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I publish my writing in a variety of ways. As Catherine Holm, I write creative fiction and nonfiction. As Ann Catanzaro, I write cat fantasy fiction.

In Memory of Chester, sweet orange manager cat

It's hard for me to go public with my grief, but perhaps someone can learn something from this story. Almost two months ago, I very abruptly lost my sweet orange cat Chester. Here is Chester's story. Years ago, I volunteered at the Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia, MN. A friendly and sweet orange cat caught [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Author|

Musings on a Checkered Employment Past

I think that creative people have always had to be super resourceful when it comes to making a living. Some of us don't fit in well to traditional employment settings, no matter how hard we try. Some (many) cannot make a living from the creative work that we do. I'd love a Patron, so I [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Author, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing|

Do Your Stories Keep You Stuck?

Doors are opening. Doors are closing. Three of my books are going out of print. A long time freelance job is going away. I'm seeing 11:11, 1111, 111, and 11 all over the place, many times daily. Woo hoo! (Or, as my teachers said in life coaching training, "taa daa!" It's a way to fearlessly [...]

Are time-sucks derailing your dreams? Stop that!

There is a lot of distraction in our lives these days, and if we don't pay attention to it, it can end up pulling us in a bunch of different directions, leaving us frustrated. Nothing gets done -- at least nothing of importance. What really matters? How do we know, in the midst of all [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Author|

A Good Producer

I was walking in our woods yesterday. After a long dry spell and what looked like muted foliage colors, the colors have finally "popped." It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day in the North Country of New England. Back fresh from a yoga teacher training/retreat, I was making a practice of walking slowly, breathing, doing [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|Author|

Creating a [false] culture of urgency

People are often in a hurry, but I suggest that people don't always need to be in such a hurry. Real life example from one of my jobs: Co-worker and I need information, in the moment, to continue to do our job. Boss is offsite. We approach boss assistant with our request for information. Boss [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Author|

What Have I Learned?

What have I learned? I have always worked hard, but work took on a different meaning recently. After 22 years of freelancing alone at home, I went back to work at a "9-5" job. Surprisingly, this may work well for me and creativity. I learned that it's much easier to leave your work at work [...]

By |May 29th, 2017|Author|

Never Say Never — a lesson in compassion

I'm so tired I can hardly put two sentences together. So this post will be short. I've been working full time (actually more than full time lately). I'm tired, I can't fit in everything I want to do in life, and writing creatively has suffered. I am counting on this blog for the moment, and [...]

By |March 8th, 2017|Author|

Be Yourself and Don’t Worry about The Rest of the World

Be yourself and don't worry about the rest of the world. Easy to say. Sounds so simple! And so easy to forget, or be pulled away from. No, I don't mean go out and harm, or do any crazy thing. I mean bring your best benefit to the world. Your talents, your gifts, the things [...]

I Win a Best-of-the-Best Award for My Short Story “Sideways”

On June 24, at the joint BlogPaws and Cat Writers' Association (CWA) conference in Phoenix, AZ, I won the CWA President's Award for my short story “Sideways.” I also got a reminder about my direction. Awards for the short story "Sideways" -- the Muse Medallion is awarded to the best entry in a category (the [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Author|