From Dena Harris's snarky cats to Ellen Degeneres: Six Degrees of Separation anyone?

You know the idea of "Six Degrees of Separation," which led to the offshoot game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?" The (unscientific but often handy) Wikipedia definition says: "the idea that everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in six steps or fewer." It's a fascinating concept, not to mention a fun game. And with the expansion of the Internet and its always-popping-up social media outlets, it becomes more and more believable.

So this blog post is my little contribution to a game of Six Degrees of Separation that Dena Harris is playing. Because who knows?! 

Dena's had a big week. Her new book, Who Moved My Mouse? A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) was released by Ten Speed Press this week. I know, right? Impressive! But just publishing a hysterial book that at least all the cat-lovers can relate to, (and probably a lot of those who don't love felines, either!) is just one step among many on her to-do lists. Now it's time to get the word out! Back to that Six Degrees of Separation business. Yesterday on Facebook, Dena wrote "Six degrees of separation: Who can help me get my book into the hands of Ellen Degeneres?"

FB post: Six degrees of separation: Who can help me get my book into the hands of Ellen Degeneres?

When you think about it, it's exactly the kind of thing Ellen would get a kick out of. Chick writes a book about her cats, of all things, makes a lot of people laugh, which is important, and says "Hey. I'd love to meet Ellen. Wanna' help me?" And her friends rally around and try to help her do just that. Then Ellen calls and says "Hey Dena! Wanna' be on my show?" (Plus, I'd love to meet Ellen! Maybe Dena would take me, too, since I'm helping and stuff. :) Okay, fine. It's not about me. But at least she'll tell me about it when she gets back. And we'd have a new really awesome story!)

I was thrilled to be a part of Dena's efforts when we collaborated on the book's website, selfhelpforcats.com this summer. Of course we immediately turned to Squarespace, the platform that hosts all my sites, as well as all of Dena's, and the result was the perfect peek at her book. You should go check it out. It's fun. Like Dena's book. Which you should buy for all the cat lovers on your gift list! And for which you should use your connections to Ellen to make this hookup...

And Ellen? If you read this, please call Dena. That would be the coolest thing ever! Well, maybe not ever, but you know... still pretty cool!