Some people think I’m hilarious.

Posted on April 15th, 2014 in Stories

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The lovely folks at the Association of Women in Communications San Antonio were kind enough to invite me out last night to promote Blue Mermaid  and talk about the challenges of being an author.  A few ladies bought my book and had me sign it, which was flattering and squirm inducing, since I always feel like an idiot.  Several said they thought my talk was hilarious.  I told them to call Ben and tell him that.

 

He thinks I’m lying.

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It was lovely spending a day talking to ladies who love writing as much as I do!

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We like corn

Posted on March 28th, 2014 in Food, Just For Fun, Stories

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We like corn.

 

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We really like corn.

 

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Have we told  you that we like corn?

 

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Because we do.  We really love corn.

 

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends!  More to come!

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Moving Epiphanies

Posted on March 24th, 2014 in Magical Monday, Stories

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So this weekend, in between entertaining my in-laws, my sister was moving.

 

While hauling boxes up and down the stairs in the grey drizzle, I started thinking about what to do with this blog.  Between school and finishing up a new book and editing one for submission, I need to cut down on the number of posts per week.  After the stalker scare last October, I’d moved to a new blog so I could throw up pictures of my family events and private happenings.  Writer friends warned me that publishing my rough short stories on my blog could hurt my chances of finding an agent and making it into the big five, or make new fans feel like I wasn’t serious.  In addition, the blog world is changing.  People aren’t interested in reading serial stories.  Most people go nuts over the food posts, which makes sense because most of you are food bloggers.  But food isn’t the main part of my life.  I don’t mind occasionally posting a photo and recipe, but I like to tell stories.  It’s what I do.  I just don’t want to take on the promotional duties of creating a new e-zine when I feel there’s no interest.  Although the trend is for writers to market themselves, I don’t feel like that’s the right thing to do.  Instead of telling you how great I am, I’d rather show you and hire someone else to fire off press releases.

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Image from Allie Brosh

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been giggling a lot over the posts on Allie Brosh’s blog Hyperbole and a Half.  Even though I’m about three years behind, which on the Internet is an eternity, I love the way she mixes her wry storytelling style with intentionally awkward illustrations.  So then it hit me.

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Why not do a post three times a week of illustrated stories?  I paint and I can have all sorts of fun with painting apps and Picasa.  All I want to do is tell stories anyway.  Then, much like my buddy Erica does (her blog is private so I can’t link), I could put stuff up on Hill Country Princess that I don’t want the Internet sites at large viewing, like stories I’m working on for class or publication or personal family photos.

 

What do you think, Invisible Friends?  Should we resurrect the Pond?

 

 

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Slow-cooked Beef Tips

Posted on March 19th, 2014 in Food, Stories

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After you’ve had a house full of boys all weekend and your in-laws announce their arrival in two days and their delighted anticipation as to a nice hot meal after a day on the road, there is only one solution for a little duckie who has been cooking and cleaning for five days straight on top of homework and two papers.

 

The slow cooker.

 

The best thing about beef tips and rice in the slow cooker as they fall apart the second your fork touches them and have a thick gravy perfect for blanketing rice or noodles.  All you have to do is chop up the meat, toss it in and let it simmer.   Considering I’ll be in class when the in-laws arrive, they get dinner before 10 p.m. and I don’t really have to cook.

 

Hooray!

 

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends!  A new fun tale on Friday!

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Flashback

Posted on March 17th, 2014 in Just For Fun, Stories

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Eight years later….

 

 

 

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It’s like nothing has changed.

 

 

Two cartons of eggs, two packages of bacon, a dozen blueberry muffins, two batches of butter milk biscuits from scratch, four dozen cookies, five pounds of steak and two pounds of potatoes plus a whole lot of liquid fun in one weekend makes for three happy friends.

 

 

 

 

Even if they can’t party at 30 like they did at 18.

 

Thanks Kurt and John for giving Ben a great 30th birthday!

 

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends!  A new story Wednesday! 

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