Wednesday, February 03, 2021

February Comes With A Heart And A Recipe In Honor Of Josephine Wake

February has come in cold and white, which doesn't bother me since I don't have to go out in it too much (picture me saying: COVID). Yesterday I did a snow angel for the first time in years, and today it's disappeared under a new layer of snow.

Like my current work in progress I feel I'm finding layers that were hidden from me before. I wrote the original first version of this wip YEARS ago, and lost it (computer got wiped and I cried like a baby).

So I am going from a previous copy leading up to the original first version and already in the first three chapters my heroine has decided what I wrote before is not correct. She is much more tomboy in this one. I love meeting her this way. This is historical fiction, so I have room to work but also a structure I must follow. I like the challenge. I like my heroine. I like progress is happening.
I feel this novel will be all the better for me having waited to really meet this woman. Have you had that happen? Your character tells you what to do, or tries to work with you instead of making you go it alone?
Yeah, it's great, isn't it? Have a wonderful February.

In honor of our dear friend Jo, 
here is a recipe for quick and easy 
Pimento Cheese 
 my mother Sue Miller gave me.

Ingredients: 2 bags shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1/2 a block of cream cheese, warm/room temperature, 1 jar (12 oz) pimentos (roasted red peppers), mayo to taste (I like about 1 tablespoon. If you like yours a bit spicy, add your favorite hot sauce or some diced chili peppers.
What to do: Cut up pimentos into small pieces. Mix everything together. You'll see why you want everything room temperature when you do. You can eat right away or let sit over night to marry the flavors.

February 3 question for IWSG - Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Yes I have and I am so very grateful. I have been a part of a group for almost seven years now that I found from the IWSG/ABC Blogging Challenge (in April) and through all our ups and downs, we are still going. We've lost a few along the way, Jo is one of them, but we still hold them in our hearts. 

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

The awesome co-hosts for the February 3 posting of the IWSG are 
and Nancy Gideon! Please go visit them and thank them for co-hosting today!

I hate the changes blogger has made to posting here. I can't figure anything out that before was so easy to do. So pardon my unprofessional looking blog posts for now. I am still working out the roaches. Yes, these aren't just bugs to me, but roaches. Yuck.

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  1. Hi Lisa - I still struggle with the present blogger - pain in the ''' you know what!
    Re Jo - she was one fun lady with so much knowledge about life ... love the idea of your pimento cheese - always a good choice for a cold night ... especially after angels in the snow! All the best - we'll miss her - stay safe - Hilary

  2. I only "discovered" pimento cheese a few years ago when I was down south. I had heard of it and wanted to try it. Yum! I am struggling with the new blogger, too. Frustrating. Why is it they always have to "improve" something that is working perfectly fine? Doesn't that make me sound old and crotchety!

  3. I had a whole slew of characters tell me who they were which lead to a whole series of books.

    A snow angel - how fun.

  4. I like mine spicy. Bet Jo would've enjoyed it as well.
    I also like tomboys so good call on your character.

  5. I'd cry more like several babies if that happened to me!

  6. It's a special thing being able to reconnect with a character and realize that you didn't know them as well as you thought you did. I had that happen recently with two of my character I'd been writing about for over a decade!

  7. In my largest book, the characters did tell me what and how to write them. They ended up being something totally different than what I had first imagined but they were all the better for it. And losing files also have happened to me. I've fried dwarves in rage after it happens but to no avail. Computers are evil cruel spawns sometimes. I love the recipe, I am a cheese fan.

  8. My characters are always telling me what to do. They surprise me a lot of the time.
    I hope your novel exceeds its promise :)

  9. Love your snow angel, Lisa! That's the spirit. My only snow angels this year have been on my long black foam roller where I've been flapping my wings to repair shoulder injuries ~ LOL. Oh yes, I'm used to characters taking over. I'm glad you're finding satisfaction in yours. Happy IWSG Day and good luck with your WIP! 🍀🍀🍀

  10. Discovering characters is always fun. Rediscovering them can be humbling. So glad to see you (and many others) remembering Jo today. Warms my heart on an otherwise not-so-warm day. :)

  11. I hate the new blogger, too. And I hate YOU because you have snow! LOL (Kidding)

    I miss Jo.

  12. I'd go out and make a snow angel, too, but I wouldn't be able to get up. LOL Good for you! I'm with you about new Blogger. Roaches is right.


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