Monday Mentions didn’t happen yesterday because I was head-down on final edits for my THRILLER. I sent it to the publisher last evening, whew! And then I hurried off to KURVES rehearsal and didn’t even get to watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show when I got home. Yep, these days I meet myself running, but it’s all good.
I’ve got news! I learned that my new Puppies Website won a MAJOR AWARD, the Maxwell Medallion, from the Dog Writers Association of America, woot! The awards were presented Sunday night in New York and since I’m in rehearsals, I couldn’t be there but some seriously talented dog-savvy folks were honored.
Today just for Valentine’s Day I’ve compiled a mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. 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.
Lorraine Chittock celebrates Cairo’s cats, with glorious photos–and donations to a wonderful Egyptian animal welfare organization. Check out the book Cairo Cats! pictured above.
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants annual behavior conference, all about cats, dogs, therapy animals, horses and parrots! Early bird registration goes away in 6 days . . .
California Roll-Back on Pet Protection Laws? from terrific blogger BJ Bangs
14 Ways Your Cat Loves You from my good friend and cat behavior expert Sally Bahner
Inking for Dollars–tattoos benefiting shelters!
Dogs Deserve Better sent 19,000 Valentine cards to dog owners who chain their dogs all day long!
Helpful post about How to “Gift” an Ebook for Reviews
OKC University Creative Writing Festival the art of laughter and thrills in creative writing
Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Writing Contest
Why HATING FACEBOOK Costs You Book Sales, you really need to read this
Dreamin’ with Jennifer Lawler, how her editing/publishing dream came true and she wants YOUR book, too! from
Keeping Current Without Being Overwhelmed, from Lorie Huston’s blog for Socially Savvy Pet Bloggers
How NOT to Get Burned Out from Kristen Lamb, social media maven
Dirty Publishing–DON’T DO IT! Great post on independent author’s ethics from Jeremy Robinson
Updating Your Ebook--how to do it.
Writers Guide to E-Pub now features the awesome Jen Talty from WhoDaresWinsPublishing.com, SQUEEEE!
Score Your Book Title, some great tips for designing a winner (with a very cool “test”) from great blogger Linda Joyce
Overdone Plotlines–yikes! Is yours in there?
Gene Lempp’s Blog Treasures, even more good stuff!
Babe the Sheep Pig has nothin’ on Champis, the bunny–wowsers!
Don’t try this at home–unless you’ve got year’s of experience, trustworthy dogs, and lots of supervision but–wow, ain’t this a fun video?!
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