Great Muffins for Summer!

IMG_20160526_110039Although I don’t contribute to the group food blog as often as I used to, I do have a new recipe there today: Vegan Blueberry Muffins. I explain why sometimes vegan things don’t rise — and how to overcome it. Also: mini-rant on the commercialization of deformed muffins. LOL Oh, yes, and the blueberry muffins are wonderful! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Social Bookmarking

The social bookmarking site I use has finally finished its migration back to its original domain, del.icio,us. You can follow me on Delicious and browse what I’m reading online. I’ve got some tag bundles for Writers, Bookworms, and Food, but there are many interesting links with tags that don’t fit into those bundles. As a writer, having a place where I can find things I may need later for story ideas, research, etc. is invaluable. I’ve updated the links in my original short post “Gathering String“. There are still a few gotchas since Delicious moved; you should NOT click on the title of a link on my page because all the titles are dead: you must click on the URL instead. I expect this glitch will be fixed eventually. This was the first social bookmarking site, and may still be the biggest, so they have a lot to deal with as they go forward. It’s stable and working again, for which I’m relieved, as I depend on it heavily. And I like sharing. 🙂

Posted in Blog Blog Blaaahg

A couple of posts elsewhere…Today and Upcoming

I’m going back to weekly posts on the group food blog this month, starting this Friday, with Spicy Braised Spinach. Follow the blog on WordPress so you don’t miss my post or those of my co-blogger, Nancy!

Today I wrote a long personal piece on my author blog about Leonard Nimoy and Spock. (Remember, this blog here is just for short, mostly fluffy, stuff.) I’ve made a conscious effort to avoid blogging about the passing of various people after I realized a few years ago that I’d done two such pieces in three months…and I blog at length so infrequently that such pieces could easily dominate the blog. But I couldn’t let Nimoy’s passing go without a word. Or rather a lot of words. Spock meant a lot to me. More than I can say.

(If you’re curious about those other two other in memorium pieces I mentioned: Ray Bradbury, Technology, and Book People, and Neil Armstrong: The Moon In My Living Room.)

Posted in For Writers

Gathering String

“Gathering string” is a phrase I picked up a while back. As I understand it, it has its roots in journalism. Reporters collect little bits of information about assorted things in the hope that eventually some of those bits will grow into stories. Writers of all sorts gather string. We compulsively bookmark things — now that we’re past the era of snipping articles out of newspapers. Not everything I bookmark is “string”, but I do have a set of bookmarks I’ve labelled “plot bunny” because there’s something there that might could end up in a story. I also collect recipes. And other odd links. You can see what I’m reading online, what’s caught my interest at least, by following me on This is a social bookmarking site. Though bookmarks can be made private, it’s primarily used to share bookmarks. My bookmarks are tagged and searchable. (So far I’ve got 186 tags, so yes, my interests are broad.) Since many of the people who follow me here are bookworms, writers, and foodies, I’ve made some tag bundles for related tags. For Writers, For Bookworms, Food. (There’s a widget in the sidebar, but so far it doesn’t work. You can click through to my bookmarks from there, though.)

Posted in Uncategorized

Cold Winter: Hot Food

2014-01-15-08-56-50Here’s what I’ve been eating lately, which was published on The Usual Suspects group food blog. (I will be contributing again this year.) Luscious Oatmeal for breakfast. I’m continuing to expand my flavor and spice combinations, so if you read the post when it was originally published, it’s been revised. It’s fast, easy, healthy, delicious and maybe most importantly, warm! I’ve also made chili recently. There’s nothing like hot spices to warm you up! I wrote three posts on Vegetarian Chili ; the one linked here is the middle post and has links to the previous post and the next post. Hot and hearty!