Tonight we begin our third week of rehearsals for KURVES, THE MUSICAL which will premier at the renovated Rialto Theater in Denison, Texas on March 1, 2, and 3. Woot! So besides the regular writing to-do list, I’ve added learning lines, lyrics, and completing the orchestration for this week. If you’re in the neighborhood I hope you’ll check us out, we’re having a ball (and hope all the actors can keep straight faces, cuz there’s some seriously funny SCHTUFF in this show)!
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. And I’ve got a BOATLOAD of links today, so take your time, bookmark the entry for later if you like, and share with your friends. I’ll catch you later–after the orchestration-line-learning-theater-icity!
Writerly Self Doubt SPEAR THE MONSTER from Alison Brennan
JA Konrath’s ‘REALITY CHECK’ on his Indy Pub success, a MUST READ for modern writers!
Super E-Reads changes name to Super E-Books and the new Twitter handle is @Super_EBooks and here’s the Facebook Page. Just goes to show you that you GOTTA check those pesky Trademarks. All the other links stay the same, and they’ve added a new feature for Super E-Books authors called “Friday Freebies” as a showcase for your free Super E-Books.
Thoughty Book Review of Stephen Kings “On Writing” from Gene Lempp’s blog.
Clean Reading? Yes, a book has been ‘published’ on a shower curtain.
Footprint Give-Aways from Doug Lyle’s awesome forensics blog, how a footprint might identify a killer
10 Mis-Pronounced Words that make you sound like an idiot. NOTE: This is a companion piece to the dog-centric list of misspelled breed names, below.
A side note–this might explain a bit about (ahem) my own sense of humor to share the following from my musician/artist father. No, he didn’t create them but this is the type of “family game” we used to share around the dinner table, each trying to top the previous offering. So without further adieu:
His dizzy aunt ———————————————– Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes——————————- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store —— Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia —————————– U Gogh
His magician uncle ——————————– Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin —————————————- A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin’s American half-brother ———— Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach ————— Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle ————————————- Can’t Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt ——————————– Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle ————————————– Flamin Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking —————— Way-to-Gogh
The little bouncy nephew ———————————– Poe Gogh
A sister who loved disco ————————————– Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV — Winnie Bay Gogh
Loews Hotel Universal Florida & Feral Cats had a managed feral cat colony but has apparently decided to get rid of the cats–some have been trapped and taken to a local shelter to be killed. Click the link to learn more and sign a petition to urge the company to re-think this step.
Tips for Housing Feral Cats (positive info this time!) from the awesome Dr Deb Eldredge
Professional Animal Behavior Associates (Canada) Offers Awesome “A SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATION AND STUDY OF WORKING DOGS 3-day seminar. These are some of the best of the best in dog behavior and training, if you have interest and get the chance, go! (I’ve a conflict with a writer conference booooooo!)
Lovely article about DOGS IN CHURCH
Everyone wants their pet to be “special” but has branding gone to the dogs? These are ‘real’ breeds of dog, as collected from license applications and want forms at a USA dog shelter:
- Westminster Terrier
- Rhode Island Ridgeback
- Copper Spaniel
- Cocker Spaniard
- Black Labrador (from a license app, dog’s color was yellow)
- Shit Sue
- Dorky Terrier
- Lopso Apso
- El Paso (attempt at Lhasa Apso)
- Highland Heeler
- Alaskan Malibu
- Belgian Manawa
- Belgium Malenoise
- Basket Hound
- Welch Corgi
- Wild Haired Terrier
- Carrion Terrier
- Great Pekingese (supposed to be Pyrenees)
- Great Pyramid
- Miniature Datsun
- Irish Settler
- Jack Daniels Terrier
- German Police Man
- Chesapeake A Retriever
- Borderline Collie
- Chevy King Charles (Cavalier)
- Goverment Pinscher
Serena Dracis Blog has a spot-on entry on communicating with your dog for training
K9 Mobile Grooming has a great post on dog grooming basics (I think they’re in the UK or I’d be tempted to ring ’em up for a home visit!)
Colin Falconer explains all about FRIGGATRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA HINT: it happened last Friday.
Climbing Baby Mountain from Jenny Hansen’s Risky Baby Business blog–great info for expectant (or wannabe) parents.
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