Monday Mentions: Hairball Creatures, Writer-icity & Pee Champion

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.


“Just who IS that celebrity look-alike? And what kind of craft items were used? Can you guess?”

For the last three years, and FURminator have teamed up to celebrate National Hairball Awareness Day in April. The event is designed to raise awareness about the prevention of hairballs through grooming and is always a lot of fun! This year, bloggers were challenged to make a celebrity look-alike hairball creature using the fur collected from using the FURminator de-shedding tool. I’d already used one for the Magical-Dawg and loved it, and they sent me one designed especially for kitties (review to come later this month).

So I am very pleased and oh-so-proud to announce that my hairy-icity (above) is one of the 10 creatures chosen to be featured on, and the five finalists will be open to viewer votes on the FURminator FB page!

That’s why I got my Seren-kitty and Magical-Dawg to make a (hack-cough-sneeze) furry contribution. The FURminator corporate team will vote on their favorite Hairball Celebrity, and the winner will receive a $1K donation for the cat-related non profit of their choice–and I’ve chosen the Winn Feline Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding health research for all cats. So here’s hoping that the (ahem) creation above makes it into the top 5. Even if my creature fails to make the fuzzy cut, it’s a great cause for some worthy cat organization. I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, anybody care to hazard a guess who that spittin’ image celebrity look alike might be?

Here’s some more awesome Monday Mentions.

Eat Chocolate, Reduce BMI!

Drug Shrinks ALL Tumors (people & pets)

How to Get Science Write/Right


Cats Can’t Shoot is the second book in Clea Simon’s Pru Marlowe “pet noir” series, and I was fortunate to receive an ARC. Clea is a prolific author of three mystery series, and includes cats in her work (yay!). Pru Marlowe is an animal behaviorist with a talent for “hearing” the thoughts of critters around her–cats, dogs, ferrets and more–but of course there are translation problems that cause misunderstandings. When a white Persian cat is accused of murder–setting off an antique dueling pistol that kills the owner–Pru sets out to discover what really happened. Since the Persian perp refuses to “talk” (cat got her tongue?), Pru meets with a host of furry residents hoping to get the inside scoop. This is a fun mystery with a quirky strong heroine and unique premise. I liked Pru better than many of the critters, though, since many of the pet voices seemed snarky and held little affection for humans (granted, often with good reason!). Many of the animal conversations got interrupted before any real information could be given, which was frustrating not only to Pru but also to the reader. Clea has NAILED the animal behavior content, and obviously has great affection for all-things-furry. Fans of cozy cat mysteries will lap this up like cream as they second-guess if cats really CAN shoot–and who framed this Persian beauty and why.

Clea also sent me a review copy of Grey Expectations, the fourth title in her Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery series. This isn’t your usual cozy mystery and could honestly be called a litter-ary puzzle, since Harvard Grad student Dulcie is working on her dissertation covering a 1790’s gothic novel. When a student friend calls frantic for help, and then disappears, Dulcie is thrust into a search for her missing friend that may be tied to the theft of a priceless manuscript, with both good guys and bad guys suspecting Dulcie played a part. Dulcie is aided by tips and advice from her new kitten as well as the ghost of a dearly departed cat Mr. Grey, who speak to her in waking dreams with sometimes cryptic messages. Murder most foul, mistaken identities and red herrings keep the pages turning in this cozy amateur sleuth story. When Dulcie’s attacker is knocked cold with a leather-bound folio of Ben Jonson plays by the mouse-like librarian, I nearly fell over laughing with delight! Highly recommended.


Astraea Press Open for Submissions

The Complete Digital Author Online Workshop taught by Bob Mayer and Jen Talty

How to Set Up Ebook Store

Children’s & YA Hardcover Sales Up 69%

Big 5 Publishers & Apple Close to Agency Settlement Deal

Inside Look at PublishAmerica’s “Literary Agent” Program from Author Beware (yep, you guessed it–steer clear!)

Logline Contest from Backspace Writers Conference

Brand Your Author Platform

When Should Writers Work for Free

Good-Bad-Awful Blog Tours

Twitter Hashtags for Writers and also How To Make Your Tweets Stand Out (hmnnn, is that really something to do?

On Copyediting–A Writer’s Best Friend


Human Pacemakers Benefit Pets

Cat Survives 19-Story Fall

All Things Cats–Reader’s Choice Award Winners!

Meeting Jackson Galaxy, fun blogs from a starstruck (and great writer) fan!

Finally, does anyone out there have a pee-crazy pooch? Take a look at this video and then decide if you have a problem to match, LOL!

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Monday Mentions: Hairball Creatures, Writer-icity & Pee Champion — 14 Comments

    • LOL! It really does look like Cohen, go figure. Nope, it’s SUPPOSED to be someone else. I only have the one cat, a Siamese wannabe but the Magical-Dog helped out with a donation of the dark fur. 😉

      Thanks for visiting the blog. Looking forward to seeing your fur-critter, too.

  1. Fun fact: did you know that there’s a type of wild canid that is known for the handstand-pees that you normally only see from smaller domestic pooches? The dhole, or Asiatic wild dog, has this talent as well. 😉 Neat critters, very endangered, and sadly not a lot of people know about them, or much about them (and it’s difficult even on the internet to find info about them!)

  2. Y’know…we don’t know who that celebrity is!! But we can see you used a wine glass to make him! Very clever!!

    We’re pawticipating in the Hairball Celebrity Creature contest too!

    Wally, Ernie & Zoey

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