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Character Naming Advice Sought
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Dawn M. Kravagna replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"Thanks, Keith! By the way, I'll always be a Snoopy fan."
Mar 11, 2010
Keith thomson replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"I don't think you have a problem; Buster's fairly generic, with all due respect. If the dog in your book were named Snoopy, however..."
Feb 16, 2010
Dawn M. Kravagna replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to respond. Each post was excellent and gave me something to "chew" on. Pun intended. Leaving soon to see The Wolfman. Will the werewolf be nicknamed Buster? hahaha Many thanks to those who…"
Feb 16, 2010
Allie replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"If you felt a need to change the dog's name, you could go with a slight variation, like Mr Buster, or Bugster or even Busta."
Feb 16, 2010
Cindy Kerschner replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"I don't see any problem with using the name Buster, your book is for a different audience. I like Jon's idea about Buster being more like the dog's "pet" name (pun intended) because it adds depth to the main character and…"
Feb 14, 2010
Sue Harding replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"I don't think it matters what you call the dog as you can't control how your readers will interpret it! If calling him Buster helps you when you are writing, and if you have your dog's character immortalised in print, YOU are always…"
Feb 14, 2010
Cornelius Butterfield replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"It is truly a sad day when a beloved dog passes away. He's Buster in your heart. He will forever live in your book. Buster is Buster. How can you change his name? I'm guessing, your readership will never make the connection with Disney. If…"
Feb 12, 2010
Dan L. Coleman replied to Dawn M. Kravagna's discussion Character Naming Advice Sought
"Or just name him Skippy. All my dogs, while growing up, were named Skippy. Just hated the idea of losing a dog, so It was my way of reincarnating him, keeping him around. But what's that got to do with your predicament, right? Like Jack said,…"
Feb 12, 2010

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Hometown:
Maple Valley, Washington
About Me:
I am a published cartoonist specializing in comedy writing. One of my Cattle Capers(tm) fans describes my news series as a "PG-rated cartoon." I missed the humor of the old Bugs Bunny cartoons and so wrote an anthropomorphic cartoon novel. I am a graduate of the University of Washington in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.
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http://www.CattleCapers.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Both of Anne Perry's Victorian novel series and other historical mystery novels, including Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries. I also love the gothic thrillers of the writing team, Preston and Child. Otherwise, I read quite a bit of nonfiction. Right now, "Mouse Guard," is my favorite graphic novel series.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Ben Hur, The Mummy, Dumbo, Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley version), The Phantom of The Opera, Independence Day, and Alien. I don't have much time to watch television, but two of my favorites are Seinfeld and Eureka on the SciFi Channel. I primarily watch The History Channel and The SciFi Channel and Fox on occasion.

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I just connected from .ning to my twitter account. How cool is that? Being an artist, I am reluctantly learning all of this computer graphics, animation, networking stuff. I'm glad sites like this make it easy.



I just found a naturopathic veterinarian today in a nearby city. I never considered looking for one for my beloved Buster till the last two weeks of his life, when I was frantically looking for anybody to help save him. I have done some reading on naturopathy for pets the past… Continue

Posted on January 20, 2010 at 12:06pm

Fourth of July

Hi. I spent most of July 3rd drawing and creating in Flash a Fourth of July cartoon featuring my character, Crazy Cal, dancing on top of a fire cracker with fireworks popping behind him. I was working in Flash CS4 for the first time and was having some difficulty adjusting to the new upgrade. So I was up till 3AM on the 4th, posting my cartoon. Tested it out on a MAC and PC and "YIKES" doesn't show in the browsers. At 3AM I wasn't in any mental state to figure out what was wrong. Well, my .swf… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 3:35pm

Buster, my best buddy

Hi. I was devasted when on the evening of February 22nd, my sweet little friend, my Silky terrier Buster, died in bed next to me. He let out a little "woof" then died, lying next to me. It was a heartrending moment, but my friends say that he was where he most liked to be when he died--at my side. He was one of the best buddies I've ever had, including friends. He was always in a good mood and never complained. He was always happy to see me. We even had a lot in common: hayfever, preference for… Continue

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 9:35am

Buster

Hi. If you are a praying person, please pray for my dog, Buster. He was poisoned by melanine and is miracle he is still around. Guess kidney meds could only keep him going so long. Just discovered some kidney tonic for dogs (wish I'd looked sooner) but I think only prayer/The Lord will save him now. He is the pup in my picture blog/show. He's my buddy and I cannot bear to think of his little pillow in my bedroom and bed in my den being empty. (Hard to even write it.) Thank you. Dawn

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Happy Moo Year!

Hi. I was excited to upgrade my Flash animation program to CS4. Wow! I can post video cartoons now--or so I thought. Well, when I exported my Happy Moo Year cartoon to Quicktime, it lost the nested animations. Big bummer. Then the expensive CS4 "how to" manual I purchased, as the upgrade didn't have a manual, didn't explain how to create a FLV video of my FLA file, ie. I still couldn't figure out how to convert my Flash cartoon to a Flash video file. So, please check my website to see the… Continue

Posted on February 1, 2009 at 12:54pm

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At 10:27am on January 24, 2010, Patricia Harrington said…
Dawn, it was fun to hear from you. And, you betcha, let's do that museum tour. Would be nice when the weather gets a bit better. Are you coming to MWA/NW's meeting this coming Thursday with Sheriff Rahr? Going to be at the Hotel Sierra in Redmond. Take care!

Pat
At 9:15am on January 24, 2010, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
You are so sweet, Sunny! Thanks for thinking for me, because, some days like today when I'm exhausted from work, my brain gets foggy.....
At 7:01am on January 22, 2010, Sunny Frazier said…
I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but I live in dairy country. Kings Co., CA, is all about dairy. Why wouldn't your books be a hit here? How can we promote you? Thinking, thinking. . . .

We finally got a cruise website up: www.2010mysterycruise.blogspot.com I haven't posted much yet, just photos. Denny and Jack beat me to the punch. On Marilyn's blog you can see photos of the Ventura planning meeting from PSWA and Marilyn talks about our signing last Sunday. http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com
At 5:18am on January 8, 2010, M. M. Gornell said…
Hi Dawn, great to hear from you! Hope I'm going to see you sometime this year, like at PSWA maybe? Sorry about rough family issues, and working many hours I'm sure didn't help. I think a lot of authors are on Crimespace. Unfortunately I haven't spent much time here, just checking Facebook, SinC and PSWA listserves is about all I can keep up with on a daily basis.

Yes, my wishes to you too for a wonderful 2010. New years is one of my favorite points in time...I get start over, thank goodness! Looking forward to seeing you and catching up.
At 1:54pm on November 23, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
Dawn, Sunny here. Johnny Russell on this site just made friends with me, he's a PSWA member as well.
Check out my blog. I took a cruise with Denny Griffin and Jack Miller and we did an author's panel. Photos are up. Now we're putting together a mystery cruise.
At 1:31pm on September 10, 2009, Viansa Blake said…
I'm so sorry about Buster! Sending you big hugs! I haven't been on this site in a long time and just saw the news. I'm a big animal lover and know just how precious Buster is to you. I hope you're doing OK!!
At 8:39pm on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Dawn, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 9:22am on July 16, 2009, D.R. MacMaster said…
No problem. Be sure to look for the website Project Gutenberg, and I think there's also a thing connected to Wikipedia that has public domain material.
At 3:27pm on July 15, 2009, B.R.Stateham said…
Thanks for letting me join up!
At 8:10am on June 30, 2009, Sunny Frazier said…
Dawn, you were one of my favorite surprises at the PSWA conference. I'm glad I sat next to you and loved your panel on humor. There was so much more I wanted to hear about.
 
 
 

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