Comfort Food: Ice Cream, Chocolate and Canned Cranberry Jelly

This is going to be my easiest blog post ever. The topic is comfort foods. Two of them will be no-brainers for most people. The other one is steeped in family tradition.

If I’m happy, I love to eat ice cream and chocolate–preferably together. When I’m sad, I have to eat ice cream and chocolate–preferably together. Those are just my rules. They’re simple, and they’re easy to follow. Those two comfort foods work for all occasions, and they’ve never, never–not ever–let me down. That’s not to say that they’re miracles because I’ve been known to pack on a few pounds when I’m in desperate need of comfort food. So, I will admit that they should come with a warning: “The ice cream and chocolate you’re about to enjoy will 100% offer you the comfort you desire. However, be warned, they will also 100% add to weight gain. Eat at your own risk.”

Now, the other comfort food goes back to my childhood, and my children are following in this family…
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NaNo Final Results: the Mermaid Edition!

The month of November is over! In particular, NaNoWriMo is over, and wowee, I am so proud of the progress that my fellow mermaids have made this last month! And I am so proud of all of you who committed to working on your manuscripts this November! We have TWO NaNo winners in the Mermaid lagoon. Count them: TWO! Big congrats to Denny S. Bryce and Kimberly McCarron! You are such an inspiration to us all!

Also, congrats to Carlene Love Flores, Alethea Kontis, and Kerri  Carpenter for dedicating themselves to their writing and for being all around awesome! I’m so glad to have had your company on our journey this last month.

Now, shall we get to the totals? Remember, “winning” at NaNoWriMo consitutes writing 50k words in the last month…

Denny: 50,008 words

Kim: 59,616 words

Carlene: 7,274 words

Alethea: 13,500 words

Pintip: 37,074 words

Kerri:…
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The Alethea Extravaganza: 2 New Books Out Today!!!

Dearest fishy friends: Firstly, we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Secondly, never in my life have I had the fortune to bear witness to a mind quite as brilliant and quirky and prolific and boundless as that belonging to our mermaid sister, Alethea Kontis. I knew she had a couple books coming out today (did I mention she’s a superstar?) and I also knew I wanted to be the lucky girl to share the wonderful release news with you. This is because one of the new stories is the follow up to When Tinker Met Bell, a book Alethea released this September. That story is my all-time Alethea favorite so far (and you can find it HERE ) It’s absolutely lovely! Please do check it out if you can.

There was one character in it, however, one Merriaurum Grandiflora Larousse, aka…
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Turkey Day, Comfort Food, and Why I’m Grateful

   Hey, friends, welcome to a very festive, happy and grateful lagoon!

Why? Maybe I’m just blown away by the mega-words flowing from our mermaids’ talented fingers during the Month of Nano. Or, maybe it’s the new titles falling from the sky keyboards in the lagoon this year (too many to list here!) Maybe it’s Pintip, who will emcee the 2018 Golden Heart Awards at RWA in Denver!

And those Nano totals? YOW. Denny, Kim, Carlene, Alethea, Pintip. You finny sisters are my inspiration.

If I could just stop doing this in my own writing:

 

Eventually I’ll get to do something like this:

This is not getting us to the topic today, however!

We’re talking Comfort Food in this post, and a big shout-out to those of us who will be in the kitchen. Not me, friends….
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Week 3: the Mermaids Dive into NaNo

Week 3 already, and we are just now a little over the halfway point! How are all my NaNo friends doing? Let’s finish out this month strong, shall we? You can do it! Yes,  you can! We believe in you! Go go go!

Check out the mermaids’ word counts below. As you can see, some of us are on track to “win”. . . some of us are a little behind . . . but we are all winners because we have committed to making forward progress on our manuscripts this month!

After 16 days, NaNo suggests a word count of 26,672 to be on track to reach the 50,000 goal.

Our word counts are as follows:

Denny: 18,500 words

Kim: 26,182 words

Carlene: 5,599 words

Alethea: 9,686 words

Pintip: 20,137 words

Mermaid total: 80,194 words

Holy moly! Just look at that mermaid total! I’m so proud…
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The Hungry Traveling Stuck Mermaid

November Greetings to you all and thank you so much for stopping by and reading our posts. We truly appreciate your time and hope you always leave the lagoon with a smile on your face, a hug in your heart and a new, hopefully helpful thought in your head.

This month the Mermaids thought it would be the perfect time of year to share our favorite comfort foods and find out about yours.

I love this theme, however I have to admit that today, I’m having a hard time getting the words to a story I’m working on to come out. Which kind of makes me feel a little down on my capabilities as a professional writer. I do feel a little stuck and it’s definitely a little frustrating. The good news is…
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Week 2: The Mermaids Dive into NaNo

Check out the word counts of the mermaids below, and please share your progress and thoughts!

Remember, we are all here to cheer each other on!

After nine days, NaNo suggests a word count of 15,003 to be on track to reach the 50,000 goal.

Our word counts are as follows:

Denny: 12,659 words

Kim: 10,057 words

Carlene: 4,770 words

Alethea: 2,904 words

Pintip: 12,678 words

Mermaid total: 43,068 words

Wow! According to NaNo, none of the mermaids are “on track” quite yet . . . but I’m not worried! This month is about making progress on our manuscripts, and we are all certainly doing that, so I’m very proud of my fellow mermaids! Plus, just look at that mermaid total!! That’s the length of an entire novel!

Please share. Are you participating in NaNo this year? How is your progress?

The Traveling Mermaid: Alethea Kontis

Hello, the Lagoon! Princess Alethea Mermaid here.

For our next round of essays, we discussed covering two possible topics: travel and comfort food. I think the Mermaids ultimately settled on travel…but the combination of the two subjects struck a chord. (I mean, I am a writer, after all…)

When we travel back to those places that we loved, or the places we call home, there’s usually a food item or two on the list that is NOT TO BE MISSED when one takes a trip there.

In my lifetime, I’ve had a home in various states along the length of the East Coast. Vermont (where I was born), South Carolina (where I attended school), Middle Tennessee (where I became a published author), Northern Virginia (where the Waterworld Mermaids were formed), and the Space Coast of Florida (where I live now). And when I go back to visit each of…
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The Mermaids Dive into NaNo!

Hello dear friends in the lagoon! The mermaids have decided to dive head-first into  National Novel Writing Month this November, and we want you to join us! We may smash the word count, or we may come up a little short . . . but the point is, we are doing this together. Our novels will be the better for it. And we want to support each other — and you — every step of the way!

Thus, we are going to be publishing our word count totals on the blog every Friday, and we’d love for you to share your progress with us, too!

After only two Nano days, our word counts are as follows:

Denny: 4563 words

Kim: 1700 words

Carlene: 1913 words

Alethea: 750 words

Pintip: 3707 words

Mermaid total: 12,633 words

Wow! And that’s just for two days of writing! That is the power of NaNo!

Please share. Are you participating in NaNo this year? How is your progress?

My Very First Mess . . . I Mean, Manuscript

Holy moly, my first manuscript. Wow. It was a total and complete mess. I don’t think it had even a semblance of a plot. Rather, it was just a bunch of rambling thoughts strung together. To tell you the truth, I can’t even tell you what the story was about. That’s how little of a plot it had! When people ask me how many books I’ve written, I don’t count this one. Just like I have my zero drafts (whose words don’t deserve the label of “first draft”), I also have a zero book.

Here’s what I can tell you:

The heroine’s name was Cat.

I wrote the manuscript in a coffee shop a couple blocks away from my apartment. Every day for six months, I went to the Xando and ordered an iced tea and wrote my heart out.

For the first time in my life, I was fully and irrevocably happy. I’ve dreamed of being a writer ever since I was six years old, and now, I was…
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