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Some of you already know this, but here's a more general announcement: a small press has offered me a contract for my novel The Ghost Downstairs! External validation rocks, as my husband said by way of congratulations.

It won't be out for months yet, but in the meantime check out my userinfo for details, including the cover art they drew up for me. I love the house in particular. It's perfect; just as I pictured it.

So, hurrah, and I'll tell you more when there's more to tell. Be prepared to see me promote the heck out of it on this journal. I plan to beg you all to write Amazon reviews for me and stuff.

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Now, a few quick food reviews:

Beets: good! I seldom had them when growing up (maybe my parents don't like them), but lately have been getting basic canned sliced beets and eating them on salad. They're so tender and fresh and delicious. How did I ever live without beets on my salad?

Cactus leaves (nopales): not so good. Tried slicing and steaming them as recommended, added a bit of honey since they were still so sour; tried butter, salt, pepper; but no. Still tasted like eating a plant rather than eating a vegetable. I'm sure you understand the difference.

Almond Breeze (Blue Diamond's milk substitute), Vanilla: good! Smooth and not at all chalky or weird. Makes a nice lightweight shake when mixed with regular milk.

Silk (soy milk), Chocolate: also good! Tastes just like regular chocolate milk.

Silk, Vanilla: not so good. In fact, *shudder*. By the way, we're only trying these to vary the large amounts of regular milk we and our toddler drink. None of us are actually lactose intolerant; just interested in new flavors and ingredients.

3 Musketeers Mint With Dark Chocolate: oh my gosh, so good. Satiny dark chocolate with a soft bright white mint nougat filling. Like original 3 Musketeers meeting a York Peppermint Patty, but better than either. And soft enough that I can easily eat them even with my braces-tender teeth, which is a major plus. Several varieties of chocolate are too thick for me to bite through lately, which, as you can imagine, is practically reason enough for me to declare a state of emergency and apply for federal disaster relief.


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Mar. 8th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
That's completely awesome! Congratulations!
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And congrats to you as well, btw, for all the external validation Blenderman is getting. Must feel pretty great!
(no subject) - madbard - Mar. 9th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 8th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
THAT'S FANTASTIC! Congrats, m'dear! I eagerly await!
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I eagerly await my revisions. :)
Mar. 8th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued by this 3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate. But I haven't seen that here, so that's just one of the many sweet things that you guys have that we don't that I envy you for :( Other items include Oreo Cakesters and Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Chocolate Malt Balls.
Mar. 8th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
And yes, much congratulations on the book as well, my mind's just on food right now ;) I should probably go eat something!
(no subject) - mollyringle - Mar. 9th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 8th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ooooh ! Congratulations!!!! :D:D:D:D:D
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
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Mar. 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks much!
Mar. 8th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Hooray about your book! The cover looks splendid. I can't wait to read it!!! :-)

PS I love Three Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate candy bars. Delicious!
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, dearie! Heheh--you have such good taste in chocolate, as in most other things. ;)
Mar. 8th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
That's FABULOUS! Congrats!
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hope you're having a relaxing weekend. :)
Mar. 8th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

(Will you be doing signed bookplates for all your lovely LJ fans?)
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Bookplates! That's a great idea, especially since w/ such a small press I won't be getting free paperbacks to send out at will. :) Thanks!
Mar. 8th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, the artwork is aces! I guess that is one less thing to worry about in the course of getting this book up and out -- covers mean so much to particular readers (I'm the finicky type, so I'm speaking from book purchasing experience).

Plus, the male on the cover looks a bit like a shaggy young Sal Mineo.

Glad you're happy with it.

Mar. 9th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Hee--hadn't noticed the Sal resemblance, but you're right. Cool.

Yeah, I can be finicky about cover art too, so I figure I got lucky here. But then they did actually ask for ideas and preferences from me, so it isn't entirely luck. They're nice that way.
(no subject) - dirae - Mar. 10th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mollyringle - Mar. 12th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 9th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous cover! Congratulations! By all means, trumpet the news when it's available!
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
I sure will! Thank you. I'll be looking forward to sharing publication experiences with you. :)
(no subject) - mariole - Mar. 9th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
YAAAAAAAY! Congrats! Beautiful cover, too!

Nice food: oatmeal made with (unflavored) soy milk. No, really. The natural nutty flavor of the soy milk complements the oatmeal. Even better with chopped pecans stirred in, and the whole thing is a protein bonanza.
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm excited, naturally.

Ooh, the oatmeal idea sounds good. I bet it would work nicely, since the first two ingredients in those yummy Odwalla shakes are soy milk and oat milk. Probably complements coffee well too, on the rare occasions I drink coffee...
Mar. 9th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
Mar. 9th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thank ye!
Mar. 9th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, and thanks for the chocolate recommendation! I love dark chocolate, and I love mint.
Mar. 11th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And you're welcome. Those chocolate bars are dangerously good.
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I recommand fresh beetroots roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They end up tender and earthy and sweet and very very tasty.
Mar. 11th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yum! I do need to try them from scratch, as it were, someday. I tossed the canned ones with salad dressing before serving them, which enhanced the flavor beautifully. So good. I could eat them alone with the dressing. Mmm.
(no subject) - shebit - Mar. 12th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 12th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
wow, congrats!!

and yes, three musketeers mint is the cat's pajamas.
Mar. 17th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yeah, they put crack in that stuff or something.
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