Literary Foods: Beatrix Potter’s Roasted Apples

I have adored Beatrix Potter’s little stories since I was very young. One of my very first memories is of my dad sitting me on his knee and reading me the “Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher”. I remember asking for it to be read to me again and again and shivering when the unique frog food of “grasshopper with lady bird sauce” was mentioned at the end.

Beatrix Potter--leads to a nice 5 min videoBeatrix’s little books are full of references to food. From the Roly-Poly Pudding to Peter’s feast in Mr. Gregory’s garden all the way to a mouse size banquet in the Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse and Ginger and Pickles wonderful store with mentions of sugar, peppermints, cream biscuits and water crackers. Almost all of Beatrix’s books include some reference to food or at least to the classic English custom of teatime.
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A Writer’s Hygge

As the long winter months stretch before us and I am gearing up for some short days and long nights ahead, I started thinking again about a concept I read about earlier this year. The concept of Hygge. This is a Danish idea that basically translates into English as the art form of creating feelings of cozy, warm contentment and wellness.

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The Music Tag (A Blog Hop!)

First, thank you so much to Sarah for nominating me for this tag! As she correctly guessed, I do love music 🙂 Secondly, I accidentally hit publish when I wasn’t quite finished the first time, so here it finally is now with all the questions answered! It was such fun to do! This tag was right up my alley!

I have very eclectic music tastes so this should be interesting…

First off, though,

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their post.
  2. Answer the fourteen questions listed in this post.
  3. For any questions where you choose to share YouTube videos, try to stick to one (1) embedded video to avoid overwhelming readers. Feel free to add links to additional videos directly in the text.
  4. Nominate at least three (3) bloggers for this tag.

1. Do you like listening to music?
Yes, yes! A thousand times, yes! 🙂

2. What songs have you been listening to lately?
Well, Thanksgiving is coming up as I write this so I have been listening to this wonderful playlist by Craig Duncan.

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NaNoWriMo!

So, is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this month? I am thinking about joining in for the first time. 🙂 I am almost finished with my second novel and I thought that this would be the perfect push to help me finish! We will see how it goes especially since Thanksgiving is this month and I have some vacation time planned!

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Imagining a Cozy Writer’s Retreat

Lately, I have thinking about how fun it would be to have a personal writer’s retreat. In the autumn, I always get the desire to travel and see new places. I have been imagining how wonderful it would be to have a cozy writing retreat to travel to and not only explore new places, but work on one of my writing projects too.

So, if I had a personal writer’s retreat to go to this is what I would have –

 

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England

First, it would be in a gorgeous old house with amazing views.

 

 

 

 

 

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What I learned writing the first draft of my novel…

Writing my very own novel has always been a dream of mine. I actually finished the first draft of my first novel in 2016. I have only taken a peek or two at it since then though I eventually plan to dig into it deeper and refine it more. I am now in the midst of banging out the words of my second novel set in a totally different time period and place.

But, I learned some very valuable lessons from writing my first novel that helped give me the confidence to even attempt a second try at another story idea. I want to share them with you (in convenient bullet form of course!)
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