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. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.
Today tickets go on sale for KURVES, THE MUSICAL. If you’re in the N. Texas region I hope you’ll join us for this fun time. My voice is nearly back so rehearsals should run smoother.
This past weekend I spent a lot of time on the thriller WIP edits, going over notes from my copy editor and some beta readers. Work yet to be done before submission but now it’s so close I can taste it!
And as if I didn’t have enough to do, I was just introduced to Pinterest where you can “pin” photos that you like. It’s addictive. Gulp. But feel free to check out my meager “boards” and re-pin if you like them. I’ll add to them as I can. I’m at http://pinterest.com/amyshojai/ and (go figure!) I have pictures of pets, flowers and shiny objects–oh, and books. 🙂
BARNES & NOBLE, TANTRUMS R US? Maybe not. They’re just playing hardball by refusing to stock amazon.com-published books in their physical stores. After all, amazon.com pulled titles from publishers who refused to play ball on some things. Makes you wonder, who will take their Playdoh and go home next?
Kitty Lit — Cats Rewrite the Classics. Abebooks has out cat-egorized themselves by making sure cat-lacking literature got the paw-stamp it deserved. Now you can read such classics as “Furenheit 451” and “Lord of the Fleas” and even (cue scary music) Paws –Don’t go in the litterbox. Don’t go near the scratching post. Don’t sit on the sofa. And now, for the first time….don’t go in the water. With razor sharp claws and a thirst for vengeance, Kitty is back, and this time….she can swim!
THE DANGER OF “TRENDY” WORDS in your novel from Jennifer Eaton’s blog
THE VALUE OF CRITIQUE GROUPS from novelist Beth Groundwater
SWEET SPOT TWEET TIPS some data that reveals the secrets to effective twitter-icity
DIRTY HOTEL ROOM SECRETS for those writing bedroom sagas…wait, no, that’s not right! Actually blogger Marcia Richards has some great info you’ll want to know before you book your next holiday. Or put a holiday in your book.
IS YOUR BOSS A PSYCHOPATH? and is this wrong? Betcha a lot of you fiction writers can take tips from this to build your next villain. Or hero? Bwaaa-hahahaha!
CREATESPACE VS LIGHTENING SOURCE which is better for your self pub’d work?
THE ACCIDENTAL DOG brought boatloads of love. Had to share, this is from my brother. Did you ever have an “accidental” pet?
INSPIRING HERO DOG HELPS FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME BOY Read this with tissues, folks. It’s long but worth the read.
DOG WITH CANCER STILL A CHAMPION! and inspires others
CANINE SNAKEBITE SURVIVOR from “down under” vet Dr. Rayya, wow!
CLOMICALM MEDS CONTAIN WRONG TABLETS? This common medicine prescribed for dog and cat anxiety MAY have been dispensed in some cases with the wrong tablets. Click the link and read the release from the manufacturer Novartis for guidance.
HOARDING VS FOSTERING the thin furry line, a heartbreaking but enlightening article
ANIMAL LAW 101, some good info here for folks who need to know
PET FOOD POLITICS, interesting article from Dr. Marion Nestle and the great writing team at PetConnection.com
FELINE WISDOM & POSSIBILITIES a simply lovely post from Angie Baily, you’ll want to read this and be inspired!
SHELTER STATS well, as close as they can get, perhaps.
CAT MAN DREW feline artwork right in time for Valentine’s Day
MY NAME IS PEANUT has some lovely kitty photos
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