Thursday Recipes – Alien food from the space center

Hi, faithful readers, whoever you are. I’m tired of trying to figure out WordPress all the time so I’m going to be moving all my posts over to the Blogspot site. I’ve been mirroring them here.

So if you want today’s post with working links and everything, check here:

June 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Writing a Serial Story

For the last few years I’ve been playing with a serial blog story. It’s just for fun, Star Trek fanfic sort of, based on a character I play at work. Read it here, if you want. It’s a different exercise than writing a short story or novel. Those I plan out. I know what’s going to happen and where the story is going. With a serial story, I make it up as I go along. I have no idea where the story is going to end when I start writing. Each week or so, I sit down and write another episode. I guess it’s like writing a tv show, but I wouldn’t know. I only watch those, I’ve never written one.

For those who like to write by the seat-of-their-pants, this process will sound very familiar. From what I understand, those authors make it up as they go. I respect them for that. It’s a tough process when you give yourself that much freedom. I write from a loose outline, nothing too specific, except for my serial story. That is truly seat-of-my-pants.

It’s a weird feeling and more than a little scary to write an episode at a time and post it before you write the next one. What if the writing isn’t polished? What if I made mistakes? What if I change my mind and want to rewrite to take the story in a new direction? What if it isn’t any good? What if no one reads it? Wait, that last one is a good thing. Sort of.

So why do we write stories if not to share? And what’s more fun than sharing that scary but exciting first exploration draft? Serial stories can be lots of fun to write and read. You have a new chapter every week, if the author sticks to a schedule (sorry, I don’t do that very well with my story. I post as I write which can be very hit and miss but the first two stories are up and story #3 is started). Writing them is usually done just for fun. There is no real plotting or planning, at least the way I’m writing. The story is free to wander wherever it wants. Scary, but exciting. The story and characters can take surprising twists. For those who believe that the author is in charge and decides everything, you’ve never really written stories. The characters come alive and do things different than the author may want. The story may wriggle itself in brand new directions. Ideas rise from your meta-consciousness like the kraken from the deep, mysterious and unexplained.

Do you write a serial blog? Post a link and share! For those of you who’ve never read one, go try one.

Adrian Stevens, Quartermaster

June 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Recipe – Seafood Salad

Summer is here and the temperatures are finally feeling like summer. Time for cold salads and picnics and lots of chilling in front of the AC. Most of my favorite summer dishes are simple like this one:


Buy a big watermelon that sounds hollow when you thump it. Chop it up and serve it. Refrigerate it if you like it cold.

Or this one:


Buy some really nice looking berries. Wash them and serve them nice and cold.

My kids nibble of fresh fruits and veggies all summer. Most need nothing fancier than ranch dressing or maybe some snort (whipped topping in a can). I really don’t cook that much in the summer. This salad was what we served for dinner tonight. Quick and easy and tasty.

Seafood Salad

1 12 oz package of Krab meat, or crab meat if you’re rich or live on the coast

1/4 sweet onion, finely chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped small

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

2/3 c. mayonnaise

2 T. lemon juice

1/2 t. ground black pepper

1 t. paprika

salt to taste

Use a fork to break the krab meat into small pieces. Mix everything together. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve with crackers or rolls.

June 24, 2011 at 1:46 am Leave a comment

Author Interview – Marva Dasef

Today I welcome author Marva Dasef to the Far Edge of Normal. Find the full interview at

June 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Recipe – Hogwarts Cherry Tarts

Just in case someone calls about it, I’m not affiliated in any way with JK Rowling or her book series. I just liked the idea of creating a mini-Hogwarts university course for my children. I’ve been posting recipes for the last few weeks from this. These cherry tarts are the last I’ve got for this particular theme. They are luscious and rich and creamy and I really really REALLY want some right now but I don’t want to make them even though they are easy. I’m just that lazy today.

Hogwarts Cherry Tarts

4 c. powdered sugar

2 c. cookie crumbs (vanilla wafers or chocolate sandwich cookies, smashed and smooshed into crumbs)

1/2 c. cocoa

1/4 c. milk
1/3 c. cream cheese

1 t. vanilla

1/4 t. almond extract

1/2 c. candied cherries, cut up

Mix 2 c. powdered sugar, cookie crumbs, and cocoa. Sprinkle milk over and stir just until it holds together. Press crust mixture into paper lined miniature muffin pans, it should make about 24. Beat cream cheese with vanilla and almond extract. Gradually add the other 2 c. of powdered sugar. Beat well. Stir in cherries. Spoon into the shells. Chill until firm.

June 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

What Really Matters in a Story

Read the post on Blogger and comment for a chance to win a print copy of your choice of one of five different books.

June 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Thursday Recipe – Hagrid’s Thumbprints

Continuing on with Hogwarts, this is a fun cookie. It is rich, decadent, and looks much more difficult than it is. If you like pecan sandies and caramel filling, this is the cookie for you. I named them Hagrid’s Thumbprints because you need a really big thumb to make the hole big enough to hold the filling.

Hagrid’s Thumbprints

1 c. butter

1 c. powdered sugar

2 c. flour

1/2 c. chopped nuts, pecans preferred

1 T. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Blend in vanilla. Add flour and nuts. Stir just until mixed. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Press thumb into each cookies to make a hole for the filling. The hole shrinks a bit when cooking so make sure you make it large enough without pushing through the bottom. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Cool.


1/4 c. butter

1/2 c. brown sugar

dash of salt

1/4 c. evaporated milk, NOT sweetened condensed milk

1 c. powdered sugar

1/2 t. vanilla

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil and stir for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk. Bring back to a boil; boil and stir for another two minutes. Remove from heat. Cool for 15 minutes. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Fill each cookie with about 1 t. of filling. Let cool and set up for at least one hour.

June 9, 2011 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

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Jaleta Clegg

I write science fiction, fantasy, and comic horror. I also have a whole horde of children and a lot of opinions.

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