Cap’n Crunch’s
full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.



Michelangelo hated painting - in fact, he wrote a despairing poem about painting the Sistine Chapel.



It actually takes 142.18 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie pop.



The Beatles' first band name was The Quarrymen. They also briefly changed their name to Johnny and the Moondogs.



The Statue Of Liberty was originally intended to go to Egypt.



The Sun could explode right this second and you wouldn’t know it for another eight minutes.

Or it could have exploded 7 minutes and 55 seconds ago, and you’re going to find out right. About. Now.



At any given time, America holds 400 percent of the food it needs to survive.

And if that isn’t mind-blowing enough, consider this: We then throw away 60 percent of that food.




Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.



What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.



What is called a “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.



Play Doh was originally invented as a wall-paper cleaner. 22 years later, it hit shelves as a non-toxic children’s toy.



A small child could swim through a blue wales veins, and a hundred fully grown adults could fit in its mouth.











My Reference & Writing Bookshelf:

In my adventures to become a published writer I have collected a sizeable number of reference books and books on writing to help me along the way. Below is a list of those books and some tools and links I use to help me reaserch and write.


Books on Writing


1,000 Character Reactions from Head to Toe - Valerie Howard
Building Great Sentences - Brooks Landon
Edit Yourself - Bruce Ross-Larson
Ernest Hemingway on Writing - Larry W. Phillips
Freewriting For Travel Writers - Jay Artale
Help for Writers - Roy Peter Clark
How Not to Write - Terence Denman
How to Sell, Then Write Your Nonfiction Book - Blythe Camenson
How To Write Non-Fiction - Joanna Penn
How to Write Short - Roy Peter Clark
Now Write! - Sherry Ellis
On Writing Well - William Zinsser
Reading Like a Writer - Francine Prose
Seven Steps on the Writer's Path - Nancy Picard & Lynn Lott
Stephen King on Writing - Stephen King
Strong Verbs Stong Voice - Ann Everett
The Art & Craft of Storytelling - Nancy Lamb
The Art of Writing a Non-Fiction Book - Bryan Collins
The Art of X-Ray Reading - Roy Peter Clark
The First Five Pages - Noah Lukeman
The Forest for the Trees - Betsy Lerner
The Story Factor - Annette Simmons
The Writer's Chapbook - George Plimpton
The Writer's Idea Book - Jack Heffron
The Writer's Idea Workshop - Jack Heffron
Write Your Heart Out - Rebecca McClanahan
Writer's Bootcamp - Rachel Federman
Writing Tools - Roy Peter Clark
Writing with Emotion, Tension & Conflict - Cheryl St.John


Reference Books


Etz Haymin Torah and Commentary
Flip Dictionary
Master List of Emotions
Master Lists for Writers - Bryn Donovan
Bartlett’s Bible Quotations – John Bartlett
New American Standard Bible
Quran - English Translation
Roget's Descriptive Word Finder
Roget's Super Thesaurus Synonym Finder
The Body Thesaurus - Dahlia Evens
The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
The Elephants of Style - Bill Walsh
The New Comprehensive American Rhyming Dictionary
The Penguin Dictionary of Epigrams - M. J. Cohen
The Portable Seminary - David Horton
The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance
Thesaurus of Phrases
Thesaurus of the Senses - Linda Hart
Visual Dictionary
Webster's Rhyming Dictionary
Where To Find It in the Bible
Words That Make a Difference
More Words That Make a Difference
World Almanac
Zondervan NASB Study Bible



My Three Major Bible Reference Books



A Few of My Favorite Links (On Writing)


Agent Query - The Internet's Largest Free database of Literary Agents
A Guide to Becoming a Better Writer - 15 Practical Tips
Common Errors in English - A collection of common errors in English
Creative Nonfiction - True Stories, Well Told
- Compare Anything
Grammar Girl - Mignon Fogarty’s quick and dirty tips for better writing
Literary Hub - Ray Bradbury's Greatest Writing Advice
Manuscript.com - The 17 Most Gut-Wrenchingly Heartbreaking Sentences in Literature
Merriam Webster - Online Visual Dictionary
OWNit365 - Read the Bible in a Year Reading Plans
Poet & Writers Magazine - The Name Says It All
The Christian Writers Market Guide - Essential Reference Tool for the Christian Writer
The Elements of Style - Online version of “The Elements of Style”
The Seven Deadly Sins of Website Copy
WritersCafe.org - The Online Writing Community


My Favorite Reading Tools