This past weekend, all the movers and shakers in the cat world were in White Plains, N.Y., for the Cat Writers Conference and awards banquet.
I go to many industry events that people bring their pets to but no one ever brings a cat along to this annual get-together.
I think Fudge would have loved it!
She would have been able to butt heads with panelists at the various discussion groups, which were part of the program. She would have participated in the workshops on social networking. But best of all she would have enjoyed the luncheons and dinners that included shrimp, salmon and chicken dishes.
The Cat Writers Association hands out an award called the Muse in recognition of excellence in all forms of the media from the written, to the spoken word and visual arts as well. The award itself is a large medallion with a cat in the design.
Fudge should definitely have been there because after all, she is my muse.
Both she and my late Cali were there every step of the way when I wrote my book, “Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat.” And it would have been appropriate because the book won the Hartz Glamour Puss Award.
In fact, I never realized how much of a role cats played in my writing life until Cali passed away earlier this year. For more than a week I couldn’t put pen to paper. Words simply wouldn’t flow. It was then that I realized that it is only when there is a cat near my desk that I am in the right frame of mind to write.
I am truly lucky. Fudge gets to work with me every day. Not only is she my muse but she amuses, too.
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