At a game, a tailgate, or as appetizers for any sort of party you find nachos. They appear as an after school, between meal, or even a late night snack. They are simple to prepare and come in many varieties from cheesy to ultra hot. They can be cheese and chips snack or gourmet and with a full meal served over chips. They can be the basis for a culinary mashup like Memphis BBQ Tochos that have pulled pork BBQ sauce and slaw on the chips and maybe even Tater Tots, Irish Potato Nachos, or Mediterranean Nachos. But where did they come from?
Nachos originated in Piedras Negras, Mexico, a town located just across the border from Texas. In 1943, when the wives of some American soldiers came into his restaurant, the maitre d’hotel, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, had to make them something to eat. It was already closing time, so Ignacio really didn’t have enough ingredients left over to make any real, full dish—all he had were a few tortillas, some shredded cheese and some pickled jalapeno peppers. So he cut up the tortillas into pieces, sprinkled what else he had over them, and baked them for a few minutes before serving them to melt the cheese. The women greatly enjoyed the snack, and when they asked Ignacio what it was called, he answered “Nacho’s especiales”. The word of this new hot snack traveled fast through Texas and the Southwest. A few years later, a modified version of the original dish, with cheese sauce and prepared tortilla chips was marketed in 1976 by businessman Frank Liberto during various sporting events taking place in Arlington, Texas. This version became known as “ball park nachos”.
Here's the original recipe that serves 4
1 large (10-12 oz) bag of corn or tortilla chips 8 oz Jack cheese 8 oz Cheddar cheese A large jar of your favorite salsa A handful of pickled jalapeno slices
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You could use a microwave, but the chips get much crispier from being in a real oven. Arrange the chips in an oven-safe dish. Spread the chips out–the more you spread them out, the more room there’ll be for cheese and the less “disappointing” nachos there will be with next to nothing on them. Next, grate the cheese, and mix both kinds well. Spread the grated cheese evenly over the chips. Spoon the salsa over the cheese-covered ships, and then sprinkle the jalapeno slices overtop of everything. Bake until the cheese has melted and starts bubbling, about 10-12 minutes, taking care to make sure the nachose don’t start burning. After you remove them from the oven, WAIT about 1 minute before you dig it. It may seem torturously difficult to wait, but waiting is still much better than burning your mouth, tongue and throat with nearly boiling cheese. Serve while still very warm, and enjoy!
Most amazing continuation of a story that our dear author has to tell! I feel she has lived in the time she brings this story to us! Spiritual is the feeling I get reading this! I cannot wait for next in this series! I have become attached to the Characters and emotionally involved! Friends they have become! This is a must read!
A different George
Last week we met Brent Harris who told us about his Alternative History novel A Time of Need. Today we meet a very different "George"
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is Colonel George Washington. I am a British Officer, now serving in America, due to the recent rebellion of a few misguided Colonies.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in 1722, in the Colony of Virginia.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I am somewhat of a self-made man. I earned my early wealth and experience as a surveyor and when I met my wife, Martha. Soon after, I inherited the land and estate of Mt. Vernon, on the Potomac. Right on the river. I served my King diligently during the French and Indian War, and was thus awarded with an opportunity to purchase a commission in the King’s Foot. My time served has granted me patience and wisdom. Virtues I hope to use to help our people heal during this time of need.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I was raised among tobacco farms and rivers. I lived, played, worked and fought among the wilderness. My senior officers say I have a wildness in me because of this land. Perhaps they are right.
5. How old are you?
A gentleman does not discuss matters of health and age. Next question?
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
It was as happy as it could be. My father died when I was 11. So did half my siblings. My half-brother took ill and then – well, as you can see from the pockmarks on my face, so did I. But again, these are personal matters hardly befitting a proper conversation.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I married my best friend, Martha. She is everything to me. There are unfounded rumors that Martha is not my first love, that I cared for another before her. These, I assure you, have no basis in fact. Martha means the world to me.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
My wife. My virtues. My duty to my King. These are not just values, but reasons for living – and dying.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Keeping those I care about safe and healing the wounds that divide our Kingdom. We must stop this terrible nonsense about the Colonies breaking away. I shall not see Britain broken!
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
My beliefs may place people in danger. My wife, my fellow Colonists and friends of Virginia… they are at risk from rebels who would betray their king and their allegiance to their country.
11. Biggest fear?
Losing my wife.
12. What line will you never cross?
Unnecessarily harming the people I wish to protect. The Colonists are all citizens of the Crown, and I will not see them harmed unless they raise arms against us.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
The best moment, outside of my marriage, was donning my British uniform for the first time. The worst -- orders to New York to help quell this rebellion.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
If one remains in possession of their wits and faculties, one does not place themselves in a position of embarrassment or shame.
15. Biggest secret?
There are some in the British ranks who insist that I harbor empathy towards the rebellion. That is untrue. I will hold to my word and my duty.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
To restore peace and order to the British people.
I read plenty of blogs in my attempt to learn more about the craft of writing and the skills a writer needs to market his/her work. One of my constant joys is Gisela Hausmann's blog. Her most recent article hit home!
Authors: Is Your Timing Right?
“Execution is something, but timing is everything.” ― Todd Stocker
“Hell is truth seen too late.” ― Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
“Right time, right place, right people equals success.Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.”― Idries Shah, Reflections
In May 1997, Amazon went public at $18 per share. People who then invested $5,000 in Amazon would be be worth approximately $2.4 million today
Similarly, author E.L. James scored her huge success because the timing was right.
No, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is not the best erotic novel ever written but it was published at the right time. Had the novel been published in the 90's many women would not have purchased this book and placed it on their nightstands; in 2011, they could "hide it" on their Kindles.
Amazon had launched their Kindle e-reader in November 2007. By 2011, when "Fifty Shades of Grey" was released, millions of women who were interested in checking out sadomasochistic antics owned a Kindle r-reader. The rest is history.
It's all a question of timing.
As an Amazon top reviewer and ecommerce expert whose work has been featured in Bloomberg, I predict that now is such a time.
"Goodreads is the new Amazon (for indie authors)!"
Here is why
:1) 55 million reasonsAmazon is actively driving reader traffic to Goodreads.
As a result, Amazon/Goodreads has increased the number of Goodreads members from 12 million to 55 million; that's an increase of 275% in four years. Since readers traffic is channeled through Kindle e-readers, people who actually read books (and don't just network) are invited and encouraged to join the community. Whereas other social media sites invite "networkers," Goodreads is the only social media platform that focuses exclusively on connecting readers and authors.
2) Amazon shut down the Amazon forums and "encourages " their members to explore Goodreads. It seems they are hinting strongly that's where things will be happening.
3) 55 million readers are already there, congregating in groups, for example:
Oprah's Book Club (Official) -- (29,487 members)
Bloggers/Book Lovers from India -- (1,898 members)
The Sword and Laser -- (23,549 members) and, thousands of other groups.
Goodreads is the most attractive social media platform to meet readers.
Though some marketers say that indie authors' success depends on publishing a perfect book with a perfect cover (which are all features "Fifty Shades of Grey" didn't have), very often success depends on being in the right place at the right time. In November 2017 authors need to establish their presence on Goodreads.
The early bird catches the worm -- Proverb
Gisela Hausmann is the author of "NAKED GOOD READS: How to Find Readers.".
Her work as an Amazon ecommerce review expert has been featured on Bloomberg (tech podcast) and on NBC News (biz blog); her work as an email evangelist was featured in SUCCESS magazine and in Entrepreneur.
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One of the author who collaborated with me (and ten other authors in recently released Dreamtime Dragons is Marc Vun Kannon. This week he talks about his own works and his life as a writer.
1. Who are you as a person?
I am a work in progress, that's one of the main reasons I write. You want to know who I was, read my books.
Official bio material is this:
Marc Vun Kannon, after surviving his teen age years, entered Hofstra University. Five years later, he exited with a BA in philosophy and a wife. He still has both, but the wife is more useful.
Since then he almost accumulated a PhD in philosophy and has acquired a second BA in Computer Science. After dabbling in fulfilling pursuits such as stock boy and gas station attendant, he found his spiritual home as a software support engineer, for CAMP Systems International.
Marc puts his degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science to good use writing stories about strange things that happen to ordinary people. His wife and three children think it’s harmless enough, and it keeps him out of trouble. As a philosopher (his first novel demanded he write it while he was in Graduate School), his main interest is in the characters, and as a Computer geek his technique is to follow the character’s and story’s logic to ‘grow’ a story organically. His main rule when writing is to not do again what he’s already seen done before, resulting in books that are hard to describe.
2. How long have you been a writer?
25+ years. I didn't mark the date when that first story attacked me, or that first sentence popped into my head, or when I typed those first words in that first version of my first novel, but I remember which house I was in at the time. It was really bad. The version, I mean, although the house wasn't great either.
3. Are you Traditionally or Indie published? If not yet, what are you considering?
I was published by a new house, Echelon Press, which was very nice but very small. POD for print books, ebooks, and no distribution to speak of. There may be some copies of my books out there that I didn't have to sell myself, but probably not many. They eventually closed, and I was forced to go the self-pubbed route. I didn't want to, but I don't think my writing style, the techniques I use, will fit very well in a more traditional framework.
4. What writers inspired you? Favorite Authors?
Most of the authors that inspired me did so negatively ("I can do better than that!"), so I doubt they'd want to be named here. If there are any who inspired me positively, and I'm sure there must be, it would have been in the form of "Let's do something different."
My novel St. Martin's Moon was 'inspired' when I saw a book titled Blood Moon on a shelf, and I thought, "A werewolf attack on a lunar colony, great idea!" It wasn't any such thing, of course, so I wrote that story myself. It didn't turn out anything like what I thought it would be when I started, but that always happens.
Ghostkiller was 'inspired' (in part, and I have no idea what the other parts are) by the TV cartoon Phineas and Ferb, combined with Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, which resulted in the first line, "Aren't you a little young to be raising the dead?" A number of the characters were modeled on others, in terms of their 'voice' and other quirks. Unbinding the Stone was 'inspired' by the idea of the Holy Will, proposed by the philosopher Immanuel Kant, which I learned of in Graduate School.
Favorite authors include Tanya Huff, who wrote my very first blurb, Lawrence Watt-Evans, who writes stories about ordinary people who have greatness thrust upon them, Elizabeth Moon, and Lois McMaster Bujold, who wrote the Vorkosigan series as well as a book that I consider the best of this millennium, The Curse of Chalion.
5. What is your book/series about (elevator speech or quick tweet post)The Flame in the Bowl [FitB] series (Unbinding the Stone and A Warrior Made, so far, with Tales of Uncle soon to come) is about a man who is drafted into the service of the gods, because he is one of the few who will do what is right because it's right, regardless of cost, to do things that gods are unable to do.
St. Martin's Moon is about a werewolf hunter recalled to space service, to deal with a werewolf attack on a lunar colony. Ghost killer is about John Smith, killer of ghosts and savior of souls, who becomes a person of interest when another ghostkiller is murdered, a monster hunter when the body walks away, and ground zero of the end of the world when a demon takes up residence in the undead corpse.
6. What is the setting and genre? I started out writing fantasy and shifted over into paranormal as the stories came to me to be written. My stories focus on characters primarily, what they want, what they perceive, what they care about, and how they are affected by events as they occur. The plot is something I discover as my characters discover it. I'm not at all interested in the setting, except for how it is perceived and acted upon by the characters. I have always hated purely descriptive prose, and resolved not to write it myself, focusing instead on what the characters perceive, and most especially what they care about, which plays in to what they do. There may be stands of hardwoods off in the distance, but if my characters don't care neither do I.
That said, St. Martin's Moon is set on a lunar colony several hundred years in the future,
Ghostkiller is mostly set in an unnamed urban environment, and my fantasy stories take place in a Universe composed of individual Realms, or pocket universes, each in the care of a particular god. The hero moves among Realms as he needs to, to do his work, but his home is a city called Querdishan in the Realm of a god known primarily as The Hidden One.
7. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Usually the character with the most distinctive voice. My stories are told through multiple actors, with their own plots, so it's hard to claim one. The lesser characters are allowed to be a bit more fun, though, since they aren't carrying the majority of the plot. Lord Navak in FitB just appeared in the story, and I grew to love him, especially in book three. Detective Kidd in Ghostkiller has a nice growth arc as well and a colorful persona. In St. Martin's Moon I would say Colonel Pierce, a small role but a strong one.
8. What character is most like you?
Janosec, in FitB, who becomes a story-teller for his famous uncle Tarkas, the hero of the series.
9. If you had a supernatural power, what would it be?
I've read too many comic books to want that kind of responsibility, or temptation.
10. Would you say your book has a message or underlying theme? What is it?
The recurring theme of my novels seems to be loneliness. Tarkas is a Hero, a Holy Will, and he must often leave his family behind to do what must be done. Similarly, in St. Martin's Moon the werewolf curse is isolating, but so is the curse of being the werewolf hunter. Ghostkillers have a whole
society of their own, a country defined by their unique biology and abilities, rather than geography. All of my stories are about how these curses are lived with and eventually broken.
11. How are you marketing your book?
I formed my own bookselling operation, called Author Guy, that works out of craft fairs, holiday fairs, convention dealer rooms, etc. I'm very good at finding the right book to fit into a customer's life, but not so good when I don't have a particular book or customer to work with. Talking about my books to no one in particular is very difficult for me to do, so I have no real marketing effort.
12. Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?
W. S Gilbert. If I had to compare myself to any of the great writers it would be him.
13. A wonderful thing has happened! Hollywood wants to make a movie of your book! You get to pick the actors & actresses. You want________________for your lead characters.
Many of my lesser characters are actually modeled on strongly-voiced characters from movies, so this is an easy one for them (leaving out issues like age, since I'm thinking of them from years ago in some cases). The MCs are harder, since they have to carry the story. For Ghostkiller, I'd have Adrien Brody as John Smith, Geena Davis as Det. Hackstraw, Samuel L. Jackson as Det. Kidd, Brian Cox as Oliver Cromwell. St. Martin's Moon was written shortly after my Buffy/Angel marathon, so I had Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan in mind for the leads. I'd have Yvonne Strahovski for the small but crucial role of Bing-Bang (yes, that's her call-sign). I never had any actors in mind for FitB, except John Rhys-Davies, who was the voice behind Lord Navak. I can't claim to be current in popular media, though, so there might be other actors I'd choose.
14. What music do you hear (what songs) remind you of your story?
15. What Favorite foods? I could go for a good beef stew right now. Hungarian goulash. Home-made New England clam chowder is also good. Chicken cutlets, with or without a good tomato sauce.
16. What makes you laugh/cry? My daughter taking her first steps made me laugh. Lots of good, well-written scenes in the stories I read make me tear up, but I can't remember the last time I cried.
17. What do you want written on your head stone and why?
18. Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Watching TV/movies, and reading stories I haven't written.
19. What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Mostly fantasy, science fiction, superhero, vampire, monster films. Not too many straight dramas, but I regard Casablanca as the best movie ever made. TV tastes are much the same, although I am watching Dexter through a second time. As long as it has very good dialog and characters.
20. If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I am a husband and a father, a philosopher and a computer science guy. So I have the high points covered. At this point writing is at best a hobby.
21. What are you working on right now?
I recently finished work on the third FitB novel, Tales of Uncle, and that's waiting for later. Currently trying to write the next installment in my Chasing His Own Tale series of comic short stories. It's not cooperating, though. (I think the million or so words of fanfiction I did over the last few years may have burnt me out a little.)
22. What future plans do you have in writing? I want to flesh out the Chasing His Own Tales series to be a book-length collection of comic short stories, in which an Author has to deal with character archetypes and a variety of muses in search of his perfect story. The FitB series is also a long-term project, not sure when or how that will continue. St. Martin's Moon has prequel possibilities, and Ghostkiller could get a sequel.
23. What links or website do you have? List them below.
I need a new website made, the old one is archaic in many ways.
My blog is at authorguy.wordpress.com, but I don't have a regular writing schedule there either.
Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMohappens in November. This is my third year of participating. Here is an article that explains the madness and why anyone with the hope of being a writer ought to try it.
We’re all full of stories, each of us with our own tales to tell, but we never quite seem to find the time to make it happen, do we? There’s always too much to do today, the feeling isn’t right, the story just isn’t there, or we just don’t feel good enough. Thoughts like these are why some of the most influential books in history never got written, and procrastination is the great killer of artistic expression. National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo by its adherents is your opportunity to bring out your inner tales!
History of Novel Writing Month Novel Writing Month brings your excuses to a halt by encouraging everyone to take this one month of the year to try their hand at the grand art of storytelling. 50,000 words in one month is the goal, a number that seems quite daunting until you realize that over a span of 30 days it’s just 1700 words a day. To put that into perspective, that’s about three times the length of this article!
Established in 1999, NaNoWriMo was July back then, and the heart of it was the magical city of San Francisco. That year there were only 21 people involved, and they were at the heart of a revolution, though perhaps not the heart of the one they imagined. Fifteen years later thousands of people all over the world are participating in this amazing event, resulting in volumes of creative expression unlike the world has ever seen.
How to celebrate National Novel Writing Month NaNoWriMo has a thriving and supportive community of people who love getting together, physically and digitally, to support each other and offer encouragement and inspiration to drive the creative endeavor. At homes, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, and schools all over the world, NaNoWriMo takes all these places by storm. You can pop into nanintoo.org and find yourself a local “write-in” near you to help you get your write on!
Obviously, whether you join these folks or not, the whole point of NaNoWriMo is writing. So dig an idea out of your head and start writing, and hold yourself to 1700 words a day throughout the entire month of November. Don’t worry about editing, rewriting, or any of the little fiddly things one does when finishing a novel, that all can wait until after you’re done. The goal now is to get 50,000 words down on the page by the end of the month!
Don’t let November go by without taking your greatest novel idea and turning it into a reality!
Taken from: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/novel-writing-month/
Well that's about it for this later than usual blog.
World Kindness Day!
Historical fantasy writing,
my historical characters.
More Marc Vun Kannon
and Bill McCormick
plus releases in November.
So til then, Keep on Reading, NaNo-ing and reviewing!