Friday Fun Facts- Slip Into My Dreams

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Since this is the time of dreams…and nightmares, I thought we’d take a look at things you may not know about when you sleep.Dreams18-1

- The people in your dreams are people you’ve actually seen. Our brains can do some amazing things, but it can’t create the image of people. So it calls on the huge cast of characters you’ve bumped into throughout your life to invent the people of your dreams.

- Every single one of us dreams. (Unless you have an EXTREME psychological disorder.) A study was done where each subject was woken up at the beginning of each dream, but allowed to sleep for a full 8 hours. the next day they were cranky, couldn’t concentrate, some had hallucinations and even had signs of psychosis after 3 days!

- You might be able to upload your dreams to YouTube soon.What?!?! The science can be found at U.C. Berkeley- go look it up.

- I don’t think you’ll be shocked by this. The origin of the term “pipe dream” was coined to describe the ideas people came up with while they smoked opium.

- “lucid dreaming” is a technique where you can control your dreams. This is most often used to turn nightmares into something better.

- When you dream, your body is paralyzed.

- Sex. Females dream about it as often as males. They may think about it more while awake, but we catch up at night. :-)

- Salvador Dali would force himself awake just as he had a dream in order to capture the surreal moments. He’d sit in a chair with a metal plate on the floor. He’d hold a spoon over the plate and relaxed. As he’d drop off to sleep, he’d drop the spoon and the noise would awaken him to paint.


Sweet dreams tonight! Don’t let the goblins get you.



Hump Day Kick Start – Sexy Silent Edition

October 29, 2014

Song of the day: Stay Vicious by The Gaslight Anthem

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

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Shhh… I won’t kiss and tell. Maybe.

Today’s prompt wants you quiet. Why?  Who is he? Did you just witness him assassinate someone? Is he the grim reaper come to take you? Maybe he is a vampire slayer tempering your fears. A  beast that morphs into a sexy man and appears when summoned to fulfill wild fantasies at witching hours?

What do you think? Let me hear from you.

Link Of The Week- Keep Track Of Yourself

October 28, 2014

Where did all my time go?

Where did all my time go?

How many hours do you spend writing? Cruising Facebook? Doing errands? I have a vague idea of how my days get carved up, but I know I’m not as productive as I could be. This link brings you to an app called ATracker. At the end of the day, it gives you a pie chart so you can get a quick visual on where all your time went. (Oh dear, did you really spend 3 hours on Facebook?)

It’s easy. It’s effective. What more could you ask from a cool app?    A quick video about this product.





Friday Fun Facts- Have A Cup Of Joe

October 24, 2014



The iconic cup of joe. The coffee bean has been used around the world and enjoyed as a beverage of choice for centuries. One company took it to a whole new level. Starbucks is now a globally recognized symbol and has, at least, 16,850 shops in 40 countries. It has also made over $10.7 BILLION. That’s a lot of joe!

- It’s over 40 years old. (I was way off on this, I thought they were only 25-28 years old.)

- The name was changed from Pequod to Starbucks. Both names are taken from Moby Dick.

- The first store opened in Beijing in 1999- there are now over 1000. coffee

- A grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine. That’s 4 times the amount in one Red Bull.

- They use 93 million gallons of milk per year. That’s enough to fill 155 Olympic sized swimming pools.

- You can order 87,000 different drink combinations. COFFEE-2

- An average customer might visit 6 times a month while a big fan visits as many as 16 times a month. That’s a lot of cha-ching for that cup of joe!

- Their cinnamon chip scone, which is delicious by the way, has more calories than a McDonald’s quarter pounder with 480 calories… guess I won’t be having that for awhile. Funny


Hump Day Kick Start – Cloaked Edition

October 22, 2014

Song of the day: Nobody Praying for Me by Seether

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.



Seriously dark and sexy. I’m on my way to whatever dark side he’s on.

Keeping with the month-long Halloween theme, who is today’s prompt? An assassin? Informant? A simple traveler? A harbinger?  Is he good or evil? Who is he looking at? His next victim? An ex-lover? An enemy? What is he thinking? A method of elimination? Seducing the bar wench? Sizing up his threat? The drink specials?

Let me hear your take!

Link of the Week – Historical Romance Network

October 21, 2014

Explore Historical Romance! I’m part of a movement to bring visibility to the historical romance genre, to show the stories are so much more than many believe, and to bust the stuffy misconceptions. There is excitement, adventure, and romance across the eras of all heat levels to be discovered. Check it out. Go on. I dare ya!

Stop by the new website. It’s a work in progress, but we’ve already got some great articles.

Watch the short video. You might recognize a few people, including yours truly.

Friday Fun Facts- I Present The Oreo

October 17, 2014

The idea that kangaroos have 3 vaginas weirded me out so much last week, I wanted to stay on the sweet side of things this time. Here’s what you may not know about an iconic cookie:oreo

- Oreos are 102 years old. That’s right, they came on the market in 1912.

- They originally came in two flavors, regular and lemon meringue. The second one wasn’t a favorite and faded out in the 1920s.

- It is still the world’s most popular cookie selling in over 100 countries.

- When they first came out, they were sold by the pound and cost .30 per pound.

- There ARE other flavors of Oreos! In China, there is green tea ice cream Oreos. In Argentina, there are dulche de leche and bananna flavors.

- It takes 59 minutes to make an Oreo.

- Even though it has a creamy filling, it’s on the list of being “accidentally vegan”.

- Oreos became Kosher in 1997. It took 3 years to convert over and was EXTREMELY pricey to do. Why was it not Kosher? It was made with pig lard at one point.

- Eating this cookie is also a personality test. Twisters are sensitive, artistic and trendy. Biters are easy-going and self confident. Dunkers tend to be adventurous and social. Who knew?

- The origin of the name has been lost. Some same it was derived from the french word or meaning gold. The were originally sold in a gold box.

- If you laid out all the Oreo cookies sold, it would go around the earth 381 times!

- Each cookie has 12 dashes, 12 flowers, and 12 dots on it.

- A study showed that rat’s brains respond to Oreos the same way they responded to drugs!oreo_Full1 oreo










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