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May 2015

An Exciting Letter!

Remember Heidi?  She sent me a letter!

What’s inside?

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Ooo!  It’s a card!  Cute too. 🙂

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With a little note.

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And a bookmark she crocheted.

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Thank you Heidi!  What a wonderful addition to my day! 🙂

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My Hectic Schedule

By the time I homeschool Marcus, do normal things, take care of the farm, and handle dad’s affairs, my day is pretty full.  But then there’s my writing.  At first it was just finding the time to do it.  My family’s cool with it now, and even encouraging, but there is something that makes it headachingly difficult.  Submissions.

busy schedule of a writer

I am currently, as we speak:

  • in second edits of Anya and the Secrets of Cupola, a novel
  • querying agents with Fishing For Turkey, a picture book
  • submitting magazines with The Queen Says, a picture book previously submitted to agents
  • waiting to submit Noises in the Ceiling, a children’s flash fiction, to magazines

So what?  What’s the big deal?  Well, the big deal is this.  Noises is currently in a contest that doesn’t accept previously published work.  So I have to wait until June (or as soon as the winners are announced) to either celebrate its publication or begin the submission process to other magazines.

The Queen has to have a master list of magazines currently accepting submissions of its type.  Then I have to draft a query/cover letter and mail it off to each one individually.  This requires about an hour for each one, or more.  But wait.  I also have to correlate the dates.  For example, many magazines require exclusive submissions.  So, I have to write down when I’m able to move on to the next mag on the list and NOT mess up!

Fishing is in a much easier state (for me), because I already have a good list of picture book agents to start with, and a base letter to start with.  I still spend about an hour researching each agent and drafting their letter every time.

Now for Anya.  Unfortunately, between edits and certain things, I have to take days off to look at it with fresh eyes.  Fortunately though, I finished my second edit notes and am able to take the time off now.  Reason?  We’re building an office.  I told my family that if I ever get published, I would need a room of quiet because I would be expected to work more than I am now.  My dad got all excited about it, and is pretty much building the office for himself.  That’s fine by me, ironically hilarious, but fine by me.  So, I’ve been working on it and hope to be done shortly.  I can then work on my notes and finally get finished with the beast!  We’re currently discussing our sharing hours 🙂

My real trouble is not that I’m spending time submitting, it’s the correlation.  I haven’t quite got it all figured out just yet.  By the time I have three submission projects (and one writing), each with their own dates and requirements, it’s easy to get confused.  Presently, I’m using a good old fashioned planning binder.  I can flip through it, add, cross out, etc, and not get lost.  Having stuff on spread sheets tends to get misplaced.  Ironic, yes, I know.  But also required.  I have more spread sheets and folders than you can shake a broken mouse at.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my hectic schedule.  Wait, what day is it again?

7-Layer Salad

The first time I made this was last week.  And then I used croutons because I was out of turkey bacon.  It was great!

You will need:

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 6 boiled eggs
  • 1 15oz can peas (I used kidney beans, and it worked well)
  • mayo
  • salt.pepper
  • 3-4 chopped green onions
  • shredded cheese, preferably of the cheddar variety
  • 4 strips turkey bacon
  • a deep 9X13 casserole dish

seven layer salad

Chop up the lettuce and make a thin layer on the bottom of the dish.  Slice two of the eggs and place them on top.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the can of peas (or beans) on that.  Blob some mayo and try to smear it around as much as possible (good luck with that part).  Remember not to do too much because this is the first of three layers.  Sprinkle with onion, salt, pepper, and cheese.  Tear the bacon up and add 1/3 of that.

Now, start over.  You’re going to make 3 layers of this.  Chill and voila!

Quick and easy peach cobbler

I love a gourmet dish like anyone else, but this couldn’t be simpler.

You will need:

  • 1stick butter
  • 1c flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 2 – 15oz cans of peaches
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1c sugar
  • 9X13 dish

peach cobbler recipe

Melt the butter completely in the dish and swish it around until the sides are well greased.

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In a separate bowl, mix the flour, sugar, powder, and salt.  Add the egg and roughly mix.  Scatter over the melted butter.

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Drain one can of the peaches and scatter it over the top.  Then dump the entire other can, drizzling the juices from it all over the dish.  Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon to taste.  I like a lot of it.

easy peach cobbler

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

cobbler

Yummy!  Remember, cobbler is a quick easy.  You can’t mess it up, so don’t worry:)

peach cobbler

Food Museum-Bizarre Valentine

Today’s episode is pretty good.

Previous food museum post. Next post.

I had no idea you could buy this.  Especially grade A fancy.

It seems instant coffee is really stretching its flavorings of late.

cobbler coffee

So, cut holes in a cookie and it’s different?  Looks pretty good though.

donut cookies

As I asked in an earlier post.  What will cereal companies do next?

stars cereal

treasure cereal

OK, so, lunchable valentines….Dirt Cake….seriously?  What says I love you more?

dirt cake food museum post

Food Museum-Frog Legs

It’s time again for weird food with Debby at the Food Museum.

Previous food museum post Next post of the food museum.

On this episode—

Root beer Oreos.  Now that’s different.

root beer oreos

Pumpkin chips, dip, oreos, chocolate.  Why not caramel?  Oh, and it’s delightful!

caramel pumpkin

Read the front.  Under the cookie it says, “With red cream, same great taste.”  And the purpose of this?

winter oreo

Being a kosher eater, I may not know this, but is smoked oysters a norm?

smoked oysters

Wow!  ROFL!  I had no idea you could BUY these!

frog legs

Just a twinge of different.

lemon oreos

See you next time.  And don’t eat the unlabeled cans 🙂

The Baby Shower

For whatever reason, I’m WAY behind in my posts.  I know it’s belated, but here’s the baby shower from my friend in Africa.  I’m mainly doing this post for my friend, so a lot of you probably won’t be all that interested.  Furthermore, my camera didn’t take very clear pictures.  Sorry, Ash.

She got a great deal of presents.   Shame she had to ship them all back to South Africa.  The people that set this up really did a good job.

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Here’s one of the blurry ones, but it’s still a neat little diaper bag thingy.

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She’s obviously thrilled with everything she got!

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Also there was Tabitha.  Hello, Tabitha!  I know you’ve been waiting for this-sorry to take so long.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Her sister made some AMAZING snacky things.  I kept trying to get her to vlog it.  Chelsea, if you ever do, let me know and I’ll reference it!

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We played neat little games.  I don’t think I’d ever heard of any of them.

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Naturally, mine was the gothic baby.

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They set up a table for us to make little headbands.  It’s a girl btw. And again, mine’s black  (duh!)

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I will warn you, the hot glue goes through those holes and hurts.  😉

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I kept this picture in because it did that really cool weird thing where one is in focus, and nothing else is.  I couldn’t have done that if I tried.

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Family and friends.

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Congratulations Ashley!  Enjoy motherhood!

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