Ink Slinger Update: Editing Squash



Feels like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, even with a snow day, and my brain has finally called, “Uncle!”

I’ve been wrapping my mind around writing guest posts for other people’s blog and churned out 10 of them this weekend. A couple are interviews but I decided to get a little creative with several others, dragging along several of my characters to chat with, one per blog post. Those will start next week on the 17th and include an online raffle for prizes. I finished the posts late Sunday night and I just hope they meet with the blog owner’s approval.

I’ve moved back into working on Firebound, the sequel to Earthbound, by inputting the edits from my writer’s group. I just can’t get over how enthusiastic and supportive they were about the first chapter. I hope they like chapter 2 as much. That will be up for editing next, then I’ll move on to writing new content again.

Since I didn’t get a recipe up this weekend, I’ll share one today for spaghetti squash.  It used to be that I was the only one in my house who would eat this vegetable, but my daughter and husband have become converts. (It’s a good thing because he grew EIGHTEEN of them in our garden last year!) Thankfully, they winter pretty well and we are still using what we grew. This year we tried a variety called Orangetti. I can’t say I like it as well as the lighter yellow ones but it sure was prolific.

Basically, I wash and pierce a whole spaghetti squash and microwave it on high for 9 minutes. Turn it over and nuke for another 9 minutes. (Alternatively, slice and take out the seeds then put in a pot with an inch of boiling water, cover, and steam for 20 minutes. If you peal it ahead, you can just break it up once it’s steamed.)

For the sauce – In a small pot, combine a 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of basil, ½ teaspoon of oregano, and a pinch of sugar to cut the acidity. Simmer while the squash cooks.

Combine and use to fuel your creativity!

Ink Slinger Update – 1/28/2020


Ink Slinger Update

I’m hard at work on the sequel to Earthbound, Firebound, and loving it! It’s so much fun putting the pieces together and sewing them up.

I have edited chapters 1 through 3. Perhaps some people would call it re-writing because there has been a LOT of chopping and rearranging. Sometimes I’m taking away as many words as I add, but I managed to add 1,000 words to the story over the weekend. (The words flow faster when they are new, this is about smoothing and filling in the mortar between the bricks.)

I’ve set up Scene and Sequel cards that have helped me see where I’ve got holes in my plot, or the action in the chapter doesn’t lay quite right, to ratchet up the tension.

Tonight will be all about rearranging chapter 4 to make it lay right, and fill in some gaps.

I’m also working on adding a bit more scenery description this time, without slowing down the action. It’s a balancing act.

I was concerned about how many scenes and chapters the book would have so I was counting and figuring, asking other authors how many scenes in their books. Then I checked the word count in each of my first three chapters. I averaged around 3,500 words in each so I’m not going to worry anymore, I’ll just keep writing.

Since cooking is one of my major creative outlets and recipes or descriptions of food show up in novels a good bit, I’ve started sharing a recipe on Sundays. I hope to continue that.

I’ve re-joined Twitter @MeloraJohnson so feel free to follow me and I tend to follow back. I’m enjoying it a lot more the second time around, perhaps because I know more people in the publishing industry and have more contacts to follow.