Monthly Archives: November 2015

Reading While Writing

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For me, reading while writing is like watching television: I can step into a story, get lost in it – while not thinking about what I’m working on – and then come out of it. It’s easy for me: a book ‘program’ can last for as long as you want it to; a book program can give you juice for your own writing (because seeing other writing to completion makes you want the same for your story), and a book program can make you think “my character wouldn’t do that because….”

There are non-program benefits to reading while writing too. Here they are:  you can see how other writers pace their stories, how other writers describe their universe (much differently than yours – as it should be),  you can see the way writers decide how much to share about their universe (a lot or a little), and you can see how characters change over the course a story (according to what’s happened to them).

The most interesting thing to me about writing is how you can tell a story about a world, or a character’s reaction to  the world they exist in, and it can only be told for a certain period of time. You can only say so much: a day, a week, a month, or a year in the life of a town or a character is enough because a reader wants to know that they can think of what might happen to them after the story ends – even if you go far into their future in an epilogue.

Apparently I think endlessly while writing and watching too.

Adaora

 

 

 

 

 

Trying

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1

Hi, my name is Adaora and I’ve tried more times than I’ve succeeded.

How many times do you try until you get tired of trying? How many times do you have to try until you get what you want out of trying?

I can kind of answer both questions: You have to try as many times as it takes to get what you’re after because anything that’s worth having takes more than a little bit of trying to get. You have to give things and people time to work themselves out (because there are always other things and people involved in your dreams).

I have a lot of dreams (bigger than what might fit in the front door); My dreams are so big that some might scoff if they knew what all of them were. My dreams are so large that I sometimes wonder if there are enough hours in the day (because, as much as we plan for more than today, tomorrow is never promised until we get there) or if there is enough time to do everything that I have to want to do. My dreams are so enormous that people have looked me in the eye and tried to talk me right out of them (you know this).

What keeps me going is faith: a long time ago I decided that it’s OK to try and fail; I decided that it’s OK to try and to keep trying until I get the outcome I want (within the parameters of outside circumstances); I decided that it’s OK to try for a very long time (before seeing a glimmer of anything); I decided that its OK to fail more times than I win (because that’s what you have to do in life in order to make it however you want to).

Guess what? I’m still trying (because the wins that come from trying are the best part).

Adaora

Mango Raspberry Smoothie

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There isn’t much to say or do here: mango is my favourite fruit and raspberries are very much enjoyed by me too. I like smoothies because I get to take in my favourite fruits at the same time: mangos (frozen or otherwise) have a great flavour to them which is not lost in the flavour of the raspberries. I like to start my day with a smoothie: they’re quick and easy and you can add more of one ingredient and less of the other if you want. The choice is yours here:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups frozen mango cubes
1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries
2 170g Blueberry yogurts
1 1/2 cups water

Directions:

Step one: throw everything into a blender

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Step two: pulse the blender and add more water (as needed – if needed) to loosen up the blend

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Step three: see your freshly made smoothie

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Step four: pour and drink it in a tall glass

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– Adaora

Hershey’s Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

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If you’re looking for a good use for those candies that go on sale November 1st, here’s one: Hershey Chocolate Cranberry Muffins:

Ingredients:
2cups of Semolina Flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
10 Milk Chocolate or caramel Hershey pieces, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Cooking tools:
1 dry bowl
1 wet bowl
1 12 slot muffin pan

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In your ‘dry’ bowl combine flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and salt, & spices. Mix together and set aside.

In your ‘wet’ bowl add olive oil, your one egg, milk, and vanilla extract. When all the liquids are combined pour your wet bowl into your dry bowl and mix until fully combined.

Next, take your cranberries and your chopped chocolate and add it into your batter bowl. Use a spoon or a spatula and carefully mix your cranberries and your chocolate in so the batter stays at a droppable consistency.

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You can use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon to drop equal amounts of batter into 8 lined muffin tins:

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Bake on high for 25-30 minutes (until brown along the edges) at 350 degrees.

Makes 8 muffins

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-Adaora