Catsparella meets The Cat Daddy: Jackson Galaxy and me at CWA
And...we're back! In the famous words of an Aaliyah song (RIP), "It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you..without
Whenever I tell people about CWA, the first response I usually get is, "That actually exists?" The answer to that question is yes, it not only exists, but has
So what happens at a conference strictly for tha' cat writers? Well, for one thing, if you're a newbie you're called a "kitten," while longtime members have the distinction of being cats. Shockingly, it's mostly attended by women (cat ladies unite!), and you're definitely gonna run into some cool cat fashions along the way. Like any other conference, there's informative seminars, as well as plenty o' cocktail hours and dinners meant for networking and celebrating some of the finest in the feline writing industry. Surprisingly, there were only three actual cats in attendance, who were there as part of special sessions on cat behavior and clicker training, and on reinventing yourself through the the power of social media
Other highlights included a great course on media training by Karen "Doc" Halligan, who you might recognize from her appearances on a myriad of popular television shows like "Cats 101" and "America's Cutest Pets," and a keynote from "My Cat From Hell" star Jackson Galaxy (also a member of CWA), who was on hand to talk about the making of his book, "Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean."
I came home last night with no sleep, a swag bag filled with feline goodies, and more new friends and contacts than I could have imagined. While I didn't have time to get out in L.A. and see as many palm trees as I would have liked, I wholeheartedly appreciated the opportunity to go to this unique event where I could spend time with people who don't give me the side eye when I tell them what I do for a living.
There's no way I can mention everyone, but I want to give a big shout out to all of the amazing people I met and got to spend time with this weekend, including (but certainly not limited to) Angie Bailey from Catladyland, Janiss Garza from Sparklecat, Deb Barnes from Zee & Zoey's Chronicle Connection, Janea Kelley from Paws and Effect, Kristin Dewey from Cokie the Cat/Blog Paws, Susan Logan, Anastasia Thrift and Annie Shirreffs from Cat Fancy, Vicky Walker and Keith Bowers from Catster, Dan Koehler from Purina, pet expert Sandy Robins, author/artist/my new adoptive mother Carole Stevens Bibisi, and last but certainly not least, my hilarious roommate, viral video star Maryjean Ballner, who I will be writing more about shortly!
Thanks again for your patience while I've been away, and now back to your regularly scheduled cat blogging!