Monday Mentions: Parakeets, Driving Dogs & Bestseller Insight

I had this scheduled for Monday…but it has come out a day early. That’s fine. Unexpected happens and we must be prepared to deal with the good, bad and unbelievable.

As I was writing this, I watch the tragedy unfold in Connecticut and mourn the senseless loss of life. I’d already planned to include the link to this song, and somehow it now seems even more appropriate.

Stand By Me sung around the world, at the same time, thanks to a creative mix. May we all “stand” together against evil. Amen.

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. Please scroll down for some silly, fun, and moving videos, too.

Writer-icity Schtuff

Zombies in Nature, this is so full of weird-icity and coolness, writers will eat it up with a spoon! Dibs on the concept, guys…

Author Branding Tips a great discussion

Facebook Changes Privacy Settings

NYT Separates Bestseller List for YA and MiddleGrade

Job Listings on MediaBistro

Connect Google+ to Online Writing

How Bestseller Lists Work and learn about Amazon Monthly 100

Writer Beware-The Albee Agency Faked Publicity

When Life Gets In the Way boy, I can relate to this! Lovely post most of us can relate to

Pet-centric Schtuff

Kittens for Kids of SANDY HOOK Kitten Associates is opening their doors, by appointment only, to residents in their community of Newtown, and especially in Sandy Hook, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 31 for some emotional healing through live “kitten therapy.”  To set up a visit, request a free plush for your child, or to donate to the plush kitten purchase fund, interested parties should email Kitten Associates at or call 203-744-9CAT (9228).

Animals With Accents?  fascinating. Take the test…I have a Midland accent, who knew?

Treat or Euthanize? some insights from the veterinary side

Muscle Transplant Returns Dog’s Mobility very cool procedure

Pedigreed Cats Friendlier Than “Mutt” Cats? My colleague Jo Singer reports…what do you think of this new study result?

Wilco, the Movie Trailer Pup some truly creative and fun short videos

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder…In Dogs

Creative Cat Feeding from the wonderful cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger

Thanks to Piper Bayard for an alert about dog-driving videos–which Magic is not allowed to watch!

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Monday Mentions: Parakeets, Driving Dogs & Bestseller Insight — 9 Comments

  1. I have a midland accent also, in spite of not living in Chicago since I was 6. Evidently Texas and Oklahoma didn’t rub off too much and I have a good voice for radio and TV? Love the little blind kitty.

    • Carol, when I was in High School the speech teacher recorded all the students and sent off samples to some expert to evaluate. Mine came back saying, “Is she from Europe? What is that accent? or rather, no accent…”

      *shrug* Always had an ear for mimicking accents but never really had one myself. Except my theater prof drilled into me the difference between “pin” and “pen” which he said I must have picked up from my KY relatives.

      And yes, you have a great announcer voice. 🙂

  2. Well I have the Southern accent – no surprise. I was in Washington D.C. one time and some lady said you must be from Texas – she said the accent gave it away. I guess I sounded like a hick. Great links on the blog today.

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