Catwoods the Book Won a MUSE Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association!

It was announced on Saturday night during the Cat Writers’ Association Virtual Awards Gala! I was stunned! Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions, got a MUSE Medallion! These are awarded to the books that are Certificate of Excellence winners. Within each category, the highest score gets a MUSE. When two or more highest scores tie, each book gets a MUSE. So my book and another in the category both got a MUSE, and I congratulate the co-winner! Although the MUSE is considered an even bigger deal than the Certificate of Excellence, those awards all go to fine work, and from my decades-long reading of books and websites about cats and other animals, many by members of the Cat Writers’ Association, I can say that the field of animal writing, visual arts, and etc., is just bursting with excellence these days.

I want to thank the Cat Writers’ Association, my husband who also loves our cats, the community I live in and our friends – the book has a little about that history and is a tribute to the area too – and all those who have encouraged me to write, responded to my website posts, purchased my book, read the book, told me they enjoyed the book, etc. And especially, the cats! Those wonderful canny little felines that mysteriously, chose humans to be their companions and caregivers. If I neglected to thank someone, please bear with me as I’m a little overwhelmed and still sort of exhausted from the experience.

Here’s a list of the MUSE winners. There are also a list of Certificate of Excellence winners at this CWA link:

Here’s a link to the Award Event, during which some presenters’ household cats took strolls in front of the cameras, to the delight of all! One cat even turned its butt to the screen, hahaha. It’s three hours long and I don’t recall exactly when the cats began to come in.

Our Spooky Little Girl

I did have a wonderful afternoon with “the kittens” the day before, which helped to calm the jitters I had before the event. Boss chose to spend some quality time snuggling and resting with me, and Moonpie also jumped aboard me later to sit for a spell. Lynx and Stripey got some good pats and scritches.

I also had a real breakthrough with Spooky! She’s the kittygirl who always avoids being touched although she’s not afraid of us. She not only allowed me to scritch her head, she tilted her head up and pushed against my hand, leaning into the scritching with a big grin on her face! She’s never done that before. I think she was really on her way to attach herself to my shoes, (she and Boss both have a thing for my shoes) and may have just gotten caught up in the euphoria of imminent shoe frenzy. Whatever it was, it felt like real progress!

I’m still dragged out so I’ll be slow to respond to comments. I was trying to post this quickly so, only the one cat photo; more will be upcoming. All the links to get the book are here, at the top right of the page, and on the “Order Catwoods the Book Online” page. It’s a long book, about 363 pages, so you’ll be reading for awhile if you get it.

Cheers and Meows!

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I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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67 Responses to Catwoods the Book Won a MUSE Medallion from the Cat Writers’ Association!

  1. Candace says:

    Congrats, Leah, and kitty time is always the best calmer.

  2. inese says:

    Wow, congratulations! So delighted for you! X

  3. cat9984 says:

    Congratulations! That’s great.

  4. Charlee: “Woo-hoo, congratulations!”
    Chaplin: “This is a most purr-worthy achievement!”

  5. Fantastic. Sharing on social.

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    Congratulations, Leah! I love wide windowsills, too. Good for kitties!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Lavinia, I appreciate it! LOL now the hubs wishes he’d made the sills even wider, as the kitties are growing fast!

  7. Congrats on the award. But as a kitty, I’m drawn to that lovely wide windowsill. A perfect viewing spot.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Indulgedfurries! You know, when the hubs rebuilt that room – it was destroyed by the tornado – he made the windowsills a little wider than usual, with kitties in mind. He was thinking of the kitties we had then. We had no idea that a feral litter of 5 was headed our way in the future. LOL maybe a case of “If you build it, they will come.”

  8. Catwoods says:

    Thank you so much pranavsable! It’s always good to be writing, so keep up the good work!

  9. HURRAH HURRAH Miss Leah!! Concatulationss on yore MUSE Award!!! Spooky Girl an Franklin an all yore kittiess must bee so proud of you!!!
    Wee are furry happy fore you!
    **purrss** am ❀ BellaDharma an {{{huggiess}}} an ❀ LadyMew

    • Catwoods says:

      Many thanks BellaDharma and LadyMew, for all your kind words! We send purrs and hugs (lots of purrs from lots of kitties, lol) in return. ❀

  10. That’s great! Congratulations.

  11. Pam Lazos says:

    That’s terrific news, Leah. Congratulations!

  12. I know how much time and effort you put into making/writing your book…so here are my hearty congrats to you!

    Spooky has just discovered the bliss of head scrtitches!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Meezer’sMews&TerrioristicalWoofs! I appreciate your kind words! Spooky sure did look happy with scritches and we hope she will come back for more!

  13. Congrats! Wonderful news – you deserve it

  14. chattykerry says:

    You are just on a roll, Leah! Many, many congratulations!

    • Catwoods says:

      Kerry, thanks so much! I appreciate it! I really enjoyed your post today, the way you told it really made me laugh! So sorry I don’t get around to comment much these days!

  15. Concatulations! We were happy when we heard your name called as the winner!

  16. -Eugenia says:

    Congratulations and well-deserved! πŸ’›

  17. Herman says:

    Congrats on winning the MUSE Medallion! This is great news, Leah!

  18. Once again big congratulation Leah. Way to go! You have done it again. Very happy to hear the news and big hugs to all your sweeties. Spooky looks like my Megan Sweetie including the mood on that image. Keep up the brilliant work! Saludos! Ashraf

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words Ashraf! I went and looked again at the picture of your Megan Sweetie and she and Spooky do look a lot alike! Cheers and Meows!

  19. pollymorse says:

    Congratulations!!! Love Spooky! Meows to all the kittens!!

  20. Well done, A Muse Medallion is no small achievement, and well deserved!

  21. Wonderful! Congratulations! 😻

  22. Yay…. great progress with Spooky!

  23. Congratulations! πŸ†

    Spooky is very pretty. Glad to hear she’s becoming a little more approachable,

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Lynette, I appreciate it! I’m sure Spooky thanks you too in her own way! She’s extra cute but seems to have inherited a little streak of feral-ness.

  24. Cate says:

    Big congratulations, Leah — on the MUSE award, for sure, but also on winning a little cat love from Spooky! So happy for you!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Cate, I really appreciate it! I’m really happy about Spooky too! But even if she never warms up to us again, she’ll still always have a home with us.

  25. Brian says:

    Congratulations on the MUSE Medallion, that’s terrific. I tried to tune in online but could never get a connection!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks so much Brian, I appreciate your kind words! Sorry you missed the event. They did have some tech trouble at first and then started a little late. I watched on facebook as we’ve never set up zoom and I’m not techy. I thought they did a marvelous job especially since online gatherings are new and challenging for everyone.

  26. 15andmeowing says:

    Congratulations! I am so happy your book won as it is most deserving. I am glad little Spooky is getting braver. XO

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Ellen, I appreciate your kind words! I’m encouraged by what happened with Spooky too! However, even if she stays standoffish, she’ll always have a home with us. XO

  27. John says:

    Wonderful, congratulations, Leah! 😎

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