Sunday, December 10, 2017

Writer's quotes - Patricia Wrede

Advice from one of my favorite authors.
(I say - authors - because I have so many favorites)

"Talent is way down on the list of things you need to write; it comes in a distant fourth, after persistance, motivation, and discipline. 
And the reason is that "talent" is as common as mud; what's rare is the motivation to sit down and actually do something with it, the discipline to do it regularly, and the persistance to stick with it until it's finished. 
I know oodles of extremely talented people who will never publish anything, because they won't ever sit down and actually *write* anything, much less finish it." -- Patricia Wrede

Sunday, November 26, 2017

It's a continual battle

Teen: It's hot in here
Me: (looks at thermostat - 73 degrees.
Me: wearing long pants and warm fleece top.
Me: not hot
This used to be a debate between me and my husband. Now between teen and me. (I'll never win. She just turned down the thermostat - behind my back)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November and Pies

In November our hearts and minds turn to pies.  Pumpkin pies, in fact.
I used to have to bake a round dozen of pies during November. (and repeat, but with less pies in December)  But nowadays, being retired and a widow, there are less pies necessary.

What did I used to have to bake?
Two pies for my husband to take to work for their early Thanksgiving party.
Two pies for my husband's birthday on November 15 - because he hates cake.
Two pies for November story time at my library for my Pumpkin Pie, Oh My! storytime.
Four pies for Thanksgiving.
And two more pies because my granddaughter's birthday is at the beginning of December.
A dozen pies.

It got so I stopped making homemade crust and bought ready made ones at the grocery store.
(have you tried Marie Calendar's piecrust?  It's the best.)

Actually, this is not my recipe.  I don't use the condensed milk one.  I use an old Fanny Farmer cookbook recipe with real milk and four eggs.  The whipped cream is vital for serving, but for family I usually whip the heavy cream, adding vanilla and sugar.
I just thought the expression on the pumpkin was funny.

This year I'm only making four pies in November.
Two last week when my nephew, Chad, came to town and we had a family dinner. (at a Mexican restaurant)
And two this week for Thanksgiving.

And the Doctor has the last word.
There is no argument against pie.  November is pie month.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What makes a great nonfiction picture book?

Children's book editor Melissa Manlove discusses what makes a great Nonfiction Picture book on The Chronicle Books blog using the wonderful Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.
The Surprisingly Complex Principles of a successful picture book.

Click on over and explore.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Writer's advice - P.G. Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse, wrote almost a hundred books of fiction, 16 plays, and composed lyrics for 28 musicals. 
When asked about his technique for writing, he said, "I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit."

Thursday, November 16, 2017