Hazel Intermews “Super Happy Party Bears” Author Marcie Colleen!

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Hello, Everypawdy!

Hope you are having a great week! I met Marcie at her talk on how to write chapter books. Marcie wrote a bunch of chapter books about bears who are super happy and love to party!

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I am super happy to share our intermew!

Hazel Intermews Marcie Colleen!

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

Marcie: “If you can dream it, you can be it.” Read a lot. Write a lot. Take classes. Attend book events and conferences when you can. And never give up on your dream. It will be hard work. It might take a while. But any dream of yours is truly worth it.

Hazel: Do you have any kitties or sock monkeys in your life?

Marcie: I do not have any kitties, but I do have a sock monkey. His name is Bloois. He is quite mischievous and therefore inspires lots of my stories.

Hazel: What’s your favorite sock monkey story?

Marcie: Bloois loves ceiling fans. He calls them “whirl-a-birds.” And although he is often content sitting on the bed, watching the “whirl-a-bird” spin around and around, one time he decided he wanted to ride it.

He climbed up (sock monkeys are very good at climbing) and hung from one of the fan’s blades. He then signaled one of his other stuffy buddies (Bloois is not an only child) to flick the switch. The fan started up and Bloois flew around and around, holding on tight to the blade of the “whirl-a-bird.” Until…he couldn’t hold on any longer and was flung off like a torpedo.

Luckily a vase of flowers broke his fall. But as he laid there, sopping wet and covered in petals, he was grinning from ear to ear.

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Hazel: What do the Super Happy Party Bears do when they aren’t partying?

Marcie: One might say, they are always partying. They have breakfast parties and lunch parties and snack-time parties and dinner parties. And doughnut preparation parties and “get ready for bed” parties and slumber parties. Every second of the day is reason to party, according to the Super Happy Party Bears. In fact, they even have “party planning” parties to make sure that each party goes off without a hitch!

Hazel: How did you learn to write for kids?

Marcie: Honestly, I read a lot of kids books. I think the best way to learn about writing a certain kind of book is to read widely in that format or genre. When I wanted to learn how to write picture books, I spent years reading every picture book that I could get my hands on. And I did the same to learn how to write chapter books. Read, read, read!

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Hazel: What do you think a character needs in order to resonate with young readers?

Marcie: I try and write characters that are relatable and child-like so that my young readers can see themselves in my characters—even a grumpy porcupine mayor. I mean, who isn’t a little cranky and prickly once in a while? Add a few dashes of humor, a dollop or two of heart, and a whole lot of wacky adventures and readers will be turning pages well into the night (by flashlight, of course) to find out what the character will do next.

Hazel: Why do you think characters are so important to get right in chapter books?

Marcie: Chapter books are often a reader’s first step into independent reading. Therefore, characters in chapter books are like reading ambassadors. They welcome kids into their world to make them laugh, expand their horizons, and take them on exciting adventures. The more engaging a character, the more willing a reader will be to join them on the journey through a book, which leads to another book, and another book, building lifelong readers page by page.

Hazel: What’s the most efficient way you’ve found to take a chapter book from concept to completion?

Marcie: I imagine that the story I am telling is an episode of a cartoon. I outline the story from start to finish, placing chapter breaks where the commercial breaks would be. And then when I write, I visualize the cartoon playing out in my mind. It helps to keep the writing action and dialogue focused, and not rely too much on voiceover-like narration.

Hazel: Wow, what a pawtastic intermew! Thanks again, Marcie!

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You can find the first “Super Happy Party Bears” book here, and pre-order her debut picture book, “Love, Triangle,” here.

Thanks for reading!!

Hazel

About Marcie Colleen

In previous chapters Marcie Colleen has been a teacher, an actress, and a nanny, but now she spends her days writing children’s books! She is the author of THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS chapter book series with Macmillan/Imprint, as well as LOVE, TRIANGLE, her picture book debut, illustrated by Bob Shea, which will be released October 3, 2017 with Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. She lives with her husband and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California. Visit her at www.thisismarciecolleen.com or on Twitter: @MarcieColleen1.

The Case of the Missing Cat Food

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After my post-breakfast nap this morning, I returned to my eating place to have some lunch.

And that’s when I discovered that my bowl was empty!

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Completely, utterly empty!

I put my paw in the bowl just to be sure.

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Yep. My food was gone, and so were my hopes of lunch.

Where did it go?

My first suspect was obvious:

Simon! The other cat I live with who sometimes sneaks food from my bowl.

“Did you partake of my sustenance?” I asked.

He swore on his whiskers that it wasn’t him. He was going to have a bite or two during my nap, sure, but by the time he got there, there wasn’t any left.

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Hmm…maybe I was thinking about it all wrong.

I meowed for my hooman and said “hooman! You forgot to feed me today!”

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And he took one look at my bowl and said “I’m not falling for that again!”

I tried to persuade him, but it was no use.

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Then I sat by the window to think.

Where did my food go?

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And then I saw a car parked outside…

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It was the Chipmobile!

That’s right, today was the 22nd! I had invited Blue Chip over today to celebrate his birthday and the autumnal equinox!

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Photo Credit: Blue Chip

He brought me a plate of his own food from home, and I remembered that we had planned on trading cat food at my place before we went shopping at the catnip megamall with all our kitty friends!

We had a great time and got some good deals.

Happy Birthday Blue Chip!!

Caturday Intermew with Poptart!

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!

Well, not quite Caturday! But our guest today has an auction that ends tomorrow, March 7th, so I wanted to share our stimulating chat today so you can get a chance to bid if you like!

Meet Poptart!

Hazel: Hi Poptart! What inspired that cute name of yours?

Poptart: Oh the little humans in the house! At first my name was J. Lo when I was at the shelter and that was changed very fast mol.

Hazel: Mol!! J. Lo is an excellent name for a kitty. How did you find your forever home?

Poptart: My people really wanted a kitty to help one of the little humans cope with the loss of Mama who went to the Rainbow Bridge. She would sleep with the little boy human and he was so very sad so they saw me and I just insisted they pick me and for the longest time I slept wif him and helped him heal from his sadness.

Hazel: Aww, that’s so sweet, I did a lot of healing for my humans too. What’s a funny cat thing you do?

Poptart: I used to play hockey with my mousie toys but now I think my funny is how I run down the hall when mommy gets ready to feed me my special food and I meow and run at the same time and it sounds like me ow ow ow ow ow and then before she puts the food down I meow and roll back and forth on my back till she is done putting it down for me!

Hazel: Haha you’re an athletic kitty! You’re also in Dancing with the Stars, Kittyland Edition! What kind of dance do you like?

Poptart: I like to dance to all sorts of music actually! But our last song, “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri, was chosen because of my love for Bob and I thought it was just the purrfect song for us!

Hazel: Which charity are you dancing for?

Poptart: The charity is Forgotten Felines of Maine and their mission is this:

Forgotten Felines of Maine is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to:

  • Educating the public about free-roaming cats by providing literature and advice on caring for feral, stray, homeless and abandoned cats.
  • Assisting in humanely reducing cat overpopulation with Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs.
  • Providing access to spay/neuter services and helping to place adoptable cats in loving homes.

Hazel: You also have an auction going on right meow, which ends March 7th. Can you tell me more about that?

Poptart: The auction page is for all paws in need, not just kitties, and it is to help with medical bills. We have a private account that is specific for the auctions. I have lots going on this time. This auction is for ME this time to help defray the cost of my bills because I had to have all my teeth removed due to my stomatitis. We have custom painted glasses from Chunkie Crafts and a blanket from Prince Pan Pan and one from Mothwing and kitty toys from Hallman Crafts I really do not want to leave anyone out. Mew can visit the page it is called Poptart Power of the Paw Auctions for those in need.

Hazel: What advice do you have for bright young kitties hoping to make a difference?

Poptart: Please be kind to one another first and foremost! Also if you think there is something wrong, please check it out right away! Also my rule of thumb is this Every Paw Matters!

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

Poptart: I am an equal opportunity kitty! Ebbery animal or eben humans can come to my page! I am a Happy Kitty just trying to spread the love and also help out any way that I can.

Hazel: Thanks Poptart!

And thank YOU readers for reading!

Sandpaper kisses,

Hazel

August Intermew Blitz with Wilford Brimley, Persian Cat!

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Day 21 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Wilford!

Advice?

I would just say listen to your audience…post pictures and the material that they like to see. Interact with your fans. They like that. Don’t just push them aside. You don’t have a popular page without a good audience!

Inspiration?

Oh, there are several internet kitties that inspire me. My mom just adores Grumpy Cat, so I suppose I do too. Of course I’m way out of that level of stardom, MOL. My girlfriend Lana inspires me, she’s on the page Khaleesi, Lana, and Dexter. I also really admire Blue Chip. He’s just so cool and I’m jealous of his wardrobe.

Entertainment?

I’m a cat…can’t say I do a whole lot of reading. MOL. There was that book about Dewey the library cat. I suppose that was a good one! I like watching TV with my mom though…she seems to be into Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead as well as a few others. We watch a lot of those Hunger Games movies. And she’s obsessed with Pitch Perfect. I could probably sing that soundtrack for you…

Politics?

Of course I love the rise of feline power! Us cats should control the government, I say. We’d do a better job that a lot of those people over there running it now! Being friendly to others, naps throughout the day, etc. We need to continue on our rise so that we can make this world a better place!

Dream Date?

I’d want to meet my beautiful girlfriend Lana and go have dinner with her. We could share a lovely tuna and white ocean fish meal…and I’d have a glass of vodka because well, I love vodka. What’s a romantic place? Paris? We’d go there.

Mistakes?

Don’t leave your vodka unattended…someone else will drink it. I can’t say it taught me a whole lot, just angered me. HA! Oh. And hide your straws. Otherwise the Mom will find them when cleaning, and then you have less straws.

Conclusion?

I’m an awesome cat, because I am named after a famous man with a funny mustache…and how many cats do you know who have a taste for vodka and straws?

Thanks, Wilford!

August Intermew Blitz with Black Lotus!

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Day 10 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Black Lotus!

Advice?

It help to have many friend in real life first. It also good to be unique and not generic cat.

Inspiration?

Probably Lil Bub, who overcome much adversity to be where she is today.

Entertainment?

Books are useless to me unless they are big enough for me to lay on when they are laid flat on surface. For the other entertainments, I enjoy when they have stuff like martial arts, Chinese black magic, all that kind of thing.

Politics?

The Black Lotus empire grows, but the power of all other lotuses grows as well… Maybe feline power will shape things to come in the world at large, but LOTUS POWER will be BEST POWER. It would do the world well to realize this.

Dream Date?

I would love to have dinner with someone with long fingernails who can pet me while I eat, it doesn’t matter who. I am not particular about location of feeding, but unfortunately my diet is very restricted to special food to combat diarrhea. Every other catfood I try cause very bad things to happen.

Mistakes?

I am the BLACK LOTUS, I do not make mistakes!

Conclusion?

The Black Lotus does appreciate all followers, and sends beneficent welcome to all new friends!

Thanks, Black Lotus!

August Intermew Blitz with Tippy the Toothless!

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Day 8 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Tippy the Toothless!

Advice?

Keep yourself well-groomed and take a lot of pictures! Don’t be too serious, though. Just have fun! If you have any brother or sister kitties, make sure to include them, too. Even if they stink.

Inspiration?

I have so many friends who inspired me, but I will go with Phang the Phabulous since he made a video to raise money for FIP research and I wanted to do the same. That’s why I started my page.

Entertainment?

Momma and I love to watch crime shows and silly end-of-the-world movies together. They are my favorite. Sometimes I help momma read her homework. It’s important to learn new things!

Politics?

Us kitties hold the world in the pads of our paws. Our web presence and our presence overall is just going to keep rising. There are some people who don’t like us, but we have to show them all of our good qualities and do our best to raise awareness and stop animal abuse. If we all stick together and use our power for good, I think we can do so.

Dream Date?

I would love to have a great big party and have dinner with all of my friends. There is a restaurant near me called Eggspectation that serves everything from breakfast to burgers so everyone could have what they liked. I would have scrambled eggs and crepes with crabmeat. Yummy!

Mistakes?

Make sure to check momma’s lap before I jump in it. On more than one occasion I forgot to check to see if Willy or Iris, my brother and sister, were already sitting there and that was no good! We get along for the most part, but I don’t like to be too close to them.

Conclusion?

Willy has a stinky butt!

Thanks, Tippy!

August Intermew Blitz with Audry’s Cats!

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Day 5 of my August Intermew Blitz! Meet Audry’s Cats!

Advice?

My advice is NIKE. Just do it! The crew and I have had so much fun interacting with folks…you get to meet people from all over the world. You get to see how kitties live all over the world. You get to swap ideas. Share stories. Help one another. It really is worth it ♡

Inspiration?

I have admired several kitty celebrity personalities over the years from Morris to N2. I figured if they can do it I can do it! I wanted to start Audrys Cats to promote helping cats in need as well as marketing the cat nip toys we hand make ♡

Entertainment?

We don’t watch TV. However we like movies. Family classes for us! We enjoy reading. We read the bible; history and science books. Craft books. The Daily News. The crew likes to be read to ♡

Politics?

I believe [cat power] always been there. I mean look at history. Even the Egyptians favored cats over dogs ♡

Dream Date?

Ellen. PBJ. Some small local business. She is a great pet advocate and seems like a down to earth person. I like to support local businesses. I’m not into fancy food ♡

Mistakes?

I’ve made plenty of mistakes over the years. One of my biggest is not following my heart. I’ve wanted to work with animals all my I life. Instead I’ve been pushed into every other direction. I’m now putting my credits together to be able to become a vet tech. I Will work for souls who appreciate what I do for them instead of those who complain about everything ♡

Conclusion?

People often ask me why I help the sick; starving; forgotten feline. I say:”what if it were you…” Matthew 25:40

Thanks!

Hazel’s Book of the Month!

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Happy Purrsday, Everypawdy!!

On my quest to become the feline Oprah, I started a Book Club!

Every month, I select an outstanding book to feature as part of the club. I am very purry to announce the first book: “The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre” by Laurie Scheer! You can read my Purrsgiving intermew with Laurie here.

Here are a few reasons why I love this book, and why I highly encourage you to add it to your library.

    1. Laurie gets it. She knows how the business works and how to explain it.
    2. The book has excellent economy of expression. Laurie cuts to the chase.
    3. The book is light and squishy, making for excellent napping material.

This book is just the best. Laurie’s wisdom and encouragement offers a set of wings to fly and excel in your career. She’s already there, she loves company, and she knows how to bring you up there with her. Can’t recommend her enough!!

Let me know what you think! And if you have any recommendations for books that you’d like to see included in the Club, send me a note at hazelfluffypants@gmail.com.

Happy Reading!

Hazel

Caturday Intermew with Libor Miao!

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Happy Caturday!!

Hope you enjoy this week’s intermew with my new Italian kitty friend, Libor Miao!

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Hazel: Hi Libor Miao! Welcome to the Caturday Intermew Series! Tell us a little about your little kitty self!

Libor Miao: Hi Hazel, first I want to thank you for the opportunity of being the cover-cat of this Caturday for your important and well-known Mewgazine.

My name is Libor Miao, called also Liborio by my daddy’s friends.

“G” is my daddy and he found me when I was a kitten of 3 months. Now I’m 4 years old (next 12th April) and we are still in love as the first day we met.

I’m Italian, from Rome(!), and some fans of mine know me also as NasoRosa (PinkNose). I’m able to talk with “G” and understand him. Amazing! We chat a lot!

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

Libor Miao: Well, I did my Facebook webpage when I was a kitten. My idea was to entertain my humans friends with jokes and funny images of mewself. We were just a few till a lovely cat, Pissu il Bello, found me on the internet and spread my PinkNose on his page, Pensiero Micioso. I had a lot of success through real viral web marketing. Advices fot kittens? Be yourself, purr and always, I repeat always, look straight in the camera <^-^>

Hazel: Eye contact is how you get treats! Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Libor Miao: I had no inspiration. I thought to be mad when I starting posting mewself in Facebook. Other cats started telling me “why do you post your photos on the web instead of sleeping all the day, staring pigeons out the window or asking for food? Why do you continue acting like as aCator instead of ignoring your daddy when you don’t need biscuits?” I went on. Now I know that many cats became famous and rich through the web. Mewonderful!

Hazel: What do you like to read or watch?

Libor Miao: I like watching TV on G’s legs. It is more comfortable. I prefer cartoons like “The Aristocats” or TV series like “The House of Cats”, so popular now. About reading, I’m in love with comics stripes “Cat vs Human” or “Simon’s Cat”. I would love to enter in one of their stories.

Hazel: “House of Cats!” Frank Underpaw or something molol!! How do you feel about the rise of feline power & how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

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Libor Miao: Listen, actually, I don’t believe that dogs have had ever the power. Why do you think that the people who rules humans is called PolitiCats? Have you ever heard people saying “the dog is on the table?”. Well, I didn’t. “The CAT is on the table” and we rule the world since Egyptians discovered our Godness. Also some revolutions were made by us, Meow Tsetung for example. Once I also saw a cat on the Iron Throne, believe me!

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

Libor Miao: It would be funny to have a dinner with the CatWood stars like Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Hamilton, Lil Bub, Shironekoshiro, Snoopy and of course you, Hazel. Imagine a dinner – interview with lot of tuna, shrimps and swordfish. I’m hungry now!

Hazel: Aww that sounds so fun! What are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Libor Miao: I did nothing, meeeeeew!

Hazel: Mol!! This has been fun, Libor Miao! To conclude, if you could say 1 thing to a new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

Libor Miao: Cats are the best solution to life troubles. Pet me.

Hazel: So true! I could really go for some petting right now. Thanks for a pawtastic intermew, buddy!

And thank YOU readers for reading!

An endearing mew,

Hazel

“Hello World!” greeted Writer Cat Hazel Fluffypants

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Hello! My name is Hazel M. Fluffypants, I am Half-Tortie, Half-Persian, and I have a whole lot of stories to share!

Even back in my Mama’s womb I would share stories with my brothers and sisters. Of course I would tell them in our own kitty language.

I know however that if you want to be a successful writer, your primary audience are the hoomans, so I started learning Hooman as we say among us kitties, or Human as the hoomans call it. That is, I am learning at least the Hooman dialect spoken at the farm I was born at.

Then I found my forever home two weeks ago! They give me free food, litterbox maintenance, and English lessons.

So here I am, 11 weeks old tomorrow, also developing my social media presence, which is helpful for sharing my stories faster.

I also understand the importance of education and friendship in a vibrant creative career. In addition to my stories I will post reviews of movies, TV shows, plays, books etc. as well as interviews with other writers and cats.

Look for the Project Slate to see my upcoming projects: crafting my place in the world, which can be challenging with kitten-sized paws, but stayed tuned because Hazel Fluffypants will soon bring to you:

A review of “Frosty the Snowman”

Interviews with Katie from GLOGIRLY – Tails of Two Funny Cats & Their Girl, and Luna the Fashion Kitty!

A preview of my first work: “Tails of a Guardian Kitty”

Yay I finished my first post!!

Thanks for letting me share my story with you.

Purrs,

Hazel