Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Menagerie

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
- William James

I have some links to share:

Lydia Kang is awesome. If you don’t follow her, fix it NOW. She’s invaluable source for writers with her “Medical Mondays” posts.
Last summer, I had questions related to my protagonist losing her eye. I e-mailed her. Not only did she reply quickly, but thoroughly. That post is HERE.
This Saturday, I’ve bothered her again with a question that may or may not be related to the same WIP. She responded to my e-mail to tell me she’d do research and would post it on MONDAY – today! Two-day turnaround. How cool is that?

If you’d like to see my newest question
and her response, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK.

The 100 Stories for Queensland anthology release date will not be March 8th. When the new date is announced, I’ll post it on my blog.

Tomorrow, I’ve been interviewed on the J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer blog. She’s a cool chick. Be sure to come back tomorrow to read the interview and follow her blog.

Anne Gallagher of the Piedmont Writer blog posted an essential link for writers called "The Ten Mistakes " -Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do). Read it!

Any links you want to share?


  1. Lydia ROCKS! I love medical mondays!!! Thanks for all the other links as well!

  2. I love Lydia, she has a heart of gold and her blog is totally fun. Congratulations on having your story published in the Queensland anthology.

  3. Love Lydia. She taught me the difference between a heart attack and a stroke.

    Thanks for the shout out. Have a great day.

  4. Thanks for the update! Can't wait for that release. Hope it's soon!

  5. I've just come from Lynda's blog!! Theresa Milstein!! I'm all agog as to why you want this very gruesome info!! LOL!!!!!

    Thanks for all the updates and links too!!!

    Take care

  6. Lydia is awesome and I had the pleasure of having her explain to me the difference between a coma and the catatonic state. She is SUCH a valueable resource and I'm glad she was able to answer your newest question, which I saw and loved.
    No links are coming to mind at the moment but thanks for the ones you have up. As always I will check them out :)

  7. Great links! I visit Theresa and Anne on a regular basis!

  8. I meant Lydia and Anne! Sorry! Can you tell I didn't get much sleep last night?

  9. Thanks for the links! Will check out the Lydia, I'm always in need of medical advice :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Thanks Theresa for the shout-out. I can always count on you for giving me some pretty kick-ass questions to wrestle.

  11. @ Melissa, with 727 followers, I guess a lot of people love Medical Mondays!

    @ Angela, thank you. I'm looking forward to the release date of the anthology.

    @ Anne, I think I remember that post. You have a great day too.

    @ Jamie, thanks. I hope the release date is soon too.

    @ Old Kitty, it's not my fault I need gruesome medical questions answered. Well, I am writing the manuscript, but it's more like I have to write what my mind tells me.

  12. @ Erica, I remember that Medical Monday question. I'm sure you do research like me, but when we're not in the field, we can't always find info explained in ways that make sense to us lay people.

    @ Bossy Betty, thanks for the comments. Sorry you didn't get enough sleep. Hope you rest well tonight.

    @ Jules, I'm sure you'll find Lydia's blog as valuable as I do.

    @ Lydia, feeling the blog love? Thanks again, Lydia!

  13. Love Lydia, her blog, and yours :)

  14. Lydia is great for sharing information. Such a treasure. Hang in there Theresa, hope you are feeling a bit better. :)

  15. I love Lydia's medical Mondays too. I learn so much, and it's helping us all be accurate writers!
    Thanks for the links!

  16. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment at my spot in blogland.

    The lack of sodium amazes many people but I have had this problem before. I eat little processed food and we rarely eat at restaurants, two places that are loaded with sodium. I drink gallons of water, too. I have taken potassium supplements for years due to the lack of that nutrient in my body. Guess sodium is right along the same lines. V-8 vegetable juice is a good source for sodium so I lived on that for a few days and got my levels back up. Feeling much better now.

  17. Yes,

    I have a great link. These three ladies are awesome. The post amazingly helpful information about writing, conferences, and self promoting....

    The Critique Sisters Corner @


  18. Lydia is a great blogger! :)

    Thanks for the links!

  19. @ Saumya, thank you. I love your blog too!

    @ Ann, thanks. My daughter is better. I'm still out of sorts.

    @ Kelly, so often we wind up facing questions we can't easily answer. You're right, it's important to be accurate.

    @ dkzody, I'm glad you're feeling better.

    @ Michael, thanks for the link. I'm going to check it out.

    @ The Golden Eagle, I agree. You're welcome!

    @ Jennifer, I'm glad Lydia is getting such blog love.

  20. Wow! Thanks for sharing that link. I love your question, and am almost tempted to start writing a crime thriller, just to make use of that information. :P Thanks for visiting my blog as well. I really am enjoying my new netbook :)

  21. I love Lydia's blog too. BTW, you have to check out the Body Farm's website.

  22. First I would like to thank you for becoming my latest follower.

    Like everyone else I do have a few medical problems and though I am not ashamed of them I find my doctor whom I can look in the eye the person I can confide in.What I will say is I know everyone is scared of the word "The B ig C" my fear goes deeper. Having seen my late husband have it twice, the last time it claimed his life and then my eldest son was diagnosed four years ago, with luck he will make a complete recovery, I do think positive but the Big C is worse than anything I have to put up with,

    Enough about my health problems I do appreciate your visit.

  23. Thanks for the great links, Lydia's Medical Mondays are a great writing resource.

  24. @ Nutschell, it's a YA fantasy that has romance. And apparently, also a dead body. I'm glad Lydia did the research for me because I would't had a hard time with it.

    @ Connie, thanks. I'll look up the Body Farm's website.

    @ Welcome to my world of poetry, thanks for visiting and commenting. And thank you for sharing your story.

    @ Joanne, thanks for stopping by. We're lucky to have doctor-writer-bloggers like Lydia.

  25. YAY Lydia!! Off to click on something!

  26. I love Lydia!! Will go over and check your links. Will surely be here tomorrow! :)

  27. Great links, Theresa. I agree Lydia is awesome. I had to deal with Rohypnol in my first book. I don't know what I would have done without her help.

  28. @ Christina, thanks for clicking!

    @ lbdiamond, me too!

    @ Len, thanks for checking the links.

    @ VR Barkowski, if/when this book gets published, Lydia will be in my acknowledgements.

  29. Thanks for the wonderful links. I'm bookmarking this page so I can come back tomorrow morning, when I'm more alert!

  30. I saw that post. Pretty cool question, however morbid. Are you going to nescbwi this year? I think I saw your name somewhere.

  31. Dr. Lydia is always a good read. I hope things are going well for you Theresa.

  32. I read Lydia's answer to your question. She does great research. Looking forward to the Queensland anthology.

  33. That was such a cool post this morning. And Lydia does rock. I emailed her a question and she got back to me a few hours later. It was awesome.

  34. Lydia is one smart cookie! Congratulations on another interview. :-) Thanks for the links.....

  35. Great links, Theresa, the writing tips are invaluable, I am guilty of quite a few of them.

  36. @ Ann, I appreciate the bookmarking.

    @ Laura, I'm glad I know there's pretty much only going to be a skeleton left behind. It will be less horrifying to write!

    Yes, I am going to the conference. Are you? We should meet up!

    @ Slamdunk, glad you came by. Things are going okay. How about you?

    @ Lisa, thanks for reading the interview. I'm looking forward to the anthology too.

    @ Stina, glad you liked the post. The last time, she got back to me quickly. This time, she actually apologized because she'd need more research time. Her turnaround time is amazing!

    @ Sharon, writer-doctor bloggers are invaluable!

    @ Brigid, I'm glad you read the writing tips. Nobody else has commented on them. I'm going to read them even more thoroughly when I have some time.

  37. Hi Theresa .. Lydia sounds a great contact to have .. I'll be over to meet up with her.

    The other links are great - there's so many wonderful resources out there ..

    Thanks for the share .. cheers Hilary

  38. @ HIlary, I'm glad you're going to check out her blog and meet her.

    You're welcome. Thanks for visiting!

  39. I read your question, but I do not have a strong stomach so I didn't read any further. Sorry- I am a wimp.

  40. @ Missed Periods, I'm wimpy too, but I had to know. Now my scene will be more realistic. You should see me when I do research about losing and eye and implants.