Monday, April 23, 2018

Weekly Quote

Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'
--Robin Williams

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Just a Quick Update

I finished the base outline for book 4 in the Children of Atlantis series. Now, I'm going back through it to add the details and fix any plot holes.  I want to have all the problems fixed before I start writing. This makes the writing process easier and a lot more fun.

I've also come up with some base ideas for books 5 -7. I'm excited and can't get the ideas down on paper fast enough. Sometimes I wish I could plug my brain to the computer and upload the whole story. Yes, the story is in my head. I can hear it. I can see it. I just have to write it. LOL.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen this. This is the cover page for May in my bullet journal. The month is already filling up with things I have to do and things I want to accomplish.

Have a great week!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekly Quote

The stars don't look bigger,
but they do look brighter.
--Sally Ride

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Update on the Changes

Changes are coming.

I've been working on the new cover designs. So far, I'm very pleased with them, and I think you will like them. I still need to reformat the interiors for both the ebooks and the paperbacks. In the next few weeks, I will start planning and then executing the relaunch of the Children of Atlantis series.

I'm also finishing the outline for book four in the series. Which means, I'm actually ahead of schedule and will start writing the story very soon. I've already changed the title for a second time, so that's why I haven't released it yet.

I've also started the outline for book five.

Good things are coming.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Weekly Quote

There is nothing like a dream 
to create the future.
--Victor Hugo

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Making Iced Lattes

I really love coffee.

You could probably say that I have a slight addiction problem. In winter I drink a lot of hot coffee, but when it comes to hot Texas summer days, I love iced coffee. The only problem is that the iced coffee habit can get expensive.

Last summer, I learned how to make my own iced coffees.

First, I bought a simple, cheap cold brew pot. A cold brew pot is designed to brew coffee in the refrigerator. The pot I bought was a simple clear, heavy-duty plastic pitcher with a lid that fits tightly on it. The center of the lid has a  place to insert the filter basket that came with it. All you do is fill the filter basket with your favorite ground coffee and then fill the pitcher with water (I use the filtered water from the refrigerator) and put the pot into the refrigerator to cold-brew for about 24 hours.

The next day I pour some of the cold-brewed coffee into a large cup (about 8 ounces or 1 cup). I add a little sweetener. It's up to you what kind of sweetener you want to use and how much--basically who sweet do you want your drink or how many calories.

Now you are to the point where you decide what flavorings you want to add. I'm currently on a mocha kick. So at this point I add a little chocolate syrup and mix. I then add about 8 ounces or 1 cup of milk, stir, add some ice, and enjoy.

And in my case, I have an iced mocha latte.

The cool thing is you can add any flavor you want to the cold coffee. Sometimes I add vanilla flavoring (vanilla extract is what I use) or a salted caramel flavoring instead of chocolate syrup.
The kinds of flavors you can try is endless or you can make the iced coffee without added flavors. The grocery stores now carry a lot of bottles of different flavorings on the coffee aisle.

For me, the best part of this is that I can control the sweetness of the drink and it costs a lot less in the long run.

What kind of coffee drinks or other drinks do you like to indulge in?