May 9, 2017
★ It’s fun
Every month you get a clean slate. If you write anything at all, you get 1 point. If you write 750 words or more, you get 2 points. If you write two, three or more days in a row, you get even more points. It’s fun to try to stay on streaks and the points are a way to play around with that. You can also see how others are doing points-wise if you’re at all competitive that way. How I see it, points can motivate early on, and eventually the joy of writing will kick in and you’ll be writing without any external motivation at all.
YOU’LL ALSO LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF!
May 2, 2017
I like snark. I’m a snarky person. People fear my snark. Naw, just kidding. They either roll their eyes, are clueless, or engage in a snark war.
So it’s no wonder that this week’s link is a bit on the snarky side. If you like snark, you might like The Oatmeal, too. It’s a silly site with comics that are fun, sometimes tasteless, and at weirdly educational.
Check out the link to the comics on grammar. You just might learn the difference between who and whom.
April 14, 2017
May you and your family have a wonderful, peace filled weekend. To those that celebrate it, Happy Easter!!
March 31, 2017
Now here’s a topic! Pirates have been romanticized, vilified, and sensationalized. What is the truth about them? It’s sometimes stranger than fiction!
- Pirates pierced their ears not to look devilishly handsome, but it was believed if you pierced your ear with precious metal, it was thought to improve one’s eyesight. Even respected seafaring men did it!
- No one has actually ever found a real pirate’s buried treasure map. Never too far from death, most pirates tried to enjoy their money quickly.
- The Jolly Roger with its skull and crossed bones was designed to be scary. It was not used by all pirates, but many in The Spanish Main did use it to strike fear into their victims.
- It is a fact that many pirates had eye patches, hooks, or peg legs. This was a dangerous profession and many of them were maimed.
- Pirates have been around since boats were built. In fact, Julius Caesar was twice captured by Mediterranean pirates!
- There were up to 80 pirates on most boats in contrast to the British which usually had around 30 men aboard.
- A few of the pirate ships were large. Captain Bellamy’s Whydah, for example, had 28 guns and weighed 300 tons!!
- Pirates probably didn’t have talking parrots. Sorry.
- A gang of Pirates from 1714 called the “Flying Gang” were the inspiration behind Jack Sparrow and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
- Pirates believed that whistling on a ship could call up a storm.
- They also believed having a woman on board was bad luck!
- Pirates weren’t all men! There were several notorious and totally bad-ass women pirates.
- Here’s another idea as to why so many had eye patches…it’s not because they lost an eye! Patches were worn so one eye would remain constantly adjusted to darkness, which made it easier to fight below deck when boarding ships. The technique was so effective that keeping one eye closed is still a technique used in the military today for night survival.
- Many captains had a pay scale for extra booty if the pirate was injured. The more extensive the injury, the more they got. If fact, injured pirates who continued with that life were held in respect and seen as being very brave.
- People from all social classes became pirates, they weren’t all thugs and thieves.
*** If you loved these facts, you’ll LOVE these books!!
Romance on the High Seas: Seven Swashbuckling Pirate Romances
March 24, 2017
Sexual Assault- It happens.
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault.
- Every 98 seconds someone experiences this.
- Good news! The number in the US has fallen by more than half since 1993.
- Still…only 6 out of every 1000 rapists ends up in jail.
- Every 8 minutes the victim is a child.
- 60,000 children are victims in a year.
- 55% of the assaults occur at or near the victims home.
- 12% occur at or near a relatives home.
- There is help and healing!!– https://www.rainn.org/about-rainn (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)
- A Definition- Sexual assault is a sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or non-consensual sexual touching of a person.
- Another place of healing!!– http://www.joyfulheartfoundation.org/about-us/our-story This was started by the actress Mariska Hargitay who plays on Law and Order SVU.
“But what really opened her eyes—and subsequently, her heart—was the fan mail she received. The letters didn’t say, “I love your show. Can you send me an autographed picture?” They said, “I was raped when I was fifteen. I’m forty now and I’ve never told anyone.” Survivors were disclosing their stories to her, many for the first time.
The fact that these individuals were revealing something so personal to someone they knew only as a character on television demonstrated to Mariska, and to all of us, how desperate they were to be heard, believed, supported and healed.
Her response was to create Joyful Heart.”
- How You Can Participate! If you love to write or read, check out this great auction doing wonderful things!!!!!!!!!!
March 21, 2017
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March 17, 2017
AWAY FROM THE FRONT
Roark Foster kills at work. Truly. As a sniper for the Green Berets, he’s snuffed everything ever asked of him, including all emotion. That last part was easy. After the tragedies of his youth with a Native American heritage, his heart had to go—which makes it all the more difficult to return to Esterloch, NY, to settle the estate of his recently deceased mother. And to deal with the desperate stranger he finds lurking in his yard.
…AND INTO A MINEFIELD
Dr. Monica Peterson’s first step was to hide. That’s why she came to this tiny upstate town, fleeing everyone and everything to stay safe. Next will come Plan B, when she thinks of it, but until then her secrets will stay her own. Yet one intractable soldier calls out to her with his hard eyes and harder body, promising both solace and ineffable danger. For the past is not a war you can escape, and every step with Roark will lead toward an explosion: of old enemies, of hidden pain, and of a love that can erase all want.