I have just completed a major update for my website, removing outdated code from hopefully everywhere. (And that’s a lot of everywhere!)
For the past two weeks I have been writing (or editing) Monday through Thursday, and coding Friday through Sunday, and its been working wonderfully. I’ve been going around grinning, because it makes me so very happy to have both kinds of projects moving forward at a reasonable pace. Here’s to hoping that it continues working for me for months and months and months!
(Although, I do have to figure out how to work Art in there also, somehow. I’ve currently got 4 books all at the editing phase all at once. That means Cover Art will be needed. Eeep!)
I think I have got Lioness to the point where I really need to get some outside feedback.
Here’s a go at a blurb for same, see what y’all think:
As the daughter of a wealthy merchant lord, Veldy grew up rich and sheltered, spending her days weaving and making lace. When her father convinces her to marry a nomadic lion hunter, she embarks on a bridal journey that will carry her deep into the dry and windswept highlands — facing physical hardships she previously could never even have imagined. But Veldy has far more to overcome than a harsh climate and an extreme change in lifestyle. Her bridegroom has many enemies — and not all of them are entirely human.
Anyway, the vital statistics: Lioness is a ~160K word story (I’ve currently got it split up into a duology), set in an Africa-esque fantasy world. (The same world as Cantata and Pavane, but on the other side of the continent). It could probably be considered YA. It’s got action, “cultural stuff”, and, of course, a bit of romance. And I’m looking for people who would be willing to read it and tell me what they think of the pacing, and whether I have any plot holes or I didn’t explain something well enough — that kind of stuff.
I haven’t spent much time inventing recipes. Actually, this recipe will only be my second attempt, and first successful one. It started when I wanted to make cupcakes my sister requested a rhubarb and apple. I couldn’t find a recipe I liked. I could find muffins, and full sized cakes, but nothing small and fluffy.
So, I made my own recipe.
So, here’s the recipe:
Rhubarb and Apple Cupcakes
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cloves
3 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup rhubarb (diced)
1 cup Apple (peeled and diced)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Fill muffin tin with cupcake wrappers. (This recipe makes about a dozen and a half cupcakes)
Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and the spices. In a separate bowl mix together eggs and buttermilk. Mix together both mixtures and fold in apples and rhubarb.
Fill muffin tins about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for about 12-16 minutes.
I haven’t tried any variations yet, but from my family’s feedback, I think these might improve the recipe.
1. Add another half cup of Apple’s
2. Increase the amount of spices, particularly of the cinnamon.
Most of my week was spent with either band or studying, but there were a few other minor things I accomplished.
For one thing, I invented a cupcake recipe. I’ll post the recipe later today, but, here’s a picture as a sneak peek.
On top of that, me and my sister repainted a doll crib. It was white, but the paint was chipping off. So, we ended up sorting through our family’s old paint collection, getting rid of a lot of old stuff, and finding this purple paint that was still in good condition. I think it was the same as the ones on our living room walls.
It’s pretty now. I’ll post a picture after I finish cleaning up the dolls just side of it.
And, and on the note of posting pictures… I believe I’ve already mentioned on this blog that I put a bunch of my sister’s artwork on the wall…well, here’s photos of that:
I have finished the first draft of a historical pirate romance set on the same world as Across a Jade Sea. It took me about a year to write. I don’t know exactly how long it is, because I wrote it out by hand, but at 281 pages, with my average page of longhand being somewhere between 150-200 words, it is clearly a full novel in length. That makes it my 13th completed novel.
Unless Lioness ends up getting split into a duology. Which is very possible.
I know I haven’t posted in forever! Well, not since over a month at least. Anyway, marching band and school have both started now. Robotics club starts next Thursday. So, life is busy. I’ve been trying to leave time to spend with my family, but it gets hard sometimes. I have tomorrow off of school, but I should probably some work instead of just lazing around. I haven’t accomplished much this weekend-mostly due to me getting sick.
I know a lot of people don’t seem to like Mondays, but I used to hang out online with author Julie E. Czerneda, and she’d get really, really excited about Mondays. Mondays were the day she got to go back to work, and she loved, loved, loved her job. I’m not sure I’m quite up for getting that excited — for one thing, I’m operating on a very limited energy budget here. Excitement is exhausting. But I do like Mondays.
Mondays are my “start over” day. I’ve learned to limit quantity goals to one week, and if I don’t make the goal in that week I don’t carry over the deficit. I start fresh each new week with a new chance to get it done right this time. Monday is probably the best day for me to assign myself to do something I really, really want to get done once a week. (Although it wouldn’t have worked last week, because last week I slept all day Monday. I do not know why I slept all day Monday, but assigning myself to do something wouldn’t have worked, because I never woke up enough to even care about what I was or wasn’t getting done.)
After getting past that sleepy Monday, I spent last week working on something that only resembled writing, rather than actual writing. (My husband seemed to think it pretty much counted, anyway, perhaps I should believe him.) I was creating ebooks. I started because I finally got around to acquiring a copy the transcription my daughter made of a Regency Romance Novella I wrote when I was eighteen. And then, of course, I had to go over the manuscript to see if there were transcription errors (possibly an almost-pointless enterprise given my general inability to see typographical errors, but I did catch a few), and having done that I figured I would just transfer the file over to ebook format, why not?
When I opened up the app in which I edit my ebooks, I discovered I was in the middle of making an ebook version of the script for Compelled. (Yes, script. Compelled is a story that I think wants to be a graphic novel… okay, to be honest, I think it wants to be a movie. Getting a graphic novel seems more potentially possible (I have done it before once), so I wrote a script for a graphic novel, and until I get my energy back and actually get to become the workaholic I always wanted to be, or someone volunteers to do the illustrations on spec, or I inherit a lot of money, I’m stuck at that point.) I can no longer remember why I wanted to ebook-ize a graphic novel script. But whatever — the ebook was sitting there half-finished, so I finished it. The ebook I originally meant to be making isn’t quite done yet. But almost!
I also discovered how to solve the mysterious problem of suddenly my new eBooks not having their cover images used for the thumbnails in iBooks anymore. Fixing this involved including a property tag I had never included before – rather than doing something I had recently been forgetting to do. So although all my books now have their cover images showing properly when I view the “by me” shelf, I’m still a bit boggled as to why the older books have them when they don’t have the property tag that is apparently now required. Apple must have changed its protocol for creating thumbnails — but the older thumbnails created using the former protocol still work? Something like that.
Also last week I tatted some more bookmarks. (Mental note to self, must email the friend I sorta offered a bookmark to, and make sure I have her latest address.) I have also been toying with the notion that the obvious solution to the problem of tatted bracelets pulling out of shape and stretching while being worn, is to sew them to a ribbon. This brilliant notion came to me while I was finishing some tatted barrettes, for which I have been using ribbon to cover up the metal bits so that they look better. (I will post a picture as soon as I get them taken and uploaded.)
Having come up with the idea, I will now undoubtedly end up making a few ribbon and tatting bracelets, even though I really have no use whatsoever for them. ::rueful:: I do need to figure out how they will be fastened together, though. Buttons are not so ideal for ribbon (where I would need to actually MAKE the buttonholes) as for tatting (where holes are a naturally occurring feature.)
I’m not much of a wander. I like Ohio. I like my home in Ohio. Why would I leave? Well, apparently to visit relatives in Canada.
I brought Sprinkles and Cupcake with me. Sprinkles at least is much more adventurous than me. Though, being small as she is; my house is like a town to her. Cupcake’s happy as long as he’s with her.
Still, they were pretty lazy in the car going up. Good thing too; we wouldn’t have room for them to be rowdy.
It was a pretty rainy journey up.
Though it had its moments of sunshine.
Sprinkles and Cupcake really liked my Uncle’s cabin. Which is good because as soon as we got up to Canada we spent most of our time there. Occasionally we’d go to the lake or the community center.
By the way, this lake happens to be lake Winnipeg, which is a really huge lake. Large enough to be a sea, I believe, but fresh water, so isn’t. If you’re ever in the area, it’s a really cool place. And since we went before it was really ‘summertime’ in Canada (the kids were still in school) it was not super crowded!
The community center is also awesome. We mostly went there fore Wi-Fi access, but even without that, it has this really awesome mini museum about the area. Also, tanks filled with live fish. Apparently they also had turtles in the tanks last year.
This is a model they have of what the beach front used to be. It doesn’t look like this anymore. This picture also only gets a very small part of the model.
Anyway, I know most of you don’t care about the models and such, but I found them super cool.
Also, another thing I found super cool at the community center was this sign: As a reader, I consider this awesome.
Also, on the note of signs, this is one I found at a gas station, I don’t see in Ohio very often.
Anyway, I’m back home now. As much as I like that area of Canada, Ohio’s home, and I personally love home. Jacob’s still up in Canada with our Aunt and Uncle, but that’s because up there seems to be better for his health than Ohio. Hopefully he’s enjoying good health and fun.
I haven’t really posted much this summer. I apologize to my very few and far between readers.
I’m heading off to Canada early tomorrow to go visit my Aunt and Uncle at their cabin by the lake. Which should be fun. I’m staying there for around a week and a half to two weeks. There is an unfortunate 19 hour drive time (which is being traveled in 2 days) but that can’t be helped.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve accomplished so far this summer:
1. Organized major amounts of three rooms
2. Baked a strawberry shortcake, and a couple strawberry pies