If you’re a total cheese head, then celebrate National Cheese Curd Day on October 15. Culver’s, a popular Midwestern fast food chain, created this holiday in 2015 and if you don’t already know, cheese curds are bite-sized nuggets of fried cheddar cheese. Buy or make — but most importantly, eat the cheesy goodness of — cheese curds.
National Cheese Curd Day - History
Cheese curds make it into a song
The Celtic song, “Visions of MacGonlannee,” mentioned cheese curds in its lyrics.
Wisconsin got in on the cheese game
Wisconsin became the “it” place to make and produce cheese because of its rich farmland.
Wisconsin’s cheese factories grow
By this year, Wisconsin was home to more than 2,800 cheese factories.
Cheese curds gain in popularity
Because cheese curds grew in popularity, milk factories experienced surpluses in this century.
National Cheese Curd Day Activities
1. Say “cheese” and share your pics on social media Sharing experiences (new or nostalgic) on social media is always fun, so celebrate National Cheese Curd Day by sharing your cheese curd experience online. If you’re new to eating cheese curds, take a video capturing your first bite. If cheese curds were a staple in your childhood, snap pics of your favorite cheese curd joint.
2. Go crazy—take a trip to Wisconsin What better way to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day than taking a trip to the state that started it all? Since this holiday falls on a Monday this year, you can experience Wisconsin for the weekend, hit up Culver’s (or any place that serves cheese curds), and save some cheese curds for when you're back home— and so you can eat them on National Cheese Curd Day — taking this indulgent holiday to a whole new level.
3. Try making your own Whether you can buy fresh cheese curds locally or not, National Cheese Curd Day is the perfect time to tackle a new recipe challenge. So on October 15, look for recipes online and try frying your own cheese curds at home.
Things About Cheese Curds That’ll Make You Want To Book A Flight To Wisconsin
1. Cheese curds squeak
Not only is squeaking a common characteristic of cheese curds—this happens because the elastic protein strands in the curds rub against your teeth’s enamel— but it’s also a sign of freshness.
2. It’s takes a lot of milk to make a little bit of cheese
Wisconsin cheese curds are so dang fresh and flavorful because they’re only filled with cheese from Wisconsin milk — and it takes 10 pounds of milk to produce one pound of cheese.
3. Don’t worry, the squeak can be restored
If you don’t finish your bag of cheese curds within two days (although let’s be honest, this would take serious self control), you can simply microwave them to get back them back to their squeaky state.
4. Their insides can vary in color
Because cheese curds are typically made with cheddar cheese, they can sometimes be white inside, or sometimes yellow.
Why We Love National Cheese Curd Day
A. If you’ve never had one, this is your excuse to (finally) try one…or several While cheese curds may be a staple for many people, you may have never had one, and that’s okay. But thanks to National Cheese Curd Day, you now have a reason to try them, so on October 15, make it a priority to get your hands on some.
B. Use it as an opportunity to try a new dish Trying to cook a new dish is a fun challenge (especially when fried cheese is the end result), so if there isn’t a joint frying up cheese curds near you, try whipping up your own on October 15. After all, there’s not a better time to try a cheese curd recipe than on National Cheese Curd Day.
C. It’s a reason to eat cheese (as if we needed another one) If you’re a cheese lover, then National Cheese Curd Day is the holiday for you. But unlike other days where you may just indulge in a meat and cheese platter or cheese and crackers, October 15 is your chance to indulge in gooey cheese curds.
Last week Michael Parker presented his works and writing experiences for us. Today his interview continues with character "Chase":
I answered the questions as Chase (as of the ending moments of his story). He is the protagonist of the story Sundae Revolution that is a part of the Trumpland: An Alternative History Of The Future
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My Name is Chase
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
Pacific Northwest. Oregon about 17 years ago
3. How would you describe yourself?
Sad and Angry, but I used to be like every other kid, I guess.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
It was kinda cool. Not far from the ocean. Not too small, not too big. One of those towns that people always say is a “great place to raise kids” - at least it used to be.
5. How old are you?
Been breathing for 17 years, but I’m pretty sure I’m like 47 now. They say facing death makes you grow up, and I’ve done that too much in the last year.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
For a few years, and then it all changed... that day. The day they came and took her.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
Never really knew my mom, and dad, well, he could have been better. If I get out of this, I’ll never be like him.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
9. What are you obsessed with?
Wondering if I’ll live to see this ‘war’ come to an end.
10.How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
It doesn’t. My beliefs are what got us here - the boy who started a revolution - They’re going to carve that on my tombstone I think.
11. Biggest fear?
Not making my life, or hers, better.
12. What line will you never cross?
turning my back on Zaina.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
That day, in the diner with that ice cream sundae we shared. The worst? Easy,
the day they took her.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
If Josh was still here, he’d tell you... ‘cause I won’t.
15. Biggest secret?
I think I just answered that on the last question.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
Making until tomorrow, and then the day after that, and the day after.
NETWORKING One of the things I really like about social media marketing (maybe the only thing I like about it) is getting ideas and networking as well as doing for others. Last week I mentioned Mara Reitsma, who had created banners for me. I'd like to spotlight Aaron-Michael Hall today. Here's her extemporaneous banner.
Today's "Meet the Author" is Yvette Bostic.
First here are blurbs from her series Light in the Darkness
Light’s Rise Book 1
Advantage of the chaos of war. A mysterious man named Raphael provides two choices: stay and fight against the French, or join the Council of Light in the struggle to save Europe from an evil mastermind intent on conquering humanity with his army of demons.
Darian’s choice leads him into a new war, where victory lies in the hands of an unusual group of warriors with supernatural abilities whose sole purpose is to protect humanity from an unending tide of evil.
Light’s Eyes-Book 2
With Zar’Asur’s defeat, the Council hopes to have time to grieve for their losses and rebuild, but the demon Overlord has other plans. After the loss of the Master’s book, Zar’Asur uses his remaining resources to summon another Overlord. The demon brothers have a new strategy, with a diabolical plot that the Council discovers too late.
Mikel’s calm, analytical mind is nearly broken when the Overlords successfully complete the first phase of their plan. The rest of the Council must pick up the pieces and move forward in an attempt to rebuild their ranks. After centuries of hiding, the true evil of the Overlords is revealed once again. Loyalties will be tested and no one will walk away unscathed.
Light’s Fall-Book 3
The Seer returns from her demon-induced coma. The Warriors and Scouts have doubled in number. The Runemaster gains an apprentice to help create the wards that protect them all. But will it be enough to overcome the treachery the Overlords have meticulously planned for the last two decades?
Will the Council see the defeat of their greatest enemies, or will humanity fall?
And now the interview!
1.What made you want to be a writer?
That’s a hard question. I’ve not always wanted to be a writer. That only happened in the last couple years. But I’ve always been a day dreamer, with fantastical stories floating around in my head.
My outlet for those stories led me reading tons of books starting with historical fiction, then moving into mysteries and murder mystery, then a short jaunt down the romance isle until things starting getting too juicy for my blood.
When my kids grew into adults and left me with a severe case of Empty Nest Syndrome,
I decided to starting writing down the stray thoughts that were constantly running through my mind. Those thoughts turned into a rather interesting tale.
2.Tell us your book’s genre?
The Light in the Darkness series, including the first novella, Light’s Dawn, are historical fantasy, with lots of fantasy.
3.Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
Light’s Rise, the first book in the series, is the introduction of Darian. He falls into an epic battle of good vs evil, and his life is torn apart. He struggles to accept the reality of demons plaguing the world and fights even harder to accept his role in it.
With the help of the Council of Light, he discovers a diabolical plan set to destroy them and subjugate humanity. It is a tale of sadness, sacrifice and realizing that family is not just defined by blood.
All of my books are available on Amazon as eBooks and paperback.
4. How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
In my opinion, if you want to be a successful author, you need to read a lot. Not only to make sure your own ideas are original, but also to see what readers like and don’t like.
5.How did you come up with this fantastic idea?
I actually came up with the idea for the Light in the Darkness Series by writing about my favorite character, Seraphina. I have yet to publish her story. Almost all of my beta readers said I needed to tell Darian’s story first, so Light in the Darkness was born.
6.Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
I’d like to say one of the warriors, but I’d be lying to myself and everyone else. While I love their strength and bravery, I’m probably more like Magdelin; not a fighter, just a healer of the body and soul.
7. Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
I think all good books have a message to portray. It’s what draws readers and helps them connect to the characters. My message is that evil exists in world. We cannot destroy it or remove it, we can only hope to balance it with good. With that in mind, anyone, regardless of their past, can do the right thing.
8. Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Marketing is the worst part of publishing. I don’t even mind editing, as that just makes the story better.
9. Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
I have to be on a writing roll. I can tune out most distractions as long as they aren’t directed at me, but if I’m experiencing a writer’s block, no amount of ambiance is going to turn it back on for me.
10. What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
Something to drink. For some crazy reason, writing makes me thirsty.
11. When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
My husband is my encouragement to keep going. Even when I feel like I can’t possibly pay any more money to my editor or cover artist, he changes my mind for me. He says, “One of these days you’ll make it back, or not. Either way, you’re doing something that makes you happy and isn’t that what we
all spend our money on?”
12. How do you market your book?
AMS is probably the go to for marketing, but I’ve found that blogs like this attract just as much attention and it’s more fun.
13. Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
I have four beta readers, not including my husband or my editor. They are amazing at providing feedback and telling me when I missed the mark. Without them, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable publishing.
14. Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
I haven’t had my first book signing yet, but I do have one scheduled for November 2018 at the 20Booksto50K Conference in Vegas. I’m excited for the opportunity to participate as well as meet hundreds of other authors and fans.
15. Some silly questions! Kindle or paperback novels?
I like both! I read more Kindle books than paperback now, but only out of convenience.
16. Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
I made tons of mistakes with my first book. My biggest mistake was not doing enough homework about self-publishing before I just jumped out there and clicked the button.
17. What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
Write a short story or novella first as a reader magnet. Join social media groups for authors and learn how to publish and market. Finally, establish a mailing list and social media following before launching your first full-size novel.
18. When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
If I need help with story plot or I’m stuck on a character’s reaction to a particular event, I turn to my hubby and/or my beta readers. They’ve already read all my books and know what to expect from the characters, so their ideas and opinions are meaningful and relevant.
19. When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
My next release is for the last book in the Light in the Darkness Series, Light’s Fall. It’s scheduled for release on July 20, 2018. Readers will definitely want to read the first two in the series before picking up Light’s Fall. The novella, Light’s Dawn, is also a great introduction to the Council of Light as it is a
prequel to the first book.
20. Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?
All the information you need to know about me is on my website www.yvettebostic.com
I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. My Amazon author page is
As Halloween and the publication of Ghostly Writes 2018 approaches - I thought I post the second snippet of my own contribution "Raemkai's Stairs" which is kind of a fantastic version of how I eventually met one of my muses.
First: Don't miss this YouTube promo.
And now another installment. This takes place after the spirit has chased of a drunk attempting to warm his hands over a paper fire:
The wolf resumed his normal black furred shape, but noticed white flakes floating by the windows. He scampered down on all fours to take a closer look, excited as a pup.
Snow. I remember snow. When it falls in a land where snow is rare, it’s as if magic is in the air. I have to try. I have to look out the windows at…
The invisible barrier that stood in a wide semicircle just beyond the stairs stopped him with a sudden crash. True to his wolf/dog shape he growled, snapped, and leapt at it, fighting the insult of being trapped. He knew once again that nothing had changed. He was never able to venture more than a few feet in any direction from its ornate wood and wrought iron staircase.
It always happened. Some noise in the empty old house would rouse him, he would give chase, bark and howl, and then flatten his spirit body against the limit of his territory. Even when he assumed the shape of a man or even a half man/half wolf he went no further. He was always trapped.
His first memory of the entrapment was of a calm darkness that gradually dawned into a grey place with light far at the end. Everything was warm and comfortable, as if he had come home to a place of rest and watchful waiting. Afterlife, he asked himself and smiled inwardly because he knew that standing in the place where souls passed from life into death was something he’d done before, even though he never remembered being one of them.
As for being trapped, he accepted his limits, thinking it might be a final test of spirit that once passed, would allow him to move on. As a trickster ghost, he provided a little excitement to any of the living who came to the aging mansion where he was detained. He amused himself by touching women’s arms or breasts as they went up the stairs, delighting in their shrieks.
Sometimes he appeared as an outline of a human or wolf shape. At other times he placed small objects on the steps, so people would stumble, or he caused other things to float unnaturally from place to place. Poltergeist was the word he heard mentioned; “noisy ghost”. To him, it was just something to break up the monotony of waiting for the next step.
The wolf spirit listened to people speak and learned from their conversations about politics, things happening in Memphis, Cotton Carnival, music, social upheavals, and most recently the killing of a man with the name of King. All the while, people moved in, stayed a while, and then left in fear or for other reasons. Over the years, everything dwindled and began to crumble.
Wish the motorcycle gang would come back. He inspected the pile of ash to make certain it was out. They rode their “bikes” into the lower hall, drank, celebrated, and slept on the floor, pooling money together for rent. Then, they brought others.
FOUR MORE GHOSTLY WRITES AUTHOR PROMOS
Posting some Ghostly Writes Authors and their Amazon pages so you can see other works they've created