Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Thursday's Guest

Colorado author of historical and contemporary Western romance Leslee Breene is my guest tomorrow. Can you change horses in the middle of the (writing) stream? See what Leslee says about that.

Die Buying

Coloradoan Laura DiSilverio's upcoming new mystery release, Die Buying, features a female mall cop as the protagonist. You can read the first chapter here. Laura will be my guest blogger on August 4th.

Something Beautiful and Clever

Writerly friend Jean (also Colorado) blogs at Two Old Horses and Me. Take at look at her post, Mosaic Bird Houses, and be amazed at the beautiful and clever creations Jean's sister is designing and building. There's a sweet birdie story too.

Advising Baby Deer

Another Colorado writer friend is Kathleen who blogs at Retired in the Rockies. She gets to see a lot of wildlife where she lives. Here's her advice to the baby deer she recently spotted in her yard.

What I'm Working On

My novel revisions turned into a rewrite, but I'm working every day now.

My muse finally showed up. She's a lazy one and often takes weeks off at a time, but when she's here, she's very good at solving problems and coming up with new ideas. I've enticed her to stay awhile by promising her all the coffee and chocolate she wants. I had to cut off her wine consumption...nothing worse than a tipsy muse.

Summer Treat

I have one of these Cuisinart ice cream makers (sort of like the $59.95 model shown here) and it makes the most outstanding frozen yogurt. You just need enough room in your freezer to freeze the container in which the mixture churns.

One of my favorite versions uses plain nonfat yogurt, a little milk (or soy or almond milk, whatever), a little sugar, and those big dark sweet cherries that are so delicious right now. I squish some of them up in blender with the rest of the ingredients, but add about a half cup of cherry halves (minus the pits of course) right at the end of the churning time. Incredibly delicious.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Oh, I had the same thing happen to me when I was writing the manuscript I just finished. I started to do a few revisions and ended up doing a wholesale change in the book. I give you credit for being willing to take your book in the right direction even if it means a lot of extra work.

GigglesandGuns said...

I love your Wednesday Scramble with coffee. There's so much to check out.
Just a note: Katie Kitten looks a lot more intelligent than I feel today.

Kerrie said...

You have inspired me to get out my ice-cream maker and make some ice-cream!

Jan Morrison said...

I love those birdhouses and also the notion that we don't get to choose what happens with what we create - they have their own life.
Speaking of that - I totally resonate with your revision turning into a rewrite - I think all of mine do. I'm perplexed by the words - edit, revise, rewrite. To me - it is one activity!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Good morning, everyone. The Wednesday Scramble is always my favorite post to write. From ice cream to revisions, I'm trying to make the most of every day. This morning I'm off to pick up my repaired vacuum (as if I'll ever use it...snort!) and a book on hold at the library. Then back to my computer. See you all in a bit.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry edits turned into a rewrite, but I bet your story will be even better now. And I have a strange craving for ice cream now...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We've tried soy vanilla ice milk in our machine but it never sets up properly.

Arlee Bird said...

Well, that frozen yogurt sounds just dandy. The other day my wife's doctor told her that she should drink more smoothies and milk shakes. I think she may have misunderstood exactly what he was saying, but I've been telling her for a while that we needed to drink more milkshakes. But the frozen yogurt with fruit? Gotta be healthy, right?

Tossing It Out