5.28.2010

2nd Blogoversary

It's hard to imagine it has been two years and we just got the web address for at least two more so we are sticking around! Animal bloggers, and the ones who love them are the very best humans.

Please grab an e-beverage of meowgarita, niptini,or milk for the kittens. Don't forget the e-snacks of catnip, tuna, ham, and feel free to lick from the gravy bowls. Mom brought e-wine and e-cheese (feel free to eat that too, when she's not looking of course).  

We started the blog right after Mom went to a writers conference to promote my book. Yes, she wrote my book, the first time, two years ago. The conference was the first time she ever pitched a book to an agent, and she was sweating a puddle. The first agent stopped her after she said the word "Cat" which was about word three in her planned pitch.

"Do you have anything else?" he asked (other than a crushed ego, she wondered). She went on to explain her other book idea (all humans - no cats involved) and he said he loved that idea (more info on that soon).

Her next pitch was to a big time publisher who, mid-sentence again, whipped out her cell phone to show Mom her cat's picture on it. The publisher did read our book, and loved it, but said no agent, no deal.

What followed was a few readers who didn't understand the book at all. "Does the cat DO something?" they asked.

"She DOES a lot of things." Mom explained.

"Yeah, but is there anything SPECIAL about her life?"

"Well she didn't cure cancer or anything... she's a housecat. She doesn't get out much."

Enter the blog. Oddly, Mom thought she would be the only human writing about the not so ordinary life of a housecat. Imagine her surprise, when she finally did her research! We found the famous Max the Psycho Kitty first and it all blossomed from there. It was, and is, so much fun to meet new friends.

Re-enter the book. Mom spent the last two years blogging and searching for a way to get booky out there into the world (okay she also slacked a lot on booky too). She got a lot of advice, some she took and some she didn't. She tried to think of it as a learning experience and it sure has been.

There were times she would have given up, but all of your support here at the blog did the trick. You guys rock! We love you all.

Want to win a pawtograph/autograph copy? Here's how, just let us know in comments that you'd like a chance to win a copy, or you can email us too, before this Sunday 12pm Pacific Time. We will randomly select a winner and announce it on Monday. International and domestic friends are all welcome.

If you just want to buy a copy now, well there are lots of options for that too. You can buy an e-copy (including a PDF you can view on a PC) at Smashwords and on Kindle. The paperback is available on Amazon. For a limited time you can buy a pawtograph/autograph copy from us by using the links on my sidebar (through Paypal).

I have a little plan in the works on how you can still get something special from us, if you bought/buy from someone other than us. A postcard/bookmark with our pawtograph/autograph (more on that to follow).

Disclaimer: No actual paws will be used for pawtographing. It's an artist interpretation of my paw and signature. You didn't think I would allow that do you? Inked up paws, I think not. Do know that I will be personally rolling/sitting on each book and batting at the pen as Mom writes however.

64 comments:

  1. Happy Sekhond Blogoversary!

    If only she'd said 'dog' they would have agreed sooner!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra & Khousin Merdie
    PeeEssWoo: Mom says nice choice in e-wines!

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  2. Thank you so much for all your support my friends!!

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  3. Fin I know Im not going to win but can I have a chance of an autographed copy??

    Email is in my profile...

    and congrats on your two year blogoversary! You are one lovely kitty and Floofy too!!

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  4. Congratulations on your second Blogoversary! I think your book looks awesome and I would love a copy. My email is nyctolopsATvlaDOTcom.

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  5. Happy Blogoversary Finny!!...We are thrilled for your success and hope today is extra special for you and your Mom...We would love a pawtographed/autographed copy of your book!...Thank you for inviting us to your awesome party, we are having a great time!...Enjoy your celebration sweet, beautiful friend, we love you!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  6. That is so cool that you have been blogging for two years and are a published author, too. We MUST buy your book and will get the one with the PURRsonal PAWtograph. Those are the best kind!

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  7. Congratulations on your two year blogoversary, Fin!! Yay!

    We don't read much, but our Mom does - she would love a chance to get a copy of your book with your "signature"!!

    We are in awe of your Mom's determination to get your book published - we've heard it can be very hard to get a book deal, so congrats on that, too!!

    Nico & JayJay :)

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  8. Ferst of all, HAPPY SECOND BLOGERVERSARY! We always enjoy reading yoor bloggie. We'd love to have a chance at winning yoor book ~ 'cos mom is a bit (actually a lot) of a bookworm and she would read it to us.
    Now pass the e-niptinis please and did we hear the word cheese?

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  9. We are so happy for you, for the blog and the book. We already have our copy of the book, but we would love an autographed copy. Then we could lend out our Amazon one.

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  10. Happy Blogoversary, Finny! So glad you decided to blog otherwise I would not have such a smart and beautiful SIF!!!

    We admire your mom's determination and tenacity in writing and publishing the book. We have enjoyed reading it, again and again.

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  11. Happy Blogoversary Fin!! You are such a beautiful and cool kitty, with a book deal and everything!!! We love you very much!
    Congratulations!!
    Purrs, Keiko Kenji & Pricilla

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  12. Happy blogoversary Fin. I would love a copy of the book. Thanks for the glimpse into the frustrations of an author, this may help me get started again.

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  13. Hurrah for your two year blogoversary!

    Our human processed the PayPal transaction a moment ago, and emailed your mom with her mailing addy, in case that doesn't get forwarded on by PayPal.

    Thanks! :-)

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  14. Happy blogoversary Fin!
    We'd love to win your book!

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  15. We're about half way through your book. Mishamummy said she can't remember the last time she read something that made her laugh out lour so much! Actually, it's more like 'snort' out loud, but don't tell her I told you that!

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  16. Happy 2nd blogoversary, Fin and Mom. It is interesting to hear about how the blog got started, and also that the book was in written form before the blog started. We would LOVE to win a copy of it - we would send it as a gift to my Mom's sister overseas, because she loves cats even more than my folks do, if that is possible.

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  17. Concatulations on your blogoversary and your book! Please enter me in your contest.

    Ask your Mom if it's ok if my Mom contacts her. My Mom's got a booky idea too.

    purrs,
    Millie

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  18. Happy 2nd blogoversary Fin. The niptinis are great and we are about to start on the catnip.
    Please could you include us in trying for your book.
    Cheers, here's to many more blogoversaries and a great success for your book.

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  19. We're definitely going to buy a pawtographed copy! Samson wants to know if you can do a special roll that leaves a few furs on our copy!

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  20. Happy Second Blogoversary, Fin!!! We love you and love reading your awesome adventures.
    We bought a copy of your book already, but would love to have it pawtographed!!

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  21. Happy Happy Blogovesary Fin and Mum!!!!!

    We saw your note on the CB and had to come on by, even though the PM's too busy this week to help us blog :(.

    There's to two glorious years!! We have enjoyed them greatly furiend!!

    Purrs, Goldie, Shade, Banshee and Danica

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  22. We're back to wish you a happy second blogaversary! Samson got too excited thinking about a rolled-on copy of your book and we forgot!

    We wish you many, many more! We love you and your Mom, Fin!

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  23. Happy blogoversary, Fin! We know your book is going to be a huge success!

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  24. Happy 2nd blogoversary Fin. We love your blog and enjoy it every day. The blogging world is a wonderful place, we have to agree with that. Our Mom already has the book so you don't need to put us in the draw.
    But Mom is headed towards the wine and cheese so we need to watch her. She can be so naughty.
    We are having a niptini. The ham is delicious.
    Have a wonderful day and we are looking forward to lots more blogs.

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  25. Happy 2nd anniversary to you Fin and your Mom who I understand used to mop your brow when you got too
    stressed with your literary agent!
    Lucy and I would love a nipitini please - not too large a one for Lucy as she gets light headed and does silly things (well more silly than usual). We would like a slice of ham as well please (no fat we are watching our figures).
    We are waiting impatiently for the postman to deliver our book.
    Luv Hannah & Lucy xxxx

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  26. Happy Blogoversary, Fin!! We are so happy to have met you and your mom! We would love an autographed copy of your book! We think it's so exciting that we know a published author!!

    Now, we're gonna get ourselves some meowgaritas and some tuna and ham and enjoy this party!!

    oxoxoxo

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  27. Happy Blogoversary Fin!
    We would love to be entered into your book give away...we never win,but we always enter. *kitty giggle* I guess we are eternal optimists!

    Now onto that meowgarita!

    purrs
    >^,,^<
    Abby

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  28. Big congrats on your 2nd Blogoversary! You and your Mom have such a classy blog and we always enjoy visiting you. I already have you book minus the pawtograph. To anyone who hasn't read your book yet, you don't know what you are missing, it is totally wonderful and enjoyable!!!

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  29. Oh, how neat. We would love to win a copy of your mom's book, Fin. She's put a lot of effort into it.

    And Happy Blogoversary.

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  30. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!!! The CB is such a wonderful place to meet people! Thanx for you the DELICIOUS e-foods and e-drinks! Hoping you have a lovely holiday weekend!

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  31. Happy 2nd Blogoversary Fin!!That is quite a milestone!! And very cool that you are giving a copy of the book away (we bought one, so we don't need to be in the contest, plus we just won a different contest so we don't want to hog every one!) We hope you have a great weekend!!

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  32. Happy two years, Finny!
    We are huge fans of yours. We learned so much from your book...Mommy wishes sometimes she hadn't read it out loud to us!
    As you can see, we already have a copy so we don't want to enter for the draw.
    We enjoyed hearing how your Mom finally got your book published; about darn time more Cat stories get out there! We Cats have a lot to say, after all.
    Thanks for the niptinis; you'll know us by the sea of tails guiding Mommy AWAY from the e-wine. After all, she's driving!

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  33. Concatulations! What a great party ... thanks for inviting us to help celebrate your 2nd Blogoversary! We would love to have an autographed copy of your book, so please enter us in the drawing. :)

    Now, where are those niptinis and ham? ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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  34. I definitely want the chance to win a pawtographed copy of your book. Put my name in the pot!

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  35. Wow, two years! Concats. We hafta block mom from dat ewine or she'll end up being esilly...We'd like yoor book, mom is gonna check out getting it online fur to read in her "digital editions" book reader.

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  36. We would love a chance to win a pawtagraphed copy of your book. Thanks so much for the e-snacks, Your blogversary rocks. We will be here for awhile visiting with everyone.

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  37. Happy happy blogoversary, Fin! Funny, our first is coming up next weekend, and we too started because of Max -- The Mommy ran across his mom on a Kindle forum and saw his books and found his blog and so on and so forth. Small world, eh?

    We'd love to have a chance at a pawtographed version of your Look even though we already bought and read the Kindle version (you rock!).

    Now, we're going back to the snackies....great party!

    Purrs and hugs,
    The Kitty Krew

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  38. My human has a literary agent, which is how I got the deal for my new book. Except that I don't have the same agent as my human - hers repped the book Dewey, about the library cat, so he gave my book to someone else at his agency to avoid a conflict of interest! But I don't think you need an agent, or a big publishing house, these days to have a successful book - and I think yours will do really well!

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  39. Happy Blog anniversary! Have a great weekend.

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  40. Congrats on the book and Happy Blogoversary, Fin. Mom and me would love a pawtagraphed copy of your book. Throw our names into the pot.
    Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend Fin and Family.

    much purrs, Barnabas

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  41. We have given you an award which you can collect from our blog.

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  42. Happy 2nd Blogoversary Fin!! We are so glad to have been here since the beginning!! We would love an a pawtograph of your book!! Sounds very exciting!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
    Your TX furiends,

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  43. Happy 2nd Blogoversary Fin! Sorry we are a little late to the party but mom didn't want an e-glass of wine and she wanted to wait until she could settle in with a REAL glass of wine...I'm going to have to settle for some e-cheese. Pass the meowgaritas my furriend!

    We lover that your mom worked so long and so hard to get your story out there. Someday my mom will do the same thing. Of course she has to write something first. Sigh.

    We do want your pawtograph!

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  44. Happy Second Anniversary! I would love to have your book and pawtograph

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  45. We buys your book on Kindle but we would loves to has a pawagraf copy!
    Congratulations on the wonderful book and your second blogaversary. You and your mom are amazing.

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  46. Fin - Happy Blogoversary! and thank you for inviting us to your party. We had a wonderful time - the meowgaritas were exceptionally good.The pary has tuckered us out and now we must snuggle up and get some snoozie time.
    Please put our mom's name in the hat for the pawtographed book.Your mom's perseverance is inspirational.
    ~~Purrs from Casper and Angel~~

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  47. Happy blogoversary! It was great reading the whole story. I'm thinking about writing a book... so this is all VERY interesting to me! Maybe me and your mom can talk about it one day. :)

    In the meantime, I'd love to be entered to win your book. There's nothing better than a cat book to read!

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  48. Happy Blogoversary Fin dear. I remember when I first found you and you didn't even know I was a cat back then ;) It's lovely to see you have such a solid readership now. Very well done!

    Oddly enough, our copy of booky arrived this morning from Amazon, but we'd all love a pawtographed bookmark

    Wuudles

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  49. i knew there was a backstory there somewhere.

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  50. Concatulations on your blogoversary! We bet you had as much fun helping her paw it down as she had writing it, didn't ya Fin? We'd love to win a copy of your book, even if it includes a wee FinFur!

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  51. What a fun time for you and your Mom, Fin. Happy two year blogoversary. Enjoy all your celebrating. And we can't wait for the next two years. They'll be stupendous.

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  52. Merry, merry blogaversary! It's always a pleasure.

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  53. Happy Blogoversary! We would like to win a pawtograph/autograph book! Mom has been wanting to buys your book.

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  54. Happy Blogoversary, Fin!!! We have enjoyed every one of your posts and feel very lucky that you share your adventures with us. You and your mom are incredibly talented and creative. We bought your book from Amazon and can't wait until our mom reads it to us. Although we haven't read it yet, we have really enjoyed sniffing it. It smells great!

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  55. Happy second blogoversary! That is so awesome your book is published. We are so very proud of your mommy for sticking it out.
    We will have to order your book when mommy gets her next paycheck!
    I brought you a bunch of fresh catnip leaves from my organically grown plant.
    Your mommy might need to put some in tea to relax after all her hard work.

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  56. Thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating Saylor's birthday! We've entered you in our giveaway!

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  57. Woof! Woof! Happy 2nd Blogversary. Would LOVE to enter your book giveaway. My mom has written 2 books about me n not sure yet how to share to everyone. Anyhow, Good to meet you at BLOG HOP. I'm Sugar. Looking forward to your visit to my blog n be blog friends.

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  58. Hi Fin,

    We want a chance to win the autographed copy of your book please!

    Thanks for letting me know about your give away :).

    ~Lisa Co9T

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  59. Happy Blogaversary!! And please, please enter us in the contest! We want your book.

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  60. Happy Blogoversary!!! We would luf a "pawed" copy of your book!

    Luf, Us

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  61. Hi Fin, I wants you to know that I reads your book and it was FANTASTIC!!!!! We hopes you sells so many they has to makes more.
    I just wanted you to know.
    TK

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  62. Fin it is wonderful that you are a published author!
    We'll grab some niptinis and settle in if you'd like to do a reading from it.
    We'd love to win a copy too!
    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!

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  63. Happy blogoversary and we will go look for your book on Amazon! How cool is that!
    --JB

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