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Monday Mentions: Hill’s, KWA & Avalanche SAR Cats!

by | Mar 19, 2012 | Appearance (Theater, Signing, Talks), Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 10 comments

I’m just back from a week of two major trips, and playing catch-up for the work ahead. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, the great folks at Hill’s Pet Nutrition invited more than a dozen pet bloggers and journalists, offered lectures on cutting-edge nutrition science, gave us a tour of the facilities in Topeka, KS, and answered all our questions–some quite hard-hitting, indeed. I’ll soon have some updated (and brand new) articles and blogs here and at my Puppies Site sharing what I learned.

Writing nutrition articles was delayed while I attended the KWA Scene Conference in Wichita on Friday and Saturday (just returned late Sunday). The event was everything a writers’ event should be–congenial well prepared hosts, terrific speakers, and eager and talented attendees. I was honored to present two sessions, one on my Kindle-ization journey, and the other on Media Training for Authors (yes, I’ve shared some of this on previous Tuesday Tips blogs).

Finally, stay tuned for some audio and perhaps video of the performance of KURVES, THE MUSICAL sometime this week. Oh, and I’ve got news on the thriller writing front, too! Whew!

Meanwhile, 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.


Your Brain On Fiction A very interesting post about how specific words affect the reader’s brain, from DP Lyle, MD

Writing Contests with Hidden Agendas from the always awesome Writer Beware

Agent Weighs In on Repping Self-Pub’d Authors And I heard the same from agents this past weekend at the conference. Sales numbers must be substantial–used to be at least 5000 in a year, now more likely 10,000 (and going up!)

Smashwords Removes Censorship Policy

Facebook Timeline Tips it’s gonna happen, folks, by end of the month. Yes, I need to do this, too, arg!

Cautions about LinkedIn and Hackers


[caption id=”attachment_3640″ align=”aligncenter” width=”488″ caption=”Highly-trained search-and-rescue cats save avalanche victims–meeeeWOW!”


SAR Cats Save Avalanche Victims! Move over, dogs, the cat-heroes are leaping ahead!

9 Dental Issues You Share with Pets, my latest Hufffington Post article

Kitten Rescue Tips from writer Stacey Ritz

AKC Announces Most Popular Dog Breeds

Scott’s Miracle Grow Bird Seed Poisons Birds! fined $4.5 million, sheesh…

Pet Services Industry Poised to Grow despite the economy

Julian: Throw-Away No More, a touching story of a rescue cat, from a guest blogger at Sally Bahner’s Exclusively Cats blog.

Shoes with Dog Lovers In Mind Amore Dei Cani features breeds–and donates to a good dog cause.

Zen Cat Greeting

Catalyst Council Warns About Cat Poisons during National Poison Prevention Awareness Month. Many of the same poisons affect dogs and puppies–learn about common puppy poisons to avoid here

Thanks to Elena Aitken for sharing this hilarious video:

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  1. Stacy Green

    Very interesting on the agent end. Thanks for sharing that with us as well as all the great links!

    • amyshojai

      You’re very welcome, Stacy!

  2. patriciasands

    Amy, I’m going to have to save your posts to read at night when I’ve stopped working on my WIP. I thought I would pop in for a quick break this morning and … well … let’s just say it wasn’t very quick. Fun though! Those search and rescue cat applications were hilarious! You certainly had a great week!

    • amyshojai

      Patricia, I started reading the applications and nearly snorted beverage…funny indeed! And I may have my Seren-Kitty apply, too. *giggle*

  3. corajramos

    Great links and very funny video. Thanks.

    • amyshojai

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

  4. Gary Cummings


    Thanks for speaking at KWA’s scene conference this weekend. I attended both your afternoon presentations and almost caught my notebook on fire taking notes. Whew! You packed a LOT of info into each session. I hope you can come back next year.


    • amyshojai

      Hi Gary, Thanks for visiting the blog! Terrific to meet you at the conference. I hope I can return, too–it was a terrific event. *s*

  5. Bridgette Booth

    Great links, Amy. I’m off to read the one about LinkedIn right now. Scary.

    • amyshojai

      There’s so much to keep up with these days it IS scary!


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