Monday Mentions Mashup: Writing, Pets & Fun

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Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and blogs and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Since tomorrow begins NaNoWriteMo month (and no, I’m not doing that!), some links today focus on fiction help and there’s great info collected from pub’d authors and teachers. Enjoy!

This week I’m doing my dogged best FICTION–I’m in late stage edits–so the blogs may be a bit brief and the Twitter and Facebook postings will get drive-by quick hits. My phone once again works, though (yay!) and will use the hey-honey’s printer until a new one can be purchased.

Alexandra Sokoloff series on NanoWriteMo story elements breakdown, awesome posts!

Style Blunders in Fiction from DP Lyle’s blog and guest blogger Jodie Renner

Chocolate Lowers Stroke Risk--YAY! just in time for Halloween–not for pets, of course. *s* But may help writers get over that writer’s block…ya think?

Awesome thriller writer JT Ellison has a HALLOWEEN GIVE AWAY of Surreal South (edited by my friend Laura Benedict and her hubby)

PET SCHTUFF

In honor of Halloween, the Mentions start off on the right “paw” with the kitty in the photo (above).  Guideo Basolo is the kitty STAR of the Guido Gazette (see picture above) and it seems purr-fectly appropriate to offer a shout-out on Halloween to this kitty’s extraordinary fashion sense.

Need A Cat Fix? Remote Kitty Play! with this virtually-controlled interactive cat play. You’ll need to get in line, it’s hugely popular

Jack the Cat Found!  Jack escaped August 25 during a cross country flight and was lost 2 months in the American Airlines terminal.

Acupuncture Offered at UC-Davis Vet School

Something Good Photo Friday from Deborah Taylor-French at DogLeaderMysteries

Dallas Appoints “No Kill” Task Force to End Shelter Pet Euthanasia, this could be very-good-news!

A Revised History of Doggy Evolution, very kewl information and speculation

Susan Clothier’s Shock Collars–NOT! a well-respected trainer’s thoughts on the notion.

INTERESTING/FUN SCHTUFF

The Undie Chronicles from hilarious blogger Jenny Hansen–learn what constitutes “Christian” panties (or horrific Halloween ones)

Cataract Surgery Aids Alzheimer’s Patients

End of PSA Screening? Hmnnnn

Please don’t be shy about sending me your own links or suggestions for others to highlight. I love doing a SNOOPY-DANCE-’O-JOY! in celebration of all the savvy writers and animal advocates doing the work of the angels–and to a few angels as well. Speaking of doing the work of the angels, if you want to help YOUR rescue organization while shopping for the holidays, check out the video below.

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