The End is Near (and we deserve it). . . . The Queen’s Used Knickers Net $18k on eBay


Apparently, Queen Elizabeth left these used knickers on a private airplane when she was visiting Chile in 1968. I’m not even going to speculate on that one.

Click here for the full story from TMZ.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

The Comfort Zone is for Pets, Not Professionals by Kristen Lamb. Because you can’t get a “yes” if you don’t ask the question.

Two of my favorites in one place. Humor Hits Hook Readers by Margie Lawson over at Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell.

The brilliant Donna Newton, best DFW Writers Conference roommate ever, got some great pictures and video. I was most impressed with her shooting. She has a video of her second time out. Second time in her whole life, that is. (She lives in the UK. They don’t trust their citizens with guns over there so responsible adults have to come to the US to be treated like responsible adults. Yes. That was a gun control dig.) Anyway, Donna earned the nickname Kickass when I took her shooting. She was at 15 yards from the big jug at the beginning and about 20 yards from the can at the end. These are shots most people can’t make with a pistol without some practice, and many can’t make ever. Donna Newton’s How to Hook an Agent….The ‘SOO’ Publishing Way.

Jenny Hansen, Donna Newton, Piper Bayard, Ingrid Schaffenburg, Kristen Lamb

Last week, I went to the DFW Writers Conference. Ingrid Schaffenburg sums up the lessons well in Encouraging Words from Seasoned Professionals.

Need a vacation but can’t leave your desk? Check out Nicole Basaraba’s Visit La Piscine (The Pool) Museum in Roubaix, France.

Awesome Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins about his upcoming release, Bloodline. Bloodline Question and Answer Exclusive

Big It bless these dogs. I can’t even get my dog to jump out of a car, much less an airplane. From Jodi Lea Stewart, HEROES: Military Working Dogs (MWDs).

Warning: If you’re still in your Youthful Party Phase, or you’ve moved on to your Old Farts Recapturing their Youth Phase, this video might have you stuck to your chair for the rest of the day. Via the Prince of Prose, Ryne Douglas Pearson, I give you a Slinky on a Treadmill.

All the best to all of you for a week of keeping your knickers where they belong.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

What Does Independence Mean?

Independent: Not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous. per

Today is America’s Independence Day, the anniversary of the day we declared that we would no longer depend on England for our governance and order, and, therefore, we would no longer be subject to her jurisdiction. We would be autonomous.

One important step in that autonomy was to accept responsibility for our own survival. To do that, we stopped purchasing English products. Everything from farm implements to textiles to tea. We would be self-sufficient, or, in other words, responsible for ourselves and our own needs. It wasn’t easy, but our founders believed that freedom was worth some sacrifice, and sacrifice, by its very definition, is not easy.

This responsibility and sacrifice for our own survival is, in fact, key to all who are free, from the animal in the wild that learns to hunt for itself or die, to the children in our homes struggling to break free from the time-honored, “As long as you live under my roof, you’ll follow my rules.” It’s when we take responsibility for ourselves that we earn our freedom and the respect of others. That’s because there is no freedom without a corresponding responsibility.

When America declared its independence from England, it took responsibility for its own governance and its own survival on the world map. I would encourage you to take a few moments to click on the video below and listen to a reading of our Declaration of Independence, which includes our reasons for “growing up” as an autonomous country and accepting responsibility for our future. Reasons worth remembering so that we don’t find ourselves on the other side of a history repeated.

“It is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government.” Our government is what we take the responsibility to make it.

There are many ideas about what independence means. This is mine. I would love to know, what does independence mean to you?

All the best to all of you for taking responsibility for your freedom.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse