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Monday Mentions: Fabulous Flowers, Furry Pet Care & Fantastic Writing Tips

by | Apr 30, 2012 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 7 comments

Magic in flowers

Last week I mentioned the 500 antique roses around our house? It used to be 700+ but the drought, armadillos and grasshopper attrition left a dent. You cannot believe the aroma! With all the recent rain, we’re fighting with the weeds but it appears the roses are holding their own or even winning. And so are the wildflowers. As promised, some of my favs are shared here today.

This next weekend I’ll be at the Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference. This is an organization very close to my heart, as I have met some of the most extraordinary writers and friends there, as well as connected with editors and agents. As a result of attending, I ended up writing a Woman’s World pet column for a couple of years, found my agent (we sold 15+ award winning books together!), and also served as contest chair and president. I’m now a life member, wow! This weekend I’ll be moderating a panel on social media. You don’t have to be there, either, to benefit–if you have questions please post in the comments section and I’ll pose them to the panelist and share in a future blog.

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the TASTY 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. But first…some N. Texas spectacular-arity because when you’re feeling angst, there’s nothing like a dose of Mom-Nature to set you right.

antique rose
antique rose
Anitique roses


Amazon Rewards Content Creators a great post from LJ Sellers

2012 Agents Conference, Writers League of Texas the registration price GOES UP tomorrow (May 1st)

Winners of the 2-12 Edgars Announced

The London Book Fair from an author’s perspective

Writer Beware! avoid this German literary agent and VERY IMPORTANT info on Reversion Clauses in contracts (trust me, authors, you must read this!)

William Bernhardt Writing Programs Best selling legal thriller author’s seminars, workshops and more come HIGHLY recommended (yes, they’re that good). Bill’s also a thoroughly nice guy.


Big Head Saves Staffie an awesome come-back story about a dog named Diesel hit by car TWICE–from the awesome Dr. Rayya’s Online Vet Journal

Cats Are Con Artists, Dogs Are Sycophants says a new scientific study. Huh? Say it ain’t so, Fluffy…what’s that? Let me fill up your bowl…

39 Pound Cat?! OMG let me NOT fill up your bowl! And here’s more about MEOW the heavyweight kitty and how he came to be where he is today (thanks JaneA Kelley!)

Singer Chris Brown Sells Pit Bull Puppies Online — there are so many things WRONG with this, I don’t know where to start

Protect Cats from Heartworms! According to the website, in a North Carolina study 28 percent of the cats diagnosed with heartworm disease were indoor-only cats. It’s been a mild winter–mosquitoes are already out and about. And yes, Seren-kitty takes her preventive like a treat. (So does the Magical-Dawg).

Parasite Prevention from expert Dr. Blagburn from Good News For Pets

American Humane Association’s Second Chance Fund helps animals in disaster situations

Cat owners are urged to speak with their veterinarians about preventive medications for their cats so that they can protect their feline friends from potentially deadly heartworm infestations. For more information on CAPC, visit their website at

2012 Petties DogTime’s Pet Bloggers Awards with awards going to help fund animal shelters of the winner’s choice. Nominations open June 4 and broadcast in November.

34th Annual Winn Feline Foundation Feline Health Symposium.  Learn all about feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy June 28, 2012 at the Boston Marriott Quincy, in Quincy, MA from researchers Leslie Lyons, PhD, University of California, Davis (speaking on genetics), and John Rush, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Tufts University (causes, diagnosis, treatment). 

Hemingway Cats Case Awaits Federal Appeal The approximately 40 felines descended from the famous author’s “breeding” program continue to live on the grounds of the Hemingway Museum–should they be caged?

Fact Or Fiction: 10 Diet Myths Debunked, a fantastic post from the excellent blogger August McLaughlin

This terrific video “This Too Will Pass” was pointed out to me from terrific blogger Piper Bayard.

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  1. Stacy Green

    Beautiful pictures – love the German Shepard – and great links. Thanks, Amy!

  2. patriciasands

    Fantastic flowers! Is that your yard or do you live in the country? Lucky you, to be surrounded by so much beauty. Beautiful shot of Magic in the wildflowers.
    Have a great time at the conference and we’ll be waiting to hear all about it.
    Sending *good editiing karma*.

    • amyshojai

      Thanks Stacy and Patricia. Believe it or not, we live in the city limits…but have 13 acres so the roses surround the house and the wildflowers populate the acreage.

      Today’s an editing day, yes. Already got quite a bit done but now comes the hard part with more thinking involved. *s*

  3. Tameri Etherton

    Lovely flowers! Magical Dawg is simply gorgeous. Reminds me of the Shepherd we had when I was growing up, they are such great dogs. Fab links, Amy! I’m going to save the revision clause post for future reference.

    Have fun editing! (and thinking) 😉

  4. August McLaughlin

    Woah. I’ve never even herd of reversion clauses. Eager to learn more. 🙂

    Thanks for including me in this fantastic mash up–as lovely as it is resourceful!

  5. Karyl Cunningham

    I find that the kitty mind control purr just makes me want to snuggle them, even when they’re trying to get treats. LOL For some reason I’ve never found it grating, I find it freaking adorable.

    How exactly are they claiming that caging the Hemingway cats will be BETTER for them??? If I post a photo of a barn cat online, am I going to have to cage that cat just if kitty’s photo shows up on a commercial website??

    • amyshojai

      Exactly, Karyl, their argument (if same rules were applied) would be so wide-reaching as to be ridiculous.



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