What I’m Up to This Weekend

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What I'm Up to This Weekend

by baldilocks

Too much sor­row in the world. I want to take a break from it…at least today.

I won’t be grilling this week­end for three rea­sons: 1) I live in an apart­ment, 2) I lost my grill and smoker, and 3) my stove is still not con­nected to the gas source in my apartment.

A few months back, how­ever, I bought an elec­tric burner and replaced my lost crock­pot. So I’m find­ing new ways to cook entrées using that method. They come out pretty good if I fol­low direc­tions. Plus, it’s impos­si­ble to over­cook any­thing with a crock­pot — unless you fall asleep and don’t hear the pot’s alarm. And, usu­ally, the pleas­ant aroma will wake me up anyway.

Plan for Mon­day: chili. Might have to buy ready-​made cornbread.

I’m sav­ing up my pen­nies for new pots and pans. Espe­cially lamented from my stor­age loss are three cast-​iron skil­lets which belonged to my matri­lin­eal great-​grandmother. Replac­ing those is a longer-​term goal.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_84599” align=“alignright” width=“150”]Coffee Mugs Res­cued these. How I drink my cof­fee most mornings.[/caption]

I was for­tu­nate enough to retrieve my great-aunt’s china and some of the glass­ware — though not all the latter.

Other mus­ings:

At the end of July, I will end my rela­tion­ship with my small POD pub­lisher who pro­vides the gate­way to get copies of my novel printed and gets them to Ama­zon and other book­sellers. I have no com­plaints about the pub­lisher, but it’s an eco­nomic deci­sion; I can do it eas­ier with­out the middle-​man. Hav­ing greater con­trol over my work is a sig­nif­i­cant issue as well.

So, until the 31st, I have a goal of sell­ing one auto­graphed paper­back copy per day of Tale of Tigers: Love is Not Game. (Relax, guys. It isn’t a romance novel.) Be advised, in order to get it auto­graphed, you have to buy it from my blog and not through Ama­zon. Go here and click on the book cover on the left.

Mean­while, I con­tinue to piece together, rethink and rewrite my new novel. Inter­est­ing fac­tor: I found a num­ber of old writ­ings — up to 30 years in age — and am copy­ing them to my lap­top. About half of it is crap, but, with the other half, I’ve been sur­prised at how many top­ics I wrote about in my twen­ties which I devel­oped and posted about on my blog decades later.

Tues­day, I will return to chron­i­cling the End of the World. Maybe.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!baldilocks

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

by baldilocks

Too much sorrow in the world. I want to take a break from it…at least today.

I won’t be grilling this weekend for three reasons: 1) I live in an apartment, 2) I lost my grill and smoker, and 3) my stove is still not connected to the gas source in my apartment.

A few months back, however, I bought an electric burner and replaced my lost crockpot. So I’m finding new ways to cook entrées using that method. They come out pretty good if I follow directions. Plus, it’s impossible to overcook anything with a crockpot—unless you fall asleep and don’t hear the pot’s alarm. And, usually, the pleasant aroma will wake me up anyway.

Plan for Monday: chili. Might have to buy ready-made cornbread.

I’m saving up my pennies for new pots and pans. Especially lamented from my storage loss are three cast-iron skillets which belonged to my matrilineal great-grandmother. Replacing those is a longer-term goal.

Coffee Mugs
Rescued these. How I drink my coffee most mornings.

I was fortunate enough to retrieve my great-aunt’s china and some of the glassware—though not all the latter.

Other musings:

At the end of July, I will end my relationship with my small POD publisher who provides the gateway to get copies of my novel printed and gets them to Amazon and other booksellers. I have no complaints about the publisher, but it’s an economic decision; I can do it easier without the middle-man. Having greater control over my work is a significant issue as well.

So, until the 31st, I have a goal of selling one autographed paperback copy per day of Tale of Tigers: Love is Not Game. (Relax, guys. It isn’t a romance novel.) Be advised, in order to get it autographed, you have to buy it from my blog and not through Amazon.  Go here and click on the book cover on the left.

Meanwhile, I continue to piece together, rethink and rewrite my new novel. Interesting factor: I found a number of old writings—up to 30 years in age—and am copying them to my laptop. About half of it is crap, but, with the other half, I’ve been surprised at how many topics I wrote about in my twenties which I developed and posted about on my blog decades later.

Tuesday, I will return to chronicling the End of the World. Maybe.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!baldilocks

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>