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Write—For Me

I set out to write a new collection of poetry and I am thinking about words more than I have in the past. The most difficult thing about writing is trying to find new words that mean the same thing while creating a different version of what I already wrote without repeating myself. Can you … Continue reading Write—For Me

Quotations From Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books

This is a great review! Now another book I must add to my already too long list!

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I have been reading an extraordinary memoir Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. In this wonderful book, Nafisi writes about her experience as a Professor of English Literature in Iran and the women who were her students and whom she taught in secret. Her writing is honest, compelling, and a text that all teachers and professors should read. It is an educational inspiration. I give this excellent book a complete recommendation.

For this post, I want to highlight a few quotations from the book:

“what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.” (3)

“Don’t go chasing after the grand theme, the idea, I told my students, as if it is separate from the story itself. The idea or ideas behind the story must come to you through the experience of the novel and not as something…

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Releasing Writing Fears #2

I love the complexity of language and the intricacies of fabricating worlds. Worlds that are created between the pages of a spine, so I must continuously read. It is my belief that the love of writing should come from the love of reading. All writers should read and read everything because when you are done … Continue reading Releasing Writing Fears #2

Recipe: Autumn Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Please check out my friend Amanda’s blog. She is the DIY QUEEN. She is very creative and makes some great oatmeal cookies. She has recently embarked on a new journey and is working on her blog. Check out her yummy recipes and awesome videos and cool crafts!!

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On National Cake Day (November 26), I celebrated by baking my husband his favorite spice cake.  Holidays are coming up and this would be a great dessert to end any holiday feast so I decided to share the recipe with YOU!

Recipe_ Autumn Spice Cake

Let’s break it down…

Step 1: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves. Set aside.

Step 2: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, break up the brown sugar until there are no clumps.

Step 3: Add the vegetable oil and the unsweetened applesauce to the brown sugar and blend until smooth.

Step 4: Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.

Step 5: Slowly add half of the flour mixture until combined and then add half of the buttermilk.

Step 6: Add the remaining flour mixture followed by the rest of the buttermilk. Blend until well combined.

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