Writing Evil, Translations & Scary Rhythm

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. I hope you’re having an awesome Labor Day, and I’ve compiled some truly bizarre as well as helpful and fun links.

I’d also encourage you to check out this Lost And Found Book Give-Away on GoodReads, if you haven’t already done so. Be sure to scan down to the bottom of the post where you’ll find some terrific videos including WHAT IS EVIL? from best-selling thriller authors at Thrillerfest.

How would you answer that question–what is evil? I mean, other than a horrific deadline (shudder!). Please share!


Job Opening–Editor for Veterinary E-Newsletter I know nuthin’ more about this but check it out if you’re interested

Kindle “India” Store Not All That  Not yet, anyway. Read this enlightening post by David Gaughran

KOBO Partners with American Booksellers Association

Re-defining “Vanity Publishing” oh my can’t we all be friends?

Calculate Your Sales (or anyone else’s) with this nifty tool to evaluate amazon rank (thanks Diane Capri)

Name Game–Buy YOURS or Lose It good advice from Lorie Huston

Check Your SEO a nifty tool to grade your effectiveness

Chicken Soup for the Soul Now Soup Nazis? Those who read this blog know why I’m no longer a fan of the CS folks, and now they’re getting into the food biz? Why not, they already license the name to pet food.

33 Things to Ask Before Hitting “Publish” wow, some awesome tips here for bloggers

Jump Back, Pirates–Proof YOU Own your Book a thread to help authors prove disputed ownership


Bil-Jac Dog Food Recall

Awesome Training Game–Fruits & Veggies Learn how your dog thinks during training by putting yourself in his “paws.” Thanks to Patricia Tirrell who shared her experiences working with dogs and inmates (yes, you read that right!)

Science Behind the Wet Dog Shake  did you know the smaller the mammal, the faster it must shake to exert the ideal amount of force on the water droplets. For example, a mouse must shake at a rate of 30 times per second, a cat nine times per second, and a Labrador Retriever only four times per second.

Zoo Animals Trained to Help Themselves to take meds, give themselves tests, and more, awesome!

AVMA Pet Census Report from pet guru Steve Dale

Cats are GOOD for Your Health  well of course they are! Just asked the Seren-Kitty 🙂

Say WHAT? Don’t let your book be lost in translation!

Does Evil Exist? Speculation from best-selling thriller authors.

Writers and pet folks need to exercise and many of us enjoy music but…this is just disturbing on so many levels! Does it encourage you to get with the program?

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Writing Evil, Translations & Scary Rhythm — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great links, Amy! Can’t wait to check out that giveaway. 🙂

    What is evil? Such a complex question. One of the scariest aspects, IMO, is the fact that most people engaged in evilness don’t see their behaviors as evil at all. I think we all have the capacity to compromise our values and step on or otherwise hurt others for personal gain… Whenever we know we are hurting someone by choice, I’d say that’s evil.

    • Great insight, August. Is it evil if you choose to do something but don’t realize it will hurt someone? Hmnnn. And I agree, that the most evil of all are those who either don’t know or don’t care that their behavior is evil. Or how’s this? They believe they’re NOT evil and are doing GOOD (sort of the lesser evil mindset).

  2. Oh my oh my oh my! That muscle man video is hilarious! I’m sure my music wouldn’t be as entertaining as his since all my muscles combined are less than one pec on that guy!

    Great links. I checked out my SEO thing and it was very illuminating. Now I need to click on a few more. The readerpedia video made me giggle. Codpiece? I thought everyone knew what that was. Guess not.

    I need to come back for the evil video. I’m supposed to be writing my blog post, but got distracted with all your great sparklies. I must work now. 😉

  3. I always love your Monday posts – videos, links and magic questions that make me think all day. I think evil walks among us, and the good and light at the core of most people makes it invisible to them. Hence the long-term popularity of thrillers. 🙂

    • Jenny, I soooooo like that statement, that most folks are “blinded” by their own goodness and so don’t see the bad among us. Wow. And yes, thrillers I think are popular in part because we clearly identify the “evil” and it gets vanquished. Well, in the ones I like to read, anyway.

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