Archive | February 2019

Caramel Sauce

Quick and easy!

In Dianes Kitchen

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Who knew you can make this easy Caramel Sauce just by boiling water? I have wanted to try this method for years but I never thought it would work. Let me be the first to tell you……it really does work!

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Ingredients – Yes that’s it but don’t open it!

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Remove the label.

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Fill a deep pot with enough water to

cover the can by at least 1”. If it gets

lower than 1” you will have to add

more water. I simmered mine with a

lid and didn’t need to add any more

water. Bring the water to a simmer

and simmer for three hours. Keep on eye

on it and adjust the temperature as

needed to keep it at a simmer.

Do NOT open the can.

 It will remain sealed the

entire simmering time.

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Remove the pan from the heat.

Carefully remove the can from the water.

Let the can cool and then…

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Is The Free Hemingway App The Right Editor For You? – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

Can you improve your writing with the Hemingway app?

Clearly named after Ernest Hemingway, the Hemingway editor is a popular free writing tool.

Compared to other grammar and spelling checkers and writing software it is a simpler alternative.

There is a desktop version available for Mac and PC, which is quite cheap. But most users prefer the online free version writing editor.

Like all free writing tools, there are some compromises. So how well does the Hemingway app stack up?

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Dead Verbs Don’t Move! (Revised).

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

imagesWhen you’re writing a novel, you want to use concrete, everyday verbs. Examples of these are jump, smile, run, look, show, and eat. You can picture the actions in your head and there is no ambiguity.

He ran down the street and jumped over the fence.

Replace weak or dead verbs with concrete verbs as often as possible. I say as often as possible, because there will be rare occasions when the weak or dead verbs are necessary.

Weak verbs usually end in ‘ate’ or ‘ize’. You know the ones. Some examples are finalize, incorporate, anticipate, categorize. They leave a vague sense of action without spelling it out. As a reader you have to reach for it, and these verbs can really way down your sentence.

The bookkeeper utilized her expertise to manipulate the numbers.

Dead verbs don’t evoke movement or images. They stop the action. They allow us…

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Welcome to “THE BUTTON” Blog Tour! @DLFinnAuthor #4WillsPub #RWISA #RRBC  

Rhani DChae

Today, I am thrilled to host fantastic author, D.L. Finn. After visiting a couple of the other stops on this tour, I have decided that this book is a must read! Hopefully, you will agree.

D.L. is offering some fun giveaways on her tour. If you leave a comment at any of The Button tour stops, you might win one!
The Button Tour Giveaway:
2- “The Button” Kindle Format
$5 Amazon Gift Card
1-“The Button” Signed Paperback and Book Marker

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Poetry has become an essential part of my life. I’ve found a place to express my hidden emotions. Some of my poetry no one will ever read, it’s more venting and healing than anything else. The rest I share on my blog or newsletter, and I’ll be releasing my first poetry book, “Just Her Poetry Seasons of a Soul” March 22nd.

While I’m writing a book, I…

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Editing Your Draft – Crutch Words

Author Don Massenzio

I am currently hard at work editing my 90K+ collection of short stories that will be published soon. As I go through this work and apply some of the things that I’ve learned editing other authors’ works, I found that I have some crutch words.

In public speaking, crutch words are things like ‘um’ or using the word ‘so’ to start sentences when there is a pause needed to collect your thoughts.

It’s a bit different in writing. In writing, crutch words can pop out at you during the editing process. This is partly true because enhancements to Microsoft Word’s grammar check actually point them out with nasty brown underlines (appropriate color).

The important thing to remember is, if you overuse a particular word or phrase, your reader will notice it and will start to get annoyed by the frequent repetition.

My Crutch Words

My worst crutch words that I…

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Please Welcome Lisa Gammon Olson

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Please welcome Lisa Gammon Olson to my blog. Hello Lisa! I’m happy to host you today. Shall we begin? 

Please introduce yourself to those reading this blog post.

First and foremost, I am the mom to three amazing young men; Grant, Kyle & Jay.(They’ve brought two lovely daughters into my life- Anna & Keli!) I live with my husband Bruce in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. As a children’s book author and elementary school secretary (the best job EVER) I get to write for the audience that I spend a lot of time with. How perfect is THAT? I believe the most important thing we can ever teach our children is “How to be Kind.” Any kindness we do, no matter how small, has the power to change someone’s life. I am a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, a member of 12×12 Writers Forum, and an Eifrig Publishing Author.

Has writing always been part of your life and when did you “know” that it was time to start writing your first book?

Literally, in Kindergarten! I learned to read with Dick & Jane Books when I was five and I thought “That’s what I will do when I grow up….I will write about Dick and Jane having lots and lots of adventures!” I’ve always known I would be a writer. (I love the Dick and Jane books!)

How difficult was it writing your first book?

Being 57 years old, the difficulty “back in the day” wasn’t necessarily the story…it was physically typing out the manuscript on our heavy old typewriter. When you made a mistake, you had to white it out with “liquid paper” and wait for it to dry and retype over it. When sending your manuscript to a publisher, it was protocol to have fewer than 3 typos per page so many many pages got ripped up and retyped. Sometimes you could get 2 pages typed ALL day and you’d look down at the end of the day to see dozens upon dozens of wadded up sheets of paper under the chair!

Have you ever wanted to give up and what stopped you?

Rejection letters from a publisher can cut a writer to the core and after receiving a goodly amount, I DID question my writing ability and I’d put it aside for a month or so. But storytelling is part of my soul and giving it up was never an option.

Who is the most supportive of you and your dream to be a writer?

My mom, Gayle Gammon; she read everything I ever wrote and was instrumental in my becoming a writer. She was my biggest motivator. She passed before my first book went to print and I regret not getting to see the pride shining through her eyes as she read it.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I am constantly amazed at the tenacity of the human spirit and how people have coped during really tough times in our past. I work in an elementary school as the secretary and I want our kids to know “there is always something positive you can do to impact others in every situation.”

What is the best advice given to you (book or otherwise), and by whom?

My grandmother once told me “Everyone has a story to tell” and we need to always be respectful of everyone because we don’t know the burdens they carry in their heart.

What is your target audience and what aspect of your writing do you feel targets that audience?

I feel most connected to the 6-12 year old reader. They are like the proverbial sponge, soaking up everything around them. My American Her Story Series feature a snapshot in American History as seen through the eyes of one young girl. As a child, it’s easy to get sucked up into the enormity of life and not think you could ever possibly make a difference…In my first book, Dust Flowers…set in the midst of the Dust Bowl…Molly can do nothing about the weather but she CAN grow one tiny flower and bring a smile to her mother’s face. That’s what I like all my books to say. What you do DOES make a
difference. YOU ARE IMPORTANT!!!

Did the cover evolve the same way, or did you work with someone to make it come together for you?

I let my illustrators design the covers…they have the artistic eye AND it’s their story as much as it is mine.

What are you working on now? Can we get a peek, an excerpt?

I have my first chapter book for “Tweens” coming out later this year called Fig Newton Summer! A light -hearted look at puberty & growing up in Northern Wisconsin in the 70’s. (Yes, I DO resonate with this character!) 😉

I am also neck-deep into the 4th American HerStory Book, Remembering Green , which also takes place in Northern Wisconsin…Early 1900’s and the forced attendance of Indigenous children at residential schools whose primary objective was to assimilate native youth into Euro-American culture. Remembering Green features an Ojibwe heroine named Wenonah and her struggles to keep her native identity. I LOVE this girl already!

Any last words before we wrap things up?

Growing up in northern Wisconsin has instilled in me the wonder of nature… sparkling lakes, endless forests and trails littered with pine needles and possibilities. Our mission is to preserve our planet and populate it with human beings who are Respectful, Responsible and Kind. What an awesome combination!

I am promoting my newest book “And the Trees Began to Move” which will be released on Earth Day! (April 22, 2019) “The Spirit of the Pond, a vain and selfish entity, wants to preserve his beauty by denying the Ancient Tree Spirits his life-giving water in a time of drought. He discovers that in trying to save himself, he will lose everything he holds dear. In the circle of life, we are all dependent upon the kindness of others!”

I am still always promoting my American Her Story Series as well since the 1st three books were released within 2 years and I am still trying to get them “Out there”. 🙂

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This entry was posted on February 26, 2019. 4 Comments

‘Here I am’…

France & Vincent

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Given the phenomenon known in this country as ‘Chinese Whispers’,

it is unlikely that Abraham’s utterances would have survived intact

the transition from both Greek and Latin into English…

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The suspicion that for, at least, some passages

the King James Version (KJV)

used Hebrew texts as its source, arises.

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This suspicion is borne out when comparing

a modern day English/Hebrew Tanakh with the KJV…

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Save for the archaisms of the latter

and the odd technicality in the former,

the two translations are practically identical.

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But in one crucial aspect the KJV has the upper-hand,

not only does it retain the ‘Henni’ for all Abraham’s utterances

it italicises the phrase in each instance!

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Now, who could have been responsible for that?

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