Monday Mentions: Packing, Parenting & Problems

On Thursday I depart for THRILLERFEST! Yay, I can’t wait! I have a bunch of postcards printed with information about my debut thriller Lost and Found and plan to hand ’em out to readers interested in an “advance look” with an eye toward reviewing the story. If you’re interested, let me know–I’ll keep a list of emails/contact info from the comments section on the book page.

Just so’s ya know, the month of July also will be head-down busy dealing with some angst-icity challenges. One of the problems with being passionate about causes and organizations is that sometimes folks don’t agree with each others’ opinions. That’s perfectly understandable. But it can cause hurt feelings when intentions and/or responses are misinterpreted and unexpected hurtful reactions come from people you respect, admire, or even believe to be friends. Treat Sweet Tweets Right–er, Write, the Hospice Way from awesome blogger Piper Bayard really helped me with this–and maybe it will help readers if/when you find yourself in similar situations.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter in the scheme of things. And I’m nobody’s parent–except for the fur-kids, of course. But after some public “doing what’s ethically right” stands in three very different recent situations and being misunderstood,  I’m taking a break from angst long enough for the bruises to fade and am reevaluating such things. Meanwhile, I’ll be busy brainstorming next thrillers–make believe thrills appeal to me at the moment!–as well as preparing for the next play production(s) (yes there are TWO in the works!), so stay tuned.

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. Lots of fun videos today, too, including some PARENT stuff! 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. PLEASE add your suggestions to the “Name That Dog/Cat” contest because next week the voting begins!

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Designing From Bones on cannibalism, awesome post from Gene Lempp

CJ Lyons Indie Success! and you can’t even hate CJ, she’s an awesomely nice person!

WORST Book Covers EVER! a hilarious blog from Colin Falconer

Marketing for Romance Writers with some free online classes, too

Publishing Predictions Score, an interesting evaluation

New Suspense How-To Blog from the awesome Rebecca York, something for all writers!

The Perfect Blog Post template anyone?

Top 25 Free Mysteries & Thrillers from iTunes

Authors Guild & Writers from David Gaughran

Global Book Awards Finalists

Neato writer conference over Labor Day (see video below) and my publisher Bob Mayer (plus many others!) will be there.

PET SCHTUFF

Dog Nurses Orphan Kitten

Pets In Nursing Homes–lower infection risk!

Ape Intellect another great shared link from Jane Miller

Pet Funeral Industry Changes

Dog Memoirs…but where are the cat books?

Kangaroo Paw Preferences–are they right-pawed or left-pawed?

Top 25 CAT Bloggers of 2012!

A couple more videos on ‘parenting’ enjoy!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter . Don’t forget to check out the NAME THAT DOG/CAT character in the forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND!


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