Monday, January 16, 2017

Vegetable Tortilla Soup

The cold weather we've been experiencing lately has given me some serious soup cravings. Here is one of my comfort food favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup onion, chopped 
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 green onion, chopped 
  • 12 oz cans diced tomatoes 
  • 4 cup low-fat chicken broth 
  • 1⁄3 cup salsa 
  • 1⁄2 red pepper, chopped 
  • 1⁄2 green pepper, chopped 
  • 3 stalk (up to 4) celery, chopped
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh cilantro 
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin 
  • 1⁄2 tsp chili powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp basil 
  • 4 tbsp fat-free sour cream 
  • 4 tbsp flour, to thicken 
Directions: Simmer onions, garlic & green onions in a pan until tender. Put all ingredients in a pot, simmer until all veggies are tender.

Nutrition info: Serves 9. Per serving: 52 Calories; Total Fat 0g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 1mg; Sodium 82mg; Total Carbohydrate 11g; Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 4g; Protein 2g

(Recipe and photo courtesy of KitchMe)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Writing opportunity from Harlequin!


If you've ever considered writing an Amish romance, then now would be a great time to do it because Harlequin is hosting an Amish Blitz contest! Here are the details, as posted on the So You Think You Can Write blog:

Submission dates:
Monday, January 9, 2017 – Tuesday, January 31st 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

What Love Inspired needs to see:
  • A cover letter that introduces your book and includes any previous publishing credits, writing contest wins, or affiliations. 
  • A 3-5 page synopsis. What happens in your book—tell us the key moments, the crucial twists and turns, and how it ends! Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face to get to their happily ever after. 
  • The first chapter of your manuscript (up to 25 pages).
What you get: 
  • A quick response! Skip the slush pile and hear back from Harlequin within 20 business days after the submission period ends. 
  • Editorial feedback for every Love Inspired appropriate story received. 
  • The chance to become Love Inspired’s newest author!
Click here to find out more information and good luck to all those who decide to enter!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Writing Goals

2016 brought a lot of changes, as far as my writing is concerned. Yes, there were some heartaches, but there were also some wonderful highlights, like finding representation with the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. My agent and I are working on some great things for 2017, and I can't wait to share them with all of you. I feel like this year is going to be one for the record books, and I'm SO excited!

Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish this year? Here are just a few of my writing goals for 2017:
  • I know I had a terrible time with my three-year manuscript submission trial with the Harlequin Love Inspired line (which ultimately led to a rejection a couple of months ago), but for some reason I still feel like I'm meant to write something for that line. With that being said, I plan on writing and submitting another manuscript to them soon.
  • I'm going to take my writing time more seriously. Right now I just do it whenever I get the chance, but I'm going to start a weekly writing schedule and stick to it.
  • I will live a healthier lifestyle. I never considered how much my eating and exercise habits were affecting my writing until just recently. When I'm not eating and exercising properly, I feel tired, I can't think straight, and all I want to do is sleep. When I feel better physically, I'm much more productive with my writing.
 
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