Good afternoon, felinity assembled, I hope you are sitting comfy on all fours, as I come to you with a very special announcement that has me, as well as Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity very honored and excited.
A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of a late night pep talk I experienced at Blog Paws.
As I wrote, during that talk I was strongly "encouraged to do something when I finally got back home, something that, to me, came at my tired brain so unexpectedly that I was almost at a loss for words trying to understand how I, a mere blogger, though a man who proudly calls himself a writer, could do it."
I submitted a membership application to the respected Cat Writers' Association.
The wait for an answer is finally over; this morning I received an email from the CWA secretary that began this way:
It's my pleasure to welcome you as a professional member of the Cat Writers' Association.
My first reaction was to feel tears well up in my eyes and to grab for the nearest cat for a hug, appropriately Nikita, my original muse when I first went online in 1998 and became a blogger in 2002.
The Cat Writers' Association describes itself as "an organization of professionals writing, publishing and broadcasting about cats. Our members include writers, editors, publishers, artists, public relations specialists, broadcasters and others."
Aside from networking opportunities, other goals of the organization include:
1. Be a major influence for the good of cats by providing news, information, and educatgion on all aspects of cats.
2. Improve the quality of writing about cats.
3. Encourage cat writing in general newspapers and magazines.
4. Encouraging professionalism and providing education on being published.
That is just for starters. There is a lot to this organization that I believe I can learn and benefit from.
The Cat Writers' Association will hold its 21st Annual Conference in Irving (Dallas), TX, from Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, 2013.
Somehow, someway, I intend on attending.
Over the past 2 years my personal creative journey has begun a slow walk in new directions, even as I've struggled with unemployment, and medical issues, from my ankle to my eyes.
I believe the worst is behind me now and I have faith that things will slowly return to normal.
I have done much inspired reading, and inspired writing, being encouraged by several wonderful people to challenge myself in new ways.
This latest event fits in perfectly with the message of encouragement to me that I have posted on my wall above my desk:
1. I am a writer.
2. I am a poet.
3. I am a storyteller.
4. I am a journalist.
5. I am a photographer.
6. I am creative!
My other blog = Mad Macedonian
7. I am confident that when I open myself to my creativity, I open myself to the Creator’s creativity within me and my life.
49. I am a man with a peculiar sense of humor.
50. I am the voice of 2 opinionated pussycats.
56. I am going to be bold, and believe that Mighty Forces will come to my aid!
96. I am going to build upon what I know and what I have done.
97. I am going to exercise my balls!
The cats are in for some extra Greenies tonite and I am going to go out to dinner at a new restaurant I've recently discovered that offers healthy eats and a quite place to write.
****UPDATE - 1030pm****
We would like to thank genealogy, history and book blogger, Elizabeth Saunders, a cat lover, for leaving the 3100th comment on this blog since it began on New Year's Day, 2010!
How devoted a cat lover is she?
Get a load of this recent post & adorable photo!