Friday, May 29, 2020

Local trio buy Santa Fe Southern Railroad - Sante Fe New Mexican

Panzer was just tootling along minding his own kitty business when he heard clapping and cheering outside the Panzermobile. Following all the jocularity took our inquisitive kitty boy to the Sante Fe New Mexican site. There he discovered a post about the sale of a railroad spur line to three New Mexico residents.

Trains are really noisy.
According to the post by Robert Nott, the Santa Fe Southern Railroad has been purchased (in alphabetic order) by Bill Banowsky, George R.R. Martin (yes, the Game of Thrones author) and Catherine Oppenheimer. The 18 mile long spur line runs from Sante Fe, New Mexico to Lamy, New Mexico. The trio hope to have a holiday train trip, a speak-easy bar and other entertaining train excursions. They also hope to interest movie makers into using the train for location shoots.

Panzer says, "Some humans never outgrow playing with trains."

Note: This is a long post. Bring a cup of tea and two muffins for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Santa Fe Southern Railroad

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Bill Clinton writing a second thriller with James Patterson - The Guardian

Today, Panzer decided to make a quick stop at The Guardian site. With no digging in the posts at all our inquisitive kitty found one about Bill Clinton and James Paterson's newest novel writing enterprise.

Hmm ... A U.S. President for your co-author.
According to Alison Flood's post, former U.S. President Bill Clinton is writing a second novel with James Patterson. This novel is titled The President's Daughter. Their first novel together, The President is Missing, is being made into a television movie by Showtime.

Panzer says, "Who better to write novels about presidents than a former president?"

Note: This is a short post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

RWA Retires RITA Awards, Debutes the 'Vivian' After a Winter of Controversy - Publishers Weekly

As Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere today the Panzermobile was shaken violently by crying and clapping coming from outside. Following all the hullabaloo took our confused kitty boy to the Publishers Weekly site. There he found a post about the Romance Writers of America (RWA) that was what was causing all the noise. Panzer told you earlier this year (and last year) about all the problems the Romance Writers of America has been having with the RITA Awards, the membership and the previous Board of Directors resignations.

I really hate the water.
According to the post by John Maher, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) has done away with the RITA Awards and replaced it with the Vivian Awards. The new Vivian Award is named after Vivian Stevens. Vivian Stevens was RWA's founder. There will be new rules and new training for the judges for the awards to 'ensure the Vivian is inclusive, equitable, and accessible.' There's a link to the site where the new information will be posted after it's voted on by the Board included in the post.

Panzer says, "Hmm ... Now we'll see if this new award can help calm the waters in the RWA Tsunami."

Note: This is a short-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to RWA Rita Awards
To read Panzer's previous post about the RWA tootle over to Romance Writers of America

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on the importance of keeping a journal:

Dear Journal,

Early last Tuesday, about quarter past second breakfast ...

I was thinking real hard on something to think about.

It didn't work.

My brain stayed empty.
That's what I think ... Zzzzz

And ...

I fell asleep.

Which proves that the leading cause of premature sleep is thinking.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Amazon is reopening its French warehouses after COVID-19 labor dispute - The Verge

Today's trip into the Catosphere took Panzer to The Verge site. There our traveling kitty pilot found a post about Amazon's French warehouses. Last week Panzer told you about Amazon closing the company's French fulfillment centers in April.

All humans want is more money.
According The Verge's Chaim Gartenberg's post, Amazon is reopening the company's six French warehouses. The company will open the fulfillment centers slowly. There will be staggered shifts for the employees and increased pay.

Panzer says, "Well ... Now people there will get their orders faster, since Amazon won't be shipping from fulfillment centers outside France anymore."

Note: This is a long-short length post. Bring a cup of tea for your reading selection today.

To read the post tootle over to Amazon French fulfillment centers reopen
To read Panzer's earlier post tootle over to Amazon French shutdown

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Seattle-area booksellers, moved by community support During coronovirus shutdown, say 'indie bookstores will thrive again' - The Seattle Times

Today Panzer decided to make his trip in the Catosphere closer to home (he lives in Washington state), so he stopped in at The Seattle Times Newspaper site. (The city of Seattle is located in Washington state.) With just a little digging in the posts, our inquisitive kitty boy found one about how indie bookstores are doing in the Seattle-area (Washington) with the coronavirus pandemic state-ordered shutdown.

According to the post by Moira Macdonald, Seattle-area (Seattle, Redmond and Mercer Island) independent bookstores are finding creative ways to continue to sell books. Bookstores are adding shopping carts to their websites so buyers can order their books online. Books are then either mailed to the buyer or can be picked up curbside outside the bookstore.  People are also calling in their book orders for mail or pickup. Book buyers are buying from their neighborhood indie bookstores to help keep them from closing permanently.
Don't worry. They'll be open soon.

Panzer says, "The neighborhood bookstore is where humans can go and hold a book in their hands. That's important to a lot of humans."

Note: This is a long-medium length post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to Seattle-area bookstores

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Coronavirus Shutdowns Weigh on Book Sales - The New York Times

It doesn't make sense to me.
Panzer decided to make a stop at The New York Times site today. There he found an interesting post about book sales in the month of March.

The post by Alexandra Alter says, according to figures released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), book sales were down 8 percent in March as compared to March of last year. Most of that loss was in educational books for children. Ebooks were down by 5 percent as well. In contrast however, audio books were up by 15 percent.

Panzer says, "Well, with schools closed educational book sales would be down, but I don't understand why ebooks sales were down."

Note: This is a long-medium post. Bring a cup of tea and a muffin for today's reading selection.

To read the post tootle over to book sales

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Agatha Awards, Edgar Awards and EU Prize for Literature - Various

Today as Panzer was tootling around in the Catosphere the Panzermobile was suddenly buffeted from all sides by clapping and cheering. Our brave kitty pilot followed all the hullabaloo first to the Mystery Fanfare site, then to the Mystery Tribune site and finally to the Publishers Weekly site.

Each of these sites had announcements about the recent winners of literary prizes. They include the Agatha Awards, the Edgar Awards and European Prize for Literature.

I am so tired I can't keep my eyes open.
First, in addition to a list of the Agatha winners Mystery Fanfare includes a link to the presentation ceremony via Zoom. Second, in addition to the list of the Edgar winners Mystery Tribune includes a description of each winner's story plot. Third, in addition to the list of The European Prize for Literature winners Publishers Weekly explains how the prizes are awarded.

Panzer says. "This little kitty spent so much time traveling he needs a long nap."

Note: Because today's reading includes three sites and a Zoom ceremony, this is a triple humongous reading adventure. Bring a thermos of tea and a thermos of cocoa and five muffins and ten chocolate chip cookies.

To read the post about the Agathas tootle over to Agatha Award Winners
To read the post about the Edgars tootle over to MWA Edgar Winners
To read the post about the E.U. Prize tootle over to European Prize for Literature

Monday, May 18, 2020

A New Panzerism

Panzer on human misconceptions:

Mom needs to stop telling me I'm a fat cat.

She needs to change her attitude.

I am a statuesque cat.

Washington. Lincoln. Panzer. *
Statues weigh a lot and have a solid base.

Sounds like me, right?

Got it Mom?

I'm a cat statue.

* From Cat Wisdom for humans