Monday Mentions: Cat Writers, Bat Saviors & Garbage Musicians

CWA-BookSign2013This week I’m preparing for the 19th Annual Cat Writers Conference, to be held in my back yard (Dallas TX). After the seminar lineup on Friday, that evening I’ll be performing with my cohorts in a sampling of music from our new show STRAYS, THE MUSICAL. Hopefully I’ll soon have some audio samples up of the songs.

Strays Logo2-LoRezThe next day on Saturday, I’m presenting a session on DIY E-Books for Writers. This will be the 6th or 7th time I’ve offered the seminar, and it’s constantly changing so each time I get to update the course. In the afternoon, I’ll be at a pet book signing event (see the poster image, above) where I hope anyone in the area will stop in to say howdy!

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Due to unforeseeable circumstances, the book-signing event has been moved from Books-A-Million to the hotel where the conference is being held. Sheraton DFW Airport: 4440 W John Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX.

It’s right in time for holiday gifts, too, you can get a book paw-tographed. I’ll have several of my nonfiction pet books as well as the thriller LOST AND FOUND on hand, and I know several of the other authors also will have more than one title available.

MentorAwardThen Saturday night at the awards banquet, I’ll also be presenting the Shojai Mentor Award to the CWA member who has made a positive difference in another’s writing/publishing career. That’s the plaque–a cat being lifted to reach the shining star. Whew!

What’s your week look like?

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Don’t miss the BAT WEBINAR! Great video today of a surprising orchestra. Check out the THRILLERFEST video at the bottom, too.  For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Writers (& Artist) Unite! on NOT giving it away for free…

How Amazon & Goodreads Could Lose Big

8 Success Stories To Inspire from Colin Falconer. Trust me, you really want to read this!

Weird (Hilarious) Things Authors Do thank you to Darlene Arden for pointing this out

Jane Friedman On “The Age of the Algorithm”

Darknet of Publishing wow, who knew?

Need A Book Cover? Check it Out! some lovely options from Melinda VanLone

Twitter vs FB which one wins with kids?

PET-CENTRIC SCHTUFF

Train Guinea Pig to Detect Gunpowder!  Animal training seminar at Wolf Park, what fun!

Why You DON’T Want to Be Fluffy’s “Guardian” an eye-opening read on the legality of the term

Cat Videos As Art

 Free Noon Halloween Webinar on Bat Health from Morris White-nose syndrome is one of the fastest spreading, most devastating diseases to ever affect a wildlife species. But there is hope. Since the disease first became an epidemic on this continent, Morris Animal Foundation has been funding research to understand and contain white-nose syndrome.

Some of you know I’m a musician and this video really touched me. Thanks to Colin Falconer for sharing.

2012 Thrillerfest Panel

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