Archive

Uncategorized

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to write. I almost don’t even care what it’s about; as long as I’m writing, I’m happy. Thankfully, along the way I’ve been blessed enough to have friends and family who have supported me, and a life crazy enough to keep me inspired.

27 years later, I decided to publish my very first novel.

best-thing-ever

It’s called Stalker, but it’s probably not what you think. In fact, the first Amazon review on it labels it as a love story, which I didn’t anticipate happening, but hey, if people like it, that’s all I care about.

Anyways, I hope that explains my recent absence from this blog, after I just began regularly updating it again!

Luckily, I hope I can make it up to you!

Stalker is available in ebook form for two more days (until Friday) in the Kindle store (HERE) or if you want the paperback version, that’s available too (HERE).

Again, I can’t thank all of you enough! Even if you’ve only ever read one post on this blog, it gave me the encouragement to continue writing and moving toward my dream of publishing a book!

A quick note, I chose to self-publish using Amazon, and spent months researching the process. As a result, I learned a lot that I hope can help other writers as well, and I will be doing an entire post on that soon. I promise!

Thank you again! You’re all my heroes!

This weekend flew by, and now I’m in the throes of full-on Halloween prep mode. So, I was looking for a drink to help fuel me through, and I happened upon this drink, the moradita.

I wanted something with tequila, because while the calendar says it’s fall, the weather still thinks it’s summer, and to me, tequila is the greatest summer liquor. And, there are a ton of other great fall drink recipes HERE too.

This is what Saveur had to say about this delicious drink:

A jalapeño-infused, blood-colored tequila and beet cocktail, the Moradita (“Little Death”), is a fresh, nearly healthy-tasting drink with some real body and a balancing hint of elegant richness.

Cheers!

I often find that at times, out of curiosity comes judgement.

As a journalist, it’s my natural inclination to find out as much as possible about a person in as little time as possible. In doing this though, it’s sometimes hard to reserve judgement when it’s someone who is vastly different than I am.

I’ve found that this isn’t unusual and we all tend to do it here and there.

For example, you’re sitting down for drinks with a Hollywood starlet, who happens to still be a human being whether you like it or not. She’s just gotten out of rehab, but is sitting there drinking a gin and tonic. It’s very easy to assume that she likely has nothing of value to say, or that it will just be her putting on airs, and you know what, that may be the case. But why not reserve judgement, and just be curious about her life. What got her to this point? How does she really feel when she sees stories about herself in the tabloids? What’s her greatest fear (this question can tell you A LOT about a person)?

Now, not everyone is a troubled celeb, but everyone is an individual, with an individual personality and internal conflicts.

If you choose to be curious over judgmental, you’ll learn a lot about someone, but more importantly it will teach you to view everyone and everything the same. We’re all on an even playing field when it comes to being human, so we should treat each other like it.

Challenge yourself to ask lots of questions today, and to not judge any of the answers you find. You can ask other people, but make sure some of your inquiries are directed inward. If it’s hard to wake up in the morning, then why? Why is your after-work routine what it is? Are you a better person than you were yesterday?

Quick life update, and some beautiful pics along the way…


The drive to Vegas


Yard of Patron Margarita


Leaving Lake Mead


Komodo Dragon at Shark Reef


The Vegas!


Jellies!


Posing with the sharks


Ha!


Jumping from the boat!


Pear tomatoes are my new favorites!!! (Pictures: Pear tomatoes, fresh basil, quinoa and mozzarella)


Even when it’s dirty, I love LA!


Poolside at my favorite local haunt


Mama and Aunt visited LA… and of course tequila shots were involved


Chillin’


Hiking


Happy 21st lil sis!


Wine and cheese with my nana


PEZ collection at a vintage store that I’m totally jealous of!


Album release party with the greatest designer ever!


Lakers themed dinner, because I’m in off season withdrawals (pictured: purple cauliflower and pear tomatoes)


Cutest stamps ever!


My lava lamp


Farmers Market on my corner

This week absolutely flew by! I’m working on some exciting projects, but this weekend I plan to get some much needed rest. Here’s to hoping yours is restful and entertaining! Make sure to louge around (my favorite activity)

Image

On this rainy Monday here in California (a rare sight), I’ve decided that this will be a week of soups. There are so many soups I’ve been making lately, but haven’t had the chance to share, so what better time!

I found this recipe for corn chowder, and was ecstatic. Ever since I was little, this was my favorite kind of soup, so finding a simple, vegetarian recipe for it was great (and it’s from Weight Watchers, so there’s that). Also, it leaves a lot of room to add things and “make it your own” (a favorite thing of mine to do, as you know).

Corn Chowder

What You Need:
1 medium Yukon Gold potato
1/2 cup celery
1 large shallot
1 can of corn
1 tomato
1/2 cup broccoli
1 cup of sweet red peppers
2 cups of skim milk
Salt and pepper to taste

What You Do:

Peel and boil the potato until soft (push a wooden spoon on it; if it begins to break apart that;’s perfect; about 10 minutes) – NOTE: By the time you’re ready for the potato, it will probably be done

Chop the celery, shallot, broccoli, tomato and red pepper. Sautee these along with the corn (drain the can) for about 5 minutes in a large saucepan

Add the milk to the saucepan, then add the mashed potato. Season with salt and pepper (I use cayenne)

Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, but DO NOT allow it to boil. The milk will curdle if that happens

Messiness – You need multiple pots, but there’s nothing messy about it (other than the dishes)

Simplicity – As you can see, it’s nearly foolproof. However, I did make the mistake of letting the milk boil once, and it curdled (gross), so you should diligently check it while simmering

Budget – Fairly cheap, and you can taper it based on the veggies you have and what season it is. It’s a simple I-Have-Too-Many-Veggies-Sitting-Around recipe because they’ll blend well together, which means you may not need to buy anything

Delicious Factor – It’s not as rich as your standard corn chowder (full disclosure) BUT it still tastes amazing! Trust me, I’m a corn chowder lover, so if it wasn’t great, I wouldn’t be sharing with you.

I rarely ever give shout outs to businesses, not because I don’t like them but because few go above and beyond to make their customers happy. Well writers, and friends of writers, LISTEN UP!

When you’re printing out about one large document a week like me (either script or manuscript), it gets to be pretty expensive. Staples is robbing you and your printer needs new ink every month, which isn’t cheap. So when I found out about 2 cent Script Copier, I thought it was too good to be true.

I submitted my script at about 10pm. Apparently I had sent it in the wrong format, and got an email from a real person, not a machine, letting me know it needed to be in PDF format. Maz, the man behind the email, then let me know a way that I can save it as a PDF, or guide me through saving it on the program I use. You can pick the color cardstock and paper that you want too (in case you want to distingush your drafts from each other). Okay, enough details.

Today I went to pick it up (it was ready before 10 am the next day) and there was the most atrocious parking situation. So I parked across the street, where the attendant informed me the lot was full. I said I’d be gone no longer than five minutes, so he gave me a valet ticket and let me leave the car. Without thinking, I placed the ticket on the counter when I walked in the shop. Then man who happily handed me the script saw the ticket and said, “I don’t validate, so this one’s on me.” And let me leave free of charge (the parking attendant, however, charged me $1 for 5 minutes… that’s LA for you).

So, needless to say, I’ve already sent over five more scripts that are each a different beautiful color and can’t wait to get to work. I HIGHLY recommend working with this shop. They’re helpful, fast, and thoughtful, in a world (and particularly a city) where that combo is hard to find. Don’t live in Tinsel Town? Good news, they ship!!

Click HERE to visit the site.

Again, I NEVER review places, and if I do it’s rarely a rave, but I was just so impressed that I had to share.

After leaving the shop, the man wished me luck, and I want to pass that luck along to all of you, my readers, no matter what your endeavors.