Archive for November, 2010

Sin’s Long Labyrinth.

It’s my working title.  It’s from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Lord Byron and the moment I heard the phrase I knew it was perfect.  It reminds me of the classic science fiction titles that promised momentous journeys of the mind.  It is an ambitious title that inspires me to strive to live up to it in my writing.

Aside from being up to date on my nano word count and loving what I’m writing so much it makes me giggle there isn’t much to say right now.  So I will share a recipe I’ve created just this morning.

Aura’s Kale and Asiago Omlette

  • Kale, shredded into little bite size pieces
  • shredded asiago cheese
  • Sunflower seeds (I like roasted and salted for this)
  • Broth (I used leek and it was perfection)
  • Granulated garlic (or real if you’re less lazy then me)
  • Butter or cooking oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • eggs
  1. I put a little butter in the pan and then tossed in the kale and let it cook with a lid on the pan.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste as well as the granulated or real minced garlic.
  3. Once and awhile as necessary add a bit of leek broth.  Let the kale get pretty soft, it takes awhile.  (I learned the hard way not to assume it would cook like spinach!)
  4. Once the kale is almost soft enough add some balsamic vinegar, not too much.  Cook until the vinegar smells a bit sweet like in a reduction (look it up, it’s delicious)  The kale should be good and soft.
  5. Remove from pan to another container and add sunflower seeds and a bit of shredded asiago.  You have a delicious side dish now.  I like to just leave it in the fridge and go nibble some cold when I get peckish.
  6. Oh right, the omlette part!  Grab a few eggs, beat and toss into a pan with a bit of butter to keep it from sticking on med-low heat.
  7. When the bottom of the omlette starts to cook toss in all the kale mixture you can fit in.  I tamp it down gently with a fork to make sure the kale isn’t too raucous and gets egg on top of it.
  8. Add a bit more asiago to the top if you want a bit more cheese, folding over is optional.
  9. It’s not in the ingredients but a little hot sauce on top is yummy.

Delicious and packed full good healthy Kale.  Everything a little novelist needs to start a day of novelizing.

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It is now halfway into Nano and I start today about 8000 behind, including what I need to write today.  (See, it’s not so bad).

The 15th seems like a good day to take stock.  I have shelved the steampunk novel I started for a time when I can do the research necessary to let me be happy with what I’m producing.  Instead I am writing what I will call a sci-fi novel.  The second restart began on the 4th of November so technically I am on track if my month runs from November 4th until December 4th but I don’t think it works that way.  Fortunately I have complete faith in my ability to catch up.

I’m really excited about both my concept and how the story is developing so far.  When I write there are these magical moments when my characters will take on a life of their own and start doing things I didn’t know they were going to do.  This can tangle the plot in delicious ways that I get to sort out.  It’s why I keep writing even when I want to throw my laptop through a window.  This would be especially bad since I’m using DH’s spare laptop for Nano. In this novel the characters are coming alive like never before.  I dream about them.  I think about them when I’m in school and when I write about them they continually surprise me.  When I’m laying in bed thinking about what to read, I want to know what they’ll do next.  I love writing, I can’t imagine not writing but I think I’m finally starting to see what an addiction it can truly be.

Without further ado here is a brief synopsis of my novel.

A woman born directly into adulthood with memories that don’t match the world she is living in and a man born with an affliction so terrible he has been in hiding since he was an infant must choose whether to save the civilization that rejects them.

The snowflake method will require me to pare this down to 20 or even 15 words but I’m not ready for that yet.  No time, Nano calls.

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It has begun.

Nano is here.  So far, well, it’s been OK.  I’m behind but I have tests this week so my focus is elsewhere.  That’s okay, in past Nanos I’ve always lagged behind only to make herculean leaps forward every couple of days.  Last year I wrote 17,000 words in one day.  So I’ll take this week a bit slow and trust that I can catch up later.

In other Nano news the snowflake method taught me that I don’t want to write the book I have spent the last month planning.  So once again I embark upon a totally surprising project at the last minute.  It’s going to be steampunk.  Things are going to get interesting.

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