This morning I met with the Latah County Commissioners. I have included my PowerPoint presentation here:
Because I gave more detail in the presentation than is contained in the PowerPoint slides, I have attached a PDF of my notes: Feral Cat Fact Sheet
And you can see the letter I wrote to the County Commissioners which resulted in my being granted an audience here: May 18-Cats
Since submitting the SNAP application on May 15, 2017 I have managed to capture 3 kittens. It’s been a month and SNAP has yet to contact me regarding my application, so their statement that it may take up to a month to receive a decision is false. It clearly takes OVER a month. And in case you’re curious, that mama cat, who had the first litter last year, and another litter this year, is pregnant again. Obviously, taking prompt action to reduce the number of stray and feral animals isn’t much of a concern for them.
It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center. I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year. The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced. The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.
When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones. Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body. I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.
Recently, a number of people have told me that book reviews are a waste of time. One person said, “If you’re not writing, you’re procrastinating.” Another said, “Why waste time promoting someone else’s work when you should be promoting your own?”
The answer is really very simple. Book reviews are highly valuable, not just for the one receiving the review, but for the one writing it as well.
Every book a writer reads gives them insight into what’s trending in the market, which aids in determining the commercial potential of their books. Market research is vital for finding a publisher. Many writers finish their books and turn to places like Writers Market, Publishers Marketplace, and Query Tracker, then spam all the editors, agents, and publishers they can find. A more successful approach might be turning to your bookshelf instead. Continue reading