August 9th is National Rice Pudding Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five thing to know about Rice Pudding:

  1. Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on rice and only rice.
  2. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.
  3. More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times a daily.
  4. Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  5. To plow 1 hectare of land in the traditional way, a farmer and his water buffalo must walk 80 km.

Today’s Food History

  • 1593 Isaak Walton was born. He is mainly known for ‘The Compleat Angler, or, the Contemplative Man’s Recreation,’ which is one of the most frequently published books in English literature. It is a literary discourse on the pleasures of fishing.
  • 1762 Mary Randolph was born. She was a Southern U.S. cookbook author, whose

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Do you know the hard truth about self-publishing?

Jean's Writing

This article, By Rebecca M. Lyles, is a must read for all writers.

Like Ms. Lyles, I’m an introvert. I break out in a cold sweat at the thought of hawking my book. 

But I think it’s important to know what a writer faces when going the self-publishing route. Better prepared than caught blindsided.

So brace yourselves. Read…

Five Self-Pub Truths (I wish I’d known)By Rebecca M. Lyles

What did you think?

Any surprises?

Have you already gone down this path? If so share with me your experience in self-publishing. 

I love reading your comments.

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What Is Descriptive Writing?

Rachel Poli

There are many different kinds of writing, descriptive writing being one of them. Pretty much everything I found on descriptive writing talked about essay writing or academic writing.

Descriptive writing is important for any kind of writing, but we’ll stick to creative writing for now.

What Is Descriptive Writing?What is descriptive writing?

Descriptive writing is when you give a clear and vivid description of a person, place, or thing in your writing. It can be in separate paragraphs and sentences or woven into the narration. Descriptive writing is supposed to help the readers visualize everything as though they’re in the story themselves.

How can you use descriptive writing?

There are many different clever ways you can weave descriptive writing into your story.

Figurative Language

Used to show imagery, figurative language uses metaphors, similes, personification, etc. Pretty much the basics of the English language that you learned about in school. These can be used…

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One-Liner Wednesday – An Unexpected Twist

As an author, it seems I have an advantage over most for keeping my personal notes private.

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