October 6, 2015

Writing Tip Tuesday #23: Writers Helping Writers

If there’s one thing all writers agree on, it’s that writing is TOUGH. The road to publication twists and dips as we learn the craft, hone our abilities, create stories we’re passionate about, fight discouragement, educate ourselves about the industry…and then start the process all over again as we realize there’s room to improve. But you know what? Us writers wouldn’t have it any other way.

Yet, sometimes it’s nice to get a helping hand.

Finding a good writing book, a helpful blog, a mentor or critique partner to share the journey with…these things are gems along the writing path.

Maybe there’s another resource waiting just up the road called One Stop For Writers.

One Stop For Writers is not writing software, but rather a powerful online library that contains tools, unique description collections, helpful tutorials and much more, brought to you by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus and Lee Powell, the creator of Scrivener for Windows.

One Stop For Writers is launching tomorrow, October 7th. So be sure to visit Writers Helping Writers tomorrow and see, where Angela, Lee and Becca are celebrating their venture with prizes and some pay-it-forward fun!

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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October 5, 2015

WPS Shawties: In Living Color

This shawtie was inspired by Chuck Wendig’s terribleminds Weekly Flash Challenge: Tell A Story From Your Life. His weekly writing challenges usually have writers creating a work of fiction, but this time, he wanted something, well, real.

My family is multicultural.

My Mom has some Native American in her, although I don’t know the percentage.

My aunts and uncle–on my father’s side–are half black, half Korean.

At a young age, my parents gave my older sister and I The Talk. And no, I’m not talking about the Sex Talk. I’m talking about the Racism Talk. They told us that there would be people who wouldn’t like us due to the color of our skin. I remember thinking how stupid that was because in all the neighborhoods we’ve lived in and all the schools we’ve attended, we were always the minority.

And we’ve never had a problem.

I mean, hell, both of my lifelong besties are white.

Naivete abounds.

I was young. Gimme a break.

So yes, Mom and Dad did their job by making us aware. Of course, being aware and reality are two different things.

My first encounter with racism, was in the 6th grade. We’d moved back to Phoenix after living in Reno for 5 1/2 years (my Dad got transferred back). It was raining–or about to rain–and my sister was bringing me an umbrella (we’re two years and two days apart, so at some point, we attended the same school at the same time). We were lined up outside, ready to go in to our classroom, when she brought the umbrella.

And some white kid named Damon (should’ve been Demon because he was an ass and a bully) called her the N-word. He’d said something before that, but honestly, I don’t remember what, and who would after hearing that harsh word? I don’t remember what the teacher did, I just remember that my sister and I ignored him.

And that I wanted to slap the crap out of him and shred his face with my fingernails.

6th grade.

I think about that now and am a little stunned that I was exposed so young. Knowing that he’d probably heard that word from his own parents kind of makes it worse.

My second encounter with racism occurred in high school. We lived in Scottsdale at the time (Phoenix’s version of Beverly Hills), once again the minority in both neighborhood and school. Some guy had spray painted KKK shit on the table in the common area. What’s sad is that my sister and I both knew this guy. Not knew-knew-let’s-hang-out kind of thing, but the track and field team was small.

And he was a shot putter.

And you’re going to a school where you can count on both hands the number of black kids there.

And his younger brother was in one of my classes. (Can we say awkward, boys and girls?)

To this day, I still remember that dude’s name, but like Destiny’s Child said, “I’m not gonna call you out on the Internet, cuz my Mama taught me better than that.”

And being in an interracial relationship, well, you’re gonna get looks no matter where you go. Arizona seems to be somewhat more tolerant these past several years. But, uh, yeah, there are some places that we’ll never visit because we just…know. You know?

To that, I want to say “Get over yourself, people!”

We were made different for a reason and we can’t afford to hate based on skin color.

We could end up living in a world divided into districts where our children are forced to fight to the death. #TheHungerGames


Or civilization as we know it could be wiped out by some mysterious disease and become overrun by zombies and the last remaining survivors have to band together and make sure at least one badass person knows how to wield a bow and arrow. Or a sword. #TheWalkingDead #TeamDaryl

It could happen! Don’t judge.

Or a natural disaster could take out millions of people and a special lottery held for the commoners and billionaires who can afford a ticket will end up on huge ships built in China that will sail to the only piece of land on the planet–Africa. Bwaha. #how’sTHATforpoeticjustice? #didyouseethismovie?

The color of a person’s skin won’t matter then, will it?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,








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October 5, 2015

Wet Panty Society – October: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers


The Wet Panty Society  was started in July 2011 and is a monthly homage to beautiful, gorgeous, hunkalicious men. During that month, a picture of the chosen Wet Panty Guy will be featured every week for your viewing pleasure in the sidebar to the left. Prepare to drool! If there’s someone you’d like to refer to this exclusive society, please remember what Salt-n-Pepa said– “This is only for the sexy people”–and read the requirements.

Welcome to Fall, people! October is the time of month for Halloween and putting on costumes, but I can guarantee you that you won’t want to see this month’s inductee hiding behind a mask.

My girl, Rhonda, is going to lurve this…

Welcome to the society, my favorite King and vampire…Jonathan Rhys-Meyers!


Birth Name: Jonathan Michael Francis O’Keefe

Born: 27 July 1077, Dublin Ireland

Height: 5’9″

Where You May Have Seen Him: Liam Neeson’s assassin in MICHAEL COLLINS (1996), as a hawtie soccer coach in BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002), as Elvis Presley in the TV movie ELVIS (2005), as an IMF agent alongside Tom Cruise in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: III (2006), as the father of a musically talented boy in AUGUST RUSH (2007), as King Henry VIII in the Showtime series THE TUDORS (2007-2010), as the sexy villain THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (2013), and as a sexy vampire on the short-lived TV show, DRACULA (2013-2014).

Where You Can Currently See Him: he’s filming a few movies that are in post or pre-production right now: DAMASCUS COVER (2015), BYRD AND THE BEES (2015), THE RISING: 1916 (2016), SHAMBHALA (2016) and currently filming the TV mini-series ROOTS (2016). Not sure I’ll be watching that even if he’s in it.

So, I first became aware of Jonathan in the movie BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM.

It was the lips.

And the accent.

Then I heard he was portraying King Henry and I was like…Awwwww yeah. I’m so on board on with that.


For the next seven years, I tuned in to see his sexy pout and all the women he would hit-it-and-quit-it. LOL. When I heard that he was going to be Dracula in a TV series, they couldn’t have picked a better guy.


Finn Ryder in TANGLED had it all wrong. I laughed when he said “Here it comes. The Smolder.”

I think Jonathan’s middle name should be The Smolder, because he’s got that shit down pat. Welcome to the society, Jonny!

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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October 2, 2015

Follow Friday #96


Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, be sure to check out my Follow Policy before you make any rash decisions.

This week’s question: Pick three book characters… Kiss? Marry? Kill?

Hmmmmm…<takes a look at the Book Boyfriends List in the sidebar>

Kiss: Dade Vega – LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, Lori Wilde

Marry: Rhage – LOVER ETERNAL, J.R. Ward

Kill: King Joffrey

The marry choice was SO HARD. You’ve seen my Book Boyfriend List, right? It was either Rhage or Dare MacIntosh from Lori Foster’s WHEN YOU DARE.

Inner badass won out.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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September 30, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #38

The theme of the month is: Abs


September 29, 2015

Writing Tip Tuesday # 27: Julie Petersen, Rayne Hall, Teymour Shahabi, Jane Friedman



Julie Petersen provides 10 Online Tools to upgrade your writing skills:

www.writing.com  This is an essential online resource for everyone who wants to learn how to write better content..

www.essaymama.com  This online resource will help you learn how to develop strong arguments and write awesome papers on any topic.

www.thesaurus.com  Thesaurus offers definitions and synonyms of the words you enter in the search bar.

www.afterthedeadline.com  This convenient language checker offers advanced style checking, contextual spell checking, and accurate grammar checking. The fact that After the Deadline considers the context of the words is very important. This feature eliminates possibilities for errors that are common with MS Word and other generic spell checkers. However, you shouldn’t forget that this tool is automated, so its usage does not replace the stages of actual editing and proofreading.

www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl  Grammar Girl offers a friendly guide to English grammar, word usage, and punctuation. If you are not sure about a particular construction, you’ll probably find your answers at this website.

prowritingaid.com   ProWritingAid helps you eliminate the errors in your text and improve its readability.

juicystudio.com  This website contains great resources that will help you improve the level of readability in your content. Juicy Studio features several readability tests and instructions on how to interpret the result.


6 tricks to Tighten Your Writing Style  by Rayne Hall

~ Cut The Word ‘Could’. Use your word processor’s ‘find’ function to highlight every time you’ve used this word. Then assess if you really need it. 

~ Cut The Words ‘Begin’ And ‘Start’ [I do this a lot]. Search for them in your manuscript (begin/begun/began, start), and get rid of most instances. 

 ~ Cut The Word ‘Look’ [I SO use this one a lot, too]. Many writers, especially novices, write ‘he looked at her’ and ‘she looked at him’ repeatedly, not realizing how tedious this becomes for the reader.

 ~ Cut The Word ‘Turn’. One of the words most over-used by novices is ‘turn’. You can cut almost all those turns.

 ~ Cut Most Adverbs. Adverbs are those explanatory words ending with ‘ly’ and while they’re not wrong, they weaken your writing style. Use them only where needed. Adverbs explain verbs, and by choosing a more expressive verb, you can ditch the adverb.

 ~ Cut Most Dialogue Tags. In dialogue scenes, tags (such as ‘he said’ and ‘she asked’) can be useful to show who’s talking. But you don’t need a tag every time a character opens their mouth to speak. If the character does something, the action is enough to attribute the speech. Also, if two characters are in conversation, and one character asks a question, it’s obvious that it’s the other who replies, so the reply doesn’t need a tag.


Teymour Shahabi provides tips on How to Find an Editor as a Self-Published Author

~ Editorial Freelancers Association.org

~ Jane Friedman’s List

~ Joanna Penn’s List

Don’t just reach out to one editor; contact several. And keep these three considerations in mind:

~ BookThe single most decisive factor should be the quality of the edit itself: Will this editor help improve your book? In order to assess this, nothing beats a sample edit (even if you have to pay for it), testimonials and credentials.

~ Business An edit is a business transaction. This means that money will exchange hands. Therefore, you need to approach the edit as both a writer and a businessperson (an increasingly common role in the age of self-publishing). Compare the deals you’re offered.

~ (Bedside) Manner – You need to pay close attention to an editor’s manner and decide if the relationship is likely to be pleasant, professional, and productive.


Jane Friedman offers tips on How to Sell Digital Products & Services Directly from Your Website: Advice for Authors and Freelancers

~ Get good hosting – She suggests Media Temple Managed WordPress Hosting.

~ Get a customizable WordPress theme – She’s recommended free WordPress themes for writers, but click on the article link to view her other suggestions.

~ Integrate e-commerce functionality (payment forms and processors) – For services or courses that don’t require digital product delivery, she suggests WordPress plug-in Gravity Forms. To deliver digital files, she suggests Easy Digital Downloads.

~ Or start more quickly with alternatives to full integration (in case you didn’t like the ones in #3) –


PayHip — Specializes in ebooks.

MoonClerk — Highly recommended by others in online marketing.

~ Subscription-based products – Chargebee for the more serious-minded business folk, otherwise, MoonClerk for the not so serious-minded.

~ Invoicing clients – She suggests Wave

~ Shortcuts that don’t involve WordPress self-hosting :

           Use Squarespace. You’ll pay a monthly fee, but it’s a managed hosting environment and integrates e-commerce functionality.

           Use Rainmaker. This is a more high-powered option (and more expensive), but it’s a ready-to-go WordPress-based system that has been engineered for e-commerce—including product sales, subscription services, and online education.


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September 28, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: John Hennigan (aka John Morrison)

~ ~ He debuted on Smackdown! alongside Joey Mercury and Melina. They are known as MNM. [July 2005]

~ Trademark: slow-mo entrance.

~ Trademark move: Powerbomb

~ Finishing move: Superkick

~ Trademark Move: Moonlight Drive (Corkscrew neckbreaker)

~ Finishing Move: Starship Pain (Split-legged corkscrew moonsault)

~ Tough Enough III Champion.

~ Won the ECW World Championship replacing Chris Benoit vs CM Punk at the Vengeance PPV. [June 2007]

~ At WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs he defeated Sheamus in a ladders match to become the #1 contender for the WWE Championship! [December 2010]

And now it’s time…to say goodbye…to my favorite wrestling hawtie

Get your final drool on, ladies (and gents, if you swing that way. There’s no diss-crimination ovah herre).

Hope you enjoyed the month of September and the eye candy that was John Hennigan aka John Morrison. Which look do you prefer–“show” or “regular”?


Rockin’ a suit!


As Casey Jones...TMNT

As Casey Jones…TMNT



Love the pout

Love the pout


I could wash my panties on these abs!

I could wash my panties on these abs!


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September 25, 2015

Follow Friday #95


Question this week from Parajunkee and Allison Can Read.

How does this work? You follow a blog, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! With that being said, be sure to check out my Follow Policy before you make any rash decisions.

This week’s question: If you could have any job, what would you do?

Founder of a nonprofit creative writing center for youth.

I’m actually working towards that right now, it’s just taking a little longer than I want it to.

Okay, technically I already am.

I have my 501c3 status and the name. But no classes have been conducted because I’ve decided to rebrand before I even get started. LOL.

And I feel I need a little experience under my belt first before venturing out on my own.

What about you? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


September 25, 2015

Book Blogger Hop #10

book blogger hop


Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop brought to you by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!

If you want schedule next week’s post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

Do you belong to Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing or other similar sites? If so, can you list them so others can take a look? 

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list  (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possibly become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
I’m on Goodreads (see widget in lower right sidebar), but I haven’t been on there in quite a while (read: years). It’s just another social media site that I don’t keep up with. When I was steadily reviewing books, I was posting on there. But I read so fast and so many it was hard to keep up, so I just kinda dropped it. <shrugs>

What about you? Are you on Goodreads, Shelfari or LibraryThing? And is it current? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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September 23, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #37

The theme of the month is: Abs


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