Elements of Fiction: Little Book of Tips and Advice

I have thought about taking up a fiction writing project inspired by one of the members completing these amazing flash fiction pieces for competition. I typically focus on improving my writing for this blog, but thought a new challenge might be fun. With that in mind, I needed to research the fiction writing process, but since my time has been limited due to crazy schedules the advice needed to be concise and short. Hence, I recently checked out Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley from my local library

Big Flower Fight: Bloom Life into Sculptures

It is hard to imagine sculptures coming to life, but what if they were made of things that were already alive. It is hard to imagine, but the Big Flower Fight on Netflix makes it possible.

Pork Floss Cookies: Savory Sweet Bites

Sometimes, I love a different take on the afternoon snack. Sometimes, I want sweet. Sometimes, I want salty. You never know what you could be craving, but what if there was one little Chinese inspired cookie that could be the salty and sweet bite you need in the afternoon? I came across this interesting recipe on Bake for Happy Kids called Melt-in-your-mouth Pork Floss Chinese Cookies. It is a one of a kind recipe that I just had to try.

Chef’s Table BBQ: Tales from the Pit Masters

Chef’s Table is one of my favorite documentary series. It gets to the core of the chefs behind some of the top restaurants around the world. The documentary series created a new spin off focusing on BBQ around the world. BBQ looks different in different parts of the world, but there is a common feature of fire. The people who master this type of cooking are often given the title of Pit-Master instead of Chef as they have a skill set that a Chef can’t match. Pit-Masters have an understanding of fire and food.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Legacy of Heroes

Want an adventure?
How about a bizarre adventure?
Then I have the thing for you!
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an anime series that was adapted from the manga of the same name. Each episode follows the lives of the Joestar family. They are a family gifted with powers. A family gifted with powers is never meant for a dull and boring life. Watch as each generation of the Joestar family has to decided to become a hero or something far darker.

So Yummy’s Dumpling Folding: Easy or Hard?

How many of you have watched the So Yummy food videos? They are cute little video that show the recipes and methods as being easy to make or do. I really liked the one that showed all these fancy ways to fold dumplings. They made dumplings shaped like flowers and shells. Just look at them here! These methods of folding were far fancier than the traditional crimping that I used when making homemade dumplings. So one weekend when I had a bit of time and a craving for dumplings, I decided to try to fold the dough in these new ways. Then, how did it go?

Blue Exorcist: Nature or Nurture?

It is a question of humanity if we are determined by our nature or by those who nurture us. If you ask a room full of people this question, you will get a variety of different answers. So how are we suppose to know? An anime series (that was originally a manga) called Blue Exorcist brings this question into focus as the lead, Rin, and his brother discover that they are the sons of Satan.

Nail Polish Investment: O.P.I

I hate nail polish that is so weak that it chips in a day and doesn’t look good once dried. I would rather spend my money on another book than crappy nail polish. So with little patience, there is only one or two brands of polish that I will invest in. One of those brands is O.P.I. Nail Polishes. It is a well known brand that comes in a variety of formulas and colors. I personally love the regular polish formula and the clarity of colors that it comes in. It takes some prep and time to get the desired shiny coat, but it is well worth it. This is my process for the best results with their colored polish.

Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread: Nutty Sweet Slice

I love my bagel in the morning with cream cheese, but even I need to change up my morning routine sometimes. I did this by trying a new bread recipe for my morning treat that I discovered while flipping through old magazines that I had saved. The photos looked scrumptious and made me hungry for a slice. With my stomach’s agreement, I picked up the Raisin-Pecan Rye Bread recipe (which you can find here) and gave it a try. Just look at the photo on the left to see how my attempt went!