Monarchs, Milkweed, and Me

IMGP6507By S. J. Brown

Saturday morning I will be hosting a group of fellow gardeners on our back deck. We will be talking about Monarch Butterflies.  I began tagging Monarchs three or four year ago and have learned a lot about them since.  So I will be sharing some of my wisdom along with some milkweed seeds.

1 Milkweed

Milkweed is essential for the survival of Monarch Butterflies since they will only lay their eggs on milkweed plants.   When the caterpillars emerge they gorge themselves on the poisonous milkweed which makes them taste bad to predators like birds and wasps.

2 Monarch

 

 

 

My latest addition to our yard is a butterfly garden. Butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple flowers so I made sure to include all of these colors in my garden. It has enticed a variety of butterflies to visit, but no Monarchs yet.  They should be arriving in our area soon.  I am hoping at least one will make an appearance for our little group.

3 Monarch

 

 

 

Monarch Butterflies aren’t just pretty they are pollinators, and also an indicator species. Scientist use indicator species to judge the health of our environment. Unfortunately Monarch butterfly numbers are declining. While Mother Nature does play a role in regulating the number of any one species mankind also plays a role. The destruction of habitat for development and the practice of mowing down milkweed and other beneficial plants has impacted Monarch numbers greatly.

4 Monarch

 

 

 

However with help from home gardeners and groups like Monarch watch I am confident that Monarch numbers will increase. Tagging Monarchs helps keep track of their numbers from year to year. The tags are a little round sticker with reference numbers on them. They aren’t much larger than the tip of a pencil eraser. The tag is placed on the base of the Monarchs hind wing. Before the butterfly is released the date, location, and sex of the Monarch is recorded. This information is added to the information collected throughout the country and sent to Monarch Watch where the numbers are tallied.

5 Tag

 

 

 

Monarch Butterflies are only in my area for a short time so I try to get as many photographs as I can. However photographing butterflies is not that easy. They flutter from one bloom to another and often prefer the top of my butterfly bush. But experience has taught me to be patient, they will often return to the same plant after a few minutes. So I no longer chase them around the yard instead I sit and wait for them to return.  While I wait I capture images of the other visitors to my garden.

6 Butterfly

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by I hope you learned a little about Monarch Butterflies and enjoyed the photos.

7 Hummingbird moth

 

 

 

Connect with S. J. Brown on Facebook and be one of the first to see what she has been up and view her Sunday Shares.

 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sj.brown.3367

S. J. Browns coloring books feature sketches based on her photographs.

CBCover Acover

Cover 3-26-23Back Cover 4-24-2013Close up and Close Encounters is available on Amazon  at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=close+ups+%26+close+Encounters

Or get your autographed copy at S. J. Brown website http://www.sjbrown.50megs.com

S. J. Brown’s children’s pictures books are only available through S. J. Brown.

You can order your copies from her website S.J. Brown

Cover All the Birds I See Cover

 

Something New

Me3By S. J. Brown

Over the last several years I have branched out, trying new things.  I know what you are thinking, now what is she up to?  I have joined a group of people who plant trees along creeks and streams to help filter water runoff and give cover and sometimes food for wildlife.  This has been a fun endeavor for me.  I‘ve met some great people and helped with the planting of over 200 trees so far.

Leaf

After my mother passed away my sisters handed me her handwritten notes for a book Mom was working on.  It took months but I got it all on the computer and formatted.  This was a memoir of her childhood years meant for family.  Once it was completed I had copies printed for family.

Alice

This started me thinking about working on a memoir of my own.  I played with memories and thoughts and put it aside. While attending a writer’s conference I took a workshop on collaborative writing.  After the conference I called my sister.  We chatted for a while and decided to tackle a memoir of our shared memories   and “Sisters” began.

Sisters

While “Sisters is still a work in progress we have made great strides this past year.  Those of you that have read my work know I generally write about animals or critters as I call them.  So this is a totally new endeavor for me.

Then I was approached about doing a story for an anthology about raising girls.  Again, I am not used to writing about people.  But I had raised a daughter so I thought I would give it a shot.  I decided to write more than one story to increase my chances of getting into the book.

I went about the task, tweaked it a bit here and there, expanded on a point or two and finally finished three stories.  One story in particular was a memory from long ago.  The story has creativity, challenges, triumph and my memories.  I wasn’t sure if this anthology the best new home for my story?  Times like this are when trying something new is a bit scary.  As the deadline approached I opened the file, reread what I had written and didn’t want to let it go.  Eventually I took a deep breath and hit the send button.

Girls Cover

Now we are just a few weeks away from the release of “ It’s All About the Girls”.   I am glad I took the time to try something new and be part of this project

Trying new things doesn’t mean I won’t continue to do the things I love.  I will continue to photograph wildlife and share my experiences in the field.

Snake Chipmunk Elk

Trying new things came be scary, intimidating, and fun.  Have you tried anything new lately?  If not you should.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Connect with S. J. Brown on Facebook and be one of the first to see what she has been up and view her Sunday Shares.

 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sj.brown.3367

S. J. Browns coloring books feature sketches based on her photographs.

CBCover Acover

Cover 3-26-23Back Cover 4-24-2013Close up and Close Encounters is available on Amazon  at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=close+ups+%26+close+Encounters

Or get your autographed copy at S. J. Brown website http://www.sjbrown.50megs.com

S. J. Brown’s children’s pictures books are only available through S. J. Brown.

You can order your copies from her website S.J. Brown

Cover All the Birds I See Cover

THAT DARN PESKY CREATIVE HUMP

IMG_3195

by Stephen Buehler

On a typical day I sit down to write. Well, I intend to write but I don’t. I ask myself, why not? Ahhhh. It’s because of the creative hump. Something we all experience.

For me the creative hump is fear of the unknown. Fear of not being able to write the next scene. Fear that I don’t know where it’s going. Fear my writers group won’t like it so it has to be excellent. Fear of what I’m writing is no good. Fear created by comparing myself to other  published authors.

Hump sign

Camel
(double hump day)

You all see what’s wrong with that kind of thinking. It’s quite obvious.

Smart Stephen should say…

  • Just write the next scene, you’ve been able to finish every scene so far. Why should the next scene be any different?
  • A first draft is just that, a first draft. There will be multiple drafts in your near future. Don’t worry you will be addressing that passage again.
  • The writers group is a forgiving bunch. They’ll tell you what they like and don’t like about the scene. Then you get to rewrite it again. And again.
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect until you actually send it out to agents or publishers.
  • You’ve received positive feedback in your writing life so far, you must be doing something right.
  • Accept that you’re at the level where you are right now. Published authors didn’t start out writing brilliantly.

It’s the kind of advice you’d give to someone else but it’s the kind of advice that’s hard to give yourself and even harder for you to believe in. Some times it’s easier to listen to Smart Stephen than other days.

The creative hump can vary. The hump is huge when beginning a new project and continues through the first draft. The second draft is easier, I already have my words to play with. If I’m inspired for a flash fiction piece or a short story I can sit down and the piece pours out of me.

brain - what is the word

One trick I discovered to help battle that creative hump applies to when I’m rewriting a scene or sometimes even a new scene. When I begin to work on the existing chapter I tend to make small changes leaving a lot the same. I end up tinkering with it, not rebuilding it. I think to myself, if I delete it, what if the new scene doesn’t work? Yes, I have it saved from a previous draft but it’s hard for to get past the feeling that a really bad chapter will wreck the present draft.

What I’ve learned to do is copy the part I want to work on and place it in a new file. Just that scene. I give myself permission to start over and create it as it organically pertains to the story. The new scene might work. I may only like part of what I’ve just written. Maybe it ends up being a lead into what’s already there. Whatever happens, I feel the freedom of it not being part of the big draft I’m working on so I can really turn on the creative juices.

diving man

This I know, the creative hump is not going away. What counts is how I learn to handle it.

BTW, I had no creative hump writing this blog. It was one of my inspired moments.

Do you encounter the creative hump? How do you overcome it?

###

Stephen Buehler’s short fiction has been published in numerous on-line publications including, Akashic Books. His story, Not My Day appeared in the Last Exit to Murder anthology and was a Derringer Finalist. He is currently seeking a home for his novella, The Mindreading Murders. He is completing a rewrite of his mystery/comedy P.I. novel, Detective Rules. By day he is also a script/story consultant, magician and a nice guy.  www.stephenbuehler.com

Summers Over

By S. J. Brown

Many people mourn the passing of summer, not me. During the hot days of summer I photograph very little. The critters hide deep in the woods to find shelter from the heat. Those that are accessible are not in the mood to pose for me.

Of course there are some exceptions like the hummingbirds that buzz around my back deck and the butterflies that frequent the butterfly bush in the front yard. Also I can’t forget the bunny rabbits and ground hogs that steadily raided my veggie garden all summer long. We have an arrangement, I feed them they let me take their pictures.

September 2015 ground hog

This time of year I am putting away my shorts, pulling out long sleeve shirts and picking lots of goodies from the garden. It’s time to wrap up my summer projects and put lots of bulbs in the ground, so I will be greeted with spring flowers when the warm weather returns.

Most summer travelers are safely back at home. So there are fewer cars on the roads, less traffic means more traveling for me. The cooler nights that signal fall is on the way also signals migrating birds its time to go. I need to get as many images of migrating birds as I can before they are gone. Raptors will be gathering in groups and kettling (flying in circular groups), Monarch butterflies will begin their trip to Mexico and Starlings will be invading buildings and trees in large groups.

September 2015 vulture

Black Bears will be bulking up for winter. In areas where they find an abundance of food I can get a little closer for some great images. However areas where food is scarce Bears tend to be a bit grumpy and aren’t thrilled with the idea of having their picture taken.

September 2015 Bear

Soon the colors of fall will be providing me with great backgrounds for my critter shots. I will be doing more hiking, and a bit more exploring in new areas. What will you be doing to celebrate the arrival of fall?

September 2015 Fall Deer

It has been a year since I joined the writers, wranglers, and warriors group. For those that have followed along I have introduced myself, shared my images and my opinions. I try to keep my posts upbeat and visually stimulating. I hope everyone has enjoyed getting to know me as much as I have enjoyed getting to know all of you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Connect with S. J. Brown on Facebook and be one of the first to see what she has been up to. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sj.brown.3367

S. J. Browns coloring books feature sketches based on her photographs.

CBCover Acover

Cover 3-26-23Back Cover 4-24-2013Close up and Close Encounters is available on Amazon  at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=close+ups+%26+close+Encounters

Or get your autographed copy at S. J. Brown website http://www.sjbrown.50megs.com

S. J. Brown’s children’s pictures books are only available through S. J. Brown.

You can order your copies from her website S.J. Brown

Cover All the Birds I See Cover

Conference By S. J. Brown

 

This Post by SJ Brown

Writers are generally solitary people. We spend endless hours at our computers, pace across the room and read out load to ourselves. However there are a few occasions when we all join together. Writers Conferences are one of those occasions. Every writer should take the time to attend at least one writers conference each year.

A conference is a place to re energize, socialize, learn and encourage one another. Recently I attended the West Virginia Writers Conference. For me this is a 5 hour drive. But once I am there I have 3 days with no phone, no internet, no television, workshops, and lots of old friends.

After registering I received my goody page filled with books, magazines, and a few surprises. Then it was off to my first workshop. Each workshop is unique, Some are serious with lots of note taking and facts to fill the class time. Others are more creative and aid us in exploring our imaginations. After each workshop I have new handouts and a lot to think about.

Between classes we gather in the porch at the assembly hall. There I had a chance to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen since last years convention. The porch is filled with poets, playwrights, graphic novelist, fiction writers and folks working on memoirs and other projects. There is always an exchange of ideas, information, notes and a chuckle or two. Everyone here has one thing in common, they all have something to say. We attend the conference to learn better ways to say it.

This year during one of my breaks on the porch a fellow author surprised me with the following statement.

“ Why do you come to a writers conference ? You’re a wildlife photographer?”

My answer is, I am wildlife photographer that writes. This leads me to believe I really need to work on promoting my written words. So here is an excerpt from “Close Ups & Close Encounters.”

Cover 3-26-23

I never took my eyes off of that alligator; if he came at me, I wanted a chance to evade him. Crawling ever so slowly backward; thankful for each growing inch of distance between us, his menacing eyes watched my every move.

Then something grabbed the back of my sweatshirt! I had been so focused on putting space between that alligator and me, I had no idea what was behind me. With a quick jolt I was propelled backwards.

June Alligator

Now, back to the conference. The West Virginia Writers Conference also features an awards banquet on Saturday night. This years speaker focused on the lighter side of writing and kept all of us amused. Thanks once again to some great organizers and judges the banquet rewarded writers from all age groups and genres for their works.

It doesn’t matter what you write or your comfort level around crowds I highly recommend attending a writers conference. Conferences are a chance to socialize with like minded people, learn about your craft and marketing it. Also someone else does all the cooking and it’s a chance to get away from the real world for a few days.

June ButterflyJune Mallard

Yes, while I was there I spent some time with the dragonflies, butterflies, geese and ducks.

June GooseJune dragonfly

Have you ever attended a conference or convention? If not what are you waiting for?

Connect with S. J. Brown on Facebook and be one of the first to see what she has been up to. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sj.brown.3367

S. J. Browns coloring books feature sketches based on her photographs.

CBCover Acover

Cover 3-26-23Back Cover 4-24-2013Close up and Close Encounters is available on Amazon  at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=close+ups+%26+close+Encounters

Or get your autographed copy at S. J. Brown website http://www.sjbrown.50megs.com

S. J. Brown’s children’s pictures books are only available through S. J. Brown.

You can order your copies from her website S.J. Brown

Cover All the Birds I See Cover

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Warning Signs by SJ

By S. J. Brown

Warning signs are present in all our lives. Mothers warn their children all the time “I’m warning you”. When you see a dark black sky that is a warning sign that a storm is moving in. When I am traveling there are warning signs everywhere. A no left turn sign warns me not to turn left here, or I may get a ticket. Additional signs let me know when there is construction, bumps in the road, things might get icy or fall on me.

Road Sign

Now that warm weather has finally arrived more people will be venturing out to enjoy nature. The lives of wildlife are full of warning signs also. When our two worlds meet we need to be able to read the signs.

Most animals will warn an opponent before attacking. The way to stay safe in their territory is to know the warning signs and watch for them. The number one rule when you are out exploring nature is never, never, never get between a mother and her babies. Mama may not warn you to move on. Her first instinct is to protect her young.

Mama Bear

Even those who know little about wildlife know that when a rattle snake rattles its tail, this is a warning sign and you better back off .

Rattlesnake

Before embarking on a trip south I researched alligator behavior. An alligator will hiss and, or open their mouth as a warning sign. Of course when I was face to face with a large alligator I couldn’t remember their warning signs or how far an alligator can lung forward.

Alligator

Deer will snort and stomp its foot to warn others of danger. They also raise their tail to signal other deer. Male deer known as Bucks will warn an opponent to back off by lowering their antlers in the opponents direction.

Deer

Before heading out to photograph some wild ponies I needed to know what to look for. I now know that it’s not good when their ears are tucked back. Many other animals share this behavioral trait, so watch for it.

Horse

Some animals will puff themselves up to make themselves appear larger to scare off an intruder. This is your first warning sign. Any animal that shows its teeth has little tolerance for you. It doesn’t matter if they are large or small those teeth are sharp and can cause a quite a bit of harm. So go out enjoy the great outdoors, pay attention to warning signs and come back safe. Thanks for stopping by to hear my thoughts on warning signs.

Have you ever been warned to back off, by an animal? What happened?

Two new fun releases by S. J. Brown are due out later this month.  Connect with her on Facebook and be one of the first to see what she has been up to. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sj.brown.3367

Cover 3-26-23Back Cover 4-24-2013Close up and Close Encounters is available on Amazon  at

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=close+ups+%26+close+Encounters

Or get your autographed copy at S. J. Brown website http://www.sjbrown.50megs.com

S. J. Brown’s children’s pictures books are only available through S. J. Brown.

You can order your copies from her website S.J. Brown

Cover All the Birds I See Cover

New Electronic Toys Make Me Squeal by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

They are not squeals of delight. They are squeals of frustration. I LOVE IT!!!

And I HATE IT!!!

As Monk always says: They are a gift and a curse.

 

Tablet Computer

Started out I bought Del, my husband a tablet. He was on the road, driving our truck and giving me a break to get things done at home. I loved his tablet so I ordered another one for me and then I figured a tablet would be a wonderful promotional tool, so I bought one for that too. A very nice red one with a keyboard case. I will be posting instructions on how to get a chance to win it. Does anyone have any great ideas that I could do to give this away? I’m thinking around Thanksgiving.

 

Thinking
Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Then, then…my phone was running so slow that I decided I needed a new one, and Del wanted to change services, so to the Phone Store we went. We ended up with 2, 2 mind you, Galaxy Note 3’s. So we have to put all our stuff in both phones and I have spent days figuring out what all my phone can do. Do you have a cool program on your Galaxy Note? It is an Android system, which makes it nice in that I am familiar with it, but the Galaxy does so much more than any phone I’ve had. I think this too will be a promotional tool.The official online color is: #A4C639 . 한국어: 공...

Now, I am going to have to buy another “Smart” TV (for the truck) to go with the new phone, one that is compatible. Speaking of which, I’m still trying to get my Eprinter to work wirelessly with my new Computer and my phones.

I feel like I need to keep up with all the latest, hoping that they will somehow make my life easier, and less complicated.

I’m hoping I will be able to edit sections of my books as free chapters for promotional purposes. I haven’t tried this yet. I wonder which electronic toy will be best for this project. Here’s a link to Free Book Publicity. It goes into a lot of detail on how to use these free chapters and books to help your promotions.

Offer books as prizes, also seems like a good idea. I think I will pair that with the Tablet give-a-way. I think I will see if the local paper, new station, and radio will give me a little interview to help with my promotion. I think it’s good to write your own news releases. I’m wondering if I should give the interviewers a free book, or maybe an entry into the drawings. What do you think? A couple of more things I’m wondering if it works well, that is creating a newsletter. The other one is to put excerpts from your books in your blogs. I do have a Blog for “Stamp Out Murder”.

 

I love my music and I was having squeals of frustration over trying to get my 821 songs from my Droid to my Galaxy. I tried several apps that did not work. Finally, I did it manually. That really was the easiest way.

**How do you feel about new electronic toys? What ones do you use the most? Do you have any secrets to share about getting them to run more smoothly?**

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. 

Stamp Out Murder”.

The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3

 

Boys Will Be Boys   

The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

To Promote or To Not Promote-That is the Question by Cher’ley

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

A few more tips about promoting.

The Business of Being an Author

Even if you’re an accomplished writer, it takes more than a few hundred brilliant manuscript pages to become a successful book author. From writing an attention-getting query letter or book proposal, to understanding the clauses of a book contract, to marketing and publicity in the digital age, the business of being a book author is hard work and can be as complex as it is rewarding.

New Author FAQs: Book Publicity

Here are some common answers to questions about book PR

There are lots of articles about book publicity on this site, but many new authors have the same basic questions about getting their books in front of the media.

How will reviewers hear about my book?
You need to figure this out. It’s very important.

Book Daily 

I am going to try the free section this month on Book Daily to see how the promotions turn out. I will keep you posted.

Don’t for get to use the ones that we normally use like posts to Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Your Book Blogs and your Fan Page.

 

Another powerful tool, I believe is your Amazon Author Page. You need to get your book out there and your face too. 

 

Image of Cher'ley Grogg

Cer’ley Grogg first wants to greet you, “Howdy”.Cher’ley writes different genres. “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is a devotional book she just finished. “Stamp Out Murder” is a cozy mystery and “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel. Cher’ley co-authored “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She is featured in and she has many poems, short stories and articles published online and in print books. Some of her hobbies are photography, and painting fine art. She has received awards in both mediums and she has art is in collections throughout the United States and foreign countries. She enjoys fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths. She loves the Lord, her husband, children and grandchildren, and loves spending time with each of them. Tootsie, her Cairn Terrier is a true joy. Cher’ley and her husband, Del, have seen the country through the… Read more

 

     

     

     

    ***What are you doing for Promotion? If you are a reader, what gets your attention? ***

     

    Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. And she has a new one that is freshly published with 11 other authors. Stamp Out Murder”.

    The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

    The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey BackThe JourneyBack 3

     

    Boys Will Be Boys   

    The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology

    Fans of Cher'ley Grogg,AuthorAnd please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

    Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE

     

    This is a guest blog from Linda’s site and Alan’s site

     

     

     

    Squirrel Stew Anyone?

    propic11_1_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

    They say write what you know. I agree with that in some ways but I always believe it’s necessary to stretch your wings and try things that are new.

    In my second book of the Inzared series, Inzared The Fortune Teller, life was very different from today. My character, Inzared, grew up on a bleak mountain in North Carolina where life was hard and food provided from the dense forests that surrounded the base of the mountain.  Her father was adept at bringing home deer, bear, possums, squirrel, rabbit and any other game  or fowl to make succulent stews or preserve for the cold winter months.

    mountaincabin

    I actually based Inzared on my mother-in-law who regaled me with tales of her hardscrabble life on a farm in the piney woods of North Carolina. She was proud of her heritage and never let anything go to waste.

    deeerThis excerpt from Inzared The Fortune Teller happens around 1855-56. Inzared’s son Timmon is now the provider of food for the family although Inzared is a crack shot and can easily bring home a squirrel or two herself. Some of the meat was made into tasty stews and some of it dried into jerky.

    Excerpt from Inzared The Fortune Teller ©L.Leander

    With Timmon gone and the girl asleep, I gathered firewood. Above me I heard the sparrow’s sweet song and a couple of squirrels as they chattered to each other across the squirreltrees. I moved quietly so as not to disturb the other creatures that lived in the forest. Spotted a black snake as it wound its way across a wet path of brown leaves, in search of somethin’ to eat, I supposed. Farther along I caught a glimpse of a mother whitetail deer as she nursed her baby fawn. She looked up in alarm, but I stood still and she relaxed as she nuzzled her baby. Timmon had his bow and arrows and I knew he’d look for small game, squirrels and rabbits with which I would make tasty stews and dried jerky for our travels. Gaji, I thought as I let myself wonder about the strange girl who had so suddenly appeared in our camp. Then I chuckled as I realized that I was also Gaji, but I’d lived with Gypsies so long I thought like them. Wandered back to the fire with an armload of dry kindlin’ and thought about what I should do.

    With an experienced self-proclaimed “hillbilly” for a mother-in-law I’ve eaten and made these dishes. It was this knowledge that campfire2helped me write some of the scenes in my book. I’ve canned, preserved, dried, and smoked meat, made sauerkraut in large crocks, churned my butter, made head cheese and am an excellent cook on either a wood stove or outdoor campfire. In another post I’ll tell you about my pies on the campfire.

     

     

    Here are a couple of links if you’d like to check them out. One is for the squirrel stew.

    http://www.food.com/recipe/squirrel-stew-like-grandma-made-76112

    similar to what I made and the other is a you tube video about making jerky and cooking whole squirrels over an open fire.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9-m4bvRZ00

    And just for kicks, here’s a you tube link to Merle Haggard’s Rainbow Stew.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STLAuUzzdiU

    Have you ever had squirrel stew?  Would you try it?  I’d love to hear your answers!

     

    Books by L.Leander:

    INZARED Book Cover_1Inzared, Queen of the Elephant Riders (Book 1)

     

     

     

     

    Inzared Queen of the Elephant Riders Video Trailer

     

    InzaredTheFortuneTeller_V2Inzared, The Fortune Teller (Book Two)

     

     

     

     

    Inzared, The Fortune Teller (Book 2) Video Trailer

     

    13ext13 Extreme Tips to Self Publishing

     

     

     

     

     

    13marketingtipscover13 Extreme Tips to Marketing an ebook

     

     

     

     

     

    You can also find L.Leander here:

    L.Leander Website

    Amazon Author Page

    Facebook Author Page

    Twitter

    LinkedIn

    Goodreads

    Google+

     

     

    Book or Movie

    Jennifer FlatenThis post by Jennifer Flaten

    We are a family of readers. We all have our favorite genres, but every once in a while a few of us, or all of us, read the same book.

    Between the five of us, I think we’ve read the Harry Potter series about ten times. My son and I have read the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit and the girls have read several of the same books.

    Even my husband and I read the same books…although I usually find the book first and nag…errr gently encourage my husband to read the book so I have someone to talk to about it.

    Whatever configuration of us that is reading the same book can be counted on to break into an impromptu book club. I can’t tell you how happy I am that my kids can find a book so engaging, mesmerizing, puzzling, annoying or stupid that they want to TALK about it.

    Naturally, when a book we’ve read is turned into a movie we want to see it. Sometimes we see the movie so many times I want to ban it from the house. Go ahead; ask me if we own Harry Potter…we do the complete DVD set. openbook-jeltovski-morguefile-file0001600613437

    Anyway, this is how I found myself in the theatre at 10am on a spring break Thursday watching Divergent.

    My son, actually, is the one who first picked up Divergent. He liked it so much, he insisted (really insisted) that I read it. I read it and liked it. So, now he and I are eagerly anticipating reading books two and three. We just have to get them from the library, currently we are 134 on the wait list. I will probably crack and buy them…but don’t tell my son that.

    The girls weren’t too sure about seeing the movie without reading the book. I told them not to worry because sometimes it is better to see the movie without reading the book. Otherwise, you spend the whole movie either anticipating key scenes or pouting that your favorite scene has been deleted or rewrote to the point of not making sense. Both of which I did during the movie.

    Don’t worry I am not going to review the movie here, but with that said, I will say it is a long movie. The longest movie I’ve sat through in a while. In all fairness, we go to a lot of animated movies, which always have short run times. I could have reread the entire book in the movie’s run time. So if you go be prepared to sit for the long haul.

    Everyone enjoyed the movie, but of the girls, who didn’t read the book, one now wants to read the book(s), the other has no intention of reading the book(s).

    So how about you, do you go to movie versions of books you haven’t read?

    Follow me on Facebook
    Browse my jewelry at Etsy