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"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Carrot, Raisin & Almond Salad

I am thrilled with this recipe.

OMG!!! I even did my first test recipe (much smaller than original). It was a bit sweeter than the final recipe, but it tasted good. I am overjoyed at the success of this recipe. I am never sure of what I am doing. I worried about ruining a 600g bag of shredded carrots. I use a new spoon for everything because I worry about cross contamination of who knows what. I wash my hands after almost every step.


Carrot, Raisin & Almond Salad
(adapted from several recipes including http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_carrot_salad/)

Ingredients:
4 cups carrots, shredded
1/2 cup raisins

2 level teaspoons of almonds, slivers
2 level tablespoons mayo
2 level tablespoons yogurt, plain
2 level teaspoons coconut cream

1/2 a capful of lime juice concentrate

Process:


  • First, add the carrots and raisins into the large bowl of a container with a lid.
  • Then, crush almonds in the palms of your hands before adding.
  • Add mayo, yogurt & coconut cream.
  • Add the lime juice.
  • Stir well to coat the carrots, raisins & almonds.
  • Cover and refrigerate.


Servings 4


Notes:
Used almost whole 600g bag of shredded carrots.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Meet Hannah Crawford - Writer, Editor and Publication Specialist at The Write Place


Interview
Hannah Crawford
Writer and Editor
a small independent publisher
Pella, IA



Hello, Hannah:
Hannah Crawford
Writer & Editor
The Write Place

Thank you for agreeing to do an interview for my blog.

As a the Write Place (WP) client and self-published author, I am always curious about how the publishing side works.

WP offers a wide variety of services from writing, editing, design, marketing and more. So, I am excited about this interview.


Q. How long have you been with the Write Place?

A. I joined the Write Place in 2011 as the book division coordinator.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job?

A. The variety of books people bring to us for publication. I’ve been able to work with authors on children’s books, poetry books, memoirs, novels, history, photo books…I’m sure there are more that I’m not thinking of right now!

Q. As a writer and editor for the WP, are there some favorite projects you have worked on and why? Were there some projects that presented unforeseen issues? If so, what were some of those issues?

A. One of my favorite projects was the winner of our 2014 Book Contest, Lost in the Tallgrass. I loved the story so much, it was truly a pleasure to work with the author throughout the editing process.

It seems like every book project has something new or unexpected that comes up during the production process. Oftentimes this is the author wanting to add additional photos or text at the last minute. Fortunately we can usually accommodate them and still meet their deadline—but sometimes we have to remind them that it might be time to let their baby go!

Q. What advice would you give to a new author seeking to use the WP self-publishing services?

A. Keep in mind that publication is just the beginning. For your book to succeed, you have to have a solid marketing plan. This can be as much work, if not more, than writing the book itself.

Q.  What is the typical the WP production process for a self-published eBook or Book?

A. We provide a wide range of services, and not all authors take advantage of all of them. This means that there really is no “typical project.”

But just as an example: an author comes to us with a completed manuscript and wants us to usher it through the entire production process. We’d start with editing, then develop a cover design and interior design. Once the author is happy with the text and design, we’d lay out the entire book. We then send it to a print on demand printer, so the author can order as many copies as he or she wants. We’d also set it up for distribution through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online sites.

Q. What are some typical costs to produce an eBook?

A. It depends on the complexity and length of the eBook. I’d be happy to provide a quote for anyone interested!

Q. Are there some common misconceptions new authors have about self-publishing using TWP services?

A. The WP has been providing a wide range of publishing services to business clients and authors for many years. The WP must have gone through many technological changes as the print industry changes.

Q. What are some innovations TWP has adopted?

Technology is what makes our business possible—without print on demand, it just wouldn’t be economically feasible for many authors to publish their book.

Q.  Does the TWP participate in any book conventions or writing workshops?

A few years ago I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College and discussed self-publishing with some of the authors who were attending. That was a blast!

Q.  What do you see in the future for eBook and POD publishing?

I see the technology, especially for eBooks, becoming increasingly accessible and flexible. I’m sure there is amazing technology people are developing right now that I can’t even imagine!

Thanks Hannah, it has been a pleasure working with you and the WP staff. Thanks for the interview.


WP Locations

Pella, IA and Lakeville, MN

WP Media

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/thewriteplace

Twitter
https://twitter.com/writeplacebiz

Wordpress
https://bookplaceblog.wordpress.com







Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ovaltine - My Way

One common refrain you will hear from expats is their difficulty in finding various favorite food items from back home, here in Merida.

One food item I can't find is Ovaltine, a chocolate powdered drink mix. I have used Mexico's coca powdered mixes and they are good, but there's something about Ovaltine that makes it different.

But, I got lucky, a relative brought me lots of Ovaltine, so I am enjoying a variety of Ovaltine drinks!




Using milk (light) as a base and adding 2-3 heaping teaspoons of Ovaltine, I am making:

Iced Ovaltine

Hot Ovaltine, plain or
    with a bit powdered orange drink mix, or
    with a bit of coffee, or
    with a bit of vanilla flavoring

Ovaltine Frappuccino



For more info on Ovaltine:


What's in Ovaltine?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Netflix Ponders Remake of Lost in Space

Netflix may do a remake of Lost in Space


Cast from original Lost in Space
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lost_In_Space.jpg

The only reason I watched the original Lost in Space was Guy Williams, a unique actor.

I've read the article and the remake may just be another space flick, indistinguishable from other space flicks, whereas the original Lost in Space had its own special personality. Sadly, from the gossip I've heard, "Dr. Smith" wrecked havoc on the original Lost in Space.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tales from Indies: Smashwords Writers Anthology Blog Tour 2015

Tales from Indies:
Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015

Blog Tour


Just in time for the Holidays. This free (with coupon) collection of eleven pieces, with an international flavor, includes short stories, an essay and chapters from completed works with themes ranging from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retellings, to paranormal romance.

Tales from Indies writers are: Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, Şerban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.

New and experienced writers, join Smashwords Forum to explore and meet other writers of all ages and genres as well to gain useful tips about formatting, writing, promotion, cover art design, coding, and more.

*The Smashwords Forum is an independent website
not affiliated with Smashwords.



Tales from Indies Anthology

Coupon: BU68H






Follow the links for each writer and
explore the complete collection of their works.



November 16, 2015

SWF Founder, Ted Summerfield - punzhupuzzles.wordpress.com/
Introduction to SWF


November 17, 2015

Ted Summerfield SWF profile


November, 2015

Bret Allen - www.bretallen.info
PR


November, 2015

PR

December, 2015

Article on his works



December 19, 2015

Interview with Hannah Crawford, Publishing Consultant, The Write Place


December 20, 2015

Jennifer R. Povey - http://jenniferrpovey.blogspot.mx
A little history on Saturday Night at the Wonderland Club

December, 2015

Bonnie Turner - my.athenet.net/~aurorawolf 
PR


December, 2015


David Ellis - http://www.davidebooks.com/posts/review-swf-anthology-2015/

A review of Tales from Indies: Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology 2015


Websites/Blogs for other Anthology Authors

John Chapman - avestedinterest.info

Shelia Chapman -  avestedinterest.info

Şerban V.C. Enache - serbanvcenache.blogspot.ro/

Kell Inkston - kellinkston.com

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Coming Soon -- Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology



Tales from Indies
an anthology
by Smashwords Forum Writers*


Anticipated Publication Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Free with Smashwords Coupon BU68H

Just in time for the Holidays. This free collection of eleven pieces, with an international flavor, includes short stories, an essay and chapters from completed works with themes ranging from science-fiction, fantasy, historical retellings, to paranormal romance.

Tales from Indies writers are: Bret Allen, John Chapman, Shelia Chapman, Şerban Valentin Constantin Enache, Julie Harris, Kell Inkston, Alan James, Ian Kotze, Jennifer R. Povey, Ria Stone, and Bonnie Turner.

New and experienced writers, join Smashwords Forum to explore and meet other writers of all ages and genres as well to gain useful tips about formatting, writing, promotion, cover art design, coding, and more.

*The Smashwords Forum is an independent website not affiliated with Smashwords.



Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Smashwords Forum - Founder, Ted Summerfield,Profile




Ted Summerfield is a former member of the Radio Television News Directors Association. He started writing as a teenager and over the years has written poetry, news stories, sports stories, stories for children, puzzles, plays for puppets, fiction and non-fiction works.

As Ted tells his story, "my parents and grandfather were great role models and inspired me in many of my lifelong interests. My grandfather was wonderful. He always ended our conversations with a problem to solve or an opinion requiring some thought. My brother and I would have a week to think about it and tell him our answers the following Saturday. My answers were simple as a 6 year old, but I was providing more reasoned answers when I was 15. It was grandfather who got me thinking about law, business, relationships, and the mathematics involved in those areas.

My mother got me hooked on games when I was 4 years old, by showing me how to play Chinese Checkers and telling me if I studied the logic of the game well enough I could soon beat my older brother at the game.

My family was middle-class, business people who raised me with the concept of social capitalism. They contributed much of their income anonymously to various charities and non-profit organizations as well as no-interest loans to a few low-income families who had an idea for a business and just needed a start or in some cases a place to live. My father insisted we help others not out of religious beliefs or image-improvement but because it was the right thing to do. "That could be you" was an early instruction from my father on the importance of helping others.

He and my grandfather were businessmen and made a good living for their families, but looking out for the other person was paramount because 'it could happen to you'. My grandfather and father instilled in me the notion of  'favourable agreement', where both parties are happy with the result.

I’ve enjoyed a business life comprised of property management, property development, real estate sales, puppetry, and broadcast journalism.

As a property manager, one of the dumbest moment I ever had while I was leasing properties was when I offered a generous time-frame for repayment to a tenant who was behind in payments, ensuring they wouldn't be financially strapped, but they refused and left me no choice but to go to court. When the smoke had cleared they'd been forced to pay far more than the originally sought amount. That was truly dumb on their part. The lesson, I hope they learned, was don't try to cheat people.

After writing and performing several puppet plays, and traveling to storytelling conventions in the United States, I discovered there is not a lot of money in the arts business. But, the most wonderful aspect of puppetry was seeing children react to the story, get involved with the story, be really excited and laughing. Those moments were worth millions.

My first puzzle eBook was published in 2010, and I have published over 40 eBooks, comprised of picture eBooks for children, a variety of puzzle eBooks, fiction and non-fiction works.

As a new Smashwords author, I was unable to find an online community for Smashwords authors, so I created Smashwords Forum (SWF) in 2011.

SWF has become a place where new and seasoned authors can find a variety of information about self-publishing and traditional publishing.

With over 900 members, SWF members ask/answer questions regarding publishing, formatting, marketing, promoting their eBooks, and meet other authors from around the world.

I also do a lot of research and provide the results to SWF members about the ins and outs of self-publishing and help other authors and forum members by providing guidance and details about self-publishing policies, royalties, various eTailers, formatting, making book covers, and more.

In addition, I encourage SWF members to try new ideas.

The Smashwords Forum Writers Anthology is one of those ideas.

The forum has proven itself popular and valuable to new and experienced authors."