Hump Day Kick Start – Unzipped Edition

May 20, 2015

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


Nice & sexy! Slow & easy!

Tell me about today’s prompt. Who are they? Couple celebrating their anniversary? Playboy and his next conquest? Criminal seducing the wealthy, young widow? Hunk attempting to charm the love of his life back? Sexy waiter earning a hefty tip? Dress thief?

You tell me. Love to hear your take, or just “caption this photo”.

Hump Day Kick Start – Cowboy Trellis Edition

May 13, 2015

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

bridge texas


In Dallas this week for the RT Convention. What better prompt than a sexy cowboy on a bridge? Yee haw, y’all.

So tell me about him? Who is he? What is he doing? Contemplating his recent breakup/loss of the farm/fight with a brother? Is this where he comes when he wants to clear his head before he leaves out on the rodeo circuit? Is the cute girl below enticing him into a skinny dip? Did his girlfriend just run his favorite tractor off into the river?

Love to hear your take, or just “caption this photo”.

Link Of The Week- Enter A Competition

May 12, 2015

Do you need to earn some money writing? The novel just taking too long? Try honing your skills, earning some money, getting feedback all in the same place. I’m talking about writing contests. There are hundreds out there and I’ve supplied links to 2 places that give you many!WritingQuill

A Sociopath- You Could Be One

May 8, 2015

Are you a sociopath? You just might be one. The statistics show that one in every 25 people is a true blue sociopath. If your office has 50 people, you work with two of them. Does that mean you are in mortal danger? Of course not.

Let’s get educated and look at the mind:

– Sociopaths can and do maintain eye contact. If fact, they are so good at it, the term is ‘a predator’s stare’. Other people might think it’s a mark of arrogance or conceit when the person is probably unaware that they’re doing it or how it may unnerve others.

– Sociopaths are psychopaths. The term sociopath was coined because of the absolute negative reaction to the word psychopath. Modern psychology has further differentiated them, but they share many traits. They have an antisocial personality disorder and have a “pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others.” Many show overconfidence, lack of remorse, high manipulation skills and no desire to conform to social norms unless it benefits them.

– Here’s a biggie! Not all sociopaths are criminals! Studies have shown that less than 20% of inmates are sociopaths, but they also conclude that 50% of all truly serious crimes are committed by sociopaths. Hmmm, does that mean they are simply smarter than the average criminal?

– If you met one, you’d probably like them. They are knowledgeable about social behavior and smart enough to use it to their advantage. It is a learned behavior for them, not instinctual, but effective nonetheless.

– They do prey on people’s weaknesses. Many things they do are benign like stealing a diary to read it so they better know how to manipulate that person through their weaknesses. Most times they don’t need to resort to that type of behavior because they have a heightened awareness to people’s flaws. ‘Predator six sense’

– Sexual preferences are often gender neutral. Many consider themselves asexual and it’s not the physical attraction that draws them, it’s more a component of the personality that intrigues them. That being said, sociopaths are capable of love and many have long lasting relationships with children. It is a different kind of love but meaningful to them.

– They are usually very successful in their field. They like being top dog. This plays into their survival of the fittest mentality and their willingness to exploit others for their own gain.

– Their actions and relationships are viewed with a benefits eye. What will they get out of it? How will it further their position, social standing etc.

– Because they can change to fit whatever environment they are in, they tend to have very little “sense of self”. They practice this skill all the time, much as a large predator practices camouflage while stalking their prey. Hmmm, there seems to be a common word running through this post.

– So how do you know if you’re a sociopath? M.E. Thomas, an author and diagnosed sociopath, compiled this list-

  • You have a lot of friends, admirers and lovers
  • You are extremely self-confident
  • You are charming
  • You use your charm and confidence to manipulate others
  • You are morally ambivalent
  • You believe in survival of the fittest
  • You are great at making decisions on the fly and being spontaneous
  • You get restless easily
  • You are a daredevil
  • You are successful
  • You are easily distracted
  • You have a predatory spirit
  • You are highly intelligent


– If you checked off a bunch of these attributes, don’t run to the nearest doctor for a diagnosis. Go on with your life and don’t worry about it. There is NO cure for this disorder and if you’re happy then forget about it.

– While this is a common disorder and most live “normal” lives, just know they will destroy you if it’s to their advantage.











Hump Day Kick Start – Bottom’s Up Windowsill Edition

May 6, 2015

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

in or out


What fun!

Who is today’s prompt? Good girl sneaking out? Bad girl sneaking in? Stalker? Celebrity trying to get away from the paparazzi? Maybe she and the sexy, flirtatious stranger are sneaking away from a boring wedding/gala/charity event? Or maybe she is sneaking in the convent after a hot fling with the new bad boy in town. Is she stuck?

Love to hear your take, or just “caption this photo”.

Link Of The Week- All Things Regency

May 5, 2015

Do you write historicals? Paranormals from another time? If your books have anything to do with the Regency Era- these sites are for you! Research is the lifeblood for many novels. Get the facts wrong and half of your audience is out the door vowing to never read another one of your books. I thought these sites dealing with period dress of the time were quite good. I hope you enjoy them. 5aab039371391e3939cdf1b66a1566f5 RM02

Friday Fun Facts- I Have A Dead Body In My Garage

May 1, 2015

In case you think I’m joking or my title was only meant to get you to read this blog post, I really do have a dead body in my garage.

It’s Uncle Cecil.

Cecil Trantham was my husband’s great uncle who passed away last fall. He was one of our favorites in Peter’s family and we miss him greatly. (Although having him in our garage has made him feel closer. :-) ) Uncle Cecil was a lead mechanic for many race cars over the years and his garage was something anyone who’s turned that way would envy. When we had to say goodbye to him, we wanted to honor his passion and his amazing career so a special container was made for his remains out of a muffler.

Uncle Cecil driving a car he made from scratch. His dune racers were so much fun!

Uncle Cecil driving a car he made from scratch. His dune racers were so much fun!

When my husband and son went to New Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday, they were given Uncle Cecil to bring back to Texas to bury next to his sister. Life has a funny way of getting in the way of our best laid plans and Uncle Cecil has spent the last five months with us in our garage. My boys pull him out to have a place of honor whenever they work on the ATVs or trucks. In a weird way, I know this would have tickled Uncle Cecil pink. He always wanted to come visit, but his health wouldn’t allow it.

He was a wonderful man with a wicked sense of humor. To honor him (as we’re finally bringing him to his final place of rest), I present you with unusual facts about burial practices!

– When the upper class in Egypt died, they removed the brains before mummifying their bodies through the nose using a pick.History_Mummies_No_Brainer_SF_still_624x352

– Cryonic science is alive and well. Currently, it’s only legal to do on people who are legally dead. There are those that have lobbied to be put on ice before their time!

– While most Western funerals are a somber affair, the Hindus in Bali make it to be a carnival like atmosphere. The body is paraded down the street along with other floats and paper made structures. Once at the burn site, the body is transferred into a large bull and it’s all set on fire. Afterwards, there’s a feast and party to celebrate the life.tl_funeral

– In Tibet, they do it quite differently. the body is brought to a mountain top and placed on a raised structure to be closer to Heaven. It’s left there for the vultures and other birds to eat, some remains are even mixed with flour and water to make it tastier for the winged creatures. This insures all tidbits are devoured and flown high.

– A Swedish firm will now pulverize your body and put it in a cornstarch urn to be completely eco-friendly.

– An American firm will take your remains and turn it into a diamond for jewelry for your loved ones to wear. One body can make up to 50 1-carat diamonds and cost around $14,000 each. In 2007, the company used carbon from strands of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair to make three diamonds. Two are in private collections and the third was sold on e-bay for charity for $210,

– In Madagascar, they dig up the bones of their loved ones and dance with them. They put new clothes on them and dance around the tombs to live music. Whoa.Madagascar-Famadihana-Putting-Away-Three

– Thomas Edison’s dying breath was captured in a bottle. Henry Ford who was a close friend of Edison, convinced his son to fill a bottle with his final breaths. Edison also had a death mask made.

– If you were a beggar in early Scotland, you might have been employed to be a “sin-eater”. A loaf of bread was place on the dying person’s chest along with a mug of ale while prayers were said. This transferred the person’s sins outs of his body and into the food and drink. It was then given to the poor hungry soul who ate all of the dying person’s transgressions. This practice was done for hundreds of years.

– Some people turn into soap after they die. (No, I’m not drinking!) Apparently, the fatty tissue along with a variety of other liquids during decomposing, slowly form into adipocere. (grave wax) It doesn’t matter whether you were embalmed or not! Of course, the heavier you are, the more soap you make. In fact, there is a “Soap Lady” in a museum who is entirely composed of grave wax. Sometimes, these deposits can be seen leaking from caskets and tombs.The-Soap-Lady





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