On July 1st we celebrate Canada Day and on July 4th our neighbors to the south celebrate their independence on July 4th. In both countries that means great times with family and friends. If you’re planning on having house guests here’s a recipes that’s easy and tasty. If you have to deal with gluten- free food like I have to, just substitute gluten-free bread and bake in a separate dish.
I serve this with fresh fruit, bacon and ham.
Hope you and yours enjoys this as much as we do.
Oven Baked French Toast
½ c butter melted
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
12 slices of sandwich bread
½ c milk
Pinch of salt
- Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with melted butter. Spread any remaining melted butter over bottom of dish.
- Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over melted butter.
- Arrange bread in two layers over brown sugar mixture.
- Beat eggs, milk, and salt in a bowl; pour over bread.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on a panel, “Are Short Stories the New Black?” Not only am I published in short stories but I’m also a publisher of the anthology Nefarious North, A Collection of Short Crime Stories. Now I’m no expert but here are a few tips to write short stories.
First off, read every short story you can get your hands on. Anthologies are a great place to start your exploration. I always say anthologies are like a box of chocolate giving you a choice of different voices to sample.
Focus on a single incident and keep your cast of characters small. If you love to create worlds, reveal a single point of life in that world.
In a short story you don’t have the word count to develop backstory so limit it and have your characters walk on stage fully developed with all their quirks and flaws on show.
You don’t have to room to develop a long story arc so short stories tend to be character driven. Therefore you really have to understand your character’s goal, motivation and conflict.
I hope I’ve given you something to think about if you decide to try your hand at writing short stories.
I work in retail in a mall. It’s the meeting place for our society. I like being a part of this interaction so I never thought I’d have to admit this but I experienced internet withdrawal this week.
I stayed at a friend’s place and I couldn’t hook up to her internet. I had no facebook, no email interaction, I was isolated and I hated it. Every time we dashed into her house, I grabbed my laptop, turned it on, and waited for all of you to pop in and tell me all about your life, about your books, about your friends to no avail.
I’m a friendly person and have always been. I never realized how much I counted on my facebook friends and my email friends until I couldn’t reach them.
I couldn’t see what everyone was doing? What funnies were being circulated. What new book releases were coming out. I felt so out of touch with my own life that it was actually scary.
Have you ever been out of touch with your internet life and how did it make you feel?
I’m so excited that I will be attending Bloody Words in Toronto next weekend. I love going to conferences and seeing my writing friends and make new friends.
I can’t wait to sit in on such panels as ‘Romantic suspense & cozies – no longer what you expect,” and ‘Split Personality, writing more than one series.’
Several of my friends are on the ’Humor panel’ and that’s one I’m really looking forward to.
This year I’m not only attending, I’m also taking part in a panel ‘Are short stories the new black? with Jane Burfield, Madeleine Harris, Rebecca Senese and moderated by Sharon Crawford. I’m both thrilled and terrified at the same time but I know these wonderful women will help me get through it.
I’ve got copies of ‘Nefarious North, A Collection of Short Crime Stories’ for giveaways and a copy to prop up in front of me. Hopefully if the questions get too hard I can duck behind it and hide.
My friend Linda Cahill and I will be signing copies of Nefarious North at the Sisters in Crime table on Saturday at 11 am.
If you are one of my internet friends, please come by and say hi so we can meet in person.
Hope to see you.