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Happy Monday! The temperatures are doing jumping-jacks in North Texas this week–up/down/up/down–and I’m doing my best to stay healthy for performances this coming weekend of KURVES, THE MUSICAL. This is the original show Frank Steele and I wrote and produced last March, back by popular demand October 11, 12, and 13 at the Rialto. Yes, in another life I sing and “act sparkly” for fun and profit *s* and I’ve even included a short video of the awesome actors singing a few of the original songs. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by–you can learn more about the show here.

On the writing front, I’m delighted that my swerves into fiction  LOST AND FOUND has struck a chord with readers and already received lots of flattering reviews. You’ve made this writer’s “furry” dreams come true! I’m still discussing the book for another week over at the DogRead virtual book club so I hope you’ll join the conversation–it’s free, come-and-go, and you can even lurk if you wish (and maybe even find out some super-secret background about the book). There’s also still time to get your name in on the drawing for three free autographed copies.

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. I have  bunch more–but the Verizon gremlins are getting on my nerves and won’t let me access my saved email. Color me less-than-impressed and verging on fed-up-entirely! If I can get at the other awesome links later, I’ll update the post as I can.


Cat Writers’ Conference November 1, 2, 3 and it’s our 20th anniversary! Yes, I’ll be speaking. *s* and it’s not just furry writing, it applies to all writers

Writing A Bipolar Character? here’s what you need to know.

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Zombie Bees, Hijacked Minds it’s not sci-fi, it’s real…and would make a great plot!

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Amazon Cares Prosecutes Abuse Case in Peru in a precedent-setting trial

Petties Awards! Friday October 12…check it out!

AVMA Says Pet Ownership Decreasing in US

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  1. Tameri Etherton

    Kurves is this weekend? Wow, that was fast! It’ll be great, I wish I was in Texas to see it. How about if you take the show on the road, to say, California? 🙂

    Great links, Amy. I caught most of them, but the bipolar post slipped past me. As always, I love your pet links. I learn so much from them each week!

    Have a terrific week and keep yourself healthy with that jumping jack weather.

    • amyshojai

      Hey, we’d love to share KURVES with a wider audience! It could happen…stay tuned. *s* It was in the 30s this morning but supposed to go to the 80s by tomorrow. Sheesh.

  2. patriciasands

    Congratulations on the return of Kurves! I just watched the video and was SO impressed with the talented singers. Amy, you have a beautiful voice and in your own modest way didn’t show us nearly enough of you! Stay healthy but break a leg!

    • amyshojai

      Awww shucks (digging toe in floor) Thanks Patricia. There are 12 songs, and I wanted to showcase everyone–and I couldn’t video myself so it looks a bit different than the other samples. *s*

  3. Karyl Cunningham

    I’ve known a few people with bipolar, at least one of whom had to be on two meds and make sure she was taking the right one – one pill for the mania, one for the depression. During her manic episodes, she said she would just stay up for days and not stop moving. Those were the times she was most likely to forget her meds – mania made her feel like she didn’t need any help, because she felt GREAT, but she was really running herself into the ground. I can only imagine how much worse that would make the following depression – I know when I’m tired I’m more apt to feel depressed (quite often over completely irrational thoughts, like “what if my boyfriend gets upset and leaves me because I didn’t clean the dishes” which is beyond ridiculous, but those thoughts do tend to invade).

    At least in my case, I’ve just got one medication, I take the same dose every day, and don’t have to worry about the back-and-forth mess. Doesn’t fix it, but does make it bearable. I can’t imagine having to deal with bipolar at such an extreme end (there is, if I recall, a milder form where you swing between “normal” and depression, I think maybe there was one that swung between “normal” and mania too, but I think the depressed version is more common – again, trying to remember from psych classes from over 5 years ago, and don’t have my textbooks handy to confirm).

    And now… back to your book.

    • amyshojai

      Karyl, having effective intervention (meds, counseling, family support) is so important and a great blessing.

  4. August McLaughlin

    Congrats on your warm reviews, Amy! Must be a wonderful feeling. 🙂

    Thanks for including me in our super mash up! Lots of great stuff to explore.

    • amyshojai

      August, you always have great posts.


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