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: https://catwriters.com/wp_meow/contest/
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. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=983981452032086
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!