I’m realistic. I see lots in the world about helping writers get published (self or traditional). I see very little about how we get to mentally deal with all the stuff that comes with publication. Are you prepared to be more public? Are you prepared for the work? How will you still find time to write? The latter, I believe, is a real concern. Promotion and all the busyness we create around it can totally suck away the time needed for new writing. Not to mention that it can simply tire you out, and dampen the creative flame.

The flame must be nurtured.

In the end, I think we must always come back to the creation (and revision) of the work. That’s where the true joy, and the true self, is for me. Alexs Pate said this to us once, at a workshop I took years ago at the Loft. Naïve writer that I was, I didn’t believe him yet. Because what could be better than being published!? He was; I wasn’t, yet. Alexs said that in the end, you must write for the love of writing, and revising, and creating, and working with language. Even if the whole world stops reading books, even if our communication becomes reduced to facebook and twitter snippets or reality shows or the latest social media platform–if you’re wired, to write, you must write. And that grounds me, today. I can, and will, always return to my writing – regardless of whether or not the book sells well, whether it ever sells, whether or not it gets reviewed, whether my friends like it, or whatever. It does take courage.

Write on. In the face of all the busyness, this might be one of most true things we ever do.

Does Each Cat in a Multicat Home Need Personal Space? at Catster.com

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Sometimes, big insights come accidentally. My orange cat Chester recently grieved the loss of his cat buddy, Karma, in November. I had the hunch that the normally sociable Chester needed a little more space, so I began taking him to my office. The transformation has been remarkable and noticeable. Read the full article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-behavior-multicat-home-personal-space

 

Chester hogs my chair — in the office!

What to Do When Your Cat Gets Fussy about Eating, at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Sometimes, our cats get fussy about eating. Medical causes need to be ruled out first, but if nothing seems to be wrong health-wise, here are some suggestions to try and tempt a picky cat into eating. Read the article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-food-tips-fussy-eating

Tuesday Mindfulness — learning all about non-attachment, again

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, Life | 0 comments

Here’s Zorro, a beautiful cat who showed up here right before winter. I can’t get near him yet, but he is getting less shy. I’ve had to practice a balance of action and non-attachment. It’s hard! I just want to protect him. But I can’t, entirely.

We provide him with a straw bed in the garage, and food and water. He uses all. However, I know that he wanders a little at night. I can’t help worrying. I am happy to have provided him protection from very bitterly cold nights here. I wish I could completely protect him. But that will only happen if I tame him and get him inside. Live trapping is another possibility.

He’s a beautiful cat, and I wish that no cat had to suffer.

May all beings be free from suffering.

 

 

Author event with Cat Holm and Angie Holland Bailey — Cat Appreciation Night at Magers and Quinn, Thursday, January 23, 7 p.m.

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Author, author event, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats! | 0 comments

Twin Cities area folks, please join Angie Bailey and me for a double author event and a celebration of CATS (yes, cats!) on Thursday, January 23, Magers and Quinn, 7 p.m.

We’ll sign our books and we’ll have cat-themed treats for you and your cat. We’re both looking forward to this, and we know you cat lovers are, too. So come and join us!

  • Angie Bailey is the author of the terrific cat humor book whiskerlist: the kitty classifieds. What if kitties had a Craigslist? This book lays it out!
  • I’ll be signing Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time — my cat-themed memoir that celebrates the bond we share with our cats!

Come along, and bring your friends. Fun will be had by all. See you there!

 

Photo: Events this week:<br />
Wendy Webb tomorrow for her<br />
brand new THE VANISHING,<br />
and<br />
Catherine Holm & Angie Bailey for CAT APPRECIATION NIGHT<br />
Thurs 1/23 at 7pm

 

Tips on Repair and Replacement of Window Screens Torn by Cats, at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Because we live in mosquito country, screen tears are to be avoided. But what to do if you have excitable cats on the inside of those screens, who suddenly see something outside..and react? I learned to replace screening, which is really pretty simple. In some cases, strong screening that can withstand the claws of cats or pets may be available. Read my article on screen replacement tips here:

 

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-tips-window-screen-repair-replacement-torn-by-cats

 

Upcoming author events, and new releases in 2014

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Author, author event, Catherine Holm Author, Driving with Cats: Ours for a Short Time, My Heart is a Mountain: Book Promotion, My Heart is a Mountain: Tales of Magic and the Land | 0 comments

Here’s where I’ll be in 2014 so far, and more events will be added. Please check my events page for the most current info. I love connecting with readers and new friends in this way so please stop by if you can!

  • Thursday, 1/23/14, 7 p.m., Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls, MN, with Angie Holland Bailey – Cat Appreciation Night! Goodies for your and your cats!
  • Saturday and Sunday, 2/22 and 2/23, 2014 — Twin Cities Pet Expo vendor booth (with author Angie Bailey), Minneapolis Convention Center.
  • Monday, 3/3/14, 6:30 p.m., Lyric Center for the Arts First Stage, Virginia, MN
  • Saturday, 3/22/14, 2 p.m., Beaverdale Books, Des Moines, IA
  • Thursday, 3/27/14, 7 p.m., Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Mpls, MN, with Kristy Abbott, Cat Extravaganza!
  • June, 2014, dual book launch in conjunction with Northwoods Friends of the Arts Spring Art Expo, NWFA gallery, Cook, MN, date TBA

 

I have new books out in 2014 (Voice Lessons, short story collection due out March 1 and The Great Purr, cat fantasy novel due out June 1). I’ll be signing these books as well as Driving with Cats and My Heart is a Mountain.

Here are promo blurbs for the two new books to give you a taste of what’s coming!

Voice Lessons (North Star Press, March 2014)

 

Linked by the theme of finding our voices, breaking free of constraints, and transformation, the stories in Voice Lessons look at what it means to move into a new way of being, or to reexamine our beliefs and internal stories. A woman who can’t resolve her relationship with her mother takes solace in the wilderness. A man leaves his corporate job impulsively, finding that the noise of ferry boats tugs open his heart. North Dakota hills call to a woman on a passenger train. A deaf woman wants to learn to sing. A moneyed couple’s life falls apart when their acquisitions disappear. These and other stories explore what it means to listen to one’s true voice, and act on it.

 

The Great Purr (North Star Press, June 2014)

In a northern Minnesota mining town, cats have always maintained the Great Purr, a force that holds the Real World, the UnderEarth, 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. Can Karma use her exquisite sensitivity without it destroying her? Will Target harness his gift of focus at the right time? And will sensual Kali be able to resist the temptation of the Evil that threatens to unravel The Great Purr?

 

 

Should Rescues Communicate Their Message by Being Positive or Shocking? up at Catster.com

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

I think animal rescue and advocacy organizations have a tough job. How to motivate people to care, and to act? I’m intrigued by the different ways that motivating messages presented and I wrote my thoughts on this at catster.com:

Read the article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-animal-rescue-message-communicate-positive-shocking

Both these cats are rescues. Kieran was rescued in our yard after apparently being abandoned in the cold of winter. Bluebell (on right) was rescued by my vet clinic and adopted by us.

Monday Meditation — Follow your own path

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Author, Catherine Holm Author, Life | 0 comments

Some of us need half a lifetime to find our path. Sometimes it takes courage to stay on the path. What if the path is unusual or different? What if others don’t understand? I have to find strength from within. I find strength and peace in nature, for one.

It’s been lovely to ski in weather that’s above zero — YEA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I love this meme from Facebook. I have my own mixed feelings about Facebook, which I’ll articulate at sometime. But sometimes, something will come through that particularly resonates — this was one of these.

More Than One Cat? Here’s How to Make Time for them All — at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com, Life | 0 comments

I’m trying to have a better relationship with time. I’m trying to use it better and in a more relaxed way. I’m consciously thinking about working “easier” instead of “harder” and not obsessing so much about time.

That being said, there are days when I realize that I haven’t paid my cats enough attention. I haven’t taken the time to play or pet them, and that’s a sad thing. They give me so much. I can practice awareness and appreciate and engage with what I have — including my cats!

Here are my thoughts about it in a blog post for Catster at http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-tips-how-to-make-timeMore than one cat: How to Make Time for Them All

Staying aware helps me catch cute moments like these!

5 Ways to Help a Cat through Change, at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Author, blogging, cat fantasy fiction, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I know I can have a tough time with change, but I never thought of how it might affect my cats. Recently, I have had an opportunity to learn how to help a cat through change. Here’s what I’ve done.

Read the article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-behavior-tips-help-change-loss-of-a-pet

 

 

Friday meditation — winter sunset

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Living close to the land, Place | 0 comments

I was walking Corona, the super dog, yesterday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the beginning of a winter sunset I caught on camera.

 

 

7 Tips to Help Your Cat Beat the Winter Doldrums, at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Winter can be hard on some of us, but if you sense your pets are weighted down by the winter, some of these tips may help you both. Read the full article here:

 

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-care-tips-winter-doldrums-seasonal-depression

 

How Buttons the Cat, Paralyzed and Headed for Death Row, Found a Home, up at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I was happy to be able to interview a special person and their special cat. Buttons is a special-needs cat who does not have the use of his back legs. Here’s his story, and the story of how one person stepped in and gave (and gives) him a good life.

Read the full article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/paralyzed-cat-rescue-adoption-photos-death-row-buttons

 

Wednesday Gratitude — Zorro the stray cat keeps on keeping on

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats! | 0 comments

 

I’m easily gratified, and maybe that’s a good thing. Two things make me very very happy this morning.

1. Zorro (the feral(?) cat who is living in our garage) is alive and well.

Again, it was 30 below or more last night, and we have had 40 below temps and worse lately. This is a smart cat.And tough! Our garage is not heated, and I have to leave the door open a little so he can come and go (although I think he has mostly been staying). I would dread it if he got stuck outside on these nights. I made him an insulated shelter (a simple thing with a plastic tub and enclosed styrofoam cooler) but he doesn’t use it. I had also set up a “Plan B” bed for him — thank goodness — a simple circular rubber tub (looks like a giant oil drain pan) with fresh straw in it. That is where he hangs out. I’ve seen him in it on many occasions. I’m happy that it’s working! I wrote about my attempts to keep him alive, here at Catster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I successfully clipped my dog’s dewclaws — woo hoo!!!

They were bothering me, and I was afraid they were going to become ingrown. You know how the rear ones become too long and start to burrow into the skin? They were very close to that point.I really didn’t want to make a trip to the vet just for this.

Corona, the dog, has always been a little bit of an unknown. She came from abuse. We rescued her many years ago. She is sweet and unbelievable. She’s 16 and has the energy of a much younger dog. She’s never snapped at us but she has accidentally snapped at a vet tech. It was unintentional. I think something just misfired. But…she was completely well behaved when I clipped rear and front dewclaws this morning.

 Norton checks out the dog clippers. The ones on the right do not work at all for dewclaws — the design is too clunky.

Mindful Monday — winter’s lessons

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Author, Catherine Holm Author, Place, Writing | 0 comments

Much of the country is in a deep freeze this week, and we are right in the coldest of it. It’s scary, respect-inspiring, frustrating and beautiful — all at once.

Scary to consider getting stuck out in it somehow, and freezing.

Respect-inspiring for the awesomeness of nature.

Frustrating because it’s physically hard (awful) to be outside in it for long, and I miss being outside.

Beautiful — because the sky is bright blue. The stars at night are amazingly clear. Everything takes on a crystal beauty. You have respect for anything that can survive in this.

It’s a good time to go within. gestate new writing, plan for the future, and appreciate a different kind of beauty.

 

Ways I Rearrange My House (and my Life!) around My Cats at catster.com

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

Dedicated animal lovers don’t realize the extent to which we modify our lives around our animal companions…and it’s probably not a biggie to us, anyway. Here’s some of what I do:

 

Read the full article here:

 

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-care-behavior-rearrange-my-house-life-cats

 

4 Ways to Prepare for a Cat Emergency at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I’ve been fortunate to not have to deal with many pet emergencies. But I sure want to be ready if that unfortunate occasion arises. I know myself well enough to know that I need to be prepared — because I can freeze up in a crisis. So I put my thoughts together about simple steps to take to be ready for certain cat emergencies. You can read the article here:

https://www.catster.com/lifestyle/prepare-cat-health-emergency-tips

Four Ways My Cats Keep Me from Going Crazy at catster.com

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I have always been amazed and grateful for the many and multifaceted gifts our pets bring us. And as I’ve continued to write for catster.com, I’ve realized that many others feel the very same way. I write about how my cats keep me on track here. Read the full article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cats-keep-it-together

How to Survive the Rowdy Months before You Can Neuter your Kitty at catster.com

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

It can cause medical issues down the road if you neuter your male kitten too young. But how to handle it when he’s starting to get hormonal and he’s not yet at the 6 month mark? Here are some of my suggestions at catster.com.

Read the full article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-spay-neuter

 

Norton looking manly (tom-ly?) and content.

What I’ve Learned While Caring for a Feral Cat in a Very Cold Climate

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

When an outdoor cat showed up here and started using our garage as shelter, I was glad to see him come in out the cold, but I still worried. Temperatures have been insanely cold (-30s at night quite often). Here is what I am learning in caring for a feral cat. Read the article here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/feral-cat-cold-climate

 

Black cat in snow — commons.wikimedia.org

 

6 Ways to Exercise Your Cat in a Small Space at catster.com

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

Like people, cats need exercise, especially if they spend their time indoors. Here’s how I’ve coped with exercising cats in a small space. The cats are happier, and so am I.

Read more here:

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/exercise-cat-small-space

 

How Can We Help Our Cats Grieve when Another Passes On? at catster.com

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Author, blogging, Catherine Holm Author, Cats Cats Cats!, catster.com | 0 comments

I’ve never seen this happen in my household before, but I believe Chester, my buff cat, may be grieving Karma (female kitty) who just passed on. I write about what I’ve observed and how I’m trying to help.

Read it here:

https://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cats-and-grief