Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Snippets! #1/31/2016 #Sunday Snips

Welcome to Sunday Snippets!  I, along with the members of this weekly Blog Hop, will be sharing snippets from one of our stories.

From "Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow":

He promised to be gone come morning, but obviously, he wast still there.  Oh well, maybe fixing breakfast was just his way of saying thanks.

She put on a robe, shoved her feet into a pair of fuzzy pink slippers and advanced into the kitchen.  Pale winter sunshine was clinging to the edges of the living room window and she could hear Viktor whistling tunelessly as she crossed the floor.

"Morning," she said.  Viktor looked up at her with a smile.  She was happy to see he looked less travel-weary  He shaved and was neatly dressed in acid washed jeans and a faded red-plaid flannel shirts. A momentary feeling of tenderness swept over her.  No one labeled him a fashion slave that was for sure.  "Sit down," he said, "It's ready."

She eyed her plate, filled with protein--of the non-vegan form.  Had Viktor known she was no longer vegan, or was it only a lucky guess?  She didn't dare broach the subject.  Her life had become such a collection of secrets.  Once upon a time her life had been uncomplicated, and she was happy.  Glancing at Viktor, she wondered if he was happy. . .

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Happy Reading,

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What Are My Two Writing Projects for 2016? By Connie Vines

This month’s topic:  What are one (or two) writing projects you want to accomplish this year?  What will be any obstacles you might encounter?

I would like to complete Book 3 in my Rodeo Romance Series and a YA novel I’ve out lined.
What obstacles may I encounter?

Romantic English poets of the time believed their poems magically arrived from an external source, so when their pens dried up and the words did not flow, they assumed the spirits, the gods, and/or their individual muses were not visiting them with favor.
In other words, writer’s block.

Here’s the simple truth: The very nature of the art of writing incorporates uncertainty,
experimentation, and a willingness to create art from the depths of who we are. Writing is a mentally challenging occupation, which requires hard-core, cognitive expenditure than many other lines of work.

Writing is not for sissies, and if you intend to write novels, screenplays, or plays, it will not be easy, and you will often come up against a wall of resistance. Just don’t call it “writer’s block,” call it what it is: not being prepared to move to the next level.

It’s not “writer’s block” I remind myself, I’ve simply lost my way—for a short time.

All writers reach a point when they lose their way, their work veering off into unforeseen directions or experiencing a surprise (like when a character you didn’t anticipate shows up). Rather than permitting this to sabotage your momentum, take a day or two to rethink your story.

Your Passion Has Waned

It happens. Because writing a novel requires immersion—thinking about it, crafting it, dreaming about it, obsessing about it—your brain may be on overload or just bored. It doesn’t mean that your writing is boring; it means that you’ve worked and reworked the material so much that it now feels  boring—to your mind.  Have a friend/ plotting partner read the chapter.

You Are Burned Out

It is quite possible that you’ve simply tapped yourself out. We all have our limits, be they physical, mental, emotional, and all of the aforementioned. Eventually your body, brain, or emotions are going to rebel and insist on downtime, which may come in the guise of what you may call writer’s block.
Keep this in mind: You aren’t blocked; you’re exhausted. Give yourself a few days to really rest. Lie on a sofa and watch movies, take long walks in the hour just before dusk, go out to dinner with friends, or take a mini-vacation somewhere restful. Do so with intention to give yourself—and your brain—a rest. Once you’re rested, you’ll likely find the desire to write has come roaring back.

Life Has a Way of Getting in the Way

Even though I say I have time to write, it isn’t always true.  For writers with a day job and families, there simply are not enough hours in the day.  The lion’s share of my writing is done during Winter/Spring/Summer break.  I blog several time each week and write on Saturday and several hours two night each week.

I do find I do find mini ways to write.  I jot notes during lunch.  Send reminders to myself on my phone, and use my iVoice app to come up with snippets of dialogue.
I love to write.  I love the magic of a mystical land. I love to hear how one of my stories brought an evening of enjoyment to someone’s life.

Stop by, visit the blogs of the talented writers, and see what they are planning to write in 2016!

Victoria Chatham
Margaret Fieland
Skye Taylor
Diane Bator
Beverley Bateman
Connie Vines
Bob Rich
Rachael Kosinski
Judith Copek
Kay Sisk
Anne Stenhouse
Hollie Glover
Fiona McGier
Rhobin Courtright

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Snippets #SundaySnippets by Connie Vines

It may be the cold weather, or the fact I’m writing an anthology set in New Orleans, Louisiana—or
I’m simply hungry this Sunday morning,  but I’d thought I share a few recipes you might like to sample.

Creole Coffee

"Good and simple. Rich, dark-roast coffee and chicory, molasses, and cream makes for a delicious cup of coffee."

1 cup of hot brewed coffee with chicory.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of molasses and 1 tablespoon of half & half (or more to taste).

Pain Perdu

"Pain Perdu is a special New Orleans-style French Toast. The most tender version is made with wide loaves of French or Italian bread. Its great flavor comes from the orange brandy in the batter."

5 eggs
½ cup sugar
2 Tablespoon of orange liquor  (I substitute traditional orange juice)
12 slices of white bread

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, milk, brandy and orange zest. Beat until thick and foamy. Pour mixture into a shallow pan. Soak bread slices in the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until they are thoroughly soaked through.

Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Lightly spray griddle with cooking spray. Cook the bread slices 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve hot.

Cajun-Style Eggs Benedict

"Forget the English muffins, Canadian bacon, poaching eggs and harassing Hollandaise sauce. This biscuit, egg, and andouille sausage breakfast topped with a simple Mornay sauce is terrific."

2 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 c milk
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 dash Tabasco Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 large buttermilk biscuits cut in half
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ lb Andouille Sausage cut in 2-inch slices
8 eggs

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 3 minutes. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture, and cook over low heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and hot sauce; season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat.

Meanwhile, warm the biscuits in a toaster oven and keep warm. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the andouille pieces into the skillet cut-side-down. Cook until golden brown, then turn over and cook until browned on the skin side; remove and keep warm. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Crack four of the eggs into the hot pan, and cook until the egg whites have firmed about halfway through, about 1 minute. Gently flip the eggs over, and cook 10 to 20 seconds more until the other side has just firmed on the outside. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
To assemble, place two biscuit halves onto each plate, cut-side-up. Divide the andouille sausage among the biscuits, then top each biscuit with an egg. Finally, spoon some of the sauce over each egg and serve.

Please stop by and visited the talented authors featured in our Sunday Snippets Blog Hop.

I’ll be doing the same while I sip by Creole Coffee.

Happy Reading,

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Snippets by Connie Vines #SundaySnippets #SundaySnips

Welcome to this week's Sunday Snippets!

Today I thought I'd fill everyone is on some of the happenings in southern Californian.  As a former resident of Orange County (I now resided in the Inland Empire, a thirty minutes from OC).  I'd thought I'd fill you in on one of our most-coveted vacation spots.

Now, I am not a annual pass owner, nor do I visit the park yearly.  However, I did celebrate my birthday this past summer at the park with family members.

The scoop:

It's time to say goodbye to several Disneyland attractions to make room for the new 14-acre "Star Wars" land at the Anaheim theme park.

Starting Monday (tomorrow), Disneyland is closing multiple attractions and eateries - some temporarily and others permanently- during construction for the much-anticipated new land.
Star Wars at Disneyland: Some Classics to Close (for a Time)

Visitors will be able to enjoy one last weekend of Frontierland's Big Thunder Ranch before construction gets underway at the park. Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree will all close permanently, according to the Disney blog.

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Construction will also impact classic attractions along the Rivers of America. The Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and Fantasmic! will all be shut down temporarily.

The Disneyland Railroad, including all stations, will also suspend operations for an unknown period of time.

Disneyland Installs Metal Detectors, Bans Costumes

Groundbreaking for the "Star Wars"-themed land is expected to begin this year, and represents the largest single-land expansion ever, according to the theme park.

"These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance," Iger said in a press release.

Disneyland debuted new and improved "Star Wars" experiences at the Anaheim park on Nov. 16, including the "Star Wars" Launch bay, which offers parkgoers an opportunity to visit favorite "Star Wars" characters.

Jokingly called "Mickey's Wheel of Death"

Yes, it was very crowded the second day of my vacation.

For those who have loved the 'classic' Disney I am certain it will be as if another part of Walt's creation has been pushed aside.  For me I enjoy the Star Wars 1st move of the late 70's, but I am not a die-hard fan.  I prefer the Star Trek (more personalized) take on space travel.

I hope you have enjoyed this week's Snippet.

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