The Time Has Come!

IMG_5730.JPGI’d first like to thank Disney for making 102 Dalmatians.  We have had 9 showings in the last few days and one is as equally torturous as the next.  I thought Chicken Little was bad… but this is another level… and now the songs are stuck in my head.  I miss the days where Frozen was our movie of choice… the only thing worse, however is the bad weather coming for us.  I will find no solace in our trips to the park (which came to a halt when Cori hurt her leg to begin with), our afternoon jogs around the neighborhood or errand running because the only thing worse than being cold and wet, is a kid with a wet cast.  I’ve luckily made it 2 and a half weeks without getting more than a few drops of food on it.  I’ve made it my mission to keep that sucker dry since apparently it smells pretty horrific if it gets wet… and I do NOT want to find out the hard way.  Especially since I’m probably already skating on thin ice with CPS.  We have made it a solid 4 days without any injuries and their colds are gone, so this is promising!

I just realized that we are mid month and I have yet to tackle half the shit on my list of goals for the month.  Diem doesn’t feel like walking.  It’s just not her thing.  She prefers snacks, naps and being adorable… but the whole walking thing is apparently overrated and she has no desire to fall in line with social norms.  So here we are… lugging her chunky butt around and building our upper body strength.  I have yet to even look at dollhouses, I have not written a single, solitary word on my second book and I have not solved world hunger… but still working on it.  I don’t want to say I’ve been ‘lazy’ per se because that’s far from the truth.  I find myself envying the parents who go into an office to work because they don’t have the daily distractions of dirty floors, messy playrooms and piles of laundry.  Envy being a special word because I definitely wouldn’t want to be any other place than home with my little heathens, but when I want to get some of my own work done, my mind wanders.  But it does that anyway so here I am making excuses for not just DOING it!

Good thing… well it isn’t good… it’s a pain, but Chris is out of town for a couple of days.  So when the kids go to bed I will literally be alone and I will take that opportunity to clear my mind and write all the words!  Or some of them… I’ll probably end up drinking wine and singing too loud in my bathroom to Adele.  Because I sound phenomenal in there.

But, for now, as the clouds roll in and the children are napping – I sit blissfully tucked in the corner of my couch and look over my book, check out more agencies to send my query to and settle on a passage of my book to share with all of you!  This has taken some time because I wanted to make sure I chose a section that really expresses who my protagonist is and fully encompasses his mental struggle between who he was and who he wants to be.  I hope you all enjoy it and it makes you want more!  Which you won’t get until it’s published… sorry not sorry.

I chose this particular passage for a few reasons, the main one being that this was where I really connected with my main character.   Aside from my first page (which when it was a script, was where I set the opening scene) this was where I built John.  I really wanted each character to have their own special complexity but also show that we are all basically who we are, forever.  He has the same struggles as he always had, they just change as he gets older based on the experiences he’s had.  This gives you a decent glimpse into the style of my story and hopefully leaves you wanting more.

**You can find the excerpt in my Short Stories section!**

Please read and feel free to leave a comment on here about what you think!  Or just positive vibes would be nice.  I am forcing myself to steer clear of the nagging in the back of my head telling me to give up and stop trying to do the seemingly impossible – thanks to my sister for this mug that is a reminder that I can do this if I keep pushing.

Here is yet another family favorite that I will share with you as a bribe to tell me that my writing is awesome.

Chicken Stir FryIMG_5614.JPG

1 lb Chicken Breast, sliced into small strips

1 tbsp honey

3 tbsp Soy Sauce

1-2 tsp Sriracha

1 lime, juiced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips

1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips

1/2 yellow onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Mix together the honey, soy sauce, sriracha, lime, garlic and red pepper flakes and marinate chicken for half an hour (you don’t HAVE to do it that long, but the longer, the more flavor you’ll get later).
  2. Heat your cast iron skillet on medium-high heat and place chicken and the marinade in. Cook until the sauce is gone and your chicken has a nice little char on it.
  3. Place in the onions and toss until softened and browned on the edges then toss in your bell peppers and toss until tender.  We like ours a little more crunchy so I do them last.

And done!  A quick, simple but healthy meal that is DELICIOUS and the kids love it!