Writing Wednesday – 21 June 2017

AngieTrafford

Hello everybody and welcome to another Writing Wednesday. The idea of this is I am going to write about whatever subject has inspired me this week.

Everybody is welcome to join in, of course, and you can do that by either writing something in the comments or giving me a pingback to your work. (It goes without saying that you should feel free to share your work if you get the urge to do so!)

What am I going to use as my inspiration this week?

The word… Dreams.

(The following is a short piece of fiction inspired by my work in progress, Dreamweaver.)

Time has gone by

The dream I stepped into could not be described as the usual scene. It was a chaotic swirl of colours that I am sure were being used to distract the dreamer. Well, maybe not distract, but to completely disorientate and confuse. Different…

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Potato Salad

The Pantry Portfolio

summer cold potato salad greek yogurtHappy Summer Solstice and three cheers for outdoor BBQ season!  Here in our household we eat dinner outside about 3-4 times per week as the evening air is relaxing and soothing (particularly due to the fact that we don’t have central air).   As I’ve been cooking for these meals I recently realized that I’ve never actually made potato salad. Never! (Despite the fact that it is typically the first thing I put onto my plate when others are hosting).  I’ve recently been so wrapped up in experimentation that I’ve overlooked some classics.  So – I decided that needed to change and I needed a simple potato salad in my toolbox (and here in my growing Pantry Portfolio) that I could whip up for any BBQ gathering.  

When making simple classic dishes I love starting with reliable cookbooks, and so I went to my Mom’s standby – The Silver Palate…

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5 Remedies for Seasonal Allergies!

Just Brittany Moments

1.Nettle Tea and Peppermint Tea

The nettle leaf helps with seasonal allergies and peppermint helps reduce those stubborn histamines that may becausing you discomfort.

Directions:

Brew the nettle and peppermint tea together for about 5 minutes. Add honey and/or lemon to taste. Drink 2 times a day to relieve your allergies.

Nettle TeaPeppermint Tea2. Bee Pollen

Consuming bee pollen starting with small amounts and increasing the dosage everyday will help to build up your immune system. But before you try this method, make sure that you are not anaphylactic or have any allergies to bees!The trick is to make sure you consume bee pollen that is local to your area or chances are you may not experience the allergy relief. The pollen comes in granules, capsules, and powder.

Directions:

I know at this point it may be a little late, but it is recommended that you take the…

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Lemonade

Cooking Without Limits

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I am surviving summer with lemonade. Fresh cold lemonade. Who doesn’t love a cold lemonade?

My recipe is simple so you can make it any time you like.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lemon juices
  • 1 liter water
  • A bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • ½ tea spoon Stevia sugar

Directions:

Mix everything together. If you don’t have ice put the jar in the fridge. Enjoy!

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62 NO FEE poetry book publishers + important tips on submitting your manuscript

Trish Hopkinson

It’s so important to do your homework before sending your manuscript to a publisher. Make sure to take notes for each publisher you research. You will most likely want to compare them to each other before deciding where you want to submit.

  • Make sure the press is the right aesthetic for your work. Do you like the cover art and the fonts they use? Do you like the design of their web site?
  • Also, check forms. For example, if they mostly publish free verse, but your poems are all sonnets, that’s not likely going to be a good fit.
  • If budget allows, purchase one of their current titles so you can hold it in your hand and be familiar with the quality of books they print.
  • Look for reviews of current titles to get a feel for what other poetry readers think of the books they publish.
  • Do they have…

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7 Quotes To Find Motivation in a World Full of Negative Images

Jay Colby

With all the damaging and sometimes destructive messages we receive in today’s culture either from the mass media, publications, social media outlets and from social interaction. So sometimes finding motivation can be a challenge. So today we want to share seven inspiration quotes to help anyone find motivation.

  1. “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be”.

  1. “Don’t judge each day by how much money you make but on the seeds, you plant for your future”.

  1. “Anything is possible but if we never try nothing is possible”.

  1. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”.

  1. “We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret”.

  1. “The only place where success comes before work is…

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Rose ‘Alcantara’

Words and Herbs

I repeatedly claim not to be a ‘rose’ sort of person. I appreciate them in other people’s gardens, especially the scented ones, but deadheading them is so tedious and they do tend to get greenfly, or black spot, or something. Having said that, I do have a few in my garden, one of which is a real beauty and I would not want to be without it: Rose Alcantara…

It domintaes the south-facing rockery in June, and when the Perovskia behind it also starts flowering this place is buzzing!

Rose ‘Alcantara’ seems to love being sun-baked at the top of this well-drained incline. This ground cover rose will continue flowering on and off throughout the summer, and I have never seen greenfly on it. It has survived our driest summers and coldest winters. It really deserves a prize. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with a hot, dry slope!

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