Friday Fun Facts- Writers

April 28, 2017

Most people know writers tend to live in their own little worlds. I can hear many of you laughing already because you know me! Yes, we are different…but some are even more interesting than you think!

  1. Stieg Larsson, who created The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, stated the heroine was based on what Pippi Longstocking would be like when she was grown. Hmmmm, not what I would have thought about Pippi.image-w448
  2. Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers,  fought his first duel at the age of 23. He has the unusual distinction of having his trousers fall down during the event! I think it was better he wrote about fighting instead of participating!
  3. Before finding fame as a novelist, The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown was a pop singer. One of his solo albums was called Angels and Demons.def98a2af84e994585891c1d0f8372f7
  4. Bram Stoker, Dracula, was a crazy conspiracy theorist! One of his best theories is that the Queen Elizabeth that we all studied about was really a man in drag! Supposedly, the real Elizabeth got sick and died when she was 10.
  5. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, was kinda weird. For instance, he always positioned his bed northward- he said it sparked his creativity. He had a thing for the dead. One of his favorite past times was hanging out in the morgue- he even spent a few Christmas and New Years Days at the Paris morgue……Out-Mo2
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, thought Houdini was magical. After his son died, he spent a great deal of time studying mysticism and trying to talk to the dead. Somehow along the way, he decided his friend, Houdini, had magical powers even though Houdini was constantly trying to prove to him otherwise.
  7. Norman Mailer, The Executioner’s Song, was a raging alcoholic who stabbed his wife and beat up actor Rip Torn. Many considered him to be a world renowned jerk! He also ran for mayor of New York City claiming he would outlaw private cars, have trial by jousting and turn the city into the 51st state. The stories only get better from there- I just don’t have space to write about so many!20mailer-600.1
  8. John Steinbeck used 300 pencils to write East of Eden and was known to use up to 60 pencils in a day.
  9. When Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham, was stuck writing his books, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till the words came. Something else to make you go hmmmmmm.
  10. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he’d ‘pissed away’ so much of his money into it that he owned it.Ernest-Hemingway_1936815b
  11. Sting wrote the song ‘Every Breath You Take’ at the same desk which Ian Fleming used to write his James Bond novels. It was at the ‘Fleming Villa’ at GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica.2016 American Music Awards - Show
  12. D. H. Lawrence, Women In Love, liked to climb trees buck naked because he wanted to stimulate his creativity.

Hump Day Kick Start – CD Edition

April 26, 2017

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

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Raise your hand. How many of us has at one time in our lives created a playlist based on a love interest?

So what’s up with today’s prompt? What is on the CD? Who does it belong to? Who is it intended for? Why is it on the ground? Is it filled with love songs? Songs about breakups, missed opportunities, or revenge? Could it be a picture collage from a stalker? Filled with poems from a dead lover? A scary manifesto? All my lost first drafts?

What do you think is on the CD? Tell me a tale or caption the pic.


Link Of The Week- A Different Kind Of Thesaurus

April 25, 2017

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Hello My Peeps!

http://www.words-to-use.com/

I love this link. This will provide you with many, many, many different ways to say things! Check it out: For “Eyes”, they provide you with lists of the following types of words!

I now have a new site that has been bookmarked for A Lot of coming use!


Friday Fun Facts- A Cornucopia of Facts!

April 21, 2017

I started poking around the internet and before I knew it, I had lost two hours! Sigh. I know learning is never a waste, but it sure can be a time suck. Check out some of the tid-bits I dug up!

  1. In 1986, a volcanic lake in Africa let out a cosmic sized burp of sulfuric acid and killed 1746 people within minutes!! Holy Moly!! I had no idea this could happen.tin
  2. There was a Harley Davidson motorcycle built to look like a giant hamburger………………….. why?
  3. In the past 20 years, scientists have found over 1000 plants outside of our solar system. Really? Have you heard about this?
  4. If you started with a penny and doubled your money everyday- you’d be a millionaire in 27 days!pennieswithpurpose
  5. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
  6. In France, it is legal to marry a dead person. (Things that make you go hmmmmm)
  7. It’s considered good luck in Japan if a sumo wrestler makes your baby cry.2080_05
  8. The oldest marathon runner was 100 years old when he finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada. Fauja Singh crossed the line in 8hrs., 25min., and 16sec.
  9. The Spanish national anthem has no lyrics.
  10. The full length Greek national anthem has 158 verses. Well, that’s from the sublime to the ridiculous!
  11. Tupac Shakur’s ashes were smoked, along with marijuana, by his friends.
  12. A full head of hair is strong enough to support 12 tons of weight! Another holy moly in my book!!14-Simple-Tricks-To-Make-Your-Hair-Grow-Faster
  13. In 1567, the man who was said to have the longest beard, died trying to run away from a fire. You guessed it! He tripped on his beard.
  14. Did you know you could dance yourself to death? Yes! Yes, you can! There was such a thing called The Dance Fever which occurred in 1518 in Strasbourg. Inexplicably, hundreds of people danced for a whole month. Many of them danced themselves to death.f23892673e56c2cb72ea744be7e3e29b
  15. Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the “speed of light”. The slowest light has been recorded moving is at 38mph. Who knew?!?!?

Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #8

April 19, 2017

Writing prompts to kick start your muse.

Ooh… What could this be all about?

Who is she and what service is she providing? Is she an assassin who gets the targets even the most hardened man passes over? Could she be a time jumper sent to correct “mistakes” that happen in the future? What if she were a sadistic psychiatric nurse, a hard-ass warden, or an adrenaline junkie stuntwoman for an A-list actress? Maybe she’s a baker for the PTO with mad cupcake decorating skills. Does she look forward to these calls or does she dread them?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.


Our Wish For You

April 14, 2017

May you and your family have a wonderful, peace filled weekend. To those that celebrate it, Happy Easter!!

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Hump Day Kick Start – Cuffed Edition

April 12, 2017

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

I mean, who hasn’t been in this situation before? Right? Riiight?

Tell me about today’s prompt. Who is he and how did he end up cuffed? Good guy or a bad guy? Could he be the dangerous fugitive who left a wake of destruction and was finally caught by heroic Johnny Law? Or was he wrongly framed? If so, of what? Is he even in a police car? Perhaps not. Maybe he’s been snatched by his worst adversary and things are looking kinda grim for him. Is he from this world, the future, the past, or another dimension? What if he is playing along, biding time, waiting for the right moment to bust out of the cuffs and wreak havoc/get revenge/save someone? Maybe a sexy detective has him under arrest for stealing her heart. Haha! Sappy, I know…

Caption the pic or give me your take.