Story Weekend: Kissing

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-kissing-tree-frogs-image7072788I’m watching one of my favorite movies, Love Actually. So wonderful. And a lot of kissing, thus our topic for the weekend. Go for it!

If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪ The story must be true

Story Weekend: Close Calls (and a Giveaway!)

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-near-miss-jet-aircraft-image6989491After a few week break for family emergencies (all is well) and too much work (and play), Story Weekend is back!  As a matter of fact, I think we should do a giveaway to celebrate our return. How about an Advance Reading Copy of The Silent Sister, which won’t be out until the fall? On Tuesday June 24th at 10pm EST, I’ll use a random number generator to pick someone who contributes a story this weekend. So, what is your ‘close call’ story?SILENT SISTER1

Story Weekend: Sunglasses

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-young-woman-pink-dress-summer-sunglasses-retro-poster-ba-beautiful-background-image32421158I’ll kick off this weekend’s topic with my own sunglasses story.

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

▪   Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge. Happy writing!

Story Weekend: Cats

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-cat-hiding-white-persian-inside-sofa-image32972355What’s your cat story? I know you’ve got one!

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

▪   Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge. Happy writing!

Story Weekend: Runaway

KeeperMickey[1]I have many tales that fit this weekend’s theme! Like the time my best friend and I ran away . . . to my screened porch, with my parents’ permission. Or the runaway kids I worked with in San Diego. But I’ll start off the comments with a different kind of runaway story that happened just today. I look forward to seeing what meaning that word has for you.

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

Mid-Week Questions from my Readers

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-corner-spider-web-image21422874This week’s questions are taken directly from my Facebook readers. Here we go!

Q. Do you ever watch TV and if so what’s your favorite show?

A. Unless I’m on deadline, I watch either TV or a movie nearly every night I’m home, but I’m pretty picky about what I watch. I love a great series with intelligent writing and a gripping story. My current favorite: The Americans. Recent favorites: Downton Abbey,  Homeland, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black. I rarely watch sitcoms or reality TV these days, although I love the Sing-Off, the a cappella competition, and wish it was on right now! How about you? Have any TV suggestions for me?

Story Weekend: Banks

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-piggy-bank-glasses-isolated-image31424929I love picking weird topics for Story Weekend because I never know what interesting stories those topics will elicit in my readers. I’ll start it off with my own comment this time and then I hope you’ll join in.

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

An Inventive Book Club Discusses Necessary Lies

book club NL inviteI Skyped with a book club recently as they discussed Necessary Lies and the host forwarded me a copy of the invitation she sent out to the members. I love it! She really took the story to heart. She gave me permission to share the invite with my readers (I blanked out all the members names, of course). I think my favorite item on the menu is “Meet me at the crick at midnight for some of Desiree’s cherry pie”. If you click on the image, you should be able to read it all.

Recipe of the Week:

parm pork chopsThis may be my new favorite quick and easy way to prepare pork chops! I “pinched” the recipe from Just a Pinch and contributor Janet Crow. Yum!

Parmesan Baked Pork Chops

Ingredients:

- 4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 thick (mine were those amazing Costco 1″ thick chops and they worked just fine.
- 1 T olive oil
- 1
 cup grated parmesan cheese (since I was making only 2 chops, I halved the cheese and bread crumbs and didn’t even need that much)
- 1 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder