Monday, December 26, 2011
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Monday, November 28, 2011
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Monday, November 21, 2011
The first typo I became aware of in Chocolate Never Faileth was brought to my attention by my friend TJ, who came to a signing for the book with his wife and kids. He told me about the typo. I didn't believe him. Or, rather, I desperately hoped he was wrong.
The book had been all I worked on for almost a year, shoving my fiction (and creative writing self) aside. At least three people proofed the thing, including me.
On the other hand, I'd already published seven novels. I should have known that mistakes and typos can (and often do) slip through, no matter how carefully the writer and the publishing team work on a book.
As I became aware of a few more errors in the cookbook, I put corrections on my website. Even so, I still get regular questions about the same issues over and over again. I assume that means they aren't finding the list of corrections on my site, so maybe a blog post will help.
They're on THIS PAGE. If I find more things to fix (knock on wood!), that's where I'll put them. Future printings should have these things fixed.
In the meantime, these errors leave us all scratching our heads, wondering how they slipped through and who added them in the first place!
3-MINUTE MICROWAVE CAKE, PAGE 35
A mystery individual added a new first sentence to the instructions. Just ignore "preheat oven to 350." (This is, after all, a MICROWAVE cake.) This is the error TJ told me about. I'm convinced that this sentence didn't exist in the galley proof I saw, and it certainly wan't in my original manuscript. I'm guessing that someone along the pipeline, right before sending the book to press, saw a cake recipe without an oven temperature and added it. We'll never know what happened. Just take a black Sharpie over that bit.
BROWNIE COOKIE BITES, PAGE 55
Here's a situation where my test kitchen notes match the printed book, but the recipe doesn't seem right. The utterly weird thing is that the cookies worked beautifully, multiple times at home (evidence includes the fact that the picture of the cookies on page 54 are from my oven). But as written, they don't work so great. I'm as puzzled as anyone here. Fat is missing, so add some, around 1/3 to 1/2 cup. I'd go with butter, but oil works too.
HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE BARS, PAGE 70
Somehow adding flour got inserted into the instructions for the topping. I get people absolutely panicking about what to do because no flour is listed in the ingredients.
No flour is correct; ignore that word.
MOM'S HONEY CHOCOLATE-MOUSSE ICING, PAGE 176
This typo is in the anecdote above the recipe, which reads "Read Food Chocolate Cake." That should, of course, be Real Food.
CHOCOLATE PAVLOVA, PAGE 193
The anecdote in the original printing states that the countries who claim this dessert as their own are New Zealand and Austria. That should be Australia. (Yes, I know the difference between the two!)
To date, these are the only issues that I'm aware of. The Brownie Cookie Bites and Heavenly Chocolate Bars are the two issues that people contact me about most.
Hope this helps if you use the book for holiday treat making!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
• 28% of children now live with just one parent.
• 40% of children under 18 experience a parental breakup.
• 90% of single-parent families are headed by females.
• Single moms with children have the highest poverty rates.
• 60% of children living in mother-only families are impoverished.
• Single moms are more likely to be poor because of lower earning capacity.
• Single moms median income is only about 25% what a married couple make.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
I raised. We raised. He raised.
Brushing my teeth is an everyday thing.I brush my teeth every (single) day.
She'll just have to make due with the current job schedule.
She'll just have to make do with the current job schedule.
The teacher gave Scott his due.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
Everyone should write, if nothing else than to experience the power of the written word and of creating the written word for yourself and your family. That doesn't mean it's up to you to write the Great American Novel or anything like that.
It can mean blogging. Journaling. Family history. It can also mean writing a personal history.
About a year ago, I attended the funeral of my aunt Eleanor, my father's older sister. As I listened to her daughter, my cousin Becky, relate Aunt Eleanor's life sketch, I couldn't help but think about the day (many, many years hence, I hope) when my father passes. I sat there thinking that I didn't know the kinds of stories about my dad that Becky was telling about her mother. And I wanted to know them.
Afterward, I told my dad that he needed to write his personal history. He replied, "I already have." (And then I cheered.)
A few months later, he let me read it. I've known lots about my father. I've heard him tell many stories about his life. But those 60 single-spaced pages told me so much more. I laughed a lot. Many times, I cried. And when I finished, I felt that I knew my father so much better--and my grandmother, grandfather, aunts and uncles--in ways I never had before and couldn't in any other way.
All of this is why I was excited to hear about a new conference about this very thing. It'll be in March up in Salt Lake City.
If you're even remotely inclined to write and record and save . . . or to learn how to find records from relatives who have already passed on . . . you'll want to attend.
The Power of Story @ Home conference is March 9-10, 2012. It's sponsored by Cherish Bound, Family Search, and the Casual Bloggers Community.
You can find workshops on blogging, oral history, traditional storytelling, and getting your own stories put someplace permanent. You can dip your toes into genealogy and writing your own history or the story of your family.
Tickets are $79 for the full event, or you can pay for one day ($49). Either way it's a great price. You can already register HERE.
I'm going to the conference. I hope you will too.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
At the age of 26, Abel Keogh unexpectedly found himself a young widower. When he decided to starting dating again, he looked in vain for resources that could help guide him through the dating waters and open his heart to someone else. He found nothing. As he began blogging about his experiences, women dating widowers began emailing him asking for his thoughts on their situations. As the numbers of emails increased, Abel started writing his own dating a widower advice column. In Dating a Widower Abel shares the knowledge he’s learned from his own experience and the most common issues he’s seen from hundreds of emails from women dating widowers.
Abel is also the author of the memoir Room for Two—the story of the year of his life following his late wife’s suicide—and the novel The Third. He and his wife Julianna are the parents of three boys and two girls.
Here's our discussion about Dating a Widower:
AK: I really enjoy the challenge that comes with fiction. Creating new worlds, believable characters, and complex plot is fun but difficult. Non-fiction is easy for me to write. I’m not sure why—maybe it has something to do with my professional background. But being able to write a good novel is an absolute thrill. I’m in awe of those writers who can do it well.
AL: What are some of the differences you’ve found in writing a book of non-fiction versus fiction?
AL: What challenges does self-publishing bring with it? What are the benefits?
AL:What's been the biggest surprise about the self-publishing process?
AL: Which authors are your biggest literary influences in the national market?
AL: Any advice for aspiring authors?
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