Bloganuary: What’s your favorite meal to cook and/or eat?
I think we’ve already established how I feel about cooking dinner.
That being said, I do have some favorite meals:
- Lubia Polo: This is a Persian dish I’ve tried to replicate without much success. I spent an afternoon watching my mother-in-law prepare it, writing down her every move, asking her questions. I’ve attempted my sister-in-law’s version as well. And again, something’s missing. There’s some magical Tahmaseb ingredient that the rest of us simply don’t possess.
- Kashke Bademjan: This is another Persian dish, but I’ve only eaten it at restaurants. It’s an eggplant/garlicky concoction that also serves as an appetizer. I love it. I hope to grow some eggplants this year and try making this dish myself.
- Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes, in particular, but all breakfast foods are invited. There is nothing like breakfast for dinner after an especially rough day.
I did a lot of listening this week and made it through the audio for Coffee and Ghosts 2: The Ghost That Got Away.
The narrator, Amy McFadden, has done a fantastic job. I can’t wait for it to make its way through the audio distribution system. This could take a while when you consider that Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts still isn’t up at Audible.
Otherwise, I’m finishing up a time travel class (writing, not a how-to) and getting ready for my writing retreat at the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop.
Enjoy stories with magical creatures? Like werewolves and such? This could be the giveaway for you.
Check out the six spooky, ghostly books up for grabs as part of Pikko’s House Book Lovers Box. If you need something to keep you turning the (virtual) pages, you can probably find it here.
It’s the big fantasy+Kindle giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle Fire and 30 fantasy books to boot. There you go: instant TBR list.
And no, your eyes don’t deceive you. That is a copy of Coffee & Ghosts: The Complete First Season as part of the bundle.
I’ve been hoping they’d host a WWI reading challenge. Get ready for WWI reading in 2012.
War Through the Generations
***Buttons Are Here!***
In 2012, Anna and I could not pass up the opportunity to delve into WWI, often considered The Great War, which occurred roughly between 1914 to 1918 and started roughly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary.
The WWI Reading Challenge will be held between Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012.
Books must have WWI as a primary or secondary theme and occur before, during, or after the war.
Here are the reading levels:
- Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
- Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
- Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
We’re waiting on some buttons for the challenge, but you can read all…
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Are you a YA writer looking for feedback? Want to help a good cause? Head on over to Cynthea Liu’s web site and auction where’s she’s raising money for a Title I school in her home state of Oklahoma: Tulakes Elementary.
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Candy too? I had no idea. How come Darcy never gives me candy when she critiques my work? I may have to pout.
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So, I’m off work this week, transfixed by how quiet it is when the kids are not home. Things I’m doing:
- I’m wondering if it’s possible to melt one’s deltoids, because I’m thinking I totally did that during this morning’s workout.
- I’m enjoying the simple goodness of the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
- I’m contemplating the possibility of the house cleaning itself if I think really hard about it.
- I’m currently on page 125 of editing The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath.
Stay tuned for exciting page count updates. Sure to be the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend.