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The next car in the blog train is open at Samantha Kymmell-Harvey’s Blog: ‘A is for Apocalypse’ Blog Train: All Aboard! Be sure to check it out :)

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Last Word

Welcome to the to A is For Apocalypse blog train! If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out the other stops on the train.

Car 8: Alexandra SeidelApocalyptic Blog TrainCar 10: Samantha Kymmell-Harvey

One of the first apocalypses I can remember seeing was in Wizards. It was showing late at a comic convention in a tiny room in the basement floor. Only a handful of people were there, which was good, as the room could maybe have held twenty people. A TV was placed at the front of the room, the lights were turned out, and the world appeared on the screen. Then it blew up.

We laughed. What else could you do?

My favourite apocalypse is The Stand, cut, uncut, mini-series, or comic book. I’ll take them all. It’s the whole story, but also the set-up touches, like giving the virus the name Captain Trips and almost personifying it. Or having the country with the outbreak decide they’re not going down alone. Or pointing out that even if 99.4% of the population catches the virus, there’s still a whole lot left.

The ones left. That’s what I like best. The post-apocalypse, whether we get the destruction of the world out of the way as quickly as in Wizards, or we spend some time in it like The Stand. If it ends in an explosion, or a virus, and whether it leaves behind radiation, bodies, or even zombies, I want to see what happens next.

Are there any humans left? If there are, do they start over, or do they rebuild? If they rebuild, what do they leave and what do they keep? Of what they keep, did they make the right choice? Of what they leave, is it ever uncovered?

There’s a lot of potential in these stories. Questions to ask and choice to make. As Wizards showed me so many years ago, the end is only the beginning.

Car 8: Alexandra SeidelApocalyptic Blog TrainCar 10: Samantha Kymmell-Harvey

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Playlist: Zombie

Exercises

Bairn entered the cage, and stood with his back straight, arms hanging down at his side, establishing his look. Across the cage his opponent laughed, pointed at Bairn, and just shook his head. It was all right. the audience didn’t know what to make of the face paint yet either, but they would.

Bairn tossed his nerves and excitement aside along with his coat, and focused on the man he’d be facing. The match was all that mattered now. He had to make his name on the back of this opponent, and it had to be a definitive win. He couldn’t afford to lose couldn’t afford to care.

If he couldn’t do what was needed now, he’d never make it. He waited for the bell to ring, and prepared to take a life.

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Published in A is for Apocalypse, L is for…

Writing

Today is the launch day for A is for Apocalypse!

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

My story is the letter L, but since it’s day one I’m not giving away the full title yet. I’ll update this post with it later :)

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Viewing: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

I wasn’t sure what to think when they announced this one, but I absolutely loved it :)

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Another Camp Down

Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve finished Camp NaNoWriMo, and very glad to have it over with. As much as I usually enjoy these, I just found this one frustrating. Tracking a project by hours was painful more than motivational.

It’s funny, when I chose this method, I remember thinking “It’ll be like doing NaNoEdMo.” I remembered that I’d participated in that for two years. I remembered that after those two years, I’d never done it again. It probably should have occurred to me to look back at why that was.

I posted this  blog entry near the end of my last NaNoEdMo in 2008, and it’s almost exactly what I feel like posting for this year:

There was something about having those fifty hours grinding away in the background that prevented me from fully engaging with the work. In the end, I did feel like I was merely putting in the time, not the effort.

Hours as a counter completely does not work for me, and apparently it’s been that way for at least six years. Hopefully my future self will remember this, and come up with something better.

I’ve had some good suggestions for using chapters, or percentages, and things when doing editing. Which means I should probably have a more coherent draft than I started with this year. That should also be one of my requirements: draft must be complete :)

I’m going to continue to think about a method for tracking editing, though, as I think it’s an excellent way to spend a camp. Until then, this year is done.

CampNaNoWriMo

 

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Blueberry Snail

So, this one was a bit of an ambitious meal for someone just starting out. Both recipes included sauces you make, and instead of subbing them out, I went ahead and made the Italian Spice, Spicy Italian Dressing, and Barbeque Sauce. When I had those, I started the meal. By the end of it, I’d lost track of how long anything had taken.

Prepped

Prepped

Prepped

Prepped

There’s a bunch of substitutions in this one, because I thought I had spices that I didn’t. I’ll probably have to make the barbeque sauce again once I use this up, just to know how it’s supposed to taste.

Oh, and I did remember to take the chicken out to defrost that morning, but apparently a day in the fridge was not enough. I still had to stick them in the microvwave.

Substitutions/Changes:

  • No onion powder in anything, because I thought I had it and didn’t.
  • Whole rosemary for crushed rosemary.
  • Half Dijon mustard, because I ran out part way through.
  • Crushed tomatoes for tomato puree.
  • Coconut oil for olive oil in the food, because I used the last of it on the dressing.
  • Cayenne pepper for crushed red peppers, because I thought I had them and didn’t.
  • Green onions for shallots, because the store didn’t have them.

Mistakes:

  • Making the sauces on the same day.
  • Didn’t check to see if the chicken was defrosted when I started making the sauces.
  • Taking the food out at just over the time listed. I like my bacon crispier than it turned out.
Pre-cooked

Before Cooking

Cooked

After Cooking

Cooked

After Cooking

Prep Time: No idea. I was making multiple pieces at once and lost track.
Cooking Time: Pretty much the same, though at least 20 minutes.
Total Time (start to plate): 60 minutes.

On Plate

On Plate

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Maple Glazed Donuts

Love Books

These ones aren’t from the Wheat Belly Cookbook, but I figured I’d post them anyway. On the plus side, I can link the recipe this time: Maple Glazed Donuts at Savory Lotus.

On Wednesday I decided randomly to try and make some non-wheat donuts I’d bookmarked a while back. I wanted a treat and did have anything in the house. I should probably plan ahead for that from now on. I have discovered impatience doesn’t go well with baking.

Substitutions/Changes:

  • Ground almonds and coconut for almond and coconut flours. I’ve decided the difference must be the fineness of the grind. These turned out a little coarse.
  • Butter for coconut butter.

Mistakes:

  • I filled the tray a little too full for some of them, and lost the holes.
  • I tried to put the glaze on too soon. (Thus the impatience lesson.)
Pre-cooked

Before Cooking

Cooked

After Cooking

Glazed

After Glaze

Prep Time: ~15 minutes.

Cooking Time: ~25 minutes.

Total Time (start to plate): ~45 minutes (and should have waited longer for cooling).

On Plate

On Plate

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Cajun Chicken Cutlets and Spinach Gratin

I Think I Made It Worse

I already knew I liked Cajun chicken, so this seemed like a safe bet to start. The book suggested pairing it with the spinach gratin, so I tried both at the same time.


Substitutions/Changes:



  • Ground almonds for almond meal/flour, because I’m still not sure what the difference is.


American to Canadian:



  • Whipping Cream for Heavy Cream (which doesn’t seem to be a thing up here).


Mistakes:



  • I didn’t take the chicken out to thaw in the morning, and had to defrost it in the microwave.

  • I mis-read the cooking instructions, and put all the cheese in when I should have separated it. That meant using an extra ¼ cup.


Cajun Chicken Cutlets Pre-Cooked

Before Cooking

Spinach Gratin Pre-Cooked

Before Cooking

Cajun Chicken Cutlets Cooked

After Cooking

Spinach Gratin Cooked

After Cooking


Prep Time: 30 minutes, thanks to the defrosting oops above.


Cooking Time: 20 minutes.


Total Time (start to plate): 60 minutes.


Cajun Chicken Cutlets and Spinach Gratin

On Plate


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Mini Baked Egg Casseroles

Make Lemonade

I very rarely cook, but as I’m shifting my eating habits that’s looking less and less sustainable. (Especially now that the restaurant I went to for lunch has unfortunately closed.) As a way to try and get myself cooking on a regular basis, I borrowed the Wheat Belly cookbooks from the library. I don’t like spending a lot of time cooking, so I’ve decided to go with the 30 Minute (or Less) Cookbook. I’m going to try and make as many of the recipes as I can before I lose interest J

These probably won’t be regular posts, as I may have to skip days, and some of the recipes will get me more than one meal. But for now, here we go.

Mini Baked Egg Casseroles

I chose these ones since it looked pretty easy, and it was.

Substitutions/Changes:

  • I only made 6, as I don’t have an 8 cup muffin tray.

American to Canadian:

  • I bought Back Bacon for the Canadian Bacon.
Mini Baked Egg Casseroles Pre-Cooked

Before Cooking

Mini Baked Egg Casseroles Cooked

After Cooking

Prep Time: 5 minutes. I didn’t think to time this, until after I put them on to cook, so I’m going with the book time.

Cooking Time: 18 minutes. That’s 3 minutes over the cooking time in the book.

Total Time (start to plate): 25 minutes.

Mini Baked Egg Casseroles On Plate

On Plate

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