I’ve been remiss in updating my blog because BOOK EDITS. ALL MONTH. The good news: as of this morning, a shiny new version of Call of Fire has been sent along to my editor. Huzzah! Now to catch up on a dozen other things before I dive headfirst into my next project.
First up: a new edition of the Cato Log will be deployed to email inboxes worldwide tomorrow. Sign up now so you can get an advance Bready or Not recipe for Maple Pecan Pie Bars, plus all of October’s recipes in one spot! Oh yeah, and book news, too.
Happy Halloween to all… and perhaps more importantly, Happy Clearance Candy Day tomorrow!
“There is always, of course, that terrible three weeks, or a month which you have to get through when you are trying to get started on a book. There is no agony like it. You sit in a room, biting pencils, looking at a typewriter, walking about, or casting yourself down on a sofa, feeling you want to cry your head off….You forget every time what you felt before when it comes again: such misery and despair, such inability to do anything that will be in the least creative. And yet it seems that this particular phase of misery has got to be lived through.”
~Agatha Christie, Autobiography (1977)
Is frosting your favorite part of cake? Well, do I have a fudge recipe for you!
This easy microwave fudge tastes like pumpkin spice frosting. It’s that rich. That delicious. This makes a big batch, so cut the pieces small and share with a crowd!
The original version of this recipe used peanut butter. Well, you know me. Why go with cliché peanut butter when you can use creamy COOKIE BUTTER? Use Biscoff, Speculoose, or any of the new off-brand versions–heck, my local Sprouts even has their own cookie butter now!
In baked recipes, cookie butter makes cooked goodies taste like cookie dough. Here, that effect is much more mild. It adds a lovely color and helps the pumpkin and spices to shine through.
Make this for a potluck or family gathering, and share the joy of cookie butter and pumpkin spice!
Modified from Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge at Crazy for Crust.
“This book has become a misery to me because of my inadequacy.”
So, I have this story that I love to bits. It was rejected just about everywhere and it finally found a home in the Clockwork Phoenix 5 anthology to much critical (very validating) aplomb. This story is now online for everyone to read: “The Souls of Horses,” about the love of horses and the horrors of racism and slavery, all against the backdrop of the American Civil War.
Read the full story here, and also check out the other four stories from Clockwork Phoenix 5 that are now online. The whole anthology features work well worth considering for 2016 Hugo and Nebula nominations.