12/31/2019 0 Comments
Brewing Coffee During a Power Outage
How will my short story characters survive a night trapped in a factory without coffee? Certainly, there may be marauding coworkers and the threat of freezing when the power goes out. But we all know the real issue is the lack of electricity for brewing coffee.
I found an article: Ten Ways to Brew Coffee Without Electricity. Most presume having some way to boil water, although one method does involve soaking grounds in cold water for several hours. Still, I came up with the solution for my characters.
And for myself. The photo shows fall snow. We haven't received this much precipitation in several weeks. However, we expect this and more in the coming months. In snow country, you have to be prepared.
I wish all the best to my readers for the new year. 2019 was a rough one for many of us. Some folks bid good riddance to the old year. Mine had the usual mix of highs and lows, but I didn't seem to handle the stress as gracefully as I'd like. I'll talk next week about my hope for 2020.
12/17/2019 0 Comments
Inspiration for the Day Job
This is the second installment in a series by a gal working in my career field. Lucy Servidio reminds us of the music that inspired the early environmental movement. http://www.capaccio.com/post/throwbackthursday-songs-of-the-environmental-movement-mercy-mercy-me
I was excited to speak to the Guffey Library book group. What a warm and welcoming group! The readers pointed out locations they recognized in my books. They knew the donkeys that inspired Houdini and Adelaide in my Rock Shop Mystery series.
I hope I get to visit the book group again. To my author friends, don't overlook the small town library. You might have to drive a distance, but an in-person visit is worth the trip. And bring a bag of books. Not just your own, to donate. Small town libraries have tight budgets. They can use books you recently cleared off your shelves, either for their collection, or to sell to raise needed funds.
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