My daughters are members of Frontier Girls, which is similar to Girl Scouts. They earn badges, do activities, and apparently surprise their mother.
This summer Niko and I came to two meetings and taught the girls about Williams Syndrome. We shared this short video.
We talked about several of the WS characteristics. The girls asked Niko and I questions. It was exceptionally sweet. And then the Williams Syndrome badge was created. Girls all over America can now earn this badge. The troop all received the badge at their Court of Honor, and Niko and I received a special surprise.
Our Troop Leader wrote about it and it was sent out in the Frontier Girls August Newsletter. Once again. it brought me to tears. Please take a second to read about how two very dear things came together for me.
Have a wonderful day, all. Do something kind for someone else. <3
People are telling stories of something called “Autumn” and “cool weather” and “pumpkin spice.” I know these things are all lies. In Las Vegas, we’re still wearing sun hats and sunglasses. I burn my feet on the pavement at least once a week, and my hands on the steering well about as often. So we’re still concerned with keeping our chickens nice and cool.
My friend turned me onto the easiest treat for them! Delicious corn ice pops! Aren’t you so jealous?
Don’t be. That’s weird. You can eat them as well, if you wanna. My daughter does.
You’ll need a muffin tin, frozen corn, and water.
Fill the tins about 3/4 of the way full with corn, and then fill it the rest of the way with water. Stick it into the freezer and freeze for a few hours. Voila! Delicious treats that will help cool your chickens down. They’ll have to peck through the ice to get to the corn, thereby saving themselves from dying out in the extreme heat. Plus they’ll love you forever. That’s always a good sign.Happy summer! Er, fall. Whatever it may be in your part of the world. ;)
And for those who have been asking, I do have a novel in mind where the main character raises chickens. These little ladies have clucked their way into my heart.
One of my favorite events here is the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Last year I attended and met B.J. Novak as well as one of my favorite writers of all time, Aimee Bender. It was a genuine pleasure, and Aimee was everything I had ever hoped she would be, and more. She’s the type of woman who waves at you from across the buffet table, and that pretty much made my life.
This year the headliners are Brad Meltzer and Colum McCann. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say. I’ll also be on a panel titled Industry Insights: The Art and Business of Blogging. Come by and say hi!
Working hard! This week I turned in two short stories. They both need polished, but we’ll see what the respective editors have to say. It was good to see forward movement on them.
My focus this week is staring down the very Mouth of Hell in one novella, with a poor sweet boy that keeps getting more and more thrown at him. It sucks to be born nearly divine.
I’m waiting to hear on the status of one story, which may or may not fit the editor’s bill. It’s a beautiful, sad thing, and I’m quite proud of it.
Also, Crystal Lake and I have set a tentative time to publish the sequel to Nameless next year. I’m very excited to do so! More on that as it’s confirmed.
Meanwhile, I was talking to an old friend about my very first novel that I ever wrote. I also wrote a sequel to it, both which have never seen the light of day. I’m thinking of revising them, especially because they feature my favorite character ever, Ray the Vampire. He has his own short story, here. That story was one of my very first sales! <3
That’s what I’m up to! What are you working on?
Oh yeah. And we write, too!
We’ve been trying to live a grain-free, seedless, whole food lifestyle. I’m hoping it will help with the migraines and blood sugar. My husband is hoping it will help with his running. So far, he’s dropped ten pounds, gained muscle, and looks like he’s back in high school. As for me, I’m just angry and want to eat bread all of the time. ;)
But something that cheered me is this new recipe! Baking is one of my joys, and I haven’t been doing that as much lately. This gave me the joy of baking plus the pleasure of eating warm bread with butter. I couldn’t be happier.
- 1½ cups blanched almond flour
- 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 5 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 175 deg Celcius).
- Grease a loaf pan with butter.
- Mix flours, rosemary, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
- Add in beaten eggs, butter, and apple cider vinegar, and mix well. Spread into the pan. It will be a thick batter.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.
It’s a really dense, delicious bread. If you’re not used to almond flour, it might be a bit dry, but if you’ve been going grain-free for a while, you’ll definitely be able to appreciate something savory and covered in butter. I hope you enjoy. :)
They say you can tell a lot about a person by her lipstick. I wonder if that’s true? These are mine. Tiny implements of joy.
L.A. Barnitz reviewed Pretty Little Dead Girls and it absolutely made my day! You can read it here.
I’m delighted to say that PLDG will be re-released in November. We have some treats in store, so enjoy!
What do you do when you have a darling little chicken coop?
You make it even more darling by painting it purple-blue and white.
I had the most glorious surprise today! A few days ago I participated in an intriguing round of SF Signal’s Mind Meld. The subject was exploring fear in fiction, which is right up my alley. io9 picked up and ran a thought I had about how horror brings us together. Would you agree or disagree?
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