This the time of year, I browse through my bookshelf immersing myself in old stories, in between writing.
I visit worlds that don’t exist outside of the well-worn pages. Emotions I’ve never experienced, hit me in the heart as I follow the characters from page to page praying they make it to the end. There’s just something about the cold that makes curling up with a book more enjoyable.
Do you have a book over two years old that you’ve read more than once? Send that author a message. I bet they get a kick out of your kind words.
Enjoy the winter.
Sincerely, Cora Blu
Hello Luscious ones. It seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve really sat down to type. Now I’ve been writing and getting things done, but it’s not like it used to be. Every word is being pulled from a thick hazy mud puddle as I scrounge to keep going. I have deadlines and books to be written. They’re all jumbled in my mind trying to find purchase on a page, but still they trip and fall into a hole where I can’t reach them.
Maybe it’s the season or weight of it all that makes it so I can’t get them to the page. Or maybe it’s the need for a new laptop so I can write while sitting next to my family instead of tucked away in an office. What ever the cause I need it to stop if for no other reason than these characters are cluttering up my brain and making it hard to do day to day tasks. They need to find their way to a page so they can live and I can go back to breathing without pain.
As I struggle through this time I know it’s just a step closer to where I want to be. When life gets harder it just means you’ve leveled up. Well I’ve leveled up and I’m not going to just crash and restart. I’m fighting my way through this forest and on the other side will be the promise land and I can’t wait to bask in the sunlight.
A little story about these chocolatey treats. I made these last week with my 4 year old goddaughter and had a lot of fun. Well the finished product was less than wonderful. Oh it was sweet and fudgy, but something was wrong. A few days later I realize what I did wrong. I forgot the butter. A small ingredient, but a HUGE loss. Knowing how much I love to bake, I had to redeem myself.
So here goes.
4 eggs beaten until thick and fluffy
1 cup white sugar sifted
1 cup brown sugar sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 sticks unsalted butter melted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 and 1/4 unsweetened cocoa
Pour batter into a greased and floured 8 inch square cake pan. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool completely on wire rack.
This year for our Christmas Eve dinner, I’m planning on stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something new. Instead of precut cookies from the refrigerated aisle, I’ll be preparing a yule log. This is basically a yellow sponge cake rolled into a log shape and filled with ganache or chocolate buttercream. The trick to this is the decoration. It should be frosted to resemble a log. I’ll take pictures and let you know how this turned out.
This sweet treat idea came as the result of searching through other Christmas meals or treats. Here are a few that I decided not to try.
- Christmas Pudding – Oh, bring us a figgy pudding /Oh, bring us a figgy pudding /and a cup of good cheer The original recipe consisted of figs together with butter, sugar, eggs ,milk, rum, apple, lemon and orange peel, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. The modern day Christmas pudding is similar to this but you may find plums and other fruit. And of course if you serve it flaming, you’ll be a big hit!
- Deep Fried Caterpillars – In South Africa, a Christmas Day delicacy is the deep fried caterpillar of the Emperor Moth. Mmmm, no…
- KFC – In Japan, a popular Christmas Eve dinner is the special from KFC. In some cities, the special dinner must be ordered weeks in advance. If my family wouldn’t throw a fit, I could go for this.
- Mattak – In Greenland, a strip of blubber is wrapped in whale skin and is supposed to taste like coconut. I’m not sure that tastes like coconut.
- Loksa Pudding – In Slovakia, this mixture of bread dough, poppy seeds and honey is flung onto the ceiling. The more loksa that sticks, the more luck the family will have in the upcoming year. I would do this but I wouldn’t throw on the ceiling.
Share your holiday treats with us.
As I mentioned in my last post, winter is, I think, my favorite season, especially during Winter Break when there is little or no need for me to leave the house. Following this, now that I have my evening cocoa at my elbow (spiked with a little peppermint schnapps) and my furry slippers on, let me share with you some winter quotes.
I sit here looking at two notebooks filled with heroes that astound me when they tell me about the love of their lives. Then there’s the heroines that sit on the edge of the bed resting back on the palms of theirs hands smiling when they talk about their hero. And I press the keys and try not to swoon.
Characters whisper, laugh, shout, cry, curse, slam doors all in my ears before they find their stories in a book. Listening to music adds color to the picture. Yes, color.
Lifehouse: You And Me
The Whispers: In The Mood
Stevie Wonder: All I Do
Gerald Levert: School Me
Mario: How Do I Breathe
Sara Bareilles: Stay
Jill Scott: So In Love
Add color to your day. Read a romance.
What if there was a special configuration of stars that appeared during the holiday season and if a writer was lucky enough to see and notice them, then he or she would be granted three wishes?
What would you ask the writer’s constellation for?
Since I’ve had the chance to think about this, I’ll go first:
1. Twenty-six hours in my writing day: The extra two hours would happen between 8:00PM and 9:00PM because I usually am free to write at this time. Dinner has been cooked, I’ve eaten, signed anything that I need to for the kiddos the next day, and I’m haven’t started yawning yet.
2. A Muse Gate: This is similar to a backyard dog-run. I will put my Muse in my bedroom next to my closet and when I sit down for my two extra hours, I will have her come sit next to me and we’ll get to work. (Of course I will let her out on when I’m sleeping and walk her frequently)
3. A photo shoot for each cover of my self-pubbed books: My characters would pop out of my head into a studio, pose and then pop back into my head. How great would that be?!
So those are my three wishes, ol’ wondrous constellation of writers.
Does anyone else have any?