Cornstarch added to cake recipes is known aid in producing a moist, tender bite, and that’s what I wanted in my muffins so I decided to start by including 3.4 oz. box of cook and serve coconut pudding in my recipe, both for texture and for flavor. The 2 cups of sweetened coconut adds good coconut flavor and a bit of coconut texture which is a perfect contrast to the moist bite of the muffins. 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 teaspoon of coconut flavoring also aid in creating a strong coconut flavor.
This quilt first began to come to life a couple of years ago thanks to Christian romance author Autumn Macarthur. Autumn gifted me with a surprise gift of money to buy fabric for the charity quilts I make as a thank you for some editing I had done for her.
Romance novels are at their most central about the human need for physical and emotional intimacy. In romance novels the tension in the story derives from the characters’ needs for emotional connection and intimate physical connection and the characters’ inabilities to meet these two deeply important needs at the same time.
One way of looking at and working with plot is to look at the plot as more of an organizational binder for the story rather than as a simple chart of events or a string of turning points within the story.
I have created a new Twitter account for the express purpose of promoting books. At this point this is mostly something I am doing for current and former students, authors published by Black Velvet Seductions, and other friends who’ve written books or short stories they want to promote. The types of promotions I will be tweeting through the new Twitter account are very specific.
When we write it is easy to become lost between the characters and what we need the character to do to move the plot forward. This can mean that we have the character jump to illogical conclusions or actions. Many class participants value my ability to see and suggest alternatives for these types of illogical actions.
When I think about writing I think of it as being a lot like juggling. When we are constructing a story we have many elements to juggle. There are the bits that form who our characters are…there are character goals some of which change throughout the story and some of which stay the same…there are the ways that the characters themselves change and grow and the ways that they stay the same…there are all the plot points that define the relationship journey…there is romantic tension, emotional tension and sexual tension which all have to be balanced. There are several kinds of conflict that need to be understood, linked, and used to fuel the conflict and the romantic, emotional, and sexual tension.
Yellow Highlighter Classes are a unique type of class. Unlike other classes that focus on a specific topic with lessons and homework, these classes are all markup. There are no lessons, other than those that are part of the written feedback given as part of the markups themselves.
I am teaching a workshop on developing emotional and sexual tension in the romance novel this month at OIRWA. I posted a slightly longer and more in depth version of this post in the workshop on Thursday. One of the comments on the lesson was that it provided a good description of the turning points in a romance novel–and that it provided just enough of a sense of structure that the pantser could use it as a guide while retaining the fluidity of pantsing. That made me think that some of those who read this blog might find it useful also. So…here it is in a slightly altered form for the blog.
It’s been a little while since I posted pictures of crocheted items. Last week I finished making 15 rectangles (10 of the light camel color and 5 of the pretty variegated). These will be sent to the Happy Stitchers Afghan Project where they will be joined with rectangles made by others from around the world to form afghans. The finished afghans are then sent to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany.
There are patterns that I like because they seem to multiply steadily while you’re not watching and then quite suddenly you have a bunch of them. That’s exactly what happened with these blocks which I’ve heard called mile-a-minute blocks, crumb blocks or scrap blocks.
Finally, at long last, the blue butterfly quilt is finished! I decided to quilt it with a bright pink all over stipple design. I backed it in a blue print and used the same blue print for the binding. The binding is machine stitched with a decorative stitch.