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Link Of The Week- Tips!

October 6, 2015

Whether you are a new writer struggling to understand this crazy path, or a seasoned, published pro, this is a great site! Every day another nugget of advice and wisdom is shared. Topics can be anything from grammar, to a writer’s life, to writing politics. You name it, if it’s good for a writer to know, it’s here.writing

 

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/


Friday Fun Facts- I Know Things About Sex That You Don’t!

June 26, 2015

We all like to think we’re experts on the topic. Come to find out- that’s just not true. Take a look:

– The G-spot was almost called The Whipple Tickle after Dr. Beverly Whipple who coined the term we used today. (Thanks Goodness!)

– Gymnophoria is the sense that someone is mentally undressing you. Who knew it had an actual name?

– A female ferret will die if she doesn’t have sex within a year.ferret

– A single sperm has the equivalent of 37.5MB of DNA information. A whole…uhm…shot has the equivalent of 62 MacBook Pro laptops. Wow!macbook_pro_1

– Scientist say most transsexual porn is watched by straight males. Hmmmm, really?

– Cycling can make you impotent. Whoa! Yep, researchers say if you cycle a lot with the wrong saddle, you could be in trouble!bicycle002

– Overweight men last up to three times longer than skinny guys.

– During intercourse your nose swells. Increased blood flow happens everywhere apparently.nose

– For men, sex burns between 100-200 calories, but for a female, it only burns around 69 calories.

– There is enough sperm in a one man to impregnate every single female on the planet who is fertile.

– Women have the ability to make their voice sound “sexier” while trying to entice a male. Guys don’t have that ability so they have to rely on other factors.

– Women who are prone to migraines have more sex. Seems that the chemical and physical release of an orgasm is good for pain.headacherex281106_228x347

– Orgasms and sneezes can NOT be stopped once started.

– Telling a convincing lie is harder to do if you find that person sexually attractive.

 

**For all the rest of the information, you’ll just have to do your own research!

 


Link Of The Week- Get Paid To Write!

June 23, 2015

Since earning a paycheck with your novel is hard at times, I thought we could all use a succinct guide on where to get paid for articles! While you’re waiting to be the next published darling, look at this list to see if you can add dollars to your bank account.gangster016llindsay

 

http://allindiewriters.com/blogs-pay-writers-100-per-article/

“How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? You can earn that and more writing online if you know where to look. While I often point out that the best gigs are rarely advertised, that doesn’t mean you can’t find some public gems out there.”


Friday Fun Facts-Let’s Make A Baby!…Or Not

June 19, 2015

Sex. It is a mainstay of life and something we all want. What we don’t always want is another baby. This isn’t just a modern truth, but one that’s been around since men and women have gotten together. Obviously the earliest efforts consisted of withdrawal or periods of abstinence. Guess how effective those times were…not very. Women were kept pregnant for a large part of their childbearing years, assuming they survived that period.

Check out the history:contraceptives

– Around 3000 B.C., the first condoms appeared. They were made out of things like fish bladders. animal intestines or linen sheaths. Wish I knew the failure rate of those!

– A Greek gynecologist named Soranus told women to abstain from sex during their period. He thought that was when they were fertile. He also told them to hold their breath during intercourse and then to sneeze afterwards to prevent the sperm entering the womb. Wow! Epic failure on both counts!!!

– In 1500 a type of spermicide was created. It consisted of the linen sheaths soaked in a chemical solution.

– In 10th century Persia women were told to jump backwards 7 or 9 times to dislodge any sperm. Somehow those were magical numbers guaranteed to take care of it.

– (Get ready to laugh!) The Middle Ages brought a heightened level of science so women were then told to tie the testicles of a weasel to their thighs or around their necks during intercourse.

– In 1838, condoms and diaphragms were made from a type of rubber.

– In China, concubines drank an elixir made from lead and mercury to prevent pregnancy. Hmmm, possible side effect? Sterility, kidney failure, brain damage and death.

– 1873 brought us the Comstock Act which declared it illegal to advertise any kind of birth control and made it legal for items to be confiscated if ordered through the mail.

– Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in 1916. The following year she was declared guilty of running a public nuisance and sentenced to jail for 30 days. Once she got out, she re-opened and the cycle repeated itself many times.

– The modern day birth control pill got approval from the F.D.A. in 1960.

– It wasn’t until 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to keep married couples from using birth control. What?!?


Friday Fun Facts- Holy Windstorm Batman!

May 29, 2015

I woke this morning only to have my hot cup of tea interrupted by an event known as a micro-burst. It’s like a five-minute hurricane and can do immense damage. We lost our entire back fence plus two trees. Sigh. This comes on the heels of having our roof, gutters, and window screens declared a total loss due to hail. **When it rains, it pours and Houston has gotten the pouring!

– They are sudden blasts of wind that have been measured up to 160 mph.

– It is a down burst of air caused by warm and cooler airs coming together in a storm.

– It was a micro-burst that brought down Eastern Airlines 727 flight. They were 2400 ft. from the runway when they were hit. Out of 124 passengers, 113 died.

– It is different from a tornado. Tornadoes draw air into a thunderstorm and a micro-burst is an expulsion.

– They are more common than tornadoes. For every tornado, there are 10 reports of damage from a micro.

That’s it for today, folks. I have an insurance adjuster on the way over.500px-Microburstcrosssection


Friday Fun Facts- Tattoos

May 22, 2015

I want to get a tattoo. My husband is not so keen on the idea. There’s a lot of cool facts about this popular art. How much do you know?

 

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– Tattoos have been present since the Stone Age and appear in almost every culture across the world.

– It was illegal to get a tattoo in New York City between 1967 to 1997. Believe it or not! This was due to hepatitis hysteria in the 1960s. In Massachusetts, it was still banned as recent as 2000. You could even go to jail.

– Anesthesiologists don’t really like “tramp stamps”. If they have to administer an epidural, there’s a small chance that ink fragments might enter the spinal cord. MRI technicians have reported some folks with tattoos containing iron oxide, will burn during an MRI.

This is unfortunate.

This is unfortunate.

– Black henna temporary tattoos are not so great. P-phenylenediamine (PPD), an ingredient in black henna, has been known to cause terrible reactions, horrible scarring and leukemia. Please be careful and make sure your artist does NOT use henna with synthetic materials in it!!!!

– The symbol for Macy’s comes from a tattoo. The owner, R.H. Macy, used to work on whaling boats and got a star tattoo on his forearm. That star went on to become the symbol for his multi billion dollar business.

– People will use their bodies as walking ads. One company offered its employees a 15% raise if they tattooed the logo on their body. It was a popular offer! I even found a photo of a guy who inked McDonald’s arches across his back!

This guy put a whole receipt on his arm?!?!?

This guy put a whole receipt on his arm?!?!?

–  A lot of ink is made from bone char of animals and sometimes the resin of shellac beetles.

– The Yakuza, an organized crime family in Japan, will often have full body tattoos called irezumi. It is done in a traditional manner by hand with a single needle. It is painful, time consuming and very expensive.

– Prison tats are forbidden, but they happen all the time. Creativity abounds when using makeshift items. Everything from ballpoint pens to paper clips to guitar strings have been confiscated. Those tattoos are often a type of Morse code indicating gang membership, crimes committed and even religious affiliation.

– Many companies offer cosmetic tattoos. Don’t want to apply eye liner or darken your eyebrows with a pencil? Get them tattooed! Just be careful because they do need touch ups every few years and you can’t change your look afterwards. It might be OK to laser off a tat on your leg…quite different trying to laser off items on your eye!

– According to a survey, more women than men have tattoos.download

– Plato thought that people who committed sacrilege should be tattooed forcibly.

– Tattoo is one of the most misspelled words in the English language.

– American spend…wait for it….$1.65 BILLION dollars on tattoos every year!

– The most tattooed person has 100% of their body covered.

– Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, was against tattoos. He said that the human body was a gift and should not be altered.

I think I agree in this case.

I think I agree in this case.

 

 


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

 

 

 

http://www.pw.org/grants

http://www.newpages.com/classifieds/big-list-of-writing-contests


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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 $210,000.download

– 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