I’ve been deep into discussions about the making of LOST AND FOUND for the past couple of weeks on the DogRead list (today is the last day–but you can read the archives if you wish *s*). It seems that I’m gaining some furry fans as a result and I’m delighted that the critters have given the book their paws-up of approval. I’m also discussing fun ways characters get named over at The Big Thrill, please join us!
This week I’m finishing up preparations for the Cat Writers Association conference. It’s our 20th anniversary celebration! So I’m putting together a fun power point presentation of pictures and history of the organization. I’ve also been honored with several Certificate of Excellence awards in the annual contest and will find out if any of these nominations result in a Muse Medallion win, too! If you’re in the neighborhood, I’ll also be presenting my Kindle-ization talk once again.
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. There are LOTS of fun links today–and even a rather important (sort of scary, too) video on the blog for self protection. Hope you’ll never need it.
Creativity Writers Conference. Sat., Oct. 20. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. KU Edwards campus, 12600 Quivira. Featuring Linda Rodriguez, fiction; Suzanne Lieurance, writing for children; Lisa Waterman Gray, travel writing, Olive Sullivan, poetry, Amy Viets and Bernadette Stankard, co-authorship; Mike Lance, electronic publishing. Fee: $75. Sponsored by Kansas City Voices magazine. Public welcome.
Fair Use what is it? Goodguidelines for writers
Writers, Create A Biz Plan and here’s how
Dorchester Transfers Rights Back to Authors…if they can find you.
Do You NaNoWriteMo? 90+ published books began in this annual jump-start project that prompts writers to commit to 50,000 words in November! Do it!
Open Letter to Virus Creators I really enjoyed reading this vent!
Sock Puppets & Fake Reviews
Bouchercon–Why I Stopped Going this author has some interesting observations
Plot Fixer Series, looks awesome!
Gender Specific Characteristics for Characters…or not!
Quick Backlist Building With Shorter Books….really? What do you think?
Can My Killer Hack A Heart? that is, interfere with the pacemaker? Doug Lyle’s nefarious info is dead-on (bwaaa-hahaha!)
Pet Books Get No Respect...except here, of course. Two very well known dog writers expound on the furry truth
Pet Prescriptions & Veterinarians a good discussion from my friend over at Fidose of Reality
MAGGOT DNA I.D.s CORPSE and yes, I had to put that in all caps because it is so freakin’ cool! Yay, Doug Lyle…again!
Photos Help Shelter Animals Find Homes what a great project! You can do this, too.
TV Reality Veterinarian Fined for Negligence/Incompetence …but gee, he looks good on TV. What is WRONG with this picture?
California Squirrel Plague sounds like the plot to a thriller
SPONSORSHIP for Small Animal Studies Available at Morris Animal Foundation. Help your pet and others’, too.
Pet Loss & Bereavement–How Dogs Grieve. It’s awful, everyone’s different but getting through the pain can be done. Here are 7 Ways for Pet Lovers to Cope from psychology experts, and what to do for grieving cats from the awesome Marilyn Krieger
Dog Trainer Seminar–Suzanne Clothier Relationship Based Training Seminar, known as a “trainer of trainers” Suzanne will be at the Grapevine (TX) Convention Center on Feb. 23-24, 2013. The cost of the 2 day seminar is $250 for early sign up, and $275 after Jan. 1, 2013. Contact Kathi O’Malley for registration
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