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Caturday Intermew with Signorina Fellini!

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!

I love cat puns! I’m super duper excited for today’s intermew with my pal Signorina Fellini, the pawesome Aussie kitty behind the “Cats in Boxes” page on Facebook.

See her responses to my favorite questions below!

  Signorina Fellini Glamour Shot

Hazel: Hi Signorina Fellini! Thank you and purrs for being here. Congrats on getting 15,000 likes on your Facebook page! Impurrsive! What advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Signorina Fellini: Well my philosophy has always been that if you entertain and educate with open paws, the kitties will come to you. I do visit my friends’ pages to introduce myself, but I never ask to be shared. I simply offer to share their box pictures if I can. I plan my posts around a theme; some themes run for a week, others are shorter, just a day or two. I have several interactive segments including ‘Ask SF’ (for advice) and ‘Have box, can pose, need home’ (for kitties looking for their forever homes). And I have a weekly competition for my ‘non-page’ kitty friends to share their best box posing photos and win the right to be my profile picture or cover for the following week. =^..^=

Hazel: That’s so nice of you to use your page for some solid good, but without pressuring anypawdy. Next question, who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Signorina Fellini: Now let me see. There have been many who have shaped my life direction, however I think purrhaps Dewey Readmorebooks has been the most influential. Dewey’s rise from abandoned stray to affable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches, and whose sixth sense about those in need created deep and loving friendships, very much mirrors my own goals with Cats in Boxes. I hope to use our mutual love of boxes to bring together the kitties of the world in the spirit of Dewey, with good humour and generosity to others. =^..^=

Hazel: I love “Dewey!” What an impurrsive kitty. Speaking of stories, what are some favorite books, movies, plays, and/or TV shows?

Signorina Fellini: Well there are many here. As a kitten I loved ‘Slinky Malinki’, ‘Top Cat’ and ‘I, Smocker’. More recently I have been reading ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat’, ‘Under the Paw’ and ‘Streetcat Bob’. Movies, well I do admire Sassy in the ‘The Incredible Journey’ and I just loved Thomas O’Malley in ‘The Aristocats’. My favourite TV show now? Hmmn, I like ‘Bargain Hunt’ Hehe. =^..^=

Hazel: Nice, I didn’t know the Dalai Lama had a kitty! How do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Signorina Fellini: Yes, an important topic. We kitties, are as a race, most distressed about many of the actions of modern humans. Give a kitty a box and a bowl of tuna and the world is a good place. Humans need to learn to appreciate the simple pleasures. I believe (and I tell you this in the strictest confidence) that many of my scientific kitty friends are, as we speak, working on the adaptation to the paw that will provide us with the key to world domination, the opposable thumb. I leave you with this quote by Mark Twain, (a rather intelligent human). “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” =^..^=

Cats in Boxes

Hazel: Just imagine what kitties could do with thumbs: recreate a kitty version of “Happy Days,” hitchhike, rate movies on a thumb-based scale. The dinner options alone would open up so many doors. Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Signorina Fellini: Oooh, now I am very partial to a simple tuna casserole. As to my dinner companion? Well, let me see. I do believe that Maru and I would have a most enjoyable TV dinner, and in a box of course! =^..^=

Hazel: Haha sounds fun and nummy! Let’s get serious for a bit, what are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Signorina Fellini: Did I tell you about the time that I caught an Australian Eastern Brown Snake?

Hazel: I don’t think so, but please do tell!

Signorina Fellini: No? Well, I guess in hindsight that was a mistake. It looked rather like a large lizard to me, but as I was carrying it home to my human, the little sod bit me four times on the head and neck.

Hazel: Oh, no, that must have been scary!

Signorina Fellini: My human seemed pretty excited about the whole thing and whacked it with a spade. Fortunately I had dropped it by then, (after the human had let out an ear-piercing shriek). Things were going ok for a few minutes, until my hair stood on end, my eyes started bulging and I couldn’t walk without falling over. I remember the human tossing me (and the dead snake) into the car and driving rather quickly to the one known as V E T. That’s pretty much all I do remember, other than being jabbed with several very sharp needles, which I didn’t feel was fair as I had already endured being bitten several times. I’m told I slept for ages after that and the human did a lot of crying (touching really). The next day I was home again and good as new. I still don’t understand why the human was upset when I brought in a Tiger snake the following week. I mean it wasn’t an Eastern Brown? =^..^=

Hazel: That must have been hard, snakes are like string and no kitty can resist string! But I am so glad you are okay!

Now I know you are a busy kitty, and I really appurrciate your time, so to conclude: if you could say only one sentence to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Colette =^..^=

Signorina Fellini

Hazel: I love that! Thank you so much my furriend for the pawesome intermew and pictures of your cute self. 

And thank YOU reader for reading! See you next time!

Many purrs and kitty headbutts,

Hazel

Update!

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Hello my furriends!

Did you miss me?? I missed you! <^-^>

First, let me just give a shout out to my pawmazing upcoming intermewees!

Stay tuna’d for a pawtastic intermew with Media Goddess LAURIE SCHEER!! She just came out with a new book, “The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre,” which I will review in a future Sundae Review day! I have only napped on it a few times, and I can already tell it is a purrific and squishy book! 😀

We all know cats love boxes, so I am thrilled to intermew my pal Signorina Fellini from one of my favorite Facebook pages, “Cats in Boxes.” I love boxes! Much to be discussed…

Then I will have a chance to chat with Comics Legend and Pawmazing Professor LYNDA BARRY! Her book “Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor” is in the mail! I can’t wait to rub my little chin on the corners of this brilliant author’s latest masterpiece.

I’m also going to exchange some texts with “Texts from Mittens!” Mitty is hilarious. It’s gonna be great!

Next, I just wanted to say thanks to my fans for their patience. I saw the opportunity to submit a play to a pawesome playwriting contest, so I spent the last few weeks or so furriously pawing out “Ghostmart.” The play was successfully submitted, and at the very least I got a new script under my kitty belt!

I got a lot of help from my papa. He started school a few weeks ago. I try to come with him in his backpack, but somehow he manages to find me in the nick of time. Someday!

“Pet Therapy,” my screenplay, has been finished! It’s a first draft, but I learned a lot! Next, I thought I’d try my paw at comics!

Thinking of making “Flaky the Snow Cat” into a little comic book. I had so much fun drawing the original Flaky, there is a whole bunch of great drawings to be found!

Be excited! I know I am!! <^-^>

Stay tuna’d!

Purrs,

Hazel

Human Interview with Christine DeSmet, author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series

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Interview time!

As a Writer Cat, I have had the great honor to interview some super interesting kitties.

Now I have my first human interview! Yay!!

Meet Christine DeSmet, who’s here to talk about her Fudge Shop Mystery Series.

Christine DeSmet

http://christinedesmet.wordpress.com/

You can get “First-Degree Fudge” and “Hot Fudge Frame-Up” on Amazon. They are great!

Here we go!

What advice do you have for bright young writers?

Bright young writers should write and write and write some more because the act of writing helps a writer develop his or her voice. You have a good “voice,” Hazel, one that’s nicely humorous and “fluffy” as your tail at times. Keep it up! We need more fluffy-tailed writers who are true to themselves.

Aww thanks! 😀 Tails are great. If you were fudge, what flavor would you be?

A luscious, smooth, rich and dark Belgian chocolate fudge.

That sounds great! Can I have a bunch? What are your greatest inspirations?

Nature and talking with ordinary people. When I travel, I love engaging the ordinary people in the shops, local bars, the lighthouses, restaurants, in the parks or wherever I am. I always like to consult the cats, too. Many bookstores have cats. Every tidbit I get from humans and cats in my travels gives me new ideas for my writing.

That’s a good idea! If you could have dinner with Ava Oosterling, what would you eat and what would you talk about?

Ava and I would have some tremendous salmon or trout caught in Lake Michigan or the bay of Green Bay. I suspect you’d love that, too!

We’d talk about the unique history of the Belgians in Door County. The county and the neighboring counties of Brown and Kewaunee have one of the biggest concentrations of Belgians in this country.

Belgians are known for giant and yummy pies, beer, and booyah (a chicken stew you’d like, too), so we’d swap some recipes.

Yes! I love eating! Can I come?? And how do you think the setting of Wisconsin affected your narrative approach?

It’s affected my approach a lot. There’s a quirky sense of humor in Wisconsin that I hope I bring to my stories and my fudge shop mystery book series. We love to kid each other a lot here.

We also work hard, endure winters and do zany things like ice fishing. People here are also very friendly.

I’m dedicated to making sure I bring all of that into my stories so that I portray the authentic Wisconsin voice.

You are doing a great job with that! What are some mistakes you’ve made that have shaped your career path?

Hazel, don’t you know I’m purrrfect???!!! Seriously now, I would say any writer looks back and realizes she or he could have done a lot more writing and done it sooner. We humans tend to get distracted too much.

Whenever I sense I’m wasting time, I work harder and start new projects. So my mistakes with time have actually taken me into journalism, then romance writing, screenwriting, short story writing, playwriting, and now cozy mystery series writing—in that order. Let your panic about time being wasted force you to do a new writing project.

That’s a good idea! I know your time is precious so I just have one more question:

If you could say only one thing to a new or existing fan, what would you like them to know?

That fudge is powerful catnip for humans. Wars and even conflicts in Congress could be solved immediately if everybody would just sit down and share some of Ava Oosterling’s fudge. Ava has discovered that fudge helps people think better, relax, and smile.

Sweet, I agree. If we all just took some time to share life’s most wonderful goodies, we’d have a lot less to fight about. Thanks for the awesome chat, Christine! I really appreciate your time and insights.

And thank YOU reader for reading!

Purrs,

Hazel

Caturday Intermew with Luna the Fashion Kitty!! :D

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Intermew time! This time I had the chance to chat with one of my favorite online feline purrsonalities and one that shares my Persian heritage:

Luna the Fashion Kitty!

http://thefashionkitty.com/

She recently got over a million likes on Facebook! :O That’s a lot! Let’s see how she responded to my favorite questions.

Hazel: What advice do you have for bright young kittens considering the fashion world?

Luna: My advice is to feel comfy and have fun! Is no sense at all to be a miserable fashionista, you got to LOVE IT! If you don’t love it, be a happy nudist, PERIOD.

Hazel: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Luna: Fur be honest I’m not a follower, all I need to do fur inspiration is to look at me in the mirror… The why is pretty obvious don’t you think?

Hazel: What are some favorite books, movies, plays, and/or TV shows?

Luna: Oh God, do they count as FAVE if I fall asleep during any of those activities?. I will say that my Favorite play in the world is “Jersey Boys” because the cast are my fans, they hang pics of me in the dressing room as inspiration.

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

Luna: Well we’ll keep rising and rising FUR SURE! Purrsons need to learn a lot from us and I’m not talking only about our impeccable taste and grace… The world need us to not get lost!

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

Luna: I will love to have dinner with Joan Rivers because let’s face it the woman don’t have much time left. We would eat at Le Bernardinin because their PAWsome fresh fish in New York City of course! Preferably after Fashion Week so we can talk trash about some “celebrities”

Hazel: What are some mistakes that have shaped your worldview or public platforms?

Luna: Mistakes? I don’t even know that word.

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

Luna: I would want to welcome them to Lunaland and that you will be surprise because I’m not only a pretty face. I do my part making this world a better place, helping find homes fur purrsians, spreading love and equality fur everypawdy and much more!

Hazel: Thanks, Luna! It was nice to meet you!

And thank YOU reader for reading!

Love,

Hazel

Review: Once Upon a Time (Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, 2011)

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“Once Upon a Time” is a show that makes a fruit smoothie using fairy tales as fruit. Or if you’re an obligate carnivore like me, it’s like a nice meat smoothie.

I just turned 3 months last Friday, so this is a great way of catching up on a bunch of stories.

I love this show!! Creative and delicious. I hope they do “Star Wars.”

Purrs,

Hazel

Once Upon a Time

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c2/Once_Upon_aTime_promo_image.jpg

 

Caturday Intermew with Henry from Big Kitty Designs

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Hello reader!

It’s intermew time! I love intermews!! Yay!

This time I had the chance to chat with Henry from Big Kitty Designs. They are awesome! You can check out their stuff at:

http://www.bigkittydesigns.com/

Big Kitty Designs

Hazel: What advice do you have for bright young kittens considering your profession?

Henry: Go for it! The world can never have too much happiness, or too many sassy-talking kitties! Just don’t get ‘Lohan’d ‘ and end up in rehab, jones-ing for the nip, and becoming and embarrassment to your littermates.

Hazel: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Henry: Ha! I bet you’re thinking it’s a kitty, but it’s not! I watch a lot of daytime TV as a hard-working house cat (why are you laughing?), and I would have to say, it’s a toss up between Ellen DeGeneres, and those Sleep Number bed commercials. Ellen’s got that happiness vibe I dig, and well, those bed commercials inspire me to nap. Who doesn’t love a good nap?

Hazel: What are some favorite books, movies, plays, and/or TV shows?

Henry: Hmm, my favorite book would have to be the photo album with all my kitten pictures. Seriously, I was a cute little fur ball. I’m a fun guy, so I love a good John Candy movie marathon. Don’t tell anyone, but I hide under the bed when “The Walking Dead” is on. =:P The thought of zombie cats, freaks me out! Never being able to sleep? That’s a kitty nightmare, for sure!

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

Henry: I’m all for it! As long as it does not interfere with my nap time. Does it mean more foil balls for me? I see a world filled with free tuna, and mandatory nap times!

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

Henry: Well there’s this cute little tiger-striped Tabby that’s been hanging around my yard. I would love to share a can of my private reserve Costco tuna with her. Hubba-hubba! But since I am forever and indoor kitty, and she is an outdoor kitty, I fear our paths will never cross. So my second choice would obviously be comedian Louie Anderson. We both love a good meal and a hearty laugh!

Hazel: What are some mistakes that have shaped your worldview or public platforms?

Henry: Well, I found out pretty quick, as a kitten, that I cannot fly from the second floor landing at grandma’s house. ::::::Shudder::::: 1 down, 8 to go…

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

Henry: Could they check me for dingle berries? Seriously, I never know what’s going on back there! Oh! You meant like, admirers? I guess I would tell them: Always look for the ‘funny’ in life, and never turn down a free belly rub!

Hazel: I love belly rubs too! And I love funny, funny is great 🙂 Thanks Henry!!

And thank YOU reader!

Have a great day!

Hazel