The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Squeez Bacon in a Bottle

My editor/mentor/friend and Best Selling Author Kristen Lamb started a trend this week of giving me +K on Klout about Bacon. Several others followed suit, and this week’s End is Near is my expression of gratitude. Thank you for associating me with the choice gastronomic delight of Mt. Olympus. :)

So many uses, so little time. *deep sigh* I’m betting this will be a post-apocalyptic staple along with Twinkies and Spam.

Announcements, Blogs, and Articles in No Particular Order

Speaking of bacon, the awesome Prince of Prose and Porcine Delights, Ryne Douglas Pearson, now has his books Confessions and All for One available in audio. Also, watch for his new release, Cop Killer, later this summer.

New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins released his latest Sigma Force novel, Bloodline, this week. In it, war dog Kane and his handler join the Sigma Force team. Watch for an interview with this outstanding author  here with Bayard & Holmes on Monday, and click on this link for James Rollins’ Bloodline Tour Dates. Don’t be shy. Stop in and say hello. He’s a very nice man.

Jenny Hansen hosts Kasey Matthews, author of Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life, and Motherhood. Inside the Life of a Preemie Parent

As my son says, “When life gives you lemons, say ‘screw this’ and go get a steak.” Susie Lindau knows where to find her steak where the weather is concerned. I Am So Hot! and Dancing for Rain! A Colorado Wildfire Photo Essay

My friend and high school classmate Bob Farkas sent me this spoof on espionage which isn’t entirely a spoof. Tradecraft at The Covert Comic, by John Alejandro King.

Great advice for writers who are experiencing ‘white out’ from International Best Selling Author and Graceful Lady Vicki Hinze. White Out–When Writers Blank Out on the Page

The funny and clever zombie advocate, Shantnu Tiwari, reports that Zombies Demand Equal Pay and Rights.

Facebook’s New ‘Find Friends Nearby’ Feature: Creepy or Clever?

I found this kind of cool. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman created this giant Rubber Duck that measures nearly 12 meters high as part of his Rubber Duck Project in 2009. Since then Hofman has taken the Duck around the world to float it down rivers and other major international water-ways. No doubt it baffles people, but I’m guessing it brings on lots of smiles.

As Hofman says, “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate (against) people and doesn’t have a political connotation.” It just makes people smile. This video was taken in Osaka, Japan where rubber ducks are apparently quite proliferous.

Okay, fess up. Will you be trying the Squeez Bacon? 

All the best to all of you for a week of simple smiles.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant

Yes. It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a beauty pageant for members of the world’s oldest profession. Charlotte Laws reports on the event in her blog for The Huffington Post. Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant: Naked Facts About Women and Equality

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

Best selling author Kristen Lamb found out the advantages of Twitter when her community was beset by tornadoes this week. Twitter & Twisters – A Life-Saving Combination

It’s the hottest game in town, and Marcy Kennedy caught the fact that one important line was missing. The Missing Hunger Games Line

Best selling author Larry Enright released an exciting new apocalyptic novel, 12/21/12You can find it at the Larry Enright Amazon Page. While you’re there, check out the review by another of my favorite authors, Ryne Douglas Pearson. Ryne is possibly the most eloquent author I know, and even reading his book reviews are a real mind soothing treat.

Historical fiction author and publishing attorney Susan Spann is writing a brilliant series to educate us about the A – Z of publishing that every writer needs to know before plunging in. She started with A is for Agency and is now up to E is for Exclusivity. A must read.

August McLaughlin gives us a most helpful update on the new changes to Pinterest, a playground for the visually oriented. #Pinterest: How to Pin Without Getting Arrested

Thought the threat to our internet freedom went down with SOPA? Not a chance! Check out CISPA, which, like Grendel’s mother from Beowulf, has even uglier potential, making our government partners with web sites to spy on us. Even Worse Than SOPA: New CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Will Censor the Web Via Andrew Kincaid.

This is a hoot! Peeps on Television: 20 Shows Starring Marshmallow Peeps by Mental Floss.

Grandparents Rock! Kathy Owen shares ten reasons why grandparents are the best, along with a video of an old couple that’s sure to have you grinning.

Pro Soccer Player Wipes His Booger on a Child’s Face. Just to warn you, this video is seriously disgusting. Do not watch it if you don’t want to see a gross out that makes middle school humor seem pleasant. My esteem for American football players just went up ten notches.

Nigel Blackwell avoids controversy in a most hysterical fashion. A Non-Controversial Sockumentary

Super Blogger Leanne Shirtliffe pointed out Play Date Waivers: A Bizarre New Trend in Parenting.

Love this super fun video of a wild river otter and Rio the backyard beagle. Perhaps we should recruit them to teach our country (and our world) about peaceful co-existence.

What do you think of the Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant?

All the best to all of you for a week of feeling pretty.

Piper Bayard