Writer Tag!

My good friend tagged me on her YouTube channel for this writer tag. I will be doing mine on my blog since I’m a bit camera shy.

Writer Tag!
1. What do you eat or drink while writing? I like to stick with water while I’m writing though every now and then I prefer some mint tea or a Coke. As for food, I’m not picky. Twizzlers are good to chew on and don’t get my fingers dirty when grabbing for another one between paragraphs. tea
2. What do you listen to while writing? I don’t like listening to music when I write at home, because it distracts me, but if for some reason I’m out and about and have some time in the car to type a few things on my tablet, then music is a must. I’m strange, I know.
3. What is your biggest distraction while you’re writing? My biggest distraction is the stinkin’ internet. Why did someone have to invent the internet? If I an not in a good flow of writing, I tend to be surfing. And not the waves at the beach.
4. What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing? I’m not sure I’ve had anything bad happen when I’m writing. So far my writing life is relatively calm. That’s not to say something absurd won’t happen in the future though!
5. What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing? Getting a great idea for my story or another one, or finding the perfect title. Nothing too spectacular so far. I must be the only boring writer in the world, nothing good or bad happens to me.
6. Who do you communicate with while you’re writing? Usually Alyssa, my friend in Spain. We have similar taste in books and love fangirling over something we’ve read or written. I share almost all my stories with her and she does the same, I think… and we have awesome brainstorming sessions once a week or so to knock over any walls our writing has built. We probably talk every day.

Then there’s my sister, Elena, who also writes and shares her stories with me. Which they are amazing. I only really share my fantasy stories with her because that’s what she’s interested in and I help her any way I can.
7. What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw? My secret to success is to never give up and don’t procrastinate. I’m a big procrastinator but when I want to accomplish something and I have a goal, I usually follow through with it.

My biggest flaw is that I skip around with stories too much. If I can focus on writing just one story or series and getting it edited then work on the next, I might be better off, but I can’t. I like to work on more than one story at a time.

music8. What is your inspiration? What makes you productive? Inspiration for me comes from many things. It may be a song I heard on the radio, or the person living down the hall. I may have seen someone walk down the street and created a whole life for them in my head or recreated a life from someone I already know. Alyssa or Elena and I will get talking and will come up with a whole story by the end of our conversation. It all depends.

As for what makes me productive; it’s about wanting to get those stories out of my head and onto paper or the computer. I want to finish these projects so readers can enjoy them. If I find an author I like, I want to be able to read more of their books, so for those that have read Bleeding Hearts and loved it, don’t worry, I’m writing more books for you!
9. What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying? I don’t like the word ‘decide’ or any variation of it. I try my darnest not to use that word in any of my books and really can’t stand it when other writers use it. I hardly ever use it when I’m talking either. I don’t know why I don’t like the word, I just don’t. LOL
10. Are you willing to share something you’ve written? Yes, always! Here is an excerpt from a new fantasy book I’m writing called Under The Grave.

In a whisper of a breath, I pull the trigger.  

The bullet hits my target.  

Before anyone can react, I fire another bullet into Sylvia. The governor falls off her stool, blank eyes staring down her followers. Sylvia tumbles down beside her, like dominoes stacking upon another. 

“Get out!” Hart urges. My adrenaline propels my next moves. I pack up my rifle and crawl backwards out of the air vent, not caring if I make noise. A stampede of frightened partiers and voters flood the area.  

People scream. Fear is a tangible thing that slithers through the halls and grips each body, including mine.

Sentries run into the building. Tears stream down every cheek. And somehow I feel better. I smile, realizing no one will know her plans. The Revolutionaries are safe for another day.   

The halls of the conference building start to fill wall to wall with frantics and my escape plan needs to be changed. Even though I’ve chosen a desolate hallway to follow through with my orders, it’s now slammed with witnesses. Drunken people want somewhere to hide from the gunner, from me.

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Be Thankful

During the holidays, we often become busy with work, shopping, baking, and much more and sometimes we forget to spend time with people that mean the most. Be thankful those people are still in your life and make the best of every moment!

For Thanksgiving, I will often have multiple dinners to attend. Two sometimes three dinners to celebrate, eat and get fat with loved ones. This year I have at least two. During those dinners, we like to talk, play games and go through the Black Friday ads.

What are some of your holiday traditions? food

This year, we are sticking with the classic foods for Thanksgiving, turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and probably a lot more.

What do you normally eat for dinner?

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I also like to sit back after a full meal and read a great book. This year I am reading Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich. It’s a fun, Christmas romance and I’m already about half way through. It’s great so far!

Here’s a quick blurb:

On her way to celebrate her birthday and Christmas with her family, Ella Dixon finds herself trapped in the middle of a blizzard. She 61yzcflkmplseeks refuge at The Starlight Inn. Though the inn is full, an elderly guest offers to share her room. Accepting the kind offer, Ella soon realizes Tillie Spencer isn’t your average “little old lady.” She knows things nobody else does, and appears to come and go on a whim.

Nick Wallace runs the inn along with sister, Fran. The attraction Nick feels for Ella is instantaneous and unexpected, but with the miles that separate them, and both busy with their careers, Nick doubts much will come of their Christmas Eve meeting. Tillie, on the other hand, holds a much different view.

Though Tillie won’t admit to being an angel, Nick and Ella think otherwise. How else can they explain the twists and turns that began at The Starlight Inn.

What are you reading this holiday season?

If you need something to read, feel free to check out my book Bleeding Hearts. It’s a romantic suspense about a serial killer and his girlfriend.

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Chickie Breakfast Sandwhich

I’ve recently discovered that I love Chickpeas. Whether they are tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, or mashed into a spread. This recipe is a new creation that I like to make for breakfast.

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1 English Muffin

1/2 ripe Avocado, sliced thinly

1/4 cup Chickpeas

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Small bunch of Cilantro

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

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To make the chickpea paste, add the peas, olive oil, chopped cilantro and salt and pepper to a bowl and use a fork to mash it all together. I used a fork instead of a food processor because it’s chunkier.

Slice your avocado, and any other veggies you may want to use and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Assemble your sandwich and your done! It’s a quick, on the go ‘wich that will keep your hunger pains at bay. Let me know what you think and share your photos with me via Instagram and Twitter.

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Summer Veggie Sandwich 

Everyone needs a good veggie sandwich during the summer. It’s refreshing and tastes delicious under the hot sun. I’ve put together several ingredients that work well and satisfy your hunger. 


Now, you can change any part of this sandwich as you see fit or if you like something else. It’s extremely versatile. 

Ingredients:

~ 2 slices of bread (I just used a wheat sandwich bread but you can substitute it for bagels, English muffins or any other vegan breath you like)

~ Handful of baby spinach

~ Handful of bean sprouts (or any other sprouts you may like)

~ A small bunch of cilantro (I broke off a finger full and finely chopped it)

~ 1 can of garbanzo beans

~ 1 medium tomato

~ 1 small yellow or red onion

~ 1/2 a small, ripe avocado

~ 1 small pickling cucumber

~ 1 tsp salt, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp black pepper, plus an extra pinch

~ 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar

~ 1 tsp olive oil
Directions: 

Start by draining the can of garbanzo beans and pouring them into a medium bowl. Add the salt, pepper, olive oil, and chopped cilantro to the beans. Use a fork to mash the beans into a paste texture.

Next, throw your bread into the toaster so you can chop your veggies while they crisp up.

Peel and thinly slice the small cucumber and slice the rest of the veggies.

I put all my veggies including the spinach and sprouts into a container then douse it with the balsamic vinegar so it has some time to marinate before you put it all together.


Once you have everything chopped, marinated, and the bread toasted, you are ready to assemble.

Spread the bean mixture onto your toast.

Now, add the spinach and sprouts. Be careful, those scrawny sprouts like to wiggle off your sandwich.

Next, add the onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and avocado. They are going to be slippery so if they end up sliding off, just push them back on.


Once everything is together, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the veggies and top it off with your other piece of toast. You’re done!! Time to eat.