Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2017

January 10, 2017

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

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2017 thru February 28, 2017–the much-anticipated SEVENTH Annual Ruby 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.

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.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog on the Opening Ceremony here.

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!

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/opening-ceremonies-2016-ruby-slippered-sisterhood-winter-writing-festival/

http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/goal-setting-advice-for-the-winter-writing-festival-2/

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Friday Fun Facts- Thumbs Up!

January 6, 2017

I apologize for not creating our Friday Fun Facts for several weeks. Life took over with the clean up and sale of my parents’ house, trips to New Mexico, Dallas, Nacogdoches, and Fredericksburg, Tx., Christmas, and far too much fun!

thumbs-upLet’s see what’s in store for us today about thumbs:

  1. 6,000,000 years ago hominids developed thumbs.
  2. Ancient Rome spectators decided the fate of gladiators by giving a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Not a good position to be in!joaquinphoenix_thumbsdown
  3. In The Middle Ages, merchants sealed business transactions with a thumbs-up.
  4. During World War II, American soldiers spread the gesture throughout Europe as a means of communication.
  5. In the Twenty-first century, thumbs turn horizontal for testing purposes.
  6. The man with the largest recorded hand is from China. His thumb measured 10.2 inches in length.
  7. “Under someone’s thumb” means to be in their control. Who knew the thumb was so powerful?!?
  8. Scientist think that one of the reasons we have moved to the top of the animal kingdom is because we have truly opposable thumbs.
  9. Thumbs only have 2 bones.pulp_thumb-christian-d

Hump Day Kick Start – The Light Edition

January 4, 2017

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

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New year, new prompt.

Who is our subject today, where is he, and what is he doing? Is he beckoning someone to join him in his secret room? Someone special? A lover? His prey? Maybe, he is in an attic searching for clues to a long dead mystery. What if he is the victim in a basement and his sadistic captor has opened the door to throw him scraps, or worse. Conversely, could the sunlight be his hope? Is he about to be saved? If so, by who? Could it be 2017 coming to the rescue?

Tell me a tale or just caption the pic.


Link Of The Week- Goal Setting!

January 3, 2017

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“Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely scroll over to the month of January on our smart phones, there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st. We make notes, either mentally or on paper, of New Year’s resolutions we’re determined to accomplish. Yet, all too often, we stumble over the first steps of change and quietly retreat to old, unhealthy habits. Why not determine for this year to be different?”

Resolutions that aren’t written down are destined to fail quickly. So write them out, and not just anywhere. Keep your list of New Year’s goals in a place where you will see them regularly, so you can review your progress and recommit on a consistent basis.”

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/home/new-years-goal-setting-tips.cfm


Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017

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Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2016

From our family to yours, have a safe, joyous holiday filled with peace, love, and laughter.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 21, 2016

This year, the poem features someone new.

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 Johnny! Now Reynolds!
Now Downy Jr. 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 housesb10066697q-001
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 jaw line 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 ideas struck my 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,Merry Christmas greeting card lights and snowflakes vector background
And left festive presents
As I giggled and lurked,

And smiling to me
My Muse had more than awaken,
And giving a nod,
Tom left me a-quaking.

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 Writing to all.
And to all a good night.”