Friday, June 11, 2021

RED, WHITE and BLUE Striped Cake to Celebrate!

I wanted to make a practice cake for my July 4th celebration. So, this is what I made. If you're curious about a yummy vanilla buttercream frosting, check out my recipe listed in the YouTube description box. It is simple, yummy and cheap to make. 

If you make one, please let  me know. I'd love to see it. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

How to Make Homemade Dandelion Tea

Have you ever wondered what Dandelion Tea tastes like? Well, I wanted to find out. So, I made some. It was  easy to do. All I had to do was go out in the yard and gather some dandelions for my tea. 

If you're curious how I made the tea, just watch the clip below.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Voice for Writers

When writers submit a query with an example of their work, they wait and sometimes wait and wait to hear back. And, like Tom  Petty said, The Waiting is the Hardest  Part.  

But then when that long-anticipated email arrives, excitement floods the writer's heart.

Sometimes, it is a quick let down with the only bit of feedback saying, "The sample didn't speak to me." Or, sometimes the feedback might be, "The voice didn't resonate with me."

"The Voice" might seem like an easy thing to capture but it's not always so easy.

Voice is a  difficult thing to define but literary agent Rachel Gardner said, "Your writer's voice is the expression of YOU on the page."

But even hearing this definition, voice is still an "unseen" characteristic of your writing. I think of it as an element that makes the characters come alive. 

This is a clip I put together years ago with my family to help "show not tell" what Voice is. 

Each person will show an example of Voice, that illusive element all writers strive to achieve. 

I hope you enjoy it.

 If you can't view it, copy and  paste this url into your browser: 

StitchFix Unboxing

If you hate shopping for clothes, like me, check out this video. And, if you get a StitchFix, let me  know. I'd love to hear your input.