Posts made in August, 2014

C.E. Murphy’s Fantasy Fudge

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog, others books, whimsy | Comments Off on C.E. Murphy’s Fantasy Fudge

Let’s be honest. I’m a C.E. Murphy fangirl. I found her books back when I was starting to write again and I really really wanted to be published. I learned how to write 1st person by reading her Walker Papers urban fantasy series. Through  a conversation about fudge (yes, really!) she ended up blurbing The Clockwork Dagger. (I’ll talk more about that on Bready or Not this coming Wednesday in a post I’ve had scheduled for months.)

Shaman RisesAfter the recent Kickstarter potato salad incident, she decided to do a fudge fundraiser via Indiegogo. I have eaten her maple and maple-ginger fudges–mailed all the way from Ireland to Arizona–and it is the kind of stuff that makes the heavens open up and angels sing and you don’t give a damn about the calorie content of what you’re eating, because ****FUDGE.*****

The Fantasy Fudge event is in its final hours. Go take a look at the goodies involved. For $5, you get a bunch of fudge recipes. The woman knows her stuff. I’m really hoping the funds cross the $5k mark so that she writes a story about her character Joanne trying to make fudge.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog, chicken soup for the soul | Comments Off on Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What?

This Tuesday, Chicken Soup for the Soul released a new book that contains two of my stories. I’ve submitted more than one story to several of their books, but this is the first time I had more than one accepted!

The Cat Did What

Two years ago my cat Palom quickly succumbed to cancer. I’m thinking of him all the time right now, even having nightmares about him and his diagnosis. I hope this dark aspect isn’t something I have to cope with every August and September from here on, but it’s something I’m dealing with now, for sure.

Fortunately, my stories in this book are about brighter times with my obnoxious, outgoing cat. I tell the story about how we adopted Palom and Porom during the early days of marriage when we were dirt poor Navy folk. My other story focuses on Palom and how one day he busted through the barrier of autism to have fun with Critter.

Palom

I have a whole bunch of copies of this book, so if anyone wants to buy a signed copy, just drop a comment or contact me through other means. It’s also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If you have a kitty, go give’em a scritch. Love them while you can.

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Bready or Not: Chewy Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Chewy Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

A year ago, I shared my favorite Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Aren’t they pretty?

I decided to do a remix of this same recipe but with white chocolate chips and cranberries. See, I had major writing deadlines coming up and I wanted to have reliable dough stashed away in the freezer so I had emergency cookie dough.

White Choc Cranberry Cookies

Yes, emergency cookie dough. This is totally a thing.

I prepped the dough by scooping it and freezing it on a cookie sheet and wax paper. Then I bagged it all and stashed it in the deep freeze.

White Choc Cranberry Cookies

Three months later, I baked it.

White Choc Cranberry Cookies

I took the dough straight from the freezer. I watched it bake because I really wasn’t sure how long it would need. The dough didn’t expand at all, so halfway through I used the bottom of a glass to smush them flatter. The batches ended up taking thirteen to sixteen minutes.

My reliable cookie dough was indeed reliable. The white chocolate cranberry cookies ended up chewy and amazing, just like the original version.

White Choc Cranberry Cookies

Bready or Not: Chewy Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat, or use seasoned stoneware.

Melt butter and let cool slightly.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture. Add the oats, white chocolate, and cranberries. Mix until just blended.

Using a tablespoon scoop, place dough balls on pan. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until the edges are slightly brown and the middle is still soft. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

!Note: Scoop and freeze the dough for months. Bake it straight out of the freezer for 13-16 minutes; dough may need to be flattened halfway through if the cookies don't expand.

!OM NOM NOM.

White Choc Cranberry Cookies

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Sorry about the alien invasion

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork dagger, whimsy | 2 comments

It’s August 19th, and I’m part of a cooperative effort to blog about the end of the world. I’m doing a different take.

If the world ends in the next few weeks, do know that I’m deeply sorry.

You see, on February 8th, 2009 I blogged about a dream I had. To quote:

I dreamed that I sent out queries for Normal and a male agent responded right away to sign me, and in turn sold the rights quickly. I walked through a massive vault filled to the high ceiling with ARCS of all genres. I searched the shelf for the alphabetical placement of my last name – ah! I found the Cs! It should be right about –

The building shuddered, and a hundred books splatted to the floor like paper meteorites. I ran out of the vault and outside, where I found a full alien attack in progress.

Yeah, that’s my luck.

Yep. That’s how my subconscious works.

As with all prophecies, there are some contingencies involved. Normal brought me together with my agent (who is female), but did not sell. I’ve now had my ARCs for The Clockwork Dagger for a few months and thus far the world hasn’t ended. That I know of. But is the apocalypse caused by my having a book release, period?

There is one book that is coming out today, and even if it doesn’t cause the end of the world, it does describe 26 ways it can happen.

A is for Apocalypse

Listing at Goodreads.

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

There’s a release day party over on Facebook today!

This book would make great reading while you’re sitting in a bunker surrounded by canned food. Just sayin’.

And if The Clockwork Dagger doesn’t bring about our demise in the next while, it’d make good bunker-reading, too. Gremlins make everything better.

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Sunday Quote says, “ONE MONTH!”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote says, “ONE MONTH!”

“Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description.”

~William Gibson

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