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Monday Movie Quotes…

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“I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.” — Caddyshack

“At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.” — Reality Bites

“Sorry folks, park’s closed. The moose out front should’ve told ya.” — National Lampoon’s Vacation

“Brace yourself; it’s like talking to those two old fucks from The Muppets.” — Argo

Dialogue from Philadelphia
Judge Garrett: In this courtroom, Mr.Miller, justice is blind to matters of race, creed, color, religion, and sexual orientation.
Joe Miller: With all due respect, your honor, we don’t live in this courtroom, do we?

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Author Interview With Brooke Steinberg

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
I started writing about four years ago when I was sixteen on a website. I wrote fan-fiction and fiction on the site for a few years. Then I started writing my novel for myself not the site.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
Definitely prose. I mostly read Young Adult novels.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. She is awesome!

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Amy Reed. Amy Reed is a YA author who writes about reality and truth and stays away from clichés and all this fluff that children’s books are sometimes stuffed with.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
My current project is a Young Adult novel that I am revising. After revision I’ll start looking for an agent.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
I am doing it all over! I was unhappy with my original draft of my novel so I’m starting from the beginning.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing and keep reading. Read as much as you can in ever genre not just the one you want to write in. And don’t be afraid to “steal” from other authors!

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful)
B’s and C’s, homework wasn’t my favorite thing to do.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
Very little research. I’m writing about seventeen year olds going through first loves and first loses, it’s more of an emotional story than a technical one.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on a computer. Every once in a while I’ll do a writing prompt and I hand-write those because there is no backspace when writing so it’s fun to see what my mind comes up with!

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is the same advice I gave before. Read everything and keep writing.

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I think everyone should read I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It’s a YA novel about twins, Noah and Jude. Noah’s part is from when the twins were 13 and Jude’s part is from when the twins were 17. It’s an amazing story with two unique voices. It’s powerful and beautiful and if I don’t stop talking about it now I never will!

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
No I don’t play an instrument now. I used to play the flute. I would love to learn how to play the cello and/or piano.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
I’m going to try to get an agent then hopefully get published traditionally.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
I like my life so I’ll stick with mine! I would like to travel somewhere. So maybe I can just change locations. If that’s the case I’ll change places with you! I’ve always wanted to go to London.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
I’m in school to become a high school English teacher.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
I don’t know who these people are

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
I was published in a Long Island poetry anthology. I was so surprised!! I was published with poets that I respect and admire so much.

19. What quote do you live by?
“Write hard and clear about what hurts”- Ernest Hemingway. I think that is important for all writers but since I want to write for teens I think it’s even more valuable. I want to write about truth and what hurts in the hopes that a teen in the same boat will feel less alone.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I want to be a published writer, that’s it. I want to see my book on a shelf at Barnes and Noble.<span

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
Are you working on another book? You don’t have to write what its about ha-ha…

I am, actually two books. One is the sequel to my novel, Feedback  and yes, you’ll have to read to see which direction the story goes ha-ha. The other is a fiction novella — a collection of diary entries/story about a divorced woman raising her son and her thoughts on the whole divorced experience. I must admit, I’m having a lot more fun writing books this time around. Both books are still challenging though… you know, you have to keep it interesting. I’m writing about subjects I’m not familiar with and researching about unknown human psyche territory — a hell of an education (laughs).

Special thanks to Brooke for sharing her writing process with us. I’m honored to have read some of her upcoming book and I know this lovely lady will be represented by an agent and I’ll be waiting on line in Barnes and Noble to have her sign it (or she can be biased and let a member of her writing group cut the line) I can’t wait to update more about Brooke and her work here as soon as she’s completed her pending book. 

Author interviews will be back in the new year, stay tuned! Anyone interested in being interviewed, send me an email at lmontanino@gmail.com
In the meantime I’ll be updating here with new posts and excerpts from one of the books I’m working on, The Diaries Of Debra Westlake.

Happy Holidays!
Lisa

 
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Scientific ways to be happy

Scientific ways to be happy.

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Scientific ways to be happy

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Being happy in your life is so important. One thing I have to add to this list is staying away from toxic people at all costs! Life is too short to waste time with people that cause you stress with ‘their way or no way’ attitudes… these negative people will never have your best interests at heart. Surround yourself with positive caring individuals – namaste.

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Hope everyone had an amazing thanksgiving. Let’s wrap up the year feeling positive and happy for what is to come.

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Author Interview With Carissa Kopf

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When did you start putting pen to paper?

While I was taking a literary course in college I was asked to write a poem about a hero and to my surprise, my poem, The Great Wanter was printed in the college magazine called Cassandra. After reading and pretty much dissecting each word to understand why the writer wrote it, I thought how wonderful it would be to put my thoughts on paper and into a poem or story and have others enjoy my work.

What’s your literary poison prose, poetry, etc?

I write as I put myself into the shoes of my characters, I become them in my thoughts. So I have to say, writing a story is my literary drug.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Alex Cross, a fictional hero from author James Patterson books. Alex is determined in everything he does and will not stop, to get what he wants.

Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I enjoy how Janet Evanovich writes and I can identify as she brings romance and adventure into her stories. So in my novella there is a love affair with a twist.

What are your current projects?

I am currently working on a thriller novella and it takes place out east around Riverhead, New York. A few food critic’s, a bookstore owner, a bakery shop know for its delicious cherry danishes and a serial killer. What do they all have in common?

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?

I really enjoyed how my novella turned out.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, just keep writing and don’t go back to fix every little. A thought can disappear if you stop to fix a mistake. Write and go back later. Be each character you create, be in their shoes, and feel them before, during and after you write.

What were your grades like in English class?

Wait, with this question you want me to remember my English grades from 30 years ago. Okay hold on let me pull my transcript out. Eleventh and Twelve grade I ranged anywhere from an 75 to 80.

How much research did you do for your writing?

Sitting in the beautiful backyard by the water of my friends house that lives near the wineries and after taking a few wine tour, I had what I need to create my novella. I also spoke with a few friends that are in Law enforcement on questions I had. I also looked up online anything I need to understand more of to write about it. Research is the key to writing also if possible visit places to help you create the setting for your story.

Do you write in typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use a computer as I find it easy to just keep keying away as my mind plays out the scene.

What is the best advice you’re been given?

The best advice I was given was to read my work in front of a mirror. Helps to speak out loud, hear any mistakes and pretend to be the character shoes, feeling them, speak like them and act as if you are them.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Oh there are so many wonderful books out there but The Jester by James Patterson has to be one of my favorites. The way the male lead character has so much love for his wife and what he does to get her back after she has been taken from him is very powerful and fills your heart with love.

Two part question: Do you play a musical instrument? What musical instrument would you like to play?

When I was in school I use to play the viola for a year. If I was to learn an instrument there are two, the piano and a flute. Both are smoothing to listen to.

What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

When I first started to write in 2008, I was writing just to see if I can create a story and through seeing words come together to make a reader pretend they are in another place I decided to join a writing group called Suffolk County Writing and a year later joined Armature Writing group. I learned a lot through sharing my work with others and having feedback to help me make my writing the best it can be. After seeing a few writers in the group have their writing published, I decided to get published myself. After some research I found First Edition Design Publishing and I am happy to say, Time For Me is all over the world now. Please visit Amazon.com and have a look at my novella.

Who would you like to change places with… i.e. like someone else’s life for a week?

If I had to change places with someone it would be Oprah Winfrey. Oprah has so my positive influences on me from her book clubs, Oprah magazine, Oprah show but what touched me the most is that she opened school for ones that need, Leadership Foundation Academy – a free school for young woman in South Africa and stated a foundation that aids woman, children and families. She is always helping and with her own money. To be able to open a school and not charge to be a part of it is a dream of mine. Just that alone is why I pick Oprah Winfrey.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I am fortunate to be doing my ideal job as a preschool teacher. Besides writing a novella and being published I am teaching all I can to children that will grow up using the knowledge that I taught to them.

Two part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Chevy Chase for all the National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. John Cleese for the movie Rat Race.

What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date? (One that blew your mind!).

A literary accomplishment that was most rewarding to me was when I had to write a poem in a literacy course in college and my professor asked me to stay after class that she wanted to talk to me. I was blown away when she said she like to put my poem in the college magazine. Her and I worked on my poem and it was put in the Cassandra magazine at Suffolk Community  College. The poem is called The Great Wanter.

What quote do you live by?

There are so many powerful quotes out there but the one that is my favorite is “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” Unknown Author. All it takes is a moment to make a memory that will last a lifetime.

What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (Famous Pulitzer, prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.).

For me it would be a prize winning author. To be able to receive an award for the creativity that I wrote and published would be a dream come true for me.

Would you like to ask me a question?

First I like to say thank you for asking me these questions. What made you be interested in making a blog and doing interviews? How did you get started?

You’re welcome… it was great fun interviewing you. I started this blog on wordpress on the recommendation from a literary publisher I pitched my book to at the Writers Digest Conference in LA back in 2012. He explained that every writer should have a blog as an outlet to display their work and creative talents. I designed my page and started blogging soon thereafter and I love it. I’m not the traditional blogger as you may have noticed but I’m comfortable with how it’s shaped up the past couple of years. The community alone you connect with makes it worth every effort put in. Having people all over the world enjoying or ‘liking’ your work… posts is so rewarding. It motivates me not only to support and keep up with their fabulous updates… but to push my own boundaries as a writer—inspiration is an understatement. The interviews came about after I was interviewed by a few peers in the writing industry when my book was published last March. They inspired me to spread the word on talents like you and many others. Also, I enjoy learning about my peers creative process… each person I’ve talked with has a different approach and philosophy to their work and it never gets old for me—the individual process. And did I mention how enjoyable it is? For the readers here and especially me.

Special thanks to Carissa again for joining me in this cause and for being an extraordinary and congenial force to know, I enjoy writer’s group that much more when she’s there… we’ve come so far since the meeting!

Her novella, Time For Me is a must read! Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Me-Carissa-Kopf-ebook/dp/B00K5YUHFO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416818735&sr=8-1&keywords=time+for+me+by+carissa+kopf

 
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Happy National Gingerbread Day!!! (Nov. 21st) – Cholly’s World-Famous Gingerbread Cake

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Celebrate, people by baking this tonight!

Originally posted on Be Like Water:

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Cholly’s World-Famous Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients

1 cup dark molasses

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs Unsweetened cocoa and/or powdered sugar (optional)

Fresh mint sprigs (optional), rinsed

Preparation

  1. In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in molasses and baking soda. After mixture stops foaming, stir in 1/2 cup cold water; let cool to room temperature, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs until…

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