November 5 is one of two National Doughnut Days observed by doughnut lovers across the nation. The first Friday in June is the other day doughnuts steal the bakery case spotlight ready to tease their way into white bakery box home!
The history of the doughnut is disputed:
One theory suggests Dutch settlers brought doughnuts to North America much like they brought other traditional American desserts including cookies, apple pie, cream pie and cobbler.
An American, Hanson Gregory, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 while on board a lime-trading ship at the age of 16. According to Gregory, he punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship’s tin pepper box and later taught the technique to his mother.
Anthropologist Paul R Mullins states the first cookbook mentioning doughnuts was an 1803 English volume which included doughnuts in an appendix of American recipes.
An 1808 short story describing a spread of “fire-cakes and dough-nuts” is the earliest known recorded usage of the term doughnut.
A more commonly cited first written recording of the word is Washington Irving’s reference to doughnuts in 1809 in his History of New York. He described balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat and called doughnuts. Today, these nuts of fried dough are called doughnut holes.
Donut versus Doughnut
Print ads for cake and glazed donuts and doughnuts existed from at least 1896 in the United States.
Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa, written by George W. Peck and published in 1900, contained the first known printed use of donut. In it, a character is quoted as saying, “Pa said he guessed he hadn’t got much appetite and he would just drink a cup of coffee and eat a donut.”
In 1919, the Square Donut Company of America was founded, offering an easier to package product.
The more traditional spelling is doughnut. However, both doughnut and donut are pervasive in American English.
While doughnuts come in a large variety of recipes, flavors and toppings, just like many pastries, we are only limited by imagination and ingredients at hand. From syrups and jellies to sprinkles and custards, top them, fill them, bake them or fry them, doughnuts have a mouth-watering way of glazing and dusting their way into our shopping carts and finding their way to the break room at work to share.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Stop at your favorite doughnut shop and indulge in a fresh doughnut
Virtual Fantasy Con
Don't miss this!!! Come experience the magic!
Beginning this Sunday, November 4, fantasy authors from around the book world will come together again for this year's Virtual FantasyCon.
The Virtual FantasyCon is an online convention where you can find all the fantasy books your heart desires right from the comfort of your own home.
Who will be there?
● Paranormal Romance authors
● YA / Urban Fantasy authors
● SciFi authors
● Historical Fantasy authors
● Dark/Horror authors
● Fantasy Publishers & Vendors And, most importantly, we hope you will be there!
Join us November 4 - 10, 2018 At
the Reader's Corner: https://www.facebook.com/VFCReadersCorner/ Come for the prizes, stay for the books!
For several years I've attended an Online Convention called Virtual Fantasy Con. It allowed me to network with other authors, learn of their works and get great advice about writing.
Unfortunately, this year will be the last due to decreasing attendance and the sheer
exhausting nature of setting up such an event as well as publicizing it.
Hats are off the the Co-ordinator Raven M. Williams and her hard-working staff.
Whatever you all do next year instead, count me in. And a big thank you!
It's NaNoWriMo Time.
This will be my 4th year in which I will
be writing part of a novel along with thousands of other writers The object is to write 50,000 words (which can be rough drafts and full of error) of SOMETHING Between November 1 and 30. Hopefully it will be better than The Shining's Jack endlessly typing "All Work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"
The main idea of this exercise is to show the writer that they CAN do it...or to unstick a writer wrestling over a block.
You can socialize online. Cheer successes, encourage someone running out of steam and console someone who just can't get there , telling them they did their best. Great companionship and learning!
Last week Joseph Malik outlined his writing life and made me jealous of his writing cave. No he brings his character for an interview.
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
Thank you. I’m Jarrod Torrealday. I’m a former stuntman and stunt coordinator, with thirty-one movie and TV credits, and also a former national champion saber fencer. Sports Illustrated called me “The Deadliest Man Alive” a few years back. That was probably my biggest claim to fame. I’m credited with being the first—the first stunt coordinator, anyway—to draw the parallels between
eastern martial arts and western armored combat in the Middle Ages.
At one point I hosted a History Channel special on it. The parallels are pretty well-known, now, but at the time it was heresy. Actors still fenced with warswords when I came up with this.
I now teach swordsmanship and hand fighting for an order of knights in a kingdom called Gateskeep, which I guess you’d call another dimension, but it’s actually on a good-sized moon orbiting a ringed gas giant probably—I don’t even know—a million light-years from here. It appears to be prone to wobbly little weird hyperspace rifts, and a good number of the people who live there are telekinetic—they call it magic—and some of them can open up these doors between worlds. That makes it kind of a nexus, a focal point in the, I don’t know, local supercluster or something. They have a pre-industrial, mostly feudal society—interlinked fiefdoms of regional lords and magnates operating under privatized rule—that parallels a lot of our experiences during a similar period in our formation, which works out pretty well for me. I mean, it’s effectively where I was getting my mail on Earth, anyway. They’ve figured out shear steel and indoor plumbing.
It all just goes to prove that we never really know where we’re going to end up, I guess. It’s a good gig.
2.Tell us where and when were you born.
I was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I try not to. And I’m immediately distrustful of anyone who tells me what kind of person they are.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I grew up in Forest Acres, Connecticut, on an estate called Knightsbridge. Our house was one of these castle homes, with stone turrets and everything. (Laughs) I guess it kind of warped me. My family owns Eastern Technology Bank, we mostly handle hospitals and big tech campuses.
I was an adventurous kid, always doing dangerous things. I was probably six years old when I climbed the side of our house, all the way up the turret. I have a healthy respect for most forms of danger, but my panic reflex, my startle response, they call it, is just slightly off. I don’t shake, and it takes a lot to elevate my pulse. Heights, snakes, acceleration. It’s just a thing. It’s not that I’m not afraid; I’m highly cognizant of danger, I get as scared as anybody. But I was ten years old before I realized that most people shake and throw up when they’re scared. That doesn’t happen to me.
Being too stupid to ever get really frightened is my superpower, I guess.
Anyway, I made the most of it. I got a fake ID when I was 14 so I could try skydiving, and
got hooked. I was BASE jumping at 16. As you can imagine, I loved combat sports. I took up fencing in high school, and then judo and boxing. Again, I had an aptitude for it. It’s just how I’m wired.
My father wanted me to attend Harvard, the way my whole family did, and go into banking, but Duke had a better fencing team. I graduated from Duke with a sociology degree and a French minor, and while I was there I won the NCAA saber title three years in a row. I went to Hollywood to start working in film—stunts and technical consults. I stayed in the game and went on to be ranked sixteenth in the world in saber a couple of years ago.
5. How old are you?
I’m 28. Ish. The years in the world where I now live are a little longer, and the days are, as well. I’m probably closer to thirty at this point. I don’t really know.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
Well, yeah. My family owns a bank.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I imagine it’s still well-known that I used to date Jasmine Flynn. You probably know her from Nickelodeon and those Disney movies about the pop star whose manager was a talking cat, but I don’t know what she’s been up to, lately. That was a good bit before I ended up in Gateskeep. It fell apart after—well, you probably know this part, too, but after “The Incident” with DeCarlo in Paris, the duel—we had to break it off. It was “detrimental to her career” to be dating a guy trying to beat a murder rap. The break helped cement my taking the gig in Gateskeep, definitely. Since then, my love life has been, well, complicated. You could say I’m involved. We’ll leave it at that.
8. What do you value above all else in life?
Death. It’s the great motivator. It makes us strive to leave our mark on the world.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Sharpening my weapons. I’m completely OCD about edges.
10. How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I would posit that they don’t. The people where I live now don’t believe a lot of what I believe. There’s some friction, there.
11. Biggest fear?
Dropping the ball—failing at something that I didn’t even know I was supposed to be doing. My life has a lot of moving parts right now, and task organization is a real bastard in a world without modern technology. I would give anything for a small palm organizer over there. I literally have a staff of people who tell me where to be all the time and I never really know if they’re right.
12. What line will you never cross?
(Laughs.) Yeah, right. There’s a line I’ll never cross. Keep telling yourself that.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
Best thing that ever happened to me is probably being pronounced Lord Protector of Falconsrealm—a principality of Gateskeep. I’ve become close friends with a lot of the movers and shakers since then, and it’s really helped a lot. It’s hard being a foreigner. It was the first, and largest, indicator of their trust. It’s made all the difference. It’s a little tiny pin, about the size of a quarter, and it’s my Golden Ticket.
The worst thing has got to be a monumental screwup with these patricians, the Hillwhites, who basically fund the kingdom, or they did. The irony is that I’m a banker’s kid. I know how they operate. I should have known better than to piss them off. There’s a huge war on, with them funding one side, and I’ve lost people I’ve loved trying to sort this whole thing out. I made one decision—which I’d make again, incidentally—and it has gone on to cost thousands of lives at this point. It was the right thing to do, but Jesus. The cost.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Yeah, that one’s private.
15. Biggest secret?
That would have to be the locations of the standing portal between Gateskeep and Earth. There’s only one that I know of.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
17. What is your current goal?
End the Hillwhite Uprising and retire from this gig with my head still attached. Go live in a manor overlooking a mountain lake somewhere with nobody ever trying to kill me again. Grow old and die in bed.
And now Stephanie Barr!!!
What made you want to be a writer?
I love telling stories. If I had my druthers, I’d have artistic talent and make stunning pictures to make my point, but my lack of skills leave me with words to paint with. Since I love telling stories, that’s what I do.
Tell us your book’s genre?
Most of my books are fantasy and/or science fiction. My book releasing alone on August 1 (was part of a book bundle) is epic fantasy.
Tell us about your book and how it’s available. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, paperback etc.)
The Taming of Dracul Morsus - Dracul Morsus is a natural-born mage that was abandoned by his parents who were afraid his power and then raised by a dragon who took him in. He had pretty much divorced himself from the world of men when Xana came along and changed his mind.
Right now, it’s available as part of a book bundle (ebook only - On the Horizon) available on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iStuff, etc.
It will be available as a standalone in all those places and also paperback.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
If you want to be good, essential. Not just so you know what you like, but also to study and learn how to write what you like as effectively as possible, but also to learn what you don’t want to do, pitfalls you want to avoid, and to learn: facts, vocabulary, magic.
How did you come up with this fantastic idea?
My stories always start with characters. In this case, someone who was immensely powerful, well educated, but who had no interest in or obligation to use his power to help mankind. He had tried and had been reviled (because he wouldn’t be controlled) and mankind had nothing that he needed. I wrote out that portion (basically prologue) several years ago, ending that he hid himself in a mountain where none could reach him. Xana came anyway. I had to wait until my brain decided what to do with it.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
Dracul Morsus. I love Xana to death and she’s my favorite character, but Dracul Morsus is the one like me, the one who’s quietly competent, secure in his abilities, home body, loves cats, would just as soon stay cozy and out of trouble the rest of his existence. Xana is intrepid, a trouble magnet, energetic, meddling, though her moral stances and mine are more aligned than mine and Dracul (since I was not raised by a dragon).
Did the Bible or other spiritual works have anything to do with your idea for this novel?
Inspired by Greek mythology which I totally adored growing up, I made my own pantheon.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
You can’t sit idly by while bad things happen to others. Apathy makes you an accomplice. Also, people are often incredibly ungrateful and unable to see the big picture.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Marketing. No contest.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
I need more than ten minutes to rub together. Also, my brain has to be ready for that particular story.
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
In my day job, I work from home. I am not much of a socializer so the hardest part is getting my stories out there and then trying to convince people to read them. Putting them down on virtual paper isn’t difficult for me at all. I can’t stop myself. But, telling people with lives of their own and their own priorities that they should take the time to read them, that’s a lot harder. It’s also harder because my stories don’t fit neatly into a niche. They’re too different to be straight tradition but not weird enough to be avant garde.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
My ex-husband, believe it or not, is still my biggest fan in a close personal race with Chuck Larlham who has been an exceptional beta reader and supporter.
How do you market your book?
While I’ve been writing books since high school, I’ve only been marketing them since last year really. I redid the original covers for some and I’ve tried to get out there and noticed more. It’s slow going but I’ve been seeing changes.
Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
When she saw my cover while I was proofing Curse of the Jenri, my son’s bus driver got interested. She’s now read everything I’ve written, and reviews, and constantly asks me when there will be a new book related to this or that of the books she’s read.
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication?
I have a good list of proven beta readers that I trust implicitly but I usually always add new people. I’ve never felt the least bit threatened about anything being stolen and I don’t now.
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 one. That’s on my bucket list.
Some silly questions!
What do you enjoy when you’re not writing?
I read manga. A lot of it. I do my day job (rocket science), a lot of it. I used to watch movies but who has time any more?
Tell your readers what your favorite food and color is.
Lasagne (and I love it with zucchini instead of noodles) and purple is my favorite color.
Tell us your favorite novel?
No way I could pick just one. I have dozens of novels I pick up and reread because I love them so much. Among them are These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (though I love most of her books), The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (many books as well), Dune by Frank Herbert, The Parsifal Mosaic by Robert Ludlum (though I like a lot of his books), Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers (I love the whole series), Imitation in Death By JD Robb (and I have most of Nora Roberts/JD Robb’s books, too), Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin. Hawaii by James Michiner, Shogun by James Clavell, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, and you can see why I don’t normally name them because I could rattle off a dozen more and be nowhere near done.
A live drama or the opera?
Depends on what’s playing. I love music but I’m rarely excited about the opera unless it’s Mozart. Plays are okay but I’m more likely to like musicals.
Chips or crackers?
Yes. If it’s salty, I’m in.
Hamburger or chicken sandwich?
I prefer a hamburger but I like chicken sandwiches, too
Fries or onion rings?
Fries. I hate onions (and am mildly allergic)
Milk shake or smoothie?
Milk shake. I love bananas by themselves but not “in” things
Thunderstorms or star gazing??
Kindle or paperback novels?
I prefer ebooks (I have a tablet I read on so I can read any kind of ebook) - it’s convenient to have them at hand and I find reading physical books more and more awkward with age.
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
Of course, but the nice thing about self-publishing is you can fix ‘em when you find ‘em.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
it is very important to listen to your readers and your supporters, but don’t let that drown out your own voice. If you don’t like it, why are you putting yourself through this? Write what you love and it will come through.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
Depends on the topic, but I know I can’t do everything myself so I try to find people who fill in my own gaps and less competent aspects.
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.
Next book up for release is the Taming of Dracul Morsus. it’s a stand alone book though there’s a short story freebie (everywhere but amazon who charges 99 cents) of related precursor stories. It’s epic fantasy meets original Greek mythology-inspired mythology.
Where can we find your author page of your work to follow you and purchase your awesome book?