Monday Mentions: Internet Kerflooey, Writing Challenges & Bling-icity

Bling Toes!

When I’m frustrated, I just turn to a bling pick-me-up!

I’m typing from Panera Bread because my DSL line has gone ker-flooey (that’s a techie term). Since the promised fix isn’t scheduled until Monday afternoon, I’m finish up the blog post and scheduling so it will go out even if — (gasp!) — the fix doesn’t happen. See, the internet went down last Thursday morning and I called immediately and was promised it would be fixed the next day “between 1-5 pm.” But nobody came.

Hey, life happens and you make it work anyway, right? I’m actually getting quite a lot of writing done without the distraction of email. So I’ve saved up all the new puppy-licious articles, blog posts, and other writer-ly schtuff and batching it to publish in marathon coffee sessions here at the restaurant. I’ll get everything done, no doubt. I just hope that I can resist the allure of all the bakery enticements.

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. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic videos 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.


Sheila Bonham’s Timely Post “Respond to Darkness with the Light of Writing”

 Content Mills–The Reality here’s a sobering review of several from writers who worked in the trenches

WordPress Attack! Change Your Password  Haven’t a clue why it’s happening, but it is. And yes, I’ve changed my password. Oh, and my server guru notified me I had TWO wordpress installations. One that runs this blog and the other (I guess) was a backup but doing nothing–and it had been hacked! so beware, and take care.

Penguin Propose to Terminate Agency Agreements in Europe

AudioReads looks like a nifty new place to find audio books for listeners, and way for authors to spread the news. And yes, I’ve submitted my three audio books of the kitten book, the cat-competability book, and Lost and Found thriller.

Measuring FB vs Blogging Effectiveness

Help! I’m Published…and I Can’t get Up! awesome post by James Scott Bell

Informal Survey of Self-Pub Trends interesting info…

Terrible Minds Addresses Fair Use this is a must-read for writers!

Gene Lempp Awesome Writer-icity Links!  Every weekend, his roundup has awesome info.

Dana Stabenow’s Storyknife Writers Retreat for Women  what an awesome project!

More Effective FB Tips


Feral Cat Spay Day sponsored by Alley Cat Rescue. Almost 600 veterinary clinics from 42 states have joined ACR in the fight to prevent cat homelessness. Together, over 4,300 community cats were spayed or neutered through FFCSD.

Dog Bacteria Gets Shared with Loved Ones  ewwwwwwww!

 Budget to Ban Horse Slaughter

Support the 2013 Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act Currently veterinarians are considered to be breaking the law if they transport controlled substances (pain meds, anesthetics, euthanasia solution) off their licensed premises…as happens in home house calls and farm calls. This limits their ability to practice.

Liz Wilson, a legend of the companion bird community, has died. She leaves behind a grateful world of bird lovers, and will be mourned by many including her husband and her 40-year companion Sam, a 60+ year-old female blue and gold macaw. The video below was a tribute to her produce three years ago–if nothing else you must watch the opening free-flighted macaws….just spectacular!


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    • Hi Patricia and thanks! I’m back online! But…(isn’t there always a “but” involved?) there are complications. Our 2 phone lines now are crossed. So planning to get as much/all internet work done asap before trying to get that fixed cuz it likely will mean MORE down time for the phones.

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