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Today I Saw Chickens Penned-In On The Side Of The Road

 

It’s foggy tonight.

 

sometimes i think

it’s the coming rain,

or sorrow,

or pain,

or simply my brain,

the years of smoking too much

or drowning my fear

in gallons of beer,

tumblers of whisky

on the rocks.

 

other times i think

it’s just my life,

the listless minds surrounding

me, my craving need

for something

anything

more than this

inconsequential existence.

 

or perhaps it’s only

the full moon rising,

the pink-blue sunset,

the bitter wind, as i walk down

the street, away from

you and you and you.

 

And I give the world the proverbial finger.

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Chicken Burritos

At Casa Christel, we love burritos of almost any kind. So tonight I’m sharing our dinner…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced

4 flour tortillas, burrito  size

1/2 c. diced red onion

1 small can green chiles

Rice-A-Roni chicken flavor

1/2 env. taco seasoning

1 can black beans

1 small tomato, chopped

2 green onions,chopped

Now that the ingredients are out of the way…saute your chicken with a little oil or butter for a few minutes.

Add the red onion.

Throw the rice in there, and let it brown. Mostly you just follow the directions on the package, adding your own stuff.

Add the water & spice packet from the box of rice, and the taco seasoning.

Add the green chiles & black beans.

Cover & cook on med-low for 17 minutes.

Go smoke, have a beer, whatever…

It smells pretty good in your house now…

Grate up some cheese if you want…

When the chicken/rice stuff is done, squirt lime juice on it. Yum…

Viola! Burritos!

Garnish with the tomato & green onion.

Add some salsa & sour cream.

I’ve got salsa from The Original Taco House, and Daisy sour cream.

I like Daisy. There’s always random saying on the label inside.

Anyway…enjoy. Now I’m starving and have to go eat! 🙂

 

 

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Forever Nocture: October Issue

I just wanted to pop in and say “HELLO PUMPKINS!”.

I was published today in the October issue of Forever Nocturne! Go me!

Anywhosit…I also wrote a post over on my other blog today, so you can check that out here.

Blessed Samhain, everyone! 🙂

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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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Skillet Chili Mac

At  roughly 3 o’clock today, I realized I’d forgotten to take anything out of the freezer (meat-wise) for dinner…oops.

My original plan had been to roast a chicken, but the pound of ground turkey thaws out much quicker, so as usual, I improvised.

I found a generic box of mac & cheese and went from there.

Skillet Chili Mac

Dudes?! Yummy! 🙂

 
Please note: I do not use recipes. They’re more like guidelines…
 
My not-so-secret-I-just-totally-made-this-up recipe…
 
1 box Mac & Cheese
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef…I actually think it’d be better with beef)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. salsa verde
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. milk
1 14.5 oz. can of pinto beans
1 tea. salt
1/2 tea. pepper
1/4 tea. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tea. cumin
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tomato, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
 
So first, get your water boiling for the pasta, and pre-heat your skillet. Chuck the peppers, onions and ground turkey into the skillet, and cook until meat is done.
 
Your water should be boiling by now, so dump in the noodles and boil for roughly 6 minutes.
 
Add the salsa to the ground turkey mixture, as well as the salt, pepper, red pepper, and cumin.
 
After the noodles are done, strain them, and dump them in the skillet with the browned meat stuff. Throw the butter, milk, cheese powder stuff, shredded cheese  and sour cream in the skillet and stir it around a bunch.
 
Dump the tomatoes in there too. Now cover the skillet, turning the heat down to about med-low for 5 minutes to let all the flavors come together, stirring occasionally.
 
And viola! Top the bowls of yummy with avocado and a dollop of sour cream! NOM.
 
You could also garnish with cilantro or crushed tortilla chips if you like.
 
Whatever you like. Honestly, I used a recipe I saw in the recent issue of Healthy Cooking from Taste of Home, and tweaked it a bit to fit the ingredients I had on hand. I should have added frozen corn, but I forgot until I was on my second bowl, so…
 
Thumbs up. Easy to prepare. Filling, yet healthy. Enjoy. 🙂

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God is a woman

A.K.A. Gender stereotypes and the construction of Self.

WARNING: This is a post where I get all smart and bookish and feministy…continue if you will…

Originally, this post was inspired by Christina Vincent‘s shared link on Facebook, entitled “Gender stereotypes easing more for girls than boys.” by David Crary. Click it. Read it. This is the easy part…

I knew from the get-go that there was a blog post for me in there. So, I braved the allergies, and dug out all my old papers and references from my college Literary Criticism and Theory class, and did a bit of research. Plus, I found a bunch of poetry from 1994, so that alone was worth it?!

English 419 was my favorite class in my four-year stint at UO. In fact, I loved it so much, I took it twice?!

Okay, so I flailed miserably the first time around, and retook the class the following year, receiving a much higher grade. This was the only course I took twice during college. Apparently, taking a split Undergrad/Graduate course as a sophomore is not recommended. I agree. It was too soon the first time around, and I was still in the “Omigod, let’s party!” mode…..such is the life of the undergrad. My professor, Linda Kintz, was my mentor. I learned more from her than anyone else in the whole four years?! I’m positive she has no freaking clue who I am, but still…

I have always found that it’s the teachers who tormented forced believed in your mental abilities to be the most inspirational. For example, my senior year of high school, I had the most gruesome AP English teacher, whom we all despised. But now I look back at him as an inspiration for what I’ve become. He was a complete jerky-pants, but he made me think, gave me the classical base I’d need to eventually study English in college, and subsequently graduate with a BA in English Lit.

I saw him on the bus a few years ago, and thanked him.

He had no freaking clue who I was…… 😉

Alas, I digress…..

My point, originally, was that this article about gender stereotypes reminded me of a classroom experiment we did in English 419, regarding gender stereotypes in males versus females. There was a brief questionnaire (about 10 questions) in which we were asked generic questions and our answers where then lumped into categories of male or female. For example, one question was whether or not you wear nylons….

And I can’t believe I just gave myself allergies again, and can’t find the damn questions?!

However, I did find a questionnaire about heterosexual stereotypes, but that’s another post altogether. 😉

Have I mentioned that I minored in Women’s Studies, as well as Creative Writing? Unfortunately, there were no minors actually given at the time I went to college, so I guess more of an emphasis than a minor….

Anyway……..

I answered all the questions with the stereotypical male answers…

Dudes…I’m a chick.

But apparently not a girlie-girl. Or perhaps I just hate nylons? I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m more than okay. I embrace it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all feminist-head-bashing-assholey about it. I just believe that EVERYONE, no matter what sex you are conceived as, has a right to make their own choices about life, love, and pretty much anything. Except killing people.

Apparently, they haven’t legalized that yet. 😉

But here’s the odd part: everyone in the class fell on both sides of the gender spectrum, regardless of their physical sex.

I thought the jocks were gonna shit themselves. Which made me wonder just what the hell they were doing in that class?!

So to say that gender is somehow ingrained in our collective psyche seems ridiculous. Of course gender is constructed?! It’s the old Nature versus Nurture question.

I always said that if I ever had kids (not gonna happen), or more appropriately, sons, that they’d probably end up gay. Because I don’t care. I’ll let them play with dolls, wear nail polish, and just generally do whatever they want. They’re kids?! At that stage of development, society does NOT need to be making judgements or attempting to rationalize…simply leave them be to grow up however they would like. Easier said than done.

Personally, I always wanted Legos. I got Barbie.

The world is full of stereotypes. I’m just happy that I live in a country where it is permitted for me to express my thoughts, without risking a lot.

I’m a feminist. And no, not a head-bashing feminist. An educated one.

Apparently so:

  • I hate nylons.
  • I enjoy porn.
  • I’d rather shoot the shit with the guys and chug beer than go shopping with the girls.
  • Sometimes, I like to dress up and feel pretty.
  • I wear make-up. Not that I wouldn’t leave the house without it…
  • I walk into bars and drink by myself.

Speaking of……the alone-drinking-thing…

Years ago, I had a male friend (Chad) tell me that because I readily walked into bars solo and engaged people in conversations, that I was basically “asking for it”.

Um yeah…….I didn’t speak to him for months. And even later, never truly respected the man again. But honestly, this gender-based construct is everywhere?! Granted, the bias is more reticent with an older generation of males, but it’s still there, even in the younger crowd.

I know…they hit on me.

They don’t get very far…

And if they’re lucky, I don’t punch them in the nose…

Ugh…seriously. That shit pisses me the fuck off. What gives some jackass-douchebag the right to ask me why I would sit at a bar alone drinking, when they are doing the same thing themselves?!

Talk about stereotypes?!

And on that note, I will leave you with a video of kick-ass girl proportions and short shorts. Cuz I can.

Blainey, this is your ringtone. Cuz you’re my fist-bumping chick friend. 🙂

So go ye forth and purchase Legos and Barbies. Just give them to the opposite child. See what happens…

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addiction

I feel

no poetry

only

sex & smokes

my love

of the sadistic

satanic side

I feel

no guilt

only

this lust

overwhelming

me & myself

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It’s all about the blood…

Here’s a blurb from Kept, the first novella in Blood Lust:

Kept was published November 2008.

As a cat therian (shifter), Greta’s blood is already sought after to enhance spells and potions, but due to a quirk of her birth, her blood is potent enough to kill for. When her tribe plans to sacrifice her, Greta must ally herself with Dayne, the dangerous local sorcerer, and the only person strong enough to protect her.

Zoe Winters writes quirky and sometimes dark paranormal romance.

Zoe’s goal as a writer: “I want to write a book that makes you almost pee your pants because you don’t want to put it down long enough to go to the bathroom. I want to write a book that you miss meals for. I want to write a book you miss bathing for. I want to grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page, where you crumble to the floor in a blissful heap, ask for a cigarette, and say: “Damn, was it good for you too,” then tell 300 of your closest friends about it on Twitter.”

Cover Design by Robin Ludwig

Well, it took me awhile to read this book, but it was well worth the wait! Forgive me, Zoe, I had a bunch of personal stuff going on, so I neglected finishing for a few days.

While I’d read about half of Kept about a year ago, the first novella in The Preternaturals Book One, I enjoyed actually being able to read all three novellas at once. (Kept, Claimed & Mated) I even bought this book in paperback, mostly due to my obsession with reading actual paper books, but also because I adore the cover art. This book is definitely a must-own!

I can’t wait to read the second book in The Preternaturals series, Save My Soul. I’m guessing Cain may play a larger role in the next book, and I can’t wait?! Without totally spoiling it for the rest of you who may not have read this yet, GO NOW!!! Check her website/Goodreads/Facebook…and buy the books! They’re moderately priced, and well worth it.

http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/

 I loved the way the characters flowed from one novella to the next, but still obviously being separate stories. And the sex scene?! OMIGOD! Simply lovely. And dirty. And oooh so much fun! On the back cover, Zoe even place “Heat Level” warnings for the faint of heart. 😉

If you’d like a sample, you can download a free copy Kept via Zoe’s website. Trust me, you will love it, and end up wanting the next two novellas. So, save your soul and some money, and just get Blood Lust in its collective form.

 Thank you, Zoe, for this great indie work, and all you do to support indie authors! You are truly an inspiration.

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Zombies are the new Vampires

Hello! So, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything, and since I had a truly twisted zombie dream last night, I’ve decided to tell you a bit about the novel which inspired my dreams. Seriously though, it was one of those dreams where you wake up, think “Wow…that was fucked up.”, and then fall back asleep to dream the fucked-up zombie dream again?! Ugh…weirdness times three. In my dream, however, I managed to rescue Killer and Betsy (my cats), and snapped the neck of a zombie-baby?!

And then I woke up. I’m assuming this was because my dream was going badly, as a crowd of folks watching TV all turned into zombie at once and advanced on me?! Ironic, isn’t it? But that’s another blog post altogether: the mind-killing machine known as television. 🙂

Pariah by Bob Fingerman – review

This novel was a pleasant surprise! I was wandering through the stacks at my local library, and stumbled upon this lovely find. I’ll admit, I was at first drawn by the cover art, as I usually am when I pick up an unknown (to me) author, and start reading the cover. As usual, the back was filled with glowing recommendations from fellow authors, newspaper, and the like. Normally, I simply ignore these, as I like to actually read the novel before forming an opinion, and move to the first paragraph. As every writer and reader knows, you HAVE to have a great (or at least good) hook, right in the beginning, or you’re apt to lose the reader due to boredom. Mr. Fingerman had me right away. I knew this was a “zombie novel”, what with the huge explosion of zombie-related EVERYTHING right now. Zombies are the new Vampires for 2011. Fist bumps all around! Don’t get me wrong, I love my vamps, and am reading two vamp books right now, but that’s another post. Alas, I digress.

I can’t say enough for the exquisite prose, as well as the character building. Immediately, the reader is drawn into the drama, thinking WTF is going on?  There’s a quick accidental death, and of course zombie gore galore! Mr. Fingerman does a great job of building the characters, and letting you know what kind of people you’re dealing with, while letting he reader make their own decisions about character.

The language Mr. Fingerman uses to describe the death and destruction of what we come to find is pretty much the entire world, is eloquent, morose, and yet hopeful. There is always that hope in the under-current of the novel, that keeps the reader waiting and wanting. There is a strong human, as well as humane, aspect in his writing, that literally makes the reader speed through this novel. I read it in two days?! Of course, I had to return it to the library, as someone else had it on hold, but I work well with deadlines…no pun intended. 😉

I highly recommend this novel, and I can’t wait to read more of Bob Fingerman’s work! You can find him on Goodreads here:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/261138.Bob_Fingerman

Now go! Read zombie fiction! And have a happy Friday!

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Judas Priest diahrrea

Seriously though, if I have a chance to make a poop-joke, then I’m gonna.

So today, after 20-something years of being a general cock-rocker and Judas Priest fan, I realized that I’d been singing the lyrics to “Riding on the Wind” incorrectly forever?!

Um yeah….

I’d been singing “Burning all the Way” instead of “Riding on the Wind”? Either way, really, there’s an ass-joke in there somewhere. Right….maybe it’s just me?

I have a very odd twisted sense of humor.

We’ve all done this at some point in our lives.

I remember being in high school, and having Stephanie, from my youth group, mistake Aerosmith lyrics. She always thought “Love in an Elevator” was “Love on an Escalator”???  Yeah….sounds mildly uncomfortable, eh?

So what are your songs that you’ve mistaken for years? I’m curious…..I know I’m not the only moron out there.

PS: Thanks, Ed, for the inspiration for this post. 🙂

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