Actually seeing the certificate gave it an added dimension for me! When writing I try to think of the ways spoken language sounds . . . and we might say something is “purty” here, with emphasis on the first syllable, and drawing it out. So when I said it, of course “purr” came to mind so I made it “purr-ty”.
I’d been writing and doing artwork all my years when chronic illness with no known cure really set me back in mid-life. Then one day I decided to write a book about my cats . . . it took forever, four times as long as it would have if I’d been able to work at full speed. It’s my first book. So this is a big deal for me!
I am so grateful to the Cat Writers’ Association and all those who worked so hard on the contest!
That’s Franklin’s blankie sans Franklin. He wouldn’t pose with the book because that’s The late Minx on the cover, not him. This is Volume 1 and it goes way back and ends in late 2004 – early 2005, before Frankie joined us.
That’s Franklin on the day he realized he wasn’t on the cover!
Sale of the book does help us care for Franklin, as well as those cats known as “the kittens” (though they are about 10 months now, and growing large) and also some ferals. So do check out the link to the upper right hand side of this page, or the “Order the Catwoods book online” page, if you would like to have a copy! We appreciate it!
Here’s Shelley watching us, on a dazzling sunny evening!