August Intermew Blitz with Mr. Puss!

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Day 13 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Mr. Puss!

Advice?

Make furriends with as many kitty pages as you can and ask them to share your page.

Inspiration?

Colonel Meow. I never even considered internet fame until someone said I looked like him…that’s when I found out about him and many other famous cats on the internet.

Entertainment?

I like The Dark Crystal because I think I look like Fizzgig.

Politics?

It reminds me of ancient day Egypt…humans are getting back to their roots of worshipping cats, which is good. It’s better to focus on what makes you smile than what makes you worry.

Dream Date?

I would love to meet Lil Bub! I would take her to the nearby Japanese Gardens in Portland where we can try to catch a delicious koi fish.

Mistakes?

I once jumped off of a 2nd story patio where I could not return home, and it taught me that my Momz will do anything to make sure I get back safely.

Conclusion?

I hope that I can make your internet experience more enjoyable.

Thanks, Mr. Puss!

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August Intermew Blitz with Miss Becky!

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Day 7 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Miss Becky!

Advice?

I think the first thing that is important is to really love spending time with other furry friends. Then, to have compassion and love for others. Mix all of this with fun adventures and pictures.

Inspiration?

Oh, that’s an easy one! MY Auntie Beth and her two wonderful kitties, Jake and Elwood. They are known as The Royal Ruskies.

Entertainment?

Well, in books, I love any that are about my fellow kitties-such as Lola the Rescue Cat, as well as Nursery Rhymes. As to plays, my favorite are those done by my buddies, Fatboy Babuska and Prince Pan Pan. For TV, paws down, my favorite is Sprout!

Politics?

I think it is exciting that Hoomans are finally realizing how fabulous we felines are.

Dream Date?

Dinner with Cat Daddy, Jackson Galaxy would be my choice. We could begin with Niprinis, then Tuna Cordon Bleu, followed by a lovely Herring Mousse. We could discuss the wonders and intelligence of Felines in today’s world.

Mistakes?

Mistakes-and what I have learned from them….Hmmm…Probably the biggest is not to nip at my Mommy when I would like more nomnoms!

Conclusion?

To my old and new friends, I appreciate chatting with you and your letting me come into your home and share love and smiles.

Thanks, Miss Becky!

Caturday Intermew with Cherish’s STORY!

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Happy Caturday!!

Today we have an intermew with Cherish from Cherish’s STORY.

Enjoy!

Hazel: What advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Cherish: web pwesence? hmmm. I fink the web is a gweat pwace to meet new fur-rends and if ya ish special needz, then definatewy. Ppl need to knowz that fings wike bwindness doesn’t mean ya iz bwoken. It mean ya iz boooootiful!

Hazel: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Cherish: Momma. She neverz gibs up on me an tellz me I’m boooootiful all da time!

Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Cherish: I doesn’t hab any faborite books or tb’s showz. I can’t see dem. But I does hab a favorite fing to wisten too! The birds! Momma takes me outside to pway when it’s nice and I wub to hearz da birdies!

Hazel: How do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Cherish: Kitties rule! MOL!!!

Hazel: Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Cherish: I wouldz wvub to hab dinner wiff all da ppl dat saved me. I wub them all! Andz we would eat wotisserie chicken and ice cweam!

Hazel: What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Cherish: Oh boyz. I made da mistake of wunning frue a mud puddle. It taught me to not wuns so fast! MOL!!

Hazel: If you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Cherish: I wouldz say GO FUR IT! Don’t beez afwaid cuz u is differwent! We don’t know we iz not da same. To our mommies, we iz purr-fect!

Hazel: Thanks Cherish! What a great intermew.

And thank YOU readers for reading!

Sandpaper kisses,

Hazel

Graduation Intermew with “Asylum” Author, Madeleine Roux!!

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Congratulations 2015 Graduates!!!

Whether you’re like my Pops and graduating from college, or like me, and napping on the kitchen floor, congratulations! Take some time to eat something nummy.

I am proud to purrsent you my intermew with the author of the Asylum series, Madeleine Roux! The first two books, Asylum and Sanctum, are available on Amazon, and the third book, Catacomb, is now available for pre-order!

Enjoy!

Hazel: Hi Madeleine! Thanks so much for being here! What advice do you have for bright young kitties considering a writing career?

Madeleine: Meow is the time to practice, practice, practice. You won’t develop a voice and a style until you’ve really pushed yourself to try different genres and lengths of fiction or nonfiction.

Hazel: “Try different genres,” interesting…

Madeleine: Reading is also an essential part of growing as a writer – the more you read, the more you internalize the structure of a well-written book. Start to read with a critical eye, look for the bones of the book. What makes this plot work? How is the author choosing to communicate tone and atmosphere? Even if writing begins to feel natural over time, all authors are still making deliberate choices when it comes to structure.

Hazel: What’s your creative process?

Madeleine: I like to have a cup of tea or coffee and some unobtrusive music in the background, that usually signals my brain that it’s time to work. I like to outline these days, or at least have a comprehensive summary of the plot. Having a road map can keep you from getting blocked or stuck. I don’t edit myself as I go unless I come across a really major issue that changes earlier chapters. I’ve found it’s better to write more than you need and cut it back, but if you’re on a tough deadline sometimes it’s better to try and whittle down those impulses in the moment. Editing is crucial, but like I said, I don’t start tearing the piece apart until it’s done. I personally like to write at night, that’s when I feel most creative, but the occasional early bird morning or two can make you feel productive, too.

Hazel: Birds are delicious. Do you have kitties?

Madeleine: I sadly don’t have any kitties, yet! 😦 Right now my friends are kind enough to let me snuggle their buddies whenever I visit. Shout out to Wrex and Mr Slippers.

Hazel: Meows, friends of my new friend! So let’s talk about your book, unique in the sense of applying the genre of horror to Young Adult audiences. How do you adjust the amount of horror in a book to fit younger readers?

Madeleine: I have a pretty low tolerance for being scared, so in general I have to push myself to up the fear factor. Now that I’ve gotten some practice in the genre I can sense more or less where the boundaries are. It’s about being suggestive rather than explicit. If something is really violent or shocking, you provide just enough context to clue in the reader without making it over the top. I think in YA it’s easier to get away with paranormal scares rather than out and out violence, but I’m slowly adding more of the latter to my work. Yes, ghosts and visions are spooky, but I don’t think that fear lasts unless there’s a real life threats, too.

Hazel: That’s a good point. I felt as though your book was scary, but it wasn’t excessively violent. I found it scary in part because it seemed to come from a real place, our history of mistreating victims of mental illness. Why do you think people often associate mental illness with the paranormal?

Madeleine: I think there’s always a fear that we aren’t in control of our own minds. Not in a mind-control, conspiracy or aliens way, but just that our brains essentially inform everything we perceive, and if we can’t trust that machine to relate the world honestly to us, then what CAN we trust? In the books, I wanted to explore the stigma of mental illness and how it can be extremely frightening and threatening to the person dealing with it, how it can change how your friends and family perceive you and that in many ways that perception is beyond your control.

Dan is learning to live with his illness and learning how it will affect the people around him and the way they treat him. I think that innate fear of his own illness pairs well with the fears he’s experiencing in an external way, it adds another layer of doubt to what he’s seeing and not seeing. In a more general way, I think anyone who’s struggled with mental illness, myself included, worries about the fact that it’s an unseen wound. You can’t point to depression and say here, here’s the problem, put a bandaid on it, it’s more complex than that. In a similar way, the paranormal is unseen, it’s hugely dependent on perspective and perception.

Hazel: How do you think your book benefits from using real photos as illustrations?

Madeleine: I *hope* it creates a sense of dread and anticipation. Even if the scary thing is over in words, you might turn the page and find a creepy photo staring you in the face. Is that mean? It’s kind of mean.

Hazel: Haha it’s great! I felt it added to the experience and makes me want to experiment more with mixing words and pictures! Asylum draws much of its horror on actual facts of the past. Why do we experience horror when remembering the past?

Madeleine: With mental illness specifically, we’re STILL trying to treat it sensitively. It’s pretty horrifying the way anyone considered “damaged” was treated in the past. Folks were being treated for things that are not actually illnesses, and people with actual needs were not getting anything resembling the care they deserved. It’s scary to realize how recent that history is, I mean we’re still in the early stages of tackling mental health issues, and I suppose it’s like any phase of medicine, the early treatments are barbaric in hindsight and it’s terrifying to realize that many of us would have ended up being more or less abused because of ignorance and fear.

Hazel: And what comes next, right? What’s next for Dan, Abby, and Jordan?

Madeleine: Their adventure wraps up in the third book, CATACOMB, which is available in September. It involves a road trip, a new group of baddies out to get them and of course some surprises from Dan’s past.

Hazel: I can’t wait! I had a lot of fun reading your books and chatting with you today! To conclude, if you could say one thing to a new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Madeleine: Your human will get up when they’re good and ready. They know you’re hungry. Be patient. Catnip in moderation. Those dead mice on the doorstep aren’t sending the message you think they are. Also, thank you for reading, following and supporting, more books will make it to your paws soon.

Hazel: Mol! Thanks!

And thanks to you for reading!

Warm snuggles,

Hazel

Pi Day Intermew with Draven the Therapy Cat!

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Happy Pi Day!!

I hope you all got some delicious pie to celebrate today! I am thrilled and purry to offer you a delicious, warm, goes-well-with-ice-cream intermew with the incredible Draven the Therapy Cat! So many cute pictures!!

Hazel: Hi Draven! It’s so nice to have you here! Furst question, what advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Draven: First of all, choose a message. Are you an advo-CAT for shelter pets? Are you trying to inspire folks to be kind to animals? Are you raising awareness for the benefits of spaying & neutering? Or just serving as a fun way for people to relax by posting cute pictures & videos? Or any combination of these things…

Hazel: Even kitties need a brand!

Draven: Folks will truly connect with you if they understand your message & enjoy the way you express it. For example, one of my messages is to “Share the Love” & I do so by visiting folks in the hospital once a week. I post pics & videos of my visits on my Facebook page & love reading the comments my friends leave me.

Next, make sure you share links & info with all your friends! Then, go out & make more friends & share your info to them as well! You’d be surprised how quickly your YouTube channel or Twitter account gets shared when you get involved in your friends’ social media & events. My Facebook page has fans from all over the globe & it’s mostly because I found other pages & groups that I liked & shared info with them. I have lots of pet-lover friends on Facebook & I’m always checking up on what they are up to! Also, I make an effort to go to local events like fundraisers, expos, cat shows, etc. to promote pet therapy. When I go to these events (as well as when I go on therapy visits) I always hand out pens, stickers, or other goodies with my name on them. It’s a great way to make new friends & give folks a little something they can use & remember you by!

Hazel: You are a very brand-savvy kitty! I’m taking lots of notes!!

Draven: Some of the items I typically give to folks I visit.

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Here’s a table I set up at a CFA Cat Show to promote therapy cats!
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Hazel: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Draven: I’m inspired by other folks out there doing similar volunteer work. I’m part of a FB group called I-CAT whose members all have Therapy Cats or Therapy Cats in training. It’s inspiring to see the kind of work they do in their local areas. Some folks visit patients in the hospital or hospice, some go to the library and listen while kids practice their reading skills, others help plan parties & events for residents at group homes, etc. I like seeing all the fun stuff my peers come up with to help brighten someone’s day!
Here’s their fanpage:  https://www.facebook.com/TherapyCats?fref=ts

Also, I think my natural empathy was inherited – it was passed down from my Grandma Brown (my mom’s mom) to my mom & then to me! Mom & grandma are always doing nice things for folks for no particular reason like taking cookies to the vet’s office, leaving the garbage men little gifts for doing a good job, & helping their family & friends when they need it. Who wouldn’t be inspired by folks who do nice things for others?

Here’s me & grandma chilling in our hotel the night before a cat show!

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Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Draven: I have to say my favorite book right now is called Love comes on a Leash. It is a book that teaches kids what therapy animals are & do. The best part is one of my Therapy Cat friends (Dexter the Therapy Cat) is featured in one of their books! Check it out: http://www.lovecomesonaleash.com/dexter.html Dexter is a pretty awesome kitty!

I pretty much like any TV show or movie my mom is watching because if she’s watching the TV that means I get to cuddle in her lap for a nap!

Zzzzzzz…

Hazel: I’ve always wanted to ask a therapy cat this: how do you feel about the rise of feline power & how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Draven: Well, I’m doing my best to spread the word about Therapy Cats, so I hope that in the future we have more of a presence as therapy pets. There are just as many cat-lovers out there as dog-lovers, so it would be nice to see more kitties getting into the field of pet therapy. Right now, there are only a fraction as many Therapy Cats register in our country as Therapy Dogs. I’m imagining a world where people aren’t surprised to see a cat riding down their hallway in a stroller – lol!

Hazel: I didn’t know you could be a Therapy Cat! Although we are quite intuitive and comforting when our Hoomans are sad, I also wrote a screenplay called “Pet Therapy,” but pets were on the receiving end of the therapy!

*MOLZ*

Draven: Here I am displaying my patriotism on the 4th of July at the Assisted Living Center – Proud to be an Ameri-CAT!

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Hazel: Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Draven: I would love to have just one more dinner with Great Granny Garfoli. She passed away while I was training to become a Therapy Cat & I visited her often in the hospital before she left us. I would like her to see me now that I am a certified Therapy Cat because I think she’d be pretty proud of me! I don’t really care what we’d have to eat, because I know Granny was always pretty generous with sharing her meals!

Me & Granny sharing a hospital lunch!

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Hazel: I’m sorry to hear that, and of course she’s proud!! What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Draven: I’m happy to say we haven’t made any notable mistakes yet. This is probably due to the fact mom and researched how to prepare for successful visits and tried to be prepared for anything. The biggest mistake handlers make is not listening to their Therapy Cat. So if you realize your cat doesn’t enjoy visits with small children, don’t take him places with children. If you notice your cat is getting agitated during a visit, cut the visit short. Your first priority is make sure your cat is safe, comfortable and having a good time so he’ll want to go on more visits. Do your best to accommodate him and be able to make adjustments as you need to. I think mom and I have done a pretty good job of this and now I’m up for just about anything!

I will even tolerate silly costumes… for a certain amount of time… lol!

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Hazel: Mol!! That’s so true, Taco Cat spelled backwards is Taco Cat! What a great intermew, Draven, I learned so much! To conclude, if you could say 1 thing to a new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Draven: I try to keep my focus positive & encourage my friends to do the same thing I do, which is to simply SHARE THE LOVE in any way they can!

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Hazel: SHARE THE LOVE, furriends!! And some pie! Thank you Draven!

And thank YOU reader for reading!

A cute taste of your food while you’re not looking,

Hazel

Caturday Intermew with Princess Foo Foo!

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Happy Caturday, Furriends!

We have a royal guest today! Welcome Her Royal Majesty, Princess Foo Foo Victoria Anastasia Isabella Hobnobbery Vainglory the First of the Kingdom of “Purrsia” to this week’s edition of the Caturday Intermew Series!

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Hazel: Hi Princess Foo Foo! Thanks for being here! What advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence? 

Princess Foo Foo: My royal advice to young kittens who aspire to build an online presence is to first, of course, procure the services of a professional human marketing team. Though humans are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier, they do come in handy sometimes in terms of offering certain services that we felines require; for example: feeding us, cleaning out our litter boxes, pampering us and dealing with the hordes of fans we acquire online!

Hazel: And typing up meownuscripts!

Princess Foo Foo: Usually, humans are so far beneath us intellectually that we can actually convince them to do all these things for us free of charge by simply batting our eyelashes at them, purring, and tolerating their silliness.

Hazel: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Princess Foo Foo: My biggest inspiration has been Princess Diana because she was “the people’s princess.” Even though she was beautiful, elegant, articulate and sophisticated, she still humbled herself to deal with the commoners. That’s what I try to do, of course!

Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Princess Foo Foo: My favorite literature includes Shakespeare’s Romeow and Juliet, Proust’s Remembrance of Things Scratched, and Fitzgerald’s The Great Catsby. The play I enjoy most is, of course, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof! As for films, I’m partial to Aristocats, Milo and Otis and That Darned Cat. The television programs I enjoy most are found on the Animal Planet network: Too Cute and My Cat from Hell. You forgot about music. I’m a big fan of Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” and Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat.”

Hazel: How do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Princess Foo Foo: The rise of feline power is inevitable and sorely needed in this world of increasing chaos. Frankly, being the Supreme Monarch of the Kingdom of Purrsia isn’t enough for me; I have a political platform and world domination is my goal. I wish to see catnip legalized, dive-bombing mockingbirds controlled, and Friskie’s “Party Mix” treats provided at no cost to kitties in need.

Hazel: Speaking of treats, who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Princess Foo Foo: I would enjoy having dinner with the two most handsome felines on earth: Sir Lucifur Fluffypants and Wilford Brimley, Persian Cat. In my romantic dreams, we would sip wine, feast on tuna and salmon, and purr softly beneath the moonlight on a secluded beach somewhere.

Hazel: That sounds nice! I wonder if Lucy is a distant cousin, hmm I have to check with Karen. What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Princess Foo Foo: The worst mistake I made was knighting that scoundrel, Sir Charles of Brainerd! Sir Charles was a former traitor to the Kingdom of Purrsia who did not wish to see me emerge from exile in an animal shelter to return to my rightful place on the throne. I should have known he was trouble from the start, but being a trusting soul, I forgave him of his past disloyalty and knighted him only to find that he unleashed a vacuum beast from out of a secret chamber known as “the closet!” The beast roared through the palace, causing me to go into hiding beneath the royal bedchamber. I learned then not to trust that scoundrel, Sir Charles, any longer!

Hazel: Interesting, I think that’s the first kitty knighthood-regret I have heard! It has been an honor chatting with Your Highness, so to conclude: if you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Princess Foo Foo: Here is my one word of advice to a potential new loyal subject or existing fan: When in my presence, please do not forget to bow or curtsy; otherwise, I may have to banish you from the kingdom. 🙂

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Hazel: MOL thanks for the lovely intermew, Princess! 

And thank YOU readers for reading!

A purry curtsy,

Hazel

Caturday Intermew with Fluff!

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Happy Caturday, furriends!

I am so excited and purry to bring you an intermew with my good buddy Fluff!

Hazel: Hi Fluff! Welcome to this week’s edition of the Caturday Intermew Series! Furst question, as always, what advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Fluff: To young kitties who are thinking of starting a Facebook page, be kind, and sensitive… Post happy things, although there will be sad times to share too… appreciate all of your fwiends, and know that you are providing a service to many people who need your fwiendship. Never get involved in DRAMA, i hate to visit pages that all i hear is negativity about someone posted something they did not like and how this person iz being mean, if you ever have anyone be mean, you can block them without all the DRAMA.. i haz had for almost a year, and i have never had any drama.. I believe your page iz what you make of it, and if you make it a happy place, then you will have lots of fwiends who will lub you always.

Hazel: That’s some smrt advice, readers. People will like a page that they like, and nice things are easy to like 😉 Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Fluff: My biggest inspiration for starting my page iz a kitty named Max Thompson, he iz a writer like yourself, I haz read all ob hims books.

Hazel: Oh, I’ll have to check him out!

Fluffy: But my mommy and daddy also inspire me, they are kind and loving and haz shown me how to trust… but there are so many friends that also inspire me on a day to day basis… I am inspired by anyone who iz kind and has a good heart..

Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Fluff: Some of my favorite books are: The Psychokitty Speaks Out: Diary Of A Mad Housecat ( Max Thompson ) Bite me ( max thompson ) HOMER’S ODYSSEY ( Gwen Cooper ) As for Movies and TV… i do not watch very much, but i lub anything with Garfield, he is my favorite kitty

Hazel: Me too! We share a mutual admiration for lasagna. Speaking of lasagna, how do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Fluff: CAT POWER !!!!! I see that cats are becoming more and more powerful and verbal… we haz opinions and we are letting them be known.. I think we are creating awareness for shelter kitties, and feral kitties, and we also are raising awareness for animal abuse… I think as time progresses, you will see cats involved in many things, even politics, heehee… My friend Andy is running for president in 2016.. he iz a gweat cat!!!

Hazel: I’d vote for him! According to this BuzzFeed article, kitties are getting some visibility. Okay, we haven’t talked about lasagna in a while…who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Fluff: Lets see, who would i like to have dinner with ??? Dis is a hard one…. I would like to have dinner with Monty… he is a friend of mine with a genetic condition which affects his looks, but he is bootiful… He raises awareness for special needs kitties… I would eat CHICKEN, cause dats my faborite !!!!! Oh and I would lub to have dinner wif the cat on the Dear Kitten videos, i fink him iz PAWSOME !!!!

Hazel: Haha both of thems are great!! What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Fluff: Mistakes i haz made …. mmmm. let me fink…. I dont make mistakes, heehee… but seriously…. the first mistake waz not trusting my mommy at first… if i had i would hab been inside long before i waz… I eat Fat Rats tweats when her iz not wooking… and i hide wheneber we haz company… dont know if these fings would be considered mistakes but dey are my vices…

Hazel: Oh yeah, you were a feral cat that your mommy rescued! What a great story. We’re almost near the end of the intermew, so to conclude, if you could say only one thing to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Fluff: One thing to potential fwiends : I lubs all my fwiends, and I lub making new fiwends.. I iz not famous, just a wittle kitty who cares about others, i wike to hab fun and joke and play …and share wif all my fwiends.

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Hazel: I lubs being your furriend, Fluff! Thanks for chatting with me today!

And thank YOU readers for reading!

A cordial purr,

Hazel