Out and About – At the Museum

Sometimes we authors escape from behind our desks.  I escaped to the Tipton County Museum.  And while there had a rare  photograph taken. (I’m the one on the right.) Stop by http://ow.ly/AL9R30dEWac to see it.
 
I’ll be back on September 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the Gift Shop Gala at the Tipton County Museum. Wishing the other authors who’ll be there lots of sales and happy readers.

~till next time, Helen

Last Meal? What Takes Forever to Cook

For a bit of fun, another post from the MFRWauthor 52-week challenge.

Saw the topic of last meal and a line from the television series, Air America, just leaped from the pen, “Peking Duck.” Now that might seem to be a strange choice for a meat and potatoes kind of gal, so I’ll give you the background. After being captured by South American revolutionaries, Lorenzo Lamas, aka Rio Garnett, and his co-pilot/friend were offered a last meal before their execution by firing squad. The friend said, “Peking Duck.” After their captors went away, Lamas inquired why. The buddy explained it takes 3 days to make, I was trying to buy time.”

Besides lots of time for a meal to be prepared–and later, and even greater amount to eat it, here’s a few items for a last meal.

First, the appetizers: shrimp cocktail and stuffed mushrooms.

Then there are several entrees. Filet mignon with sweet potato, loaded with cinnamon brown sugar, and freshly churned butter. A heaping side plate of lobster tail with drawn butter, and fried scallops. Hot dinner rolls, fresh out of the oven, with lots of butter to help things go down.

Where’s the vegetables you asked? Not for this gal’s final forging.

The final course took a little more thought. Going with the delay approach, rice pudding. For those with a lactose intolerance, that would guarantee at least 3 hours in the bathroom. On second thought, the captors might think it funny to hold off the toilet run. Note to self, no pudding, no ice cream. Boston cream pie, chocolate eclair, (no make that 2 eclairs, properly chilled) and a slice of death by chocolate cake. Notice the theme? Chocolate – my favorite food group.

I almost forget the drinks, which unlike James Bond’s preference is not a shaken vodka martini or champagne.

Read the rest of the menu at http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2017/06/last-meal-what-takes-forever-to-cook.html.

 

Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer #mfrwauthor

Week 11 of the #MFRWAuthor 52-week Challenge

First stop on this week’s blog hop. The topic is “My writing process.” The answer, whatever works. No labels, no worries. Hope you’ll stop by and read the rest of the tale, then visit the other authors.

One of the first things I get asked when someone learns I am a published author is “Are you a plotter or a pantser?” To avoid the impassioned defense of whatever method the questioner uses or the inevitable proselytizing to change to their side, I’ve developed a response, “Yes.”

How do I justify being both a plotter or pantser? Or anti-plotter, discoverer, or whatever the latest process is.

Read the rest of it on Journey to the stars and worlds of imagination: Plotter, Pantser, Explorer

Out and About with Cynthia Woolf

The first interview of the year is up. I’m dishing secrets with Cynthia Woolf. You’re invited to stop on by and see the answers to questions such as “Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park?” and “advice for aspiring writers.” There are also a couple of special questions answered just for my readers.

Hope you’ll stop on by and leave a comment. The post is at http://cynthiawoolf.com/?p=6732

~till next time, Helen

Welcoming 2017 with a resolution. What’s yours?

New Year’s Resolutions. They are meant to encourage us to start off the next year in a positive frame of mind, to make the new year better than the outgoing one.

I came across what is for me as a writer, the best New Year’s resolution and one I hope to adopt for the upcoming year. So with acknowledgement to Linda S. Clare who voiced the resolution, “In 2017, my goal is going to be to fall in love with writing again.”

Read more about my thoughts at http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2016/12/new-years-resolutions-whats-yours.html. Then be sure to go to Linda’s site and see the story behind the resolution. http://lindasclare.com/2016/12/the-best-writers-resolution/

~till next time, Helen

The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free

Recently, I chatted about 7 Ways to Help Your Local (Or not-so-local) Author. In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I want to continue in that vein, inspired by Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s post, about The Perfect (Very Frugal!) Gift for Authors. Of course there is the word play on “frugal. She is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.

Frugal or free doesn’t mean without value. What can be one of a writer’s most cherished items is a review. Per Carolyn, “It’s free and it’s a full-of-love gift.” Go here to read the full story. Writers On The Move: The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free! She provides a few steps on how to ensure the author gets the most benefit out of your generous gift. Be sure to check out her books as well. Besides the HowtoDoItFrugally series, Carolyn is also the author of a novel and several books of poetry including her most recent, Imperfect Echoes.
 
And for other ways to help your favorite author? Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes the ways as Review – Tell – Share – Buy – Nominate – Blog. Her suggestions are at heatherweidner.com/blog/2016/8/28/7-ways-to-help-your-friendly-neighborhood-author.

Carolyn encourages that the holidays are “a time to let your spirit of giving overcome any reticence you may have about contacting a favorite author.” 

I promise you, there is no gift greater for authors than hearing a positive comment from a reader. Whether you give a book, leave a review, or attend an author meet and greet, to all the readers out there– you are appreciated. 

~till next time, Helen