Hump Day Kick Start – Shut Up and Dance Edition

January 23, 2019

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


A woman’s dream. Hold me close, shut up, and dance.

Tell me about these two. What is going on? Is she keeping him from saying the tragic words she doesn’t want to hear? That he is leaving her? Or that he loves her? Could she be a government spy who has fallen in love with the enemy and is keeping him from saying anything that may force her to use against him? Is he just babbling on about the playoffs and how the referees need glasses?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

Link of the Week – YearCompass

January 22, 2019

Found this neat little gem.

YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.

YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.

Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.

Check it out.

Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #43

January 16, 2019

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

Oh, the different ways this could go. Which description isn’t true? Why are these the qualities that will keep her alive? Is this a post-apocalyptic world after a cataclysmic outbreak? Is she being harvested by the hostile alien super force that has taken over Earth? Or is this a screening for a dating reality show?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.


Link of the Week – Onomatopeia Dictionary

January 15, 2019

I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.

Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!




Hump Day Kick Start – Keyhole Edition

January 9, 2019

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

Welcome to 2019. Ready or not, it is here.

What lay beyond this door? Could it be the way into an enchanted garden? A door to the past, the future, Narnia? What is the light shining through the keyhole? Is it a promise of hope for the prisoner on this side? Or is it light from a rising fire, trapping whoever is there? When it is opened can it never be closed? What do you see when you look through the keyhole?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2019

January 8, 2019

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to kick your writing into high gear. WHOOO HOOO!

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2018, thru February 28, 2018–the much-anticipated NINTH Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts. And it’s FREE!

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Did I mention SPRINTS! Yes, I did! Regular sprints are held in our cozy RUBY CHAT ROOM.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!


Happy New Year – 2019

January 1, 2019

MuseTracks wishes you the very best for the new year. May every day of 2019 bring you happiness, love, laughter, and success.