Hump Day Kick Start – Thanksgiving Ax-man Edition

November 26, 2014

Song of the day: Bleed by The Dreaming

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

lumberjack

In honor of the American holiday Thanksgiving, I give you a hunk and an ax. You’re welcome.

Today’s prompt could go many different ways. We could stay with a Thanksgiving theme. Mr. Ax-man may be stalking the farm for an unlucky gobbler the lovely cook wants to roast. Or perhaps he’s taking carving the turkey a bit too seriously (to impress her, of course).

We could veer off into another direction. He could be special forces, stranded in the wilderness. Winter’s coming and he needs to build shelter and gather firewood. Protect the beautiful informant. Keep her safe and warm. Maybe give in to carnal instincts. Because the back country will do that to you. Conversely, the mountain man may be alone, all alone out there, until a hiker loses her way.

And, hey, never discount the zombie apocalypse. A good arm and true swing will lop off a drooling, groaning, mindless, flesh-eating zombie’s head.

What’s your take on our tasty prompt? Or tell me what you are thankful for. I’m thankful for delicious, hard, testosterone-filled eye-candy. Love to hear from you!


Link of the Week – Calendars and Observances

November 25, 2014

beachgirlThree in one, today. There are so many worldwide observances and holidays worldwide. Whether traditional, respected, freaky, nonsensical, fun, or simply excuses to party, you’ll probably find it at one of these links. Maybe you’d like more information on a holiday. Or perhaps you’d like to know how to start your own day of observance. Do you want to know what happened in history on this day? You are sure to find conversation starters or a reason to celebrate.

http://www.brownielocks.com/index.html

http://www.checkiday.com/

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

 

 


Friday Fun Facts- Gobble Gobble

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Do you know everything there is to know about this holiday? I think not.thanksgiving_cornucopia

- The author of Mary Had A Little Lamb is responsible for us having a national day of thanks. She lobbied several presidents before finding a sympathetic ear with Abraham Lincoln. Sara Joespha Hale wrote a final letter to him on September 28, 1863 arguing that a day like this would be good for the country after the Civil War. He read her letter on October 3 and the first Thanksgiving happened the following month!

- Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the holiday from the last Thursday of the month to the second to last. He thought this might boost the economy by giving and extra week of holiday shopping. Many states went along with his decision, many didn’t. In 1941 Congress made a ruling (typical) that we would celebrate on the 4th Thursday so sometimes it’s the last and sometimes it’s not.

- Sara Hale’s contributions didn’t stop after she got the holiday. She wrote numerous articles to newspapers providing recipes to prepare for the feast. These items would not have been at the original celebration but they sure tasted good. She’s responsible for yummies such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Thank you, Ms. Hale!!

- About 280 million turkeys are sold at Thanksgiving. That’s about $3 billion in sales. Whew!Ttitle9

-There were 102 people on the Mayflower. Only about half of them were what we call Pilgrims. The others were called Strangers and were basically folks that hitched a ride on the ship to the New World.

- The term Turkey Shoot came from a practice in the late 19th century. They would tie a turkey’s leg to a log with only his head showing from behind and then hold competitions for marksmanship. (Ewwwwww- that’s not even sporting!)

- Did you know turkeys have heart attacks? When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fiels of turkeys would drop dead. (Whoa!)

- There’s fossil evidence that show turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

- The Guinness Book of Records records the heaviest turkey weighed in at 86 pounds!

- Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.Turkey3

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hump Day Kick Start – Fire and Rescue Edition

November 19, 2014

Song of the day: Burn it Down by Linkin Park

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

firefighters

 

 

I might need the jaws of life. Can you fellas help?

Today’s prompt: smoke, fire, muscle, and gas-powered tools.

What’s going on here? Riot? Fast spreading wildfire? Arson at the junkyard? An explosive accident at the demolition derby? Did the beautiful, lonely pyromaniac start another fire and the two local heroes have gladly come to the rescue again?

What’s your take on this prompt. Let me hear from you!


Link of the Week – Naughty Girls Writing Naughty NaNoWriMo Event

November 18, 2014

NGWN+Promo+November+2014+with+textYou may or may not know this, but I have an alter ego. I also write steamy, dangerous sexy stories under the name Harlowe Wilde. Harlowe belongs to a great group of saucy gals called the Nice Girls Writing Naughty. And, yes, we have a blog. This week’s link serves a dual purpose. One, to introduce you to the Nice Girls. Two, to offer you some awesome tips during the Nano season. Tips that can help you along any time of the year.

Nice Girls Writing Naughty is holding a NaNo Event, now through November 26th. Lots of great advice and encouragement for your writing pleasure, as well as daily prizes can be had. To sweeten the pot, there is also a grand prize up for grabs – a $25 gift card to ARe. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 19th is my, or rather, Harlowe’s day. Stop on by to see what awesomeness we can spread.

http://nicegirlswritingnaughty.wordpress.com/


Hump Day Kick Start – Close Shave Edition

November 12, 2014

Song of the day: Obsession by Animotion

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

a shave

 

Sometimes I come across a photo and I’m just, oh, I don’t know, captivated.

What do you make of today’s prompt? Clearly there is passion and seduction at play. But what is there we don’t see? Infatuation? Fetishism? A test of trust? Clothed in a cocktail dress and suit, where have they been, or where are they going? Are they a couple? Business associates? White collar criminals? Are thy getting in a little foreplay before walking the red carpet or going to a black-tie fundraising gala? He doesn’t look like he needs a shave. Could they be werewolves pre-full moon outing?

What do you think? I’d love to hear your take. Go.


Link Of The Week- Sprints!

November 11, 2014

 

http://sprintshack.wordpress.com/

 

I know many of you are participating in NaNo and I thought this link would be useful for that. That’s not the end of the story! This site will help you sprint almost anytime, anywhere, and it’s all the time- NOT just during NaNo.

They also have guest bloggers and the current front page article is very good- How To Write in a Less-Than-Ideal Environment.

 

I hope you enjoy this link and may the Sprinting Fairies help you with huge word counts forever and ever. Amen

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