What’s new, you might ask? A lot, really. I’ve been working like mad updating the graphics and links on the website. There’s still more to go, but hopefully you are seeing some new and pretty changes. The clock graphic in this post is one example. Here’s another, a new look for the home page. This is a side by side comparison of the old and new side by side.
A couple of weeks ago I added a new header and a new background and last week the Jane Austen Reading Room came online. There’s also a new button in the side bar to subscribe to my newsletter. If you haven’t done that, I’d love for you to! Kind of fun to freshen up the place a bit and I’ve got a few more new goodies up my sleeve yet.
And finally, I worked out a couple of new recipes. Sometimes I take a concept and play with it and occasionally it is worth making again. This one was and is a good go to for the upcoming cold season:
- 16 oz Chorizo
- 1-2 onions, diced
- 15 oz can of black beans
- 15 oz can of corn kernels
- 3-15 oz can of diced tomatoes
- 2T or 1 envelope of your favorite taco seasoning
Remove chorizo from casing. Brown with onions until you’ve got a nice carmelization. Drain the corn and beans. Add all the cans and seasoning to the pot. Stir well. Return to a simmer. Either simmer until reduced to desired thickness OR (and I love this) put the whole thing, uncovering into a 275F oven for 2 to 4 hours, stirring when you think of if. Goes really well with corn bread.
I make this ahead and freeze or refrigerate for up to 10 days. It’s a nice twist on standard chili.
One last new thing, AustenProse posted a lovely review for Remember the Past, so hop over and check it out. Austenprose always has great Austenesque articles!
With any luck, I’ll have a new chapter of my WIP, Mrs. Drummond’s School for Girls up this week. I’m trying a first person version here and a third person version at Austen Variations. The jury is still out, so please comment and let me know which approach you like best!
All told the writing week was a bit light with all the website work.
Words of Fiction Written: 4500 words on 3 different fiction projects
Words of Nonfiction written: 3000 words
Blog Posts Prepared: 3 posts for 2 different sites
Emails written: 50 emails, about 3000 words
Social Media Interactions: 30, about 600 words
Articles Read (Research and writing craft/business): 25 research and 20 craft/business
More website updates and additions.
This weeks total words: 11,100
No new entry from my Writer’s Sketchbook, though. I suppose things will be really interesting next week…
I would love to hear what you think. Please have your share of the conversation in the comments!