Friday Fun Facts- Storms

May 27, 2016

It has been pouring cats and dogs for hours here in Houston. We have had major flooding rains for the last month and this is one more round of pounding water to add to the still swollen creeks and lakes. How appropriate that we learn something new about storms! Maybe one of these tidbits will find its way into a story that you’re writing-

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Houston- What it looked like early this morning!

  1. There can not be thunder without lightning. Really? Yep. It’s the charge from the lightning that causes the thunder. You may not always see it, but if there’s thunder, watch out!
  2. 80% of all lightning stays hidden within the clouds. So what you see isn’t all you get.
  3. The surges of electricity within streaks of lightning can be compared to 100 million light bulbs.
  4. The great storm of 1793 killed 8,000 people in southern England.
  5. A storm that hit Arkansas in 1974 brought something besides rain. Folks were pelted with frozen ducks that had been killed by a blast of super cold air!download (1)
  6. At any one time there are about 2000 storms happening on earth.
  7. On average, a severe storm can produce up to 6000 lightning strikes every minute!download
  8. https://youtu.be/qXdgvMuItMw This will freak you out!!!
  9. Thunder is hard to hear over 12 miles away.
  10. Aristotle believed that thunder was due to clouds running into each other.aristotle-17
  11. Once in England, it rained frogs. It happened after a particularly large water spout formed and sucked up thousands of the critters.
  12. In 1967, a hurricane created over 115 tornadoes in Texas!tornado+35
  13. A US government study showed that a small thunderstorm holds more than 33 million gallons of water.

Hump Day Kick Start – Riding Shotgun with my Pistol Edition

May 25, 2016

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

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Going through my picture prompt cache, I realized I have lots of pics with weapons. Time to spread the love.

So tell me what’s going on. Who is he? (Be still my heart. In your story, not in real life.) Is he a criminal with his gang about to put a plan into motion? Is the driver Bonnie to his Clyde? Who’s in the backseat? Has he carjacked someone? What if he is a good guy doing the carjacking. Could he be on protection detail for the beautiful senator’s daughter who is in danger? Could he be in danger of falling in love with her? Or maybe they are on the run from a zombie, vampire, or genetic mutation apocalypse.

You know the drill. Tell me a tale or caption the pic.


Link of the Week – Dead Man’s Kiss RONE Finalist

May 24, 2016

Dead Man's KissThis week’s Link of the Week I’m asking for a favor. If you feel so inclined, I would love to have your vote in the 2016 InD’tale RONE awards. DEAD MAN’S KISS was reviewed by InD’tale last fall and given 4.5 stars (whoop!). Because of the high rating, the book was entered in the RONE contest. It would be great to have your support. You do have to register to vote. But it’s super easy to do and you won’t get spammed.

I am in the Historical Post Medieval category. It is a large category and competition is tough, but you can vote for two of your favorite books. VOTING ENDS SUNDAY!

http://www.indtale.com/2016-rone-awards-week-six

Thanks in advance should you decide to vote. *sloppy smooches*


Friday Fun Facts-Kissing

May 20, 2016

We all love to do it. But do you really know about kissing? Read on and find out!

  1. A German researcher noted that 2/3 of all couples lean their head to the right when going in for a kiss. Why? They theorize it all starts in the womb where the baby naturally tilts their head to the right most of the time.P7preg-24_1494409i
  2. In order to give 1 kiss, you must coordinate 146 muscles! Scientist used an MRI to study kissing couples and come up with this juicy tidbit.
  3. I’m sure you’ve seen XOXO signed on cards and letters as a sign of affection. Hugs and kisses…awwww. History is not as sentimental- The X came about because peasants in medieval times couldn’t write so they used the letter as a stand in for their name. Often times they would kiss the document as an added show of sincerity. Hence, the O.Lips
  4. King Henry VI banned kissing! What?!? Yep. In 1438, he banned it to cut down on diseases. Interesting to note that his wife had to take over the kingdom by 1453 because he became quite a coo coo. Unfortunately, this idea spread and in Naples, not only was it banned, but it became punishable by death!1
  5. Think of great Hollywood kissing scenes…they were all heavily regulated by censors. Married couples had to sleep in twin beds, and if they did kiss, one had to have their feet on the floor. Kisses weren’t allowed to last more than 3 seconds. Absolutely no kissing while laying down together! Sheesh- these rules weren’t let go of until the late 1960s.RhetandScarlett
  6. Philematology is the name of the science of kissing. If you study this, then you are an osculologist.
  7. A study was once done to discover that husbands who get a kiss on the cheek every morning before going to work lived 5 years longer than those who worked kissless. What happened to the women?
  8. The average person spends approximately 2 weeks of their life kissing.
  9. E Harmony commissioned a study to be done to discover how many people do folks need to kiss before they find the right one. Results? Women=15 and Men=16.EHarmonyLogo
  10. Kissing is good for you! It burns calories,relieves aches and pains, bolsters your immune system, and (apparently) prevents cavities!!!
  11.  Kissing strangers is forbidden in Ceder Rapids, Iowa, and in Hartford Connecticut, woman can’t kiss their husbands on a Sunday! And (drum roll please) mustached men in Indiana can go to jail for habitually kissing human beings…whoa there’s got to be a story behind that one!

Hump Day Kick Start – Yes or No Glamour Edition

May 18, 2016

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

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Let’s glam this prompt up.

This scene could be a yes or no scenario. Who is today’s lucky couple? What’s going on? Could she be succumbing to him despite how it would be so wrong? Is she loving the way his lean body feels? Does she welcome his touch or not? Maybe she’s in love with another man. Or maybe he is saying goodbye to her. What if she’s an Olympian goddess realizing that she can never stay with this mortal man.

I’d love to hear from you. Tell a tale or caption the pic.


Link of the Week – Goodreads Ebook Giveaways

May 17, 2016

Authors, in case you missed the news, Goodreads had added a new way to offer giveaways. Up until now, Goodreads only allowed print book giveaways. It was a nice way to get some discoverability toward you and your books. Now they’re introducing Kindle ebook giveaways. It’s a beta program currently for US residents only.goodreads

Here’s how it works: The author or publisher of a book – whoever controls the digital distribution rights to the book – can now offer up to 100 copies of the Kindle ebook in a giveaway. The author or publisher chooses how long the giveaway will run, and Goodreads does the rest. At the end of the giveaway, Goodreads randomly chooses winners and automatically sends the Kindle ebooks to their preferred devices and Cloud accounts. Winners receive real Kindle ebooks, complete with all the great features and security that Amazon’s Kindle platform provides.

Sounds pretty cool. Ah, but not everything that is shiny is gold. There is a cost involved.

Read all about it on the Goodreads blog. But don’t stop there. Read some of the comments, too. You decide if the program would work for you.

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/646-goodreads-introduces-kindle-ebook-giveaways-beta-program-u-s-market


Friday Fun Facts- Thailand

May 13, 2016

The mysterious Orient. A place that feels more ancient than time itself.

I had the privilege of living in Thailand for two years when I was younger and it was mysterious and ancient. I bet I’ve uncovered a few tidbits you didn’t know about this country!

  1. We know the capital as Bangkok. That’s not really its name.  Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit is the official title. It translates (roughly) to “City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra‘s behest”.top10-hotels-
  2. It was home to the world’s first set of Siamese twins. Thailand was under the rule of the great Kingdom of Siam- hence the name. These conjoined fellows moved to the States around 1811, married, had kids, and lived to the ripe old age of 62.
  3. It is against the law to criticize the king and queen. How often they punish folks for this transgression depends on the mood of the country. If all is peaceful, only 4-5 people get thrown in jail per year. If there’s civil unrest, up to 700 people are in the clinker in a given year. 63ffb803e9d03ab875256b334ad3a943
  4. There was a serial killer in Thailand. He was publicly executed and his body was put in a clear box so everyone could see he was really dead. His mummified body has been bronzed and is still on display. (Wow- they are serious!)
  5. Tilly Smith, a 10 yr. old girl helped save her family and hundreds of tourists in 2004 when she recognized what was happening when the ocean water rushed out from shore. It had been a geography lesson in school shortly before their holiday.
  6. The Thai Grand Palace in Bangkok is inspired by Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, and is some of the finest examples of Thai architecture found anywhere.6-unknown-facts-about-the-thai-grand-palace
  7. The Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace is considered to be the most holy of Buddhas.It is carved from a single block of emerald and is 45cms tall.6-unknown-facts-about-the-thai-grand-palace-emerald-buddha
  8. 95% of all Thais are Buddhists.
  9. Good story. A Thai janitor stole the Saudi Royal jewels. When they were then returned, it was discovered half of them were fake. 3 month later, a Saudi business man with close ties to the royal family traveled to Thailand to investigate. He was abducted and killed along with 3 other Saudi officials. Whoa.362b63f6b58a355f2b383789c917c769
  10. Thailand’s name in Thai means “Land of the Free”. In fact, it is the only country in SE Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
  11. In the past, all Thai men, including the Prince, became monks for a short time.thai-monks-wat-pho-bangkok
  12. 1/10 of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand.
  13. More than 1500 types of orchids grow wild.

 

 


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