Friday Fun Facts- Wet Your Whistle With Water

September 23, 2016

Have you ever thought about water? No?

Most of us take it for granted. Some of us don’t have access to clean water. And some have very little to survive. Wherever you fall on this spectrum, it is absolutely necessary to exist. Check out what I’ve found out about this liquid.dsc_0208

  1. Water is the second most common molecule in the universe. The first is hydrogen.
  2. There are 1.5 billion cubic metres of water on Earth. WOW! That is equal to 800 TRILLION Olympic swimming pools.
  3. If it was poured out evenly over the surface of Earth, it would be 12139 feet deep. Whoa.
  4. Only 1% of that is fresh water available to us. The rest is either salt water or ice bergs.iceberg
  5. The Antarctic has been covered in ice for 30 million years.
  6. This is for all of our science geeks! Water should be a gas at room temperature. It’s because the molecules are so sticky, it keeps it together as a liquid!
  7. Most people drink around 264 gallons of water every year.
  8. This is sobering. A 5 minute shower uses approximately 53 gallons of water!dripofknowledge_zps18306ad8
  9. Hot water freezes faster than cold water. It is called the Mpemba Effect and no one knows why it’s true.
  10. It takes almost 53 gallons of water to produce enough coffee beans for one cup of coffee.
  11. Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.
  12. 70% of your brain is water.
  13. 80% of all illness in the developing world is water related.images-1

Hump Day Kick Start – Lethal Leather Edition

September 21, 2016

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

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In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day this past Monday, I give you today’s prompt.

If you know who this is, I raise my mug o’ rum to ya. But putting that aside, tell me about him. Who is he (in your world)? What or who is he looking at? Is that his desk his boots are propped upon or someone else’s? Has he come home, surprising the father that threw him out ten years ago? Maybe making a deal with someone far more dangerous than himself? Did the person he plans to kill just walk into the room? Could he be waiting for a certain blonde author to finish her next pirate novel, come to give her a little persuasion?

What’s your take? Tell a tale or caption the pic.


Link Of The Week-An Easy Book Trailer

September 20, 2016

They claim they are the world’s simplest video maker! I poked around a bit and took a look at some author’s who have used them for their book trailers. Looks pretty good! Check it out and let me know what you think.film

 

https://biteable.com/


Hump Day Kick Start – The Forbidden Book Edition

September 14, 2016

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

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Ooh. The intrigue! Tell me about this book. Who does it belong to? A mad scientist from the future? A missing child? A jaded lover? What’s inside? Is it a spell book with instructions to unleash evil upon us? Information on the day the world ends?  A detailed confession? Evidence that vampires exist? My juicy diary?

Give it a shot. Tell a tale or caption the pic.


Link Of The Week-Sex

September 13, 2016

Let’s face it, writing good love scenes are hard. Notice I say “GOOD” love scenes. So many of them out there are filled with purple prose and enough cheese to fill Holland. I decided to put together a few sites to help you out!

Echoes of the Heart

This book has a great example of a super hot scene without actually having sex.

https://laurelclarke.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/sexy-thesaurus-romance-erotica-words/

http://home.epix.net/~jlferri/sexrom.htmlhttp://www.utne.com/arts/how-to-write-a-sex-scene.aspx

Dead Man's Kiss

Great examples of well written love scenes!

500 Great Words for Writing Love Scenes

 


Hump Day Kick Start – El Camino Joy Ride Edition

September 7, 2016

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

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I have a love/hate thing about El Caminos. I used to think they were ugly cars good only for picking up a keg or two. Now I see their classic car potential.

Today’s prompt has found another use for the vehicle. Who is she and what is she doing? Could she and her boyfriend be making a run for the border after a terrible misunderstanding? Is she target practicing for the upcoming county fair? What if she and the driver are trying to escape a zombie invasion? Maybe she’s so hungry (just look at how skinny she is!) that she is robbing someone of their hamburger.

Love to hear your take. Or just caption the pic.


Friday Fun Facts- Voodoo

September 2, 2016

Ahhhh Hollywood. We have it to thank for voodoo being one of the most misunderstood religions around. It focused on the dark underbelly and mysticism associated with this belief system and messed up what little it did try to portray correctly. That doesn’t mean voodoo isn’t interesting and might not have a few things that will make you shiver.voodoo

  1. There is no single founder of voodoo.
  2. There are 3 main types of voodoo, West African, Louisiana, and Haitian voodoo.
  3. There are strong parallels between it and Christianity. In fact, Pope John II participated in a voodoo ceremony cementing the peaceful coexistence the two churches have.
  4. The dolls are more complicated than what we think. They don’t represent the person they were made for- a picture, a lock of hair, or something personal must be attached to the doll to link it to the person. It was used mostly for good, but like most things, it depends on the darkness of the practitioner with how dark the purpose is.mythos_voodoo_dolls_by_jasonmckittrick-d6a0mmx
  5. Marie Laveau’s name is synonymous with voodoo. But what you might not know is that she worked tirelessly for her community. She gave assistance to the homeless, the hungry and the sick.  In fact, people still leave offerings at her supposed grave asking for help.Mlavaue-211x300
  6. Voodoo priests and priestesses undergo a long period of training before performing any ritual that opens themselves up to spiritual possession. During these rituals, one of the two spirits that inhabit the body—the ti bon ange—leaves the body so the spirit of a loa can possess it. The ti bon ange is the portion of the spirit that contains the individual, and must be protected when the individual is hosting a loa. The other part, the gros bon ange, is a spirit that is shared among all the living.
  7. Animal sacrifice is a part of voodoo. It is not so much about the icky morbid as it is about elevating the life force of the loa spirit. The meat is also then cooked and eaten as part of the celebration.animal-sacrifice-_-Source_-imgkid
  8. There is a voodoo serpent god called Danballa.They believe he is the creator of the world and also carries the souls of the dead to the afterlife. When practitioners are possessed by this god, they don’t talk, they hiss.
  9. There are no distinctions of black and white voodoo. In fact, when an evil spirit is called forth, it is called Red magic because the person’s eyes turn red when they are possessed by evil.
  10. The voodoo pantheon has 3 levels. The highest is a single god, the second is the loa, those that interact with humans, and their ancestors, and finally there is us.
  11. The Kingdom of Oyotunji is a traditional West African voodoo village near Sheldon, South Carolina. It is technically not part of the United States.hqdefault