Monday, January 26, 2015

A New Panzerism

Even Mom's right once in a while.

Panzer on human correctness:

Good news, Mom.

You were absolutely right!

You really can't put toothpaste back into the tube.

No matter how much you squeeze out, it just can't be pushed back in.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Game of Thrones: Season 5

Don't get between me and my Cat TV!
Today's trip in the Catosphere brings news for all Panzer's friends who are Game of Thrones fans like he is.

Our big bad kitty boy found a post at Entertainment Weekly about a Game of Thrones Season 5 Special. According to James Hibberd, in the special we'll learn all about what goes into the filming of the show.  He also tells us the special, titled Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life, will air on February 8.

Panzer says, "Woo Hoo! I'm marking my calendar and you better too!"

Note: There's a short preview below the post. Scroll down to watch it.

To read the post and watch the preview, tootle over to Game of Thrones

Friday, January 23, 2015

Indie Author Annual Earnings Dismal

Mice? Yuk!
Panzer came back from the Catosphere crying big kitty tears today. Our brave kitty boy stopped in at The Guardian site and read a devastating post by Alison Flood.

My poor boy was sobbing so hard I could barely understand him. Turns out that according to a survey quoted in the post, most indie writers are only making between $500 and $999 a year. Writing is hard work and worth a lot more than that for a year of sales. It's enough to make a cat go back to his day job as a mouse catcher!

Panzer says, "That's barely enough to keep me in kitty treats for a year!"

To read the whole post, tootle over to authors earnings

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Edgar Award Nominations Announced

Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere and stopped in at J. Kingston Pierce's The Rap Sheet blog. Our kitty boy reporter has been waiting and waiting and waiting for the release of the names of the 2015 Mystery Writers of America (MWA) nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe (the Edgar) Awards. According to Mr. Pierce, they've finally been announced.

The Best Novel Nominees are:

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
Wolf by Mo Hayder
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Coptown by Karin Slaughter

The awards will be presented at the MWA Awards Banquet April 29 in New York city.

Panzer says, "Nope. They don't allow indie published materials to be submitted."

Please Note: There are thirteen other categories (some have already been chosen) and that's way too much keying for our little kitty's toes to handle!

To read the full list, tootle over to  the Edgars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Where 15 of Your Favorite Words Came From Infographic

Who knew?
Panzer found this fun infographic that tells you where some of your favorite words came from.

Like my big bad kitty boy, did you ever wonder where "Tween" came from?

How about "Yahoo"?

Or "Cyberspace"?

Panzer says, "Scroll down to find out."

15 Words You Never Knew Came from Literature

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bookmate Adds 200,000 English Language Ebooks

200,000 new ebooks!
Panzer was out in the Catosphere today when he found a post at Publishers' Weekly of interest to his friends in Russia and Eastern Europe looking for English language ebooks.

My little sleepy kitty discovered that according to Calvin Reid's post, Russian ebook subscription company Bookmate is adding 200,000 English language ebooks to their service. They signed agreements with two distributors and several publishers. The total number of ebooks available through the company is believed to be 500,000.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... And you won't even need access to Amazon."

To read the post, tootle over to Bookmate

Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Panzerism

I watch everything you do.
Panzer on agelessness:

One gray whisker does not mean I'm getting old

and, if you don't agree with me ...

I'll tell everybody what color your hair really is.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Game of Thrones and Coldhands

Panzer was out searching for news about his favorite television show, Game of Thrones. He found a post by Bill Bradley at the Huffington Post site that had some news he couldn't believe.

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones who believe the theory about Coldhands and Benjen Stark, you need to read the post.

Panzer says, "I'm shocked I tell you. Shocked."

Warning: Spoilers are included in Bill Bradley's post!

If you're brave enough to read the post, tootle over to George R. R. Martin

Friday, January 16, 2015


I'm so tired, I can barely move.
Panzer was so tired from working on his newest book (more about that in a few days) that he overslept from his afternoon nap. Our poor little kitty pilot hurried out into the Catosphere as soon as he jumped into the Panzermobile.

In between kitty yawns Panzer zigzagged his way to the Kevin's Corner blog. He found a post by Mr. Tipple for his American p.i. mystery writing friends. Turns out it's time for submissions to be made to the Private Eye Writers of America's annual awards contest. If your work was published in 2014, you can submit it for consideration.

Panzer says, "Shhh. I've heard they accept indie published novels for a special category, too."

To read the full post and rules, tootle over to Kevin's Corner: NEWS: PRIVATE EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA ACCEPTING SUB...:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Amazon's Grandinetti Speaks At DBW

I'm above the fray.
Panzer followed some whispering voices through the Catosphere to the Publishers' Weekly site. Our big black kitty reporter found an enlightening post by Calvin Reid there. If you're adept at reading between the lines like our kitty boy is, there's some interesting information in the post.

According to Mr. Reid, Amazon's Russ Grandinetti was at Digital Book World. Mr. Grandinetti was questioned by DBW representatives about the author unhappiness with Kindle Unlimited. Specifically, authors are dismayed by their diminished royalties since joining KU. According to Mr. Grandinetti, changes have been made to address the authors' issues.

Panzer says, "Hmmm ... If the issues have been addressed, why are authors still leaving the program?"

Warning: This is a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g post and also has information on the Hachette contract, Amazon's size, and other subscription platforms.

To read the post, tootle over to Grandinetti speaks at DBW