Writing is a creative process, but a very long, drawn out one to tackle. The results sometimes takes, months or years to come to fruition. How do we get there? What process to you go through to stroke your muse? Here are 12 famous authors and what they do! Enjoy.
Happy Friday, everyone! Today is January 27, 2017. Have you ever wondered if this date was special? I thought it’d be fun to check out the 27th and see how it stacks up in history. Let’s see what happened:
- American born sumo wrestler, Akebono Taro, was the first foreigner to be promoted to the highest rank of Yokozuna. 1993
- Germany observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 1996
- Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. 2006
- The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”. Not our finest moment. 1825
- Lenigrad was liberated from Germany after 880 days. The loss? 600,000 killed. 1944
- The US and North Vietnam come to a “cease fire” thus ending the longest US war and military draft. 1973
- 3 astronauts aboard the Apollo 1 die while still on the launch pad. They were practicing for a two week mission in space. 1967
- 60 countries signed The Outer Space treaty which stated that no country would place nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction into orbit around earth. If any country were to do this, no country would be safe again. 1967
- Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire while he filmed a Pepsi commercial. 1984
- The Red Army liberates Auschwitz in southern Poland. It was the largest of all the concentration camps and is believed that 1,000,000 people were killed there. 1945
- The US government conducts the first nuclear bomb tests in Nevada. 1951
- Coca Cola starts distribution in the Soviet Union. 12 years after Pepsi, I might add. 1985
- The first sorority is created- Kappa Alpha Theta. 1870
- After accepting the 15th Amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union. 1870
- Thomas Edison patents the first electric incandescent lamp. 1880
Is there life out there? Do they visit us? These are all fascinating questions. Let’s see what we can learn about unidentified flying objects!
- The term was coined in 1952 by a United States Air Force officer. They used to call them “flying saucers”.
- While researching today’s topic, I read through some pretty crazy stuff by some pretty crazy sounding people. There are some military documented “sightings” that give me pause to really wonder while feeling a shiver run down my back.
- Here’s one:On July 24, 1948, two military veterans were co-piloting a plane when they both reported having a good long look at an object flying closely beside them. It was a long cylinder with 2 stories and a double row of windows running the length of it. They radioed it in and asked if there was any experimental aircraft in the area. There wasn’t. One of the passengers in the back also reported seeing it. A man on the ground reported seeing it an hour earlier. If that’s not enough- people in the Netherlands saw the exact same vehicle, right down to the double line of windows a month earlier. The military concluded it was an unidentified flying object and no explanation was ever given.
- The term Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon is what’s used by investigators.
- 5-7% of the world have seen something up there!
- There is an actual law on the books since 1969 that makes it illegal for US citizens to make contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.
- On August 15, 2013, the government finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51. It is strictly off-limits to civilians.
- The first photographs of a UFO were taken in 1883 by an astronomer.
- So far, no radar has tracked a UFO entering our atmosphere.
- 12,618 sighting were reported to Project Blue Book from 1947-1969.
- Do you want to read some wild stuff? Check this out- http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2013/06/ufos-secrets-facts-things-you-did-not-know-about.html
- The first country to depict flying suacers on their postage stamps was Equatorial Guinea in 1975!
Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.
Today’s prompt’s got a lot of lead. Who are our couple and what are they up to? Husband and wife assassins on the tail of their next hit? Undercover agents on their way to a fancy fundraising gala hosted by a ruthless drug lord? Cat burglars on a heist at a museum opening? Detectives out on a hot date? Are things about to go down at the Oscars?
What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. As always, love to hear from you.
We all know it’s coming. No matter if you voted, or who you voted for in the U.S. presidential elections, we know it will be a moment to remember. Good or bad.
I’ll bet you didn’t know some of these wild facts about past inaugurations!
(Please. This is not for political commentary on current politics.)
- George Washington’s inaugural speech came in as the shortest. The brief, and I mean brief, time at the podium consisted of 135 words. Boom! He’s done.
- John Quincy Adams was fashion forward. He was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers.
- Thomas Jefferson was the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. He’s also been the only president to walk to and from his glory moment! (Jimmy Carter walked to it, but rode home.)
- Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade-1865.
- Women weren’t included in a parade until the 2nd inauguration of Woodrow Wilson- 1917.
- Harry Truman’s was the first to be televised-1949.
- Lyndon Johnson was the first and only president to be sworn in by a woman, US District Judge Sarah Hughes-1963.
- All presidents until 1937 were sworn in in March to avoid potential bad weather. An amendment to the Constitution changed the date to January 20th.
- Theodore Roosevelt has been the only president not sworn in with a Bible.
- In 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy who rode up to him on a horse! Bet that’ll never happen again!
- No one throws a party like Old Abe!!!! His inaugural party was so wild, they had to call the police in! Whoa- now that’s a party.
Writing prompts to kick start your muse.
I’m trying something a little different. Don’t worry. Picture prompts will continue. But let’s broaden the horizon. Every other week, I will either give you writing prompt, dialogue prompt, or idea prompt. Use them to get those creative juices flowing. Use them to do a quick exercise. Use them as inspiration. Write a short story (or novel!), a poem, a song, whatever moves you. Feel free to share your ideas or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I encourage it! Let me know what you think about this new feature. I’d love to hear from you.