Link of the Week – Weird Al Yankovic’s Word Crimes

July 29, 2014

This is just for fun. And why not? We all need to laugh, everyday.

Watch your grammar, yo!

Friday Fun Facts- Get Your Liquor On!

July 25, 2014
Oh My! Seriously?

Oh My! Seriously?


I don’t know about you but I love a glass of nice wine with a good meal. However, by the pool on a hot summer evening, give me a margarita, pina colada, or a rum and coke! I distinctly remember the first time I tried a Tom Collins (Gin, limeade and sugar).downloadMy family was in Bangkok at the Siam Intercontinental and we went to the piano bar for drinks before dinner. Why that memory is so crystal clear in my brain, I don’t know. It was a lovely evening and one I will always cherish. (The drink was really good too!)

I’ve found some interesting bits of information for you today on liquor and I hope you enjoy them. If you wish to get a cold Manhattan, Martini, Cosmopolitan, Harvey Wall Banger or gin and tonic, go ahead, I’ll wait……………..Oh, here you are!

Glad you're back!

Glad you’re back!


Sit back, take a sip and enjoy learning some Friday Fun Facts.

1. Even though Islam forbids drinking alcohol, the whole distillation process producing pure spirits was perfected in the Arab world. An alchemist, Geber, did this in the 8th century!fa-2000001085

2. There are four elements in the process- yeast, a carbohydrate, the fermentation process, and the distillation process.

3. Liquor has a higher concentration than beer or wine because the distillation process increases the ethyl alcohol. (No wonder the Long Island Iced Teas in college knocked me for a loop!)alembic2

4. The gin and tonic was one of the only cocktails created for medicinal reasons. When British troops were stationed in hot, humid climates back in the 19th century, they often fell prey to malaria. Tonic water made with Peruvian quinine was found to be the best way to combat the disease. Unfortunately, the quinine water was very bitter so those young chaps came up with a solution! Add gin, sugar and some lime juice and the bitterness dissolved into a lovely cocktail. Brilliant!

5. Prohibition in the U.S. lasted for nearly a decade and created a whole sub-culture. Speak Easy much?S5702-lg

6. The Cotton Club which opened in 1922 was a well known Speak Easy. Most were just hidden rooms with barely drinkable whiskey and run by gangsters and the Mob.

7. As Al Capone put it, “All I do is to supply a public demand … somebody had to throw some liquor on that thirst. Why not me?”

I just love word games!

I just love word games!

Hump Day Kick Start – Texas Edition

July 23, 2014

Song of the day:  Round Here by Florida Georgia Line

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

texas cowboy


MuseTracks is taking San Antonio by storm this week for the annual Romance Writer’s of America conference. But don’t let that stop you from paying tribute to this sexy Texan prompt. Drool, stories, snarky comments from male followers, and one-liners welcome.

Link of the Week – Book Boost PR and Summer Author Promo Blitz

July 22, 2014

blitz14 buttonSometimes, okay, lots of times, authors need a little boost to help promote their books and their brand. Enter Book Boost PR. Book Boost offers “a wide variety of services and levels of service from simply creating media kits to full-service publicity campaigns.” The site is run by a librarian and an author, both of whom I know personally. :-D

Check out their services here!

It just so happens that Book Boost PR is hosting a SUMMER AUTHOR BLITZ. Lots of authors to explore and lots of prizes to be given away. And I’m one of the featured authors!blitz 14 banner

Friday Fun Facts- For Readers And Writers

July 18, 2014

We love our Musetracks’ followers!

This blog was originally created to track the journey of a group of new writers. It’s changed in many ways. Our membership has grown and it now includes readers as well as writers. Jennifer and I wanted to create a day of information that would appeal to everyone.

This world is full of interesting, sometimes bizarre, amazing things. As a writer, these tidbits of information can add depth and texture to your story. As a reader, it’s just plain interesting to discover! Welcome to Friday Fun Facts.

The Wild History of Men’s Underwear- (Who knew?)

1. Otzi, the centuries old ice man, was found wearing a leather loin cloth under his grass cloak.Otzi

2. King Tutankhamun was buried with 145 linen loincloths in his tomb. (He’ll be fresh in the after-world!)

3. Teutons and Romans wore undergarments as well. I think it was to protect sensitive parts being chafed raw under leather skirts.

4. Knight wore thicker and more fitted apparel to fit under all their armor.knightstemplar

5. Renaissance men knew what women liked so they developed the cod piece- a stiff and stuffed gusset for under their tights. (Naughty, naughty boys.)men-outfits

6. In 1935, a company named Coopers Inc. made underwear called “Jockey” because they included a jock strap built into the fabric.tighty-whitey

7. Boxers came into being after WWI. The soldiers liked their regulation briefs so much, they demanded to get them after coming home.

8. We won’t discuss men’s thongs.

Just Say "NO!"

Just Say “NO!”

Hump Day Kick Start – Songwriting Edition

July 16, 2014

Song of the day:  Not Meant to Be by Theory of a Deadman

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


No telling which way today’s prompt could go. Who is our couple and what are the emotions in their expressions?

Is she the songwriter and he’s the musician? Has their professional relationship turned into something more personal? Is he singing to her a heartbreaking love song as their relationship comes to an end? Or is she trying to make him see there is hope for them?

Hot or cold? What your take? Love to hear it!

Link Of The Week- Editing Editing Editing

July 15, 2014

This link is really self-serving. I’ve finished my third novel and am knee deep in the editing process.images


My first question: How come this crap sounded so wonderful in my head when I was writing it?

The answer: Because I finally figured how to turn off my inner editor and simply write the story. …well, mostly turned it off… sort of turned it off…well, OK it was a daily battle but I did succeed some of the time.


Regardless of where you are in the writing journey, at some point you will have to edit your own work. This week’s links are here to help you do that particular job. (I have not used this, but came across it and thought it might interest some of you.)aton1395l ( Do NOT read this if you are offended by crude language!!!!!) -excellent article BTW'Not bad, Mr Poe...but could you write in a love interest for the raven?'


Hump Day Kick Start – Go Ahead Edition

July 9, 2014

Song of the day:  She’s Got the Look by Candlelight Red

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

go ahead


If this doesn’t spark your imagination…

Who is our couple?  New neighbors getting to know each other? An author and his muse? A cop who is watching over his frustrating, but sexy ward under house arrest? A starlet seducing a director? Friends cooped up at a getaway wedding trying to find relief from pomp and circumstance? Note their intense expressions. Lust? Tension? Anger? Decisive? Is she daring him? Maybe they are about to engage in make-up sex after fighting over a book they both wanted to read.

What’s your take? Let me hear from you.

Link of the Week – Freelance Editor

July 6, 2014

20140707_115906This week’s link is a Public Service Announcement.

So you think you’re ready for a freelance editor. I just so happen to know someone, someone with competitive pricing,  who tends to be a grammar fanatic, and who pays attention to important details. You know, those pesky plots points, GMC, POV slips, character arcs, dialogue, inconsistencies, story development, genre details, and the like. She’s also a kind cool, witty chick.  ME!

Check me out!

Jennifer Bray-Weber’s Editing and Critiquing

Hump Day Kick Start – Rolling in the Sand Edition

July 2, 2014

Song of the day: Letting You Let Go by Paper Route

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


It’s summer. Time to hit the shore. Do a little beach combing.

And so I give you today’s wet and sandy prompt.

Who is our couple? Is he new to the nude beach resort? Did he rescue her after falling overboard from a passing boat? Maybe she is what his metal detector found. Could this be an adult version of the Little Mermaid as she washes on shore with her new legs?

What’s you take? I’d love to hear it!



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