Thursday, October 29, 2009


Happy Samhain, folks! Today I made a batch of peanut butter cookies to share at Senior Writers Workshop tomorrow.(Hope we don't have any allergies!)

This is the simplest cookie recipe I've ever discovered (Thanks go out to Jennifer of Symantec for this gem), plus it's GLUTEN FREE! Try it:

Mix 1 egg with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter. Stir in some chocolate chips and/or nuts if you so desire. Mark the cookies with those cute little fork marks if you are feeling artistic. Bake at 350 degrees (for approx 7 minutes).

I know it sounds weird but that's it, the entire recipe. Truly! No, REALLY that's all there is to it. Seriously! No, I didn't forget anything. Honestly, would I trick you???

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


It's that time again - trees are coloring up, mornings are cooling down - time to start thinking about this November's NaNoWriMo novel! So I put my home improvement projects to one side until I've crossed the finish line on November 30th, my new 50,000 word novel set free upon an unsuspecting world. As excuses go it's as good as any to get me out of finishing the garage sort-out!

For the next few weeks I'll be trying out plot ideas and sketching possible characters. So far I have a 16 year old girl named Sylvia (Sylvie) Bee who, when her mom is sent off to prison leaving her daughter to the tender mercies of the foster care system, sets out to find a grandfather she's never met - a grandfather who has just completed a reunion tour with his geriatric rock band, a one-hit wonder from the early 70s that has recently been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Could produce some interesting conflicts and interactions. Especially when the band buys a decommissioned convent on the coast in which to retire - a convent that comes complete with three ancient nuns who may be more than they seem. What else could I throw into the mix? Hmmm. Will give it some thought. Have no idea where this will go but that's part of the fun. Visit the National Novel Writing Month site and cheer me on (search for Salt Cellar under "authors" - that's me!) NaNoWriMo