Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder

I was inspired by a can of Campbell’s Well Yes! Sweet Potato Corn Chowder to find a comparable soup that I can fresh make at home. The answer was this Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder recipe by Pinch and Swirl. It’s pretty easy to make, with good whole ingredients, like sweet potato, onion, red bell pepper, corn… …And,Continue reading “Sweet Potato and Corn Chowder”

The Double Doink and Writing

“Oh, my goodness. The Bears season’s going to end on a double doink…Unbelievable.” — Chris Collinsworth, commentator of NBC’s Sunday Night Football I have to do it. I have to blog about the double doink that took place in football on January 6, and how it relates to writing. I’m a bit late to theContinue reading “The Double Doink and Writing”

Fish Stew? Really? Yes!

I have two go-to soup recipes that I like to make, this Chicken Noodle Soup and this Cheddar Broccoli Soup. Variety is nice, though. So when I stumbled on this Fish Stew recipe, I thought: Fish stew? Really? I was doubtful. But the ingredients intrigued me—things like white fish, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and parsley… Honestly, anythingContinue reading “Fish Stew? Really? Yes!”

Clawing to The End of a WIP

I’ve been clawing my way to the end of a manuscript. I think this first draft is pretty decent, given how first drafts can be. It just feels like I clawed my way through at the end. Am I the only one who’s felt that way? Getting to the end is so different from the otherContinue reading “Clawing to The End of a WIP”

The Grinch and New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Until recently, I was the grinch or scrooge of New Year’s resolutions. I thought resolutions were cliche, hard to keep, and designed to make you feel bad when they are broken. I didn’t want to get sucked into that, so I stayed away from them. But here I am, being super-cliche, writing about New Year’s resolutionsContinue reading “The Grinch and New Year’s Resolutions for Writers”

11 Things to Do With a DNF Writing Project

A few months ago, I learned about the term DNF, Did Not Finish, in the context of reading books. It’s when someone loses interests in a book they’re reading and never makes it to the end. Funny thing is, we writers have this DNF experience with our own writing. Don’t we? I know I’ve amassedContinue reading “11 Things to Do With a DNF Writing Project”

Our Stories Are Like Socks…

Socks have come up a lot recently. I think it’s because the weather’s gotten cooler—and colder still. So I’m trying to up my sock game. I’ve had a couple of unsuccessful shopping trips on a quest for new socks. There are so many kinds out there. Striped, argyle, conservative, fun, boot-length, no-show, and anything in between. YouContinue reading “Our Stories Are Like Socks…”

Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues

I don’t like cold weather, which means I’m less than amused when late-Fall rolls around. To combat that feeling, I try to concentrate on the wonderful things that only happen during this time of year. Football. Holidays. Family Gatherings. And Autumn-inspired foods. That includes cranberries. Boy, do I love cranberries. I’ll take them dried andContinue reading “Cranberry Apple Nut Bread and Cold-Weather Blues”

The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure

Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure There’s so much that Zoe needs to tell Trevor, all of the things that went through her head during the ten-mile race.  But first, she starts with, “I didn’t think you were going to make the race. And if you did, I thought you’d be helping out atContinue reading “The Bachelorette Blogger, a Story, Chapter 9: The Final Chapter: Full Disclosure”

NaNoWriMo, Cheating, Losing, and Winning

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) was an odd experience for me this year. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that I didn’t meet the “winner” requirements. I didn’t make 50,000 words for the month. I finished at 37,154. How would one even write out that number? Thirty-seven thousand, one hundred and fifty-four? Such aContinue reading “NaNoWriMo, Cheating, Losing, and Winning”