Monthly Archives: June 2011

glimpse

caught between

screen and glass

truth and lies

denial of self

banging on my window pane

remorse breathes steam

in dreams

as I draw designs

making marks

slicing into soul

condensing

into

droplets

of

pain

that drip

   drip

      drip

blinking down

and in that brief moment

before they disperse into air

disappear

I see

perfectly

visions of the future

I have not yet attained

 

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

You can't see the chicken and bacon, but it's there. Promise.

Do you remember those Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell?

Yeah…I know. Ew on the Taco Bell. But for some reason, I loved them. Of course, I always topped them with sour cream, and left off the ground meat-like-stuff because….uh yeah.

I don’t think that’s really meat. Just sayin’.

So here at Casa Christel, I’ve been experimenting with making my own version.

I was going for a combination between the Taco Bell, and those yummy Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken DeLite Pizzas.

And I hate thick crusts. Bare with me. This will all make sense when you take your first bite.

What you need:

2 large tortillas

1 chicken breast

3 strips of bacon

1/2 c. red pepper, diced (optional…I’m leaving this out next time)

1 medium tomato, diced

1/2 c. green onion, diced

1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tbl. ranch dressing

2 c. pepper jack cheese, shredded

Okay then. Got all your food stuff prepped? Ready, set, GO!

Throw the bacon & chicken in a pan over medium heat, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside to cool. You can chop your veggies while you’re cooking the meat!

Take your pizza pan, which hopefully looks better than mine. (Note to self: Buy new pizza pan)

Grab your cooking spray & apply to both sides of the first tortilla. Trust me. This is important, as it will provide a crunchy crust later.

Then smear half the ranch dressing on top of the tort. You can do all the building directly on the pizza pan! 🙂

Now dice up your chicken and bacon, placing it on the ranch-smeared tortilla.

Sprinkle the cilantro over that. Or leave it out if you don’t like cilantro. (Dad)

Now liberally spread a cup of cheese around on top. You can use whatever cheese you have.

Remember Rule #1 in Casa Christel? Recipes: they’re more like guidelines.

Now spray the second tortilla with the funky-smelling spray stuff. I do this near the backdoor, because I’m pretty sure the cooking spray is poisonous. At the minimum, it gets you kind of high if you breathe it in. Just sayin’. 😉

Seriously? You’re all still reading? I mean, I just tried to poison you, and get you high?!

Y’all rock, by the way. 😉

Anywhoosit….

Where was I? (Must be the after-effects of the cooking spray.)

Oh yeah…now put your second tort on top of the whole mess.

MORE RANCH! Yum. Spread it around with a knife. Or your finger. Whatever.

Sprinkle the peppers, tomato,  and green onions all over the top.

MORE CHEESE! 🙂

Now bake it at 380 degrees for about 10 minutes.

What you get it a big crunchy, gooey, yummy kinda pizza thing!

Now chop it up in four even slices. Or as close to even as you can get with the whole hazy shade of cooking spray.

You can top it with avocados for even more yummy goodness?!

Hands-down: best late-night munchies or even a lunch.

Serves two.

I don’t even want to know how many calories are in this, but you’ve got to admit, it probably has less than the Taco Bell version?!

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Prince Charming was a putz: An Interview with N.L. Gervasio

Today, I am proud delighted freaking ecstatic to be showcasing N.L. Gervasio a.k.a. Jinx and her release of the novel Nemesis. 

I first read this novel way back in the beginning, and have subsequently re-read it numerous times, throughout the editing process. Now I’m not usually a gigantic fan of the Romance genre, but the main female character is a total bad-ass chick, which I immediately identified with.

 Nemesis:

Prince Charming was a putz.

 Prince Charming number two was even worse.

 After the last prince ran off without any notice, breaking her heart and their engagement along the  way, Nemesis Mussolini swore off  men and passed the time kicking ass and slinging drinks, something her mafia father would never approve of. But, when her boss Clancy ups his flirtations, it’s difficult to remember she’s not interested, especially when he gets that delicious evil glint in his eye that has her melting. Just when Nemy starts to think all men might not be bad, she hears whispers about Clancy’s less than legal past, and wants to run like hell from the idea that he could be just like her father.

Great … Prince Charming number three may possibly be on FBI’s Most Wanted.

While Nemy and Clancy tumble down the romance road, hitting potholes every step of the way, Nemy discovers how much of her heart already belongs to Clancy, and how much of a Don’s daughter she really is. When Clancy’s daughter is kidnapped, they must work together to use every talent and connection they have to get her back, which means Nemy must learn to trust again. If they fail, Clancy could lose his daughter forever. Can Nemy surrender in time to get her happily ever after, or is she hell-bent on letting her past keep her from the one man who could be her true Prince Charming?

 Doesn’t that blurb make you want to read it?

Bad-ass chick meets bad boy…LOVE!

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing N.L. Gervasio about her new release, as well as many other various topics.

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Me: As an avid reader and writer, I am always curious about how this novel came to be?

Jinx: Nemy, my main character, just started talking one night, telling me her story, and I wrote it down. I can’t recall what the actual trigger was, to be honest, but I can tell you that it foretold the demise of my relationship about two months before it happened. For whatever reason, my fiction always correlates with my reality in one way or another. Yes, I find it strange too. The funny part is that I’d only ever written one romance story in my life (my first book as an adult), having moved on to the paranormal after that and staying there for a good long time before this one popped up. It kind of shocked me when I realized it wasn’t paranormal, though I’d flirted with the idea of turning it into a werewolf book well after it was finished. The reason I didn’t was because I’d already written a book and a half on my thirteen-book werewolf series, and the two books would have been too similar.

Me: How much time did it take to write initially and after revisions?

Jinx: It took approximately two and a half months to write, and a year and a half off and on to edit.

Me: Anything personal you’d like to share about inspiration?

Jinx: For me, Life is inspiration. I don’t have a muse. I don’t believe in them, unless you want to call Life a muse. The tiniest thing can trigger a story for me. For instance, on my Unclouded Perspicacity blog, I have a Flash Friday short (less than 1000 words) titled Fallen. The story, which will turn into the second book of my Armageddon trilogy, was triggered by a falling star. It wasn’t just any typical falling star though. This one burned long and bright and it had an orange tail. I’d never seen one like it, so I surmised what it could possibly be and why it was different than all the others. And out popped a book! The first is Dusk of Death.

Me: I posed this question to your partner at Running Ink Press, Sharon Gerlach, during her interview for the Malakh release, and I think it applies well with this novel: Bad boys or Good guys?

Jinx: I tend to lean toward the bad boy image, which is why the hero, Clancy, isn’t exactly a “good guy” in this book, but more along the lines of “good fella,” if you catch my drift.

Me: I adored the addition, in the later revisions, of Sean, the quintessential Irish bad boy. How did he come into being?

Jinx: Sean was actually part of the major overhaul I edited into the book after an impromptu 15-minute plot session with CJ Redwine. She helped me find the gaping holes in my novel and together we figured out how to fix it, so I owe a lot to her.

Me: None of your characters are strictly good or bad, but some sort of balance between the two. Was that a conscious attempt to make them more human?

Jinx: Absolutely! Characters can’t be perfect. They have to have flaws, just like we do, or they won’t be believable.

Me: Is there room for a sequel? Maybe a novella of Cherry’s story? (ok so that’s what I want to see)

Jinx: Nemesis is the first of a seven-book series I like to call the Kick-Ass Girls Club series, but hey, I love the idea of writing a novella for Cherry! Thanks!

You can find it on the Running Ink Press website, which will direct you to the purchase points.

Nemesis has her own blog: Foxy’s Den

 Nemy can also be found on Twitter: Nemy_girl

 You can preview part of chapter 1 here.

N.L. “Jinxie” Gervasio was born on Friday the thirteenth. Her dad wanted to call her Jinx. Her mom said no. It took thirty-four years for her to discover the nickname, and she’s grown quite attached to it. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with Umi (her mother) and Moon (her Alaskan malamute). She enjoys riding her beach cruiser “The Betty” around downtown Tempe, loves a good pub crawl, and has had the pleasure and the heartache of experiencing a love far greater than she could have ever imagined.

You can find Jinx here:

Twitter: Jinxie_G

Facebook: Jinxi3G

Blog: Jinxie’s World

Other blog: Unclouded Perspicacity

Fun stuff: Zombie Survival Crew

Email: jinxieg13 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Writing is…like air. (crossover post)

Lest you think you’re hallucinating, yes. You are.

Just kidding. Maybe.

I posted this on my Sobriety of the Soul blog yesterday, but the more I think obsess about it, the more I think I should have actually posted it on this site, being that this is my creative blog.

So, just in case, I’m reposting, as most of my writer friends pay more attention to this blog.

Plus, I forgot to tag people.

No pressure…..

Worst case scenario, you’ve already read it? Okay then. Scroll down to see if I tagged you…

The last few days, I’ve been witnessing a bunch of writerly type friends posting on their blogs, explaining their passion for writing: how they do it, what motivates, what inspires them, etc.

Christina Vincent

Carrie Clevenger

Wookiesgirl

and many more…

For every post, five more are tagged with only the prompt “Writing is…”.

For me, writing is like air. If I’m not breathing, I might as well be dead.

I used to think that my talent was some sort of abstract emotion, barely within grasp, sometimes lost completely.

I was wrong.

Determination.

Dedication.

Diligence.

As a writer, if you can always remember those 3Ds, you’ll make it. <———lol stupid pun

Just set a schedule for yourself, plunk down in front of the keyboard, or if you’re really old-school, grab the nearest writing utensil and a cocktail napkin and GO!

Spontaneity is great. Don’t get me wrong…

But firm dedication is the backbone to our harrowed flesh.

Even if I spew out three words from my overly exhausted, brain-dead mind, those are three more words than I had before.

It works for me.

Go with your mood, but always write.

And for chrissakes, remember to breathe! ;)

And without further ado…TAG! YOU’RE IT!

Sharon Gerlach

NL Gervasio

Kristen Gehrke

Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Pia Veleno

No pressure, ladies! 😉 Do whatever you want.

Next up, The Joys of Reading. A.K.A. My OCD/ADD reading habits.

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