Catherine Holm

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Cat stories — The Reluctant Mouser

(Re-posted, because some of us can never have enough cat stories.) True story: Rama (black cat) stares at a bi-fold door on the floor. The door has been taken down from its frame temporarily so that the dryer could be pulled out of the laundry closet and repaired. Rama, sits, and stares, and stares, for [...]

By |April 3rd, 2012|Cats Cats Cats!, Uncategorized|

Excerpt from memoir-in-progress DRIVING WITH CATS

Here's an excerpt from my memoir-in-progress, Driving with Cats. This excerpt is about my 20-year-old orange cat Jamie: Jamie keeps Chris and me in his sight. He wants to be with us, and he wants us to be with him. We do the best we can, and honor Jamie's wishes. Jamie is polishing us, refining [...]

By |March 7th, 2012|Cats Cats Cats!, Writing, writing teaser|

[Place, writing] More Thoughts on Place, Community, and Connection

Along the lines of the last blog entry about place, I have been thinking about how I've changed (in subtle, and maybe not-so-subtle, ways) since moving from the city to a place in the middle of nowhere. On recent visit to the city, I got together with a relative who is familiar with a radio [...]

By |February 13th, 2012|Life, Place, Writing|

[Place] Thoughts on writing, belonging, and change.

I spent a few days in the big city, promoting My Heart is a Mountain. These are the cities I grew up in. I am quite comfortable there and I appreciate the easiness of everything. Food is a block away. Heat is turned up with a thermostat, instead of waiting for a woodstove to heat [...]

[writing, youtube, My Heart is a Mountain] I read from my short story collection

Here's a very short video of me reading from my story collection My Heart is a Mountain: Tales of Magic and the Land. Chester, the orange cat, helps me out!

Catherine Holm author events in Minneapolis on Dec 8 and Dec 9, 2011.

Dear Twin Cities friends, I have two quick announcements of book readings that I’ll be part of, this week: I'll be reading live at the Loft in Mpls ( with Ann Iverson and Tony Bukoski at 7 pm on Thursday December 8. I'll be reading live at the True Colors Bookstore ( in Mpls with [...]

By |December 7th, 2011|Uncategorized|

[Writing Life] I love getting older because sometimes I feel smarter. :)

I do! I've had some real clarity lately around my writing life. If you're trying to make sustained progress on your creative projects, you need to find what works for you. And here's what I'm finding for me: 1. A little bit of structure. Just enough structure in the rest of my day so that [...]

By |November 28th, 2011|Life, Writing|

gratitude — a graceful survival skill

I went on a little spending spree the other day -- why? Because things are tight! Hmmmm...makes sense, right? Money is tight, so...spend money! Fortunately, I came to my senses once I got home. I'm going to return the stuff today. And it's cheap stuff! It won't last. This is not like me. But it's [...]

By |October 25th, 2011|Uncategorized|

I’m reading from My Heart is a Mountain, Wednesday, 9/14, Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis

I'll join two other northern Minnesota authors (Becca Manlove and Sheila Packa) tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 14, 730 pm) for a triple reading and signing at Magers and Quinn booksellers in Minneapolis. Stop by for a great evening of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction!

By |September 13th, 2011|author event, My Heart is a Mountain: Book Promotion, Writing|

Writing — Creative Clarity and Conscious Choices

I got real clear about something this weekend. Writing must come first in my life (along with family, of course). When I say to myself "Creativity First," I remind myself that I do best when I turn my attention to writing first, each day. Of course, there are days when other things happen first. And [...]

By |September 12th, 2011|life coaching, Writing|