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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Friends and Events

Come with me: This Saturday, July 20, Renee Miller is holding a Facebook Event to launch her latest book, The Legend of Jackson Murphy.

Now you might say, big whoop. Everyone has a launch. We all get out and cheer our friends and twenty minutes later we move on to lunch.

Not this event. Renee is a tall drink of water with a pit bull personality and good hair. She snarls, and swears, and bares her teeth occasionally, but she's also one of the funniest people I've ever met. She says all the things you wish you had said--out loud. She's a hoot!

Anyway, I don't want you to miss Renee's Facebook event. I mean it. You know I never send you off willy-nilly. Renee is going to have some serious swag at her event. Lots of people have donated books (including moi) and she has other cool stuff that you can fondle and covet. There's something to do with bees.  bzzzzzzzz

The event is open all day so you can pop in when it's convenient, but the main show (and contests) will be on from 10am to 4pm (Eastern time). 

So for my sake, (cuz I never steer you wrong) go add yourself to the guest list. I'll be there. If you don't already know Renee, I'll introduce you while I pass out the margaritas. 

If you're on Twitter, Renee is using #WWJD hashtag.


Smart Girls Love Sci Fi: All this week, my buddy Charlee Allden is celebrating the 3rd anniversary of her blog Smart Girls Love Sci Fi. This Saturday, she reminisces about all the people who frequented her blog back in its early days. That includes me!

I'm not sure what she plans to talk about, but I'll be interested in reading how we met.

If you're an SF fan, you must include Charlee's blog. She has a whole team of people blogging with her now and they talk about everything SF (even zombies) in fiction, film, and podcasts. I'll update this blog when her post goes live, but I'll also include it on Facebook.


#%^*! Reader: Still having trouble understanding Feedly. I deleted all my posts...again! Apparently, if you hold down your mouse button over "All" too long all the posts do a vanishing act. Oy! Apologies again if I missed you. I swear I'm getting better though. I deleted everything only once this week.


Lost Dog: In unrelated news, I nearly rescued a rottweiler. I was driving into town when I saw a rottie in the middle of a busy highway. I was hemmed in but as soon as I could get away from the pack, I turned the car around to try and get him off the road. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, he had vamoosed into a pasture. 

He looked so much like Tank. From what little I could see he was a big, older dog looking quite confused. All I could think was that if it had been my dog, I'd want someone to try and get a hold of him. I spent quite a while looking for him, but he was gone. I said a prayer for him and hoped for the best.

Losing Tank last year for 12 hours has left its scars. I wouldn't wish that grief on anyone.

Have you ever rescued a stray? Let's rescue Renee Miller this Saturday and then meet me over at Charlee Allden's blog. It should be fun.


Renee Miller said...

Thanks, Maria! Mostly for the good hair compliment. ;)

By the way, strays get pampered, right? If so, PLEASE rescue me. It's stupid hot here and I'm out of chocolate and booze. But we did take care of the fleas...

And thanks for introducing me to Smart Girls Love Sci-Fi. Fantastic blog. I love sci-fi, although I'm not so shit-hot at writing it. :) I'll pass the link along too.

Maria Zannini said...

Renee: My strays get pampered. :)

You'll like Charlee's blog. There's a little of everything.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I've rescued my share of strays. Two dogs (a husky out for a night run. We drove her home since we were in our car) and a coonhound who followed us home on our morning walk (her dad came to pick her up) and a stray kitten who flocked to us during another morning walk. I would have kept him in an instant if my bro wasn't allergic to cats. But we named him Tidus, my sister brought him to work (the shelter) and he was adopted the next day. So all happy stories in my case

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: That doesn't surprise me. I imagine they see you and decide, hey, there's Sarah! I'm running away. :)

Glad they were all happy endings.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Two of my pets were from a shelter, and two are rescues who marooned themselves on my property. I couldn't turn them away.

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: I don't doubt that! They were lucky to find you. --and smart. :)

Anonymous said...

Margaritas?! Did someone say margaritas?

I'll see what I can do, trying to cram a week's worth of summer break into a weekend doesn't equal a lot of computer time. Congrats ladies for the launch, and the blogiversary!

One of my family's best fur babies was a stray. Lord Groaner...remember, the dog you said I had matching hair color? :)

Maria Zannini said...

Raelyn: Oh, Lord Groaner. Your twin. :)

I've collected my share of strays, but mostly because I know what it's like to lose a family member.

For weeks I tried to find Maggie's owners, but it was obvious someone dumped her and the puppy. She is the most grateful dog you'll ever meet.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My daughter just rescued a runaway last week. The poor doggie had run away from the kennel where it was staying while its parents were on vacation. My daughter called the number on the tag and reached very grateful and worried owners. All ended happily.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: I hate putting tags/collars on dogs because I had a friend whose dog hung himself on a fence with his collar. Freak accident but still horrible.

But the alternative is bad too. If they have no way to reach you, you could lose that dog forever.

I'm glad your daughter found the pooch's owner. That is a happy ending.

Gwen Gardner said...

I don't think I know Renee, but she sounds like a hoot. I'll go stop by the event.

I hope the rottie found his way home <3

Maria Zannini said...

Gwen: You'll like her, Gwen. She's one of the good ones.

Re: rottie
Me too. I had the chance to go that way again and I looked for him.

LD Masterson said...

Remember our Chance. He just following our daughter-in-law home one day and ended up staying "temporarily" with us for 12 years.

Hope that lost rottie finds his way home.

Mike Keyton said...

I'm still trying to reconcile and ageing confused dog with Renee! It's a good job you're friends :)

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: Chance was no dummy. He knew where the good lovin' was. :)

I sometimes think that about Maggie. She ran into my driveway, a total stranger, as if she were coming home.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: It's possible Renee could be confused, but not old.

Heck, we're old enough to be her parents. LOL.