Writers are nothing if not prolific–that is, if they’re successful. There are always exceptions, of course, such as the author who writes ONE block buster and remains famous forever-and-ever-amen (can you say, Gone With The Wind?).
In most cases, though, writers and authors struggle to gain any sort of success, and then strive to meet or beat that last benchmark. Sometimes we need outside help to meet our obligations, too. Just like the Mom-Cat of the above litter–Deanna Gibson spays/neuters and vaccinates all her Ragdoll kittens before they go to their forever homes. But imagine her surprise when the latest birthing resulted in 12 babies! Poor mom!
Four were born naturally, and the rest by C-section (that ain’t cheap!) because one was stuck in the birth canal and died. All the rest of the kittens and the mom could have died without this emergency surgery. That’s another good reason to NOT breed unless you know what you’re doing. Deanna was fortunate to find a surrogate mom to help raise 5 of these babies because, frankly, there’s not enough faucets at the milk bar for all 11 kittens at once. Check out Deanna’s website to see what they’ll look like when they grow up.
A bit of kitty trivia: According to the Guiness Book of World Records, on 7th August, 1970, a four year old Burmese called Tarawood Antigone, who was owned by Valerie Gane of Oxfordshire, UK, gave birth to nineteen kittens. The surviving fifteen kittens consisted of 1 female & 14 males.
Onward to the roundup of great links. 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.
Stress Kills Creativity, a terrific discussion of the impact of pressure (self imposed or otherwise) on your writing life, from August McLaughlin
Partners In Crime Book Sellers Closes, it’s a sad day…
Literary Scams On the Wan…but still be careful, good tips from the great folks at Writer Beware
Simple Secrets to Sell More Books, especially for indie authors
James Rollins Hot Summer Deal ALMOST ALL of his Ebooks are on sale for $3.99
Hilarious (Published) Typos! from Colin Falconer, from “thou SHALT commit adultery” to…well, you need to read the rest yourself.
Blog Treasures Writing Links from the terrific Gene Lempp
Get More Traffic Without Hissing Off Google, from awesome blogger Lorie Huston
Writerly Links Roundup Plus Pole Dancing For Olympics from Piper Bayard (love this!)
16 Things to STOP Doing…to be happy with your dog from Roger Abrantes. This applies to other pets, too, as well as human relationships.
Jar-Kitty Rescue! Please be careful how you throw out trash, this cat nearly died…and wildlife also is at risk. Thanks to Vicki Stringfellow Cook for bringing this to our attention.
Domestic Violence Shelter To Welcome Pets, Too thank heavens, it’s about time! Too many victims stay too long because they don’t want to leave pets behind. This can be win-win for people. What do YOU think?
Catnip Chronicles from my friend and colleague Kent Butler, worth a look–and subscription for cat lovers!
Petting Tips for Dogs, a nice recap (with SQUEEE! pictures)
Do You Speak Cat? a fun blog (with cute pix) from blogger Elisa Black-Taylor
Horse Sense, check out this E-learning class on the importance of cross-species understanding and enhancing the lives of stable horses.
Cat Olympics, a very kewl blog written by the savvy Cat Stanley includes some great links (you’ll want to subscribe to this blog–cat’s honor!)
Why Cats Love Earwax, ewwwwwww! Yes, there’s a scientific reason, as Jo Singer explains
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