On Thursday I get on a plane to fly to New York City and attend Thrillerfest–YEEEE-HAW! Yes, I’m just a wee bit excited. I have my camera packed and will bring back lots of photos and some short videos of various writer-icity sessions to share on future Monday Mentions blogs.
In fact, I spent the last several days writing blogs, newspaper columns and puppy-licious content ahead to clear my calendar (and my head!) in preparation for head-down writer-icity on the next thriller. I have no doubt that when I return from Thrillerfest, the inspiration will carry me through the rest of the month and beyond. Stay tuned for pictures and videos from the event!
What do you do to inspire your writing (or other) goals? Go for walks? Sing in the shower? Play Frisbee tag with a furry friend? These days I’m walking-while-writing on that neato-torpedo desk-treadmill. And since I only use it while working in my office, it’s totally tax deductible! Yep, I can still put in the 8-12 hour writing days while logging anywhere from 1-4 hours walking at the same time. How do you stay in shape–while fighting the desk-spread-blues? Do share!
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. 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.
B&N Shelves PubIt! yes, it’s shutting down on July 10
Why FB Shouldn’t Replace Author Websites from the always insightful Jane Friedman
Spotify for Books? oooh this could get testy
Coffitivity are you kidding me? ambient coffee house sounds for the creatives
Killer Nashville August 22 – 25 if you missed Thrillerfest, check out this great conference with lots of literary agents and editors
How To Tell A Story this is an inspiring 20-minute TED TALK video writers really need to see
Cats “Play Dumb” to Survive here’s a fun and intriguing article that…well…cat owners knew this already but it’s nice science finally agrees!
American Humane’s Hero Dogs Awards plan now for this October bash!
Ronan’s Big Heart Do you love Persians? Have a longhaired kitty friend? adore cats in general? All felines benefit from studies to treat and ultimately eliminate hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart ailment that took Ronan’s life August 2012. Ronan’s beloved human, Jeanne O’Donnell, is passionate about this cause for her own Persian beauties and pet cats everywhere, and calls this endeavor RONAN’S BIG HEART in honor of this lovely fellow. The genetic marker HAS been found for Maine Coons and Ragdoll cats–funding is all that stands in the way for studies to continue for Persians.
Along with Jeanne, I urge you to spread the word in the pet cat community to make a donation to Persian Research via the Ricky Fund, allocated through the Winn Feline Foundation. She says, “Your participation can add miles to this research endeavor and help to ensure the future of the Persian cat breed.”
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