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Nora The Piano Cat Purr-etry Contest!

Dear friends and fans,

I know I have inspired many of you to pursue your musical dreams, but there are so many ways to be sublimely creative. What about poetry? All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper (or your handy laptop computer) to begin your creative journey! So I am hoping you will consider entering my Nora The Piano Cat Poetry Contest. The rules are really quite simple:

1) Write a poem about me or inspired by me. It can be long or short, rhyming or not. It can even be a haiku.

2) Email the poem to me at no later than midnight, October 1, 2010. You can enter as often as you like.

3)> Be sure to include your age, name, and a contact email. If you are under eighteen years old, please include the name of your parent or legal guardian, and their contact email (with their permission of course). Email addresses are only used to contact the winners in each age group. You will NOT be placed on any mailing lists and your contact information will not be shared with anyone else, ever, for any reason.

My personal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, and I will read every single glorious poem and choose our absolute top three favorites in the following age categories:

1) Up to 8 years old. (Kids)

2) 9 to 12 years old. (Tweens)

3) 13 to 18 years old. (Teens)

4) 19 and up. (Everyone else)

All twelve winners will receive very special Nora Prizes. We will also give a special prize to the person submitting the best Nora or Nora-inspired haiku.

In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners in each category, the winning poems will also be included in my “Inspired by Nora” 2012 calendar. Winners will each receive a copy.

Submission of a poem signifies your acceptance of the above rules, and allows either me or my personal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, to print, reprint and otherwise distribute the poem for promotional purposes, including the creation of the 2012 “Inspired by Nora” calendar.

Don’t delay. Send your Nora-inspired poems to by midnight, October 1, 2010. Winners will be notified by October 31, 2010.

Download the “Purr-etry Contest” flyer in PDF format by clicking HERE. Share it with your friends. Viewing or printing PDFs requires Adobe Reader, which is a free download from

Now Appearing On Your Firefox Browser…

Whoa! I can’t believe it. Burnell has my eyes staring back at him from the top of his Firefox browser window. How’d he do that? It’s something called Personas. They are easy-to-install, easy-to-use themes that change the look of your Firefox web browser. There are thousands of Personas to choose from, and you can create and submit custom ones. Turns out that’s what Burnell did.

So, if you use the Firefox browser and would like to enhance your browsing experience, hop on over to and get started.


Newest Nora The Piano Cat™ DVD Now Available…

Just in time for your holiday shopping…

In addition to the seven Nora The Piano Cat™ videos that catapulted her to fame on the internet and in the world-wide media, this 2010 version of the DVD also features CATcerto, created by Lithuanian composer and conductor, Mindaugas Piecaitis, and was inspired by Nora’s playing. Nora performs as a guest soloist with the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra via a large video screen placed behind the performers. Mr. Piecaitis conducts.

This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.’s standard return policy will apply.

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Brand New "Nora The Piano Cat™ DVD: Expanded Version 2009"

Thought you’d like to know that I have a brand new DVD out titled Nora The Piano Cat™ DVD: Expanded Version 2009. It contains all seven of the current YouTube videos formatted for the big screen – and by that I mean your television (you can also watch on your computer). So now anyone can watch my videos, even if they don’t have a computer or access to the Internet. Makes a great gift for that special cat and /or music lover in your life, and it looks so much better on TV than on YouTube. (Click thumbnail to view larger image).

And remember this is the expanded version. It contains the three videos from the first 2008 DVD release, as well as the four new videos – that’s seven videos in all, with a total runtime of twenty minutes and twenty-seven seconds.

You can order it now at (an company). It will also be on Amazon’s main site in a couple of weeks. And make sure it says "Expanded Version 2009."


"Tao of Nora" Blank Greeting Cards…

The Tao of Nora Calendar for 2009After a few requests for greeting cards with images and quotes from my Tao of Nora calendar, my human, Burnell, rose to the occasion and created a series of blank greeting cards inspired by my calendar. You can buy them singly and in packs of ten or twenty. And if you don’t see the one you want, just let me know and I’ll see if Burnell can add it to the series. I can be reached at <>. The Tao of Nora calendar can be found in my online shop, and the Tao of Nora greetings cards can be viewed and ordered by clicking HERE.

A larger version of the pictured card can be viewed by clicking the thumbnail.

For all my creative friends, the Nora Journal has arrived…

Nora Journals

For all your important stuff – lyrics, addresses, drawings, musings, and more. These Wire-O bound, 160 page journals can be ordered with your choice of blank, dot grid, lined college-ruled, or task formatted pages. Measuring 5″ x 8″, they are the perfect size to fit in your backpack. And they make great gifts for your writer and artist friends, as well.

If I could hold a pencil, I’d have one! Maybe several. Order yours today in the Raven’s Wing Studio online shop.

Brand New "Nora" Design in the Shop…

T-ShirtNew Design based on one of the most popular photographs of yours truly, taken by my human Burnell Yow! The image (#n0005) has been rendered as a black and white line drawing, and the background has been dropped out, allowing the background color of the T-shirt to show behind my head. I love it! And you might, too. You can order it in a variety of colors in both men’s, women’s, and children’s styles. Or even get a great canvas tote or messenger bag with the image. Click thumbnail to view larger image.

It’s available now. Order yours today. Click HERE to learn more.

Nora Musical Wall Calendar from Avalanche…

The year is 2010. The Nora The Piano Cat™ musical wall calendar is all the rage. It’s the talk of the town from the streets of Manhattan to the canals of Venice. People of all ages – regardless of race, creed, or preferred tabby pattern – are pressing the calendar’s button to hear yours truly tinkling the ivories. Sound like a fevered feline fantasy? Not anymore!

Avalanche Publishing is bringing the dream to life for 2010. I know that sounds like forever, but trust me, when you have nine lives the way I do, why that’s practically around the corner. So keep an eye out and an ear cocked. It’ll be available in the fall of 2009.

Note: “Avalanche Publishing was founded in 1990 and is known today as one of the leading calendar publishers in the United States. Avalanche is perhaps best known for a creative, unique line of calendars known as “Off the Wall” calendars that surpass the standard wall calendar both in innovation and function.” (Excerpted from