Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FOCUS! Yeah, I have a problem

Sometimes I can just stay on point and write.  But most times, not.  Here are some sites and apps that will help keep you on task.  I haven't tried them all, but am slowly going through them.

Write or Die

Self Control App lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites--even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Writing prompt - A bad day

10 minute writing prompt:

I knew it was a bad day when...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Writing Prompt - Use the Dictionary

10 minute writing prompt:

Open the dictionary to a random page. 
Find a word that you do not know how to define. 
Write an imaginary definition for it. 
Repeat.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 jalapeno pepper (chopped)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin (toasted and ground)
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 19 ounce cans black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 green bell pepper (cut into bit sized pieces)
1 red bell pepper (cut into bit sized pieces)
1 zucchini (cut into bit sized pieces, optional)
1 tablespoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce (chopped)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)

Directions:
1. Simmer the quinoa in the water until absorbed, about 20 minutes.
2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
4. Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin and saute until fragrant, about 1 minutes.
5. Add the tomatoes, beans, peppers, zucchini, chipotle, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Add the quinoa and corn and simmer for 5 minutes.
7. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

Stay hungry my friend

Writing prompt - Dream catcher, more like dream killer!

10 minute writing prompt:

Every so often a dreamcatcher must be emptied of the nightmares it has caught.  Who does it and what do they see?

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