Monday Mentions: Pink Flamingo Dreams & Brass Rings

This past week has been a killer. Last Monday began well as I wrote a fun and exciting chapter on the LOST AND FOUND sequel and looked forward to the weekly Monday night CAT CRAZY radio program. But then the day tanked as my laptop died. Before folks start preaching the gospel of Mac, this had nothing to do with a virus and everything (apparently) to do with unstable North Texas power grid that tends to fry “motherboards” quicker than chicken-fried armadillo. Anyway, the laptop surgeons are prepping for a transplant once the new motherboard arrives, which means finishing up my next audio book has been put on hold. See, all the audio software is on the laptop, so it’s mobile and can move into my “sound studio” (aka office walk in closet).

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There were a few other angsty happenings that truly got blown out of proportion because my nerves were already off the charts over the laptop. So I’ve been yearning for some Pink Flamingo Dreams that help me keep a-reaching for those writerly brass rings. Every artist has their own kind of brass ring and safe place.

The photo above taken at the annual writer retreat. When I get discouraged, the goofy bird reminds me that even outrageous creatures like flamingos exist (and unlikely dreams  like getting fiction published can come true). That place in the mountains is my happy place where the phone doesn’t ring, friendship and laughter abound, and all the ills of the world are left far behind. It’s where I go to recharge. Do you have a place like that, virtual or otherwise, that you share with family and/or friends? What’s your pink flamingo?

RLPN-ListenToMyShowOnI’ve crossed all the monthly must-do’s off the list–except for tonight’s CAT CRAZY radio show (PLEASE listen/call in with your catty comments & questions!). And with my calendar cleared, this will be a week full of fiction-ing so I’m channeling “the bird” this week. What’s on your weekly to-do list?

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. Lots of fun pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.

WRITER-ICITY SCHTUFF

Signed Ebooks with Authorgraph! what a neat concept, for PAW-tographed books *s*

Barnes & Noble vs Simon & Schuster it’s getting tense…

Salt Cay Writers Retreat this is an AWESOME opportunity–wish I could go!

Beware of Autharium a caution from The Passive Voice, and additional info from Writer Beware

5 Writer Trends You Must Know from Jane Friedman

10 Favorite Book Blogs from Story Cartel

FTC Rules for BLoggers a must-read for those reviewing products or with “sponsored” posts

Best-selling Ebooks, the REAL numbers this will raise your virtual eyebrows…

How to Create A Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Winning Marketing Strategies for Ebooks thanks to Diane Capri for pointing out this great post

PET-ASTIC SCHTUFF

Crazy Pet Children’s Foundation, what a worthy cause–offers grants to kid-and-pet-friendly programs

Pet Parent Awards from the always awesome Morris Animal Foundation

People-Pet Relationship Study a survey where you can help

UraPet oh no, not another social networking site…just leave it to the pets! (caution: check the fine print on who owns what once posted…)

Top 10 Pet-Safe Vehicles I love it when my buddies do all the research for me–great info from Fidose of Reality


 

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