Hello again. Sixteen weeks into 2021. The weirdness continues and we're holding our own.
I got back to work on writing Friday night. Duke Noble 2 is on its way. Between Friday night and last night, I got out just over 3200 words. Yay. Already has a twist. Heh.
I really need to do some marketing and have a sale. I'll see what I can do this week to make that happen.
In other writerly news, I received the last proofs and now all of my books are available in paperback form. In addition to the Kindle form. I'm still waiting on the author copies of RHI, but those should be here tomorrow. :fingers crossed: I have at least two people who want to buy a copy. Maybe a third, but I haven't talked to her yet and I probably won't see her for another couple weeks.
It wasn't a great reading week. Only finished one book. And the Zane Grey I was reading got set aside for another time because I just wasn't into it. I picked up a fantasy instead.
In baking news, I got a wild hair and created my own recipe. Chocolate Walnut Upside-Down Cake. It was awesome. So I posted the recipe on FB. Except I forgot to put down something when I wrote the recipe - mini chocolate chips. Oops. I bet it's still good without them. (corrected recipe below.) I also did a batch of granola bars. And it's not baking, but I made a vat of beef stew yesterday.
On the activity front, I did something 5 out of 7 days - skipping Friday and Saturday. The weather was chilly and wet, so I used that as an excuse. the other 5 days, I walked, did gardening, did some windows, went shopping, and went fishing. Weight: 185.2 - up 4/10ths of a pound.
When I was fishing I caught 3 little bluegills and a little green sunfish. None of them were keepers.
If you want gardening news, go over here.
Hubs found an antler in the yard! Eight years we've been looking for antlers and suddenly there it was. It was only a spike, but hey, it's a start. It's long past when deer drop antlers. We're thinking a squirrel found it in the woods and was dragging it somewhere to eat when it dropped it where Hubs found it. It's in the garage for now. I'll clean it up and put it in the house eventually.
From the sounds of it, Hubs is killing a mouse in the garage as I type this. Must've got one in the trap and it didn't die. I hope it was the one chewing in the wall for the past hour or so. It was driving me crazy. (Update: It was a mouse, but it wasn't caught. It was running around. He didn't get it. Drat.)
Other than that, not much going on around here. Hanging in there. Watching the country I love circle the drain faster and faster. Not much I can do about it.
Oh, I went to Wallyworld earlier in the week. About thirty percent of the people weren't wearing masks. So I took mine off. Freedom! I still stayed as far away from people as possible - it's ingrained in me now more than ever. If I get the crud, you can say I told you so. If I don't... neener neener boo boo.
Okay, now that's really enough out of me. How was your week?
Chocolate Walnut Upside Down Cake
1 stick butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups white sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup baking cocoa powder
2 cups water
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1/3 bag mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F (175C). While oven is preheating, put the stick of butter in a 9x13" cake pan (sliced for quicker melting) and place the pan in the oven. Remove as soon as the butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar until combined. Stir in walnuts until all nuts are coated and then make sure they're evenly placed. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Add water, oil, and vanilla. Stir until combined. Stir in vinegar until smooth. Pour batter over the nut mixture in the pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving. Overnight is best. (If you don't let it cool, the still-warm cake falls apart. Trust me on this.)