September 11th, 2010


ain't gwine to whistle dixie anymore

Apparently, I am not working today, on grounds of mental exhaustion. So I made cupcakes for tomorrow's pan-Virgo birthday party of the Local Clan.

I used this recipe, with some emendations--I subbed in half white whole wheat flour, added some of standuponit's Secret Ingredient (ancho/vanilla extract in white rum) and a little regular vanilla extract--also a couple of tablespoons of black cocoa. I also used bitter chocolate for the frosting, and just enough sugar to take the edge off the bitterness. Since I was baking cupcakes, I gave them 20 minutes at 350.

Just ate the first one warm from the wrapper. It was a religious experience.

Warning: they're not kidding about the size of this recipe. I got 24 cupcakes, plus a loaf cake, and I'm pretty sure at least a cupcake's worth of batter never made it into the oven. Ahem.

I am so very, very happy right now.

criminal minds fate

the boss is thinking

My brain has declared a work stoppage until it gets some rest and inspiration.

Good thing it's 8 weeks until the book is due. I just need a Bad Draft by the end of the month, before I go away to Viable Paradise, and then I can revise it in October.

In the meantime, well, I've got two seasons of Flashpoint to get through, and I've been meaning to finish rewatching Farscape. (And of course there's the limitless media teat of Netflix, and several seasons of Numb3rs). Spent some time today on the S5 DVD extras for Criminal Minds, but it kept depressing me, because of the [casting spoilers]. Oh, ABC media empire. Why do you suck so much?

A nice thing about having twenty or so books under my belt is that, at this point, I'm comfortable with the fact that every so often, my backbrain stops making with the story, and I need to back off and let things settle for a bit. I could let it stress me out, but that'd just be counterproductive.

So. Give myself some room to think, and the story to sort itself out in my head, and have a little faith that it will all come right in the end.
writing patience

and wouldn't you love to love her?

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.... In this world hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible." ~ from the Dhammapada

"We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. There is still a voice crying out through the vista of time, saying: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. Then and only then can you matriculate into the university of eternal life. That same voice cries out in terms lifted to cosmic proportions: he who lives by the sword will perish by the sword. And history is replete with the bleached bones of nations that failed to follow this command. We must follow nonviolence and love." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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