10 Serial Killers Born Under the Pisces Zodiac Sign

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As I mentioned in the 10 Gemini Serial Killers post, a disproportionate number of serial killers are born under Mutable Signs of the Zodiac--especially Gemini, Pisces and Sagittarius. Pisces has the lion's share (er, fishes share?) of these monsters.

Below are ten notorious American serial killers born under the sign of Pisces (February 18 - March 20).

1. Dennis Rader (aka BTK (Bind, Torture Kill) - Born March 9

2. John Wayne Gacy (aka Killer Clown) - Born March 17

3. Gary Ridgway (aka Green River Killer) - Born February 18

4. Timothy Wilson Spenser (aka Southside Stranger) - Born March 17

5. Christopher Wilder (aka Beauty Queen Killer) - Born March 13

6. Richard Ramirez - Born February 29

7. Ottis Toole (Confessed to killing Adam Walsh, John Walsh's son) - Born March 5

8. Doug Clark (1/2 of the Sunset Strip Killers) - Born March 10

9. Faryion Wardrip - Born March 6

10. Carl "Charlie" Brandt - Born February 23

10 Books About How to Write Mysteries

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Some fans of mysteries end up wanting to write them. ::cough:: Here are ten writing books dedicated to writing mysteries, plucked right off my shelf. Unintentional photo-bomb by one of our foster kitties, Comet.

1. Amateur Detectives: A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases by Elaine Raco Chase and Anne Wingate 

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2. Cause of Death : A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine by Keith D. Wilson 

Cause of death

3. How to Write Killer Fictionby Carolyn Wheat

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4. You Can Write a Mystery by Gillian Roberts

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5. The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whodunit by William G Tapply


6. How to Write Mysteries by Shannon O'Cork

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7. Now Write! Mysteries: Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson

Now write

8. The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery by Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick

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9. Don't Murder Your Mystery
by Chris Roerden 

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10. Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America edited by Sue Grafton, Jan Burke and Barry Zeman


I just realized (thanks to Amazon.com) that I bought one of these books way back in 2002. ::sigh:: I really, really need to write a mystery!

10 Serial Killers Born Under the Gemini Zodiac Sign

A disproportionate number of serial killers are born under Mutable Signs of the Zodiac--especially Gemini, Pisces and Sagittarius. Below are ten notorious American serial killers born under the sign of Gemini (May 21 - June 21).

1. David Berkowitz (aka Son of Sam) - Born June 1

2. Jeffrey Dahmer - Born May 21

3. Kenneth Bianchi (1/2 of the Hillside Stranglers) - Born May 22

4. Robert Lee Yates - Born May 27

5. Daniel Lee Siebert - Born June 17

6. Danny Rolling (aka Gainesville Ripper) - Born May 26

7. Andrew Urdiales - Born June 4

8. Arthur Shawcross (aka Genesee River Killer) - Born June 6

9. Richard Chase (aka Vampire of Sacramento) - Born May 23

10. David Meirhofer - Born June 8

And most people think Scorpios are the "evil" ones of the Zodiac... 

10 Ways to Say I Love You

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1. Miluji tě (MOO-we-jeh) - Czech

2. Ma armastan sind (ma-ARMASTAN-seend) - Estonian

3. Rwy'n dy garu di - Welsh

4. Aroha ahau ki a koe - Maori

5. Ek het jou lief - Afrikaans

6. Yes k’ez sirum yem - Armenian

7. Se agapó - Greek

8. kocham Cię (KO-ham cheh) - Polish

9. main tumase pyaar karata hoon - Hindi

10. seni seviyorum - Turkish

10 Words for Snow

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Let me start out by saying that it's an urban legend that Eskimos have over 100 words for "snow". See this post from Oxford University Press to find out more. Nevertheless, there ARE multiple words for the white stuff! Here are ten:

1. Corn Snow - Large, grained, rounded, coarse, granular wet snow formed by cycles of melting and refreezing. A crust may form on top of the snow (even holding the weight of a person), but will turn to slush later in the day. It's usually formed in the spring, during sunny days and and clear, freezing nights.

2. Firn - Granular, round, well-bonded snow--especially on the upper part of a glacier--where it has not yet been compressed into ice (an intermediate stage between snow and glacial ice).

3. Hoarfrost - Tiny, spiky, dendritic, delicate ice crystals formed by the same process as dew, but results when the temperature of the surface is below freezing point, usually attaching to grass, leaves and branches. (To know what "hoary" means, click here.) 

4. Sleet - Rain mixed with snow. (I stand corrected by my 9th grade science teacher, Mr. "Pye" Plasko!) → Rain drops that freeze on the way down. TV weather casters often call this a "wintry mix". Sleet can contain ice pellets, but they're much smaller than those found in hail (and are technically called "graupel").

5. Rime - Crunchy, rough snow that often looks like styrofoam. Super-cold droplets from fog instantly freeze on solid surfaces, forming a think coat. Rime, too, can look spiky--but they're larger spikes that face towards the wind. Unlike hoarfrost, rime is solid white. Sometimes, rime can result in "snow ghosts" (aka frozen fog). Click here to read a travel story about tourists hunting frozen fog in China. 

6. Slush - Partly melted snow on the ground. If it were coming down from the sky, it would be sleet. (I stand corrected once again!)

7. Polycrystals - Large snowflakes formed many individual ice crystals.

8. Powder - New, dry snow composed of loose, pristine ice crystals.

9. Névé - Also related to glacier formation, Névé is granular snow that has been partially melted, refrozen and compacted. If it survives a full melt season, it becomes Firn.

10. Sastrugi - Imagine ripples among sand dunes--but as snow, instead. Formed by wind erosion, these irregular grooves and ridges can span centimeters or several feet.

10 Reasons Why My Friend Jennifer Loves the Idea of This Blog

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On Facebook, my friend Jennifer listed 10 reasons she loves the ideas of my new blog. (I LOVE THISSSSS!!! was her actual reply).

They are:

1. I need more fun in my life!
2. I love making lists
3. We can probably all count to 10
4. Ten marks the end/beginning of a cycle so it’s a fun number for encouraging reflections
5. Random topics = creative wonderland
6. Ten items are enough stretch your imagination a bit but not so many that you get totally bored before the end
7. Did I mention I have a short attention span?
8. Oops

Am I lucky to have a friend like her or what? ^_^

Dear Reader, if you happen to like the idea of Janet's Lists of 10 Blog, by golly--leave your reasons in the comments below!

10 Rockin' Songs Released Between 1979-1982

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Ten Rockin' Songs Released Between 1979-1982 (in no particular order)

"Fantasy" by Aldo Nova

"Don't Let Him Know" by Prism

"Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden

"Blackout" by Scorpions

"Lay It on the Line" by Triumph

"I Was Made for Lovin' You" by Kiss

"Ah! Leah!" by Donnie Iris

"Subdivisions" by Rush

"Jane" by Jefferson Starship

"Stone Cold" by Rainbow

Personally, I think the best songs were released in this time period. I could live on songs from this five year span...

So, what's your favorite song in this post, dear Reader? Bring back any memories?

About Janet and Her Lists of 10

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Well hello there!

So...why a Lists of 10 blog?

Honestly...I'm not sure.

The idea came to me and I thought "Huh. That would be kinda cool."

But I dismissed the idea. It seemed frivolous. Didn't advance my "brand". Wasn't promoting, marketing or selling anything (on purpose). Not "saving the planet" or "important work". Not trying educate or elucidate.

Yet, the idea persisted. For days.

It excites me. It intrigues me. It feels...fun.

And let me tell ya, I need more fun in my life. After writing practically non-stop for 15 years--(5 books, a dozen eBooks, 1,200+ reviews, hundreds articles/features)--I'm wore. OUT.

With the shenanigans going on in the world, you may need some more, too.

This won't be "Best Of" lists, mind you (although I may sneak in some of my favorites--but that's not the thrust of this blog).

Just Lists of 10.

Random lists. Possibly fascinating lists. Lists you may find entertaining, informative or thought-provoking.

Or distracting. Or a reason to procrastinate. Or something brief and innocuous to view while you wait for something..

Whatever the reason for your being here...welcome.

Yes, a hearty welcome to my Janet's Lists of 10 Blog.

P.S. If you're wondering "Yeah, but who is Janet?"--(I'll resist doing an impression of the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar by asking Whoooo are youuuuuuu?)--please visit JanetBoyer.com. It'll probably tell ya what you want to know...and keep you busy for awhile. And try ChezBoyer.Etsy.com, too. Hubby, son and I make things.

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P.P.P.S. Feel free to offer suggestions for topics--or challenges!--in the comments below.