New Year, New Goals

I don’t call them resolutions; I call them goals. Why? Because if I put a label on something, I fail to do it. But if I designate a goal, put a deadline to it, and steer myself in a direction, I might actually accomplish it (not always, but more often than not).

My goals last year were to just finish something writing related. What happened? I ended up putting my completed novel up on the Radish Fiction App where it is being viewed by thousands!

Is that success? Yeah I think so. Am I rich and famous? No! Goodness, no. That was never the intent (secretly in my wildest dreams and fantasies yes, but not the aim of the goal). The aim of that goal, specifically, was to get me to finish something (anything) by the end of the year. And I did it!

Now what?

Make more goals, that’s what!

I want to eat healthier. How? Cook healthier! Keep myself accountable by sharing either here or on my other social media.

I want to find other creative outlets (for those days when writing feels like a chore). How? Internet, ask friends for their input, go to wine and paint nights, or maybe even ask my mom for crochet tips? Do something (anything!) that flexes that creative muscle and gets the juices flowing. My writing will thank me for this one I’m sure of it.

I want to let myself write for me. Stop thinking about how much other people are doing and how much I’m not. Just write what I want, and the stories I want to read. That way of thinking served me well enough in getting the first project finished.

Lastly, I want to do a proper clean out of my apartment. (Maybe that Marie Kondo had some decent tips). Go room-by-room, section-by-section until it’s cleared and once again feels like a space I’m comfortable living in rather than the drab and over-cluttered apartment it has become.

None of these are huge changes. None of these are shocking either. This year is about fueling my creativity.

Nourishing my body and my creativity so that I can write for me is my main goal this year. Heck, it might even be my new goal for my life.

What are your 2019 goals?

Attempt v. Result, Cooking

Attempt v. Result: “Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup” from The Oh She Glows Cookbook

The Oh She Glows Cookbook was added to my cookbook collection as a way to infuse more vegetables into my life. I assumed bringing a vegetarian/vegan cookbook (or three) into my life would be a great way of accomplishing that.

I flipped through, bookmarked several recipes, and set my sights on making this soup:

I’m a huge fan of spices (and sugar and everything nice). The inclusion of curry powder in this recipe was a huge plus for me. The only problem was that my pantry was/is poorly stocked (to an embarrassing degree). I ended up buying a lot of spices just to make this recipe. I’ve ended up using most of them many many times afterwards so they’ve been a good investment.

The result of my soup making attempt:

My Result

Again, my food photography skills leave something to be desired. But, I’d say it looks pretty similar regardless. It tasted FANTASTIC! Lots of veggies and different textures so you didn’t just feel like you were nomming on cauliflower the whole time.

The recipe in the book says it serves four. Which could be true if four people eat huge bowls of soup. I had enough leftover for an entire week of meals and ended up freezing half of it for later.

TL;DR: My food photography needs work but this recipe brings some great flavors and textures to a veggie soup. Check out Angela Liddon’s blog Oh She Glows for more vegan foods. This soup was featured on The Happy Foodie so you can find the whole recipe there. Let me know if you try this soup!

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Attempt v. Result, Cooking

Attempt v. Result: “The Vegan Buddha Bowl” from Well and Full

In one of my nighttime stumblings around Pinterest, I happened upon this picture:

Needless to say, I followed the link, read the recipe to see if it was doable for me, then immediately added it to my food board (named “Yummy” if you must know). This weekend I made it.

My Result

Obviously, I have not developed a skill for plating quite yet (or maybe it’s taking photos of food?). What got me about this recipe is the blog says the recipe is for 2. I made half the quinoa and still had enough for 4 bowls of this (aka leftovers for days). Her sauce is very lightly drizzled over the quinoa. But, if you were going to cover 2 portions in sauce…my generous helping is, well, not as generous as you might think. I covered two portions and still have tons.

My odd plating aside (and non-complaints about how much food I have left), this recipe is DELICIOUS! Legitimately you could throw all this stuff in any way you want and it’s going to be fantastic. Crunchy chickpeas, red bell pepper sauce, and some creamy avocado? I was in health food heaven. Anybody tells you they don’t like salad throw this at them and they might change their minds. (Don’t actually throw it, that doesn’t change anybody’s mind).

TLDR; My plating makes this dish look really ugly, but it’s still super tasty! Go check out Well and Full and try it out yourself! If you do, send me a comment to let me know if you had as much trouble getting the sauce to look as pretty as the picture.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

Attempt v. Result

Attempt v. Result

Sometimes you just have to have more than one creative outlet. I am desperately striving to find some kind of creativity outside of writing to allow myself to feel the gratification of completing something earlier than the months it takes me to finish a draft of a book. This year I decided I should probably learn to feed myself something other than noodles and the occasional baked chicken breast with a dash of seasoning.

I collected (hoarded) cookbooks like it was my job (I wish it was), and found that I really did enjoy following a recipe somebody else had figured out. However, I only ever ended up eating a few of the recipes in the book before inevitably buying another (not a hoarder, a collector). I was at a loss of how to find recipes I would actually want to cook during my busy work week.

Like any other self-respecting consumer of social media, I turned to Pinterest.

Pinterest, if you have somehow been living under a rock, is a website that allows you to collect other webpages to your own sort of “vision boards” and save them for later perusal. You can also view other people’s pins which should (key word being should as some people apparently don’t understand that concept) take you to the source of that information. It’s like researching via vision board.

I love it for researching novel characters and settings, ideas for my dream home, gardening tips for when I finally have that dream home, and of course recipes.

I’m sure there are many blogs about Pinterest fails or making recipes from cook books (think that movie Julie & Julia where she made the entirety of the Joy of Cooking). But, I’m going to go for it anyways.

I might share some of my draft “vision boards” or my cooking attempts. The possibilities are endless.

So let me know what you all would like to see. I hope you have fun learning with me how I can create outside of writing.

Happy Reading!

Publishing, Radish Fiction, Updates

The Arrangement on Radish Fiction – Complete!

Hey All!

I’m dropping a quick post on here to let you know that my romantic-thriller novel, The Arrangement, is complete!

You can read the synopsis here! But be sure to download the Radish Fiction app on your phone or tablet to read all 31 episodes. 🙂

Thank you so much to any who have already read it and to any who plan to now that it is complete. Any views and support mean more than you know.

This whole experience has taught me so much about how I write and what my process is. I can’t say I loved every moment of it, but I can definitely say that it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Happy Reading!