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Friday, August 27, 2010

"Eat chocolate daily . . .


Can you believe it! People are still using boxed mixes. Found a delicious homemade brownie recipe. Made the batch last night. "Wow," said my hubby. "Best brownies, ever." So here it is to share.

Preheat oven to 350'. Grease a 9 x9 pan. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 & half sticks of melted unsalted butter ( I use Land O' Lakes always for my baking) and a pinch of kosher salt. Whisk in 3 eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 cup of flour. Mix together, but don't over mix. Transfer the batter to the baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, just until it begins to set. Really a "good treat"


Friday, August 13, 2010

"Main Character's Job"

How can a writer know if their main character is really doing their job as the main character?
I would think your main character should carry the main load of your story.

No matter where your story goes, it should always focus on how your main character reacts to all obstacles.

Happy Writing,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Not sure if I like the summer we are having. Most days I feel like a prisoner inside my house. I like to sit on my patio and read. And watch the birds and butterflies fly about. But this show isn't happening. The sun zooms its heat ray down on my patio with all its vigor. We have trees, but they are young and provide no shade, as yet. We don't usually have such heat here in my area, so it's been a real bitch of a summer to get interested in anything outside. Other then watering the plants to keep them alive and well.

So the patio sitting will have to be a fall activity. I'll watch the leaves fall and the flowers wilt and die. And dream of next summer with all the reading I'll do, and the bird and butterfly watching I'll see. Seems like the older I get the more I complain about the seasons. All four are not what they were when I was a small girl. Maybe it's all this global warming. Who knows? I just want to sit and enjoy my patio. Is that to much to ask?

Thursday, August 5, 2010


In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous. Interesting bit of info. I thought so.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Many beginning writers think writing a picture book has to be simple. WRONG! The real truth is it's much . . .harder. With longer works the writer has more words to play with. With picture books the writer is limited to a certain word count. EVERY SINGLE WORD COUNTS!
There's no room to get decorate with you words. Make your work shine with the old rule of thumb: Less is better.

Happy Writing,