Link of the Week – Epigrams, Words to Live By

March 19, 2019

Words of wisdom have trickled through the centuries. From societal influencers to our own family members, we are given guidance on how to become better people. Axioms and advice ranging from success, failure, money, adversity, opportunity, morality, expectations, happiness, and so much more offer valuable life lessons. All we need to do is listen and heed the principles.

This week’s link is to another pearl of an article by The Art of Manliness presenting some of the best epigrams throughout the ages.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/21-best-epigrams/

 


Link of the Week – Court Sides with Oxford Comma

March 5, 2019

In the debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, I say it is. (And will cut you if you disagree. Ok, not really.)

So what is the fuss about? The Oxford comma is the comma used before the coordinating conjunction “and” or “or” in a list of three or more items. It is a stylistic serial comma.

In a 2017 class action lawsuit involving diary drivers, labor disputes, and the Oxford comma (see what I did there?), a Maine court recently ruled in favor of the comma. Read all about it at The Write Life blog. Yes, this happened a couple of years ago, but it illustrates the comma’s important.

https://thewritelife.com/is-the-oxford-comma-necessary


Link of the Week – Plagiarism

February 26, 2019

So…plagiarism… It sucks on so many levels. Most in Romancelandia are very aware of the latest scandal—an “author” who has lifted whole paragraphs from other authors’ works, had them cobbled together, packaged into her “own” books and put up for sale on Amazon. And of course, once her dirty little secret was exposed, she blamed others and disappeared. Today’s link of the week will get you up to speed in what originally happened and what small ways we can help prevent this from happening.

Where it broke: Courtney Milan

http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblings/2019/02/18/cristiane-serruya-is-a-copyright-infringer-a-plagiarist-and-an-idiot/

Nora Robert’s weigh-in

http://fallintothestory.com/not-a-rant-but-a-promise/

Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Perspective

https://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/so-weve-gotta-talk-about-this-plagiarism-thing/

 

Here is a link to a site that checks for plagiarism and helps prevent theft and fraud. I haven’t used them yet, but I plan to.

https://www.copyscape.com/

 

 

There is also Fakespot, which “will ensure you get the most up to date and relevant information to make your online shopping experience as safe and trustworthy as possible.” This will help in culling out the fake from real products.

https://www.fakespot.com/about

Sad that people continue to profit off of others’ blood, sweat and tears (lots of tears) to make a quick buck.


Link of the Week – Ancient Earth

February 19, 2019

Check this out! An interactive map of the Earth that shows you what it looked like 20 to 750 millions of years ago. It gives information on the state of the Earth and what living things existed in selected time periods. You can even type in your address or location to see what the geographical area looked like as you travel back in time. Pretty cool and nerdy stuff.

http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#0


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2018

December 24, 2018

 

This will be the 9th straight year I post my rendition of a classic holiday poem. It’s a tradition now. The only variation is the fantasy Santa. A girl can dream…

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my wireless mouse;

The laptop glowed blank
With all creativity kaput,
My muse took a holiday
From inspiring my book;

The NaNo craze had ended
I’m in edits neck-deep,
While visions of “the end”
Dance out of reach;

Exhausted from writer’s block,
And with my satin sleep mask,
I had just curled into bed
For a short catnap;

When out on the street
There arose such a thunder,
I sprang from my bed
To see what was the rumble.

Away to the window
In fuzzy slippers, I sprang,
I stumbled and tripped
And drew back the drape.

The vapor lamps casting pools
Of pale light on the street
Gave the luster of mystery
To objects beneath,

When what to my wondering eyes
Caught my sight,
But a red ragtop muscle car,
And eight Harley bikes,

With a super hot driver
And smirk sinfully salty
I knew in a moment
It must be Tom Hardy.

More handsome in person
His buds they came,
And I whistled and squealed
As he called them by name.

“Now Eastwood! Now Reynolds!
Now Momoa and Tatum!
On Hunnam! On Hemsworth!
On Franco and Heughan!

To the edge of the curb!
To the end of the way!
Now pull over! Pull over!
Pull over here, I say!”

As the growl of engines
Revved and roared,
Testosterone oozed
From their very cores;

So, up to my house
The hotties they drove,
With Tom Hardy in the lead
Of this tasty treasure trove.

And then in an instant,
I heard them out front,
The back-slapping and laughing
Of each manly hunk.

As I wiped the drool
And raced to the den,
In sauntered Tom
A true perfect ten.

He was dressed all in leather
From his head to his boots
Just like in my dreams
He was lip-smacking good.

A bundle of goodies
He’d flung on his shoulder,
With his smooth swagger
He simmered and smoldered.

His eyes—how they seared!
His lips, how inviting!
His jawline so strong,
His smirk too enticing!

His russet goatee
Was trimmed just right
And his dark tousled hair
Gilded in the firelight;

The end of a toothpick
He held tight in his teeth,
And he took off his jacket
And rolled up his sleeves;

Leather wristbands and tattoos,
And flawless firm rear,
Completing the package
All but brought me to tears.

He was lean and fit,
A right sexy heartbreaker,
And I fanned my face,
As plotting struck this story-maker.

A wink of his eye
And I nearly swooned,
Naughty or nice?
My thoughts lampooned;

He spoke not a word
But went straight to his work,
And left festive presents
As I giggled and lurked,

And smiling at me
My muse had more than awakened,
And giving a nod,
Tom left me a-quakin’.

He hopped in his convertible,
Gave a whistle to his team,
And away they all drove,
Leaving me to scheme.

But I heard him exclaim
Ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all.
And to all a good night.”


Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

 

Though today is America’s Thanksgiving holiday, the message is the same worldwide.

Life is full of Give and Take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.

 MuseTracks wishes you a safe, joyous holiday filled with love, laughter, and tryptophan.


Link of the Week – Evading

September 25, 2018

This is great info for authors. Also awesome for those running from enemy soldiers, super intelligent zombies, post-apocalyptic bounty hunters, your children. Never know when you might need to disappear for a while.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/04/18/how-to-escape-and-evade-a-tracker/