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The Chronicles

So, the first draft of the product of the Audience of One Writers Retreat is complete. First edit underway.

Not sure we'll make our target of having a fully edited, ready for representation/publication by the end of 2016 but the story of Radley and Sloe and Karm and Lizza (4-syllable pronunciation) is told.

Ebay (the 76-year old Laotian man, not the website) and Terry the Bus Driver (formerly of the University of Alabama basketball team) wound up playing larger roles than anticipated.

The process and related emotions:

Writing - This story is amazing!First Edit - This story sucks!Second Edit - Well, maybe...Final Edit - NYT bestseller list, here we come!
On with the show...

P.S. While I'm at it, here are a couple of pictures from the retreat. See all of the pictures from the retreat here.

Quinoa Chicken Rolls

A tasty, healthy option for Sunday dinner...or any other night of the week, for that matter.
2 Whole (or 4 half) boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup cooked red quinoa (season with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp Goya Adobo®, and 2 tsp Mrs. Dash® Tomato, Basil, Garlic seasoning, then cooled) 2-3 cups raw baby spinach 2/3 cup sliced baby portabella mushrooms 1/4 cup diced sweet onion 1/3 cup feta cheese 1 box Oven Fry® Extra Crispy (chicken) mix 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1 egg 1/3 cup coconut milk 1 teaspoon lime or key lime juice
Brine chicken in warm water with 1 tbsp natural maple syrup and 2 tsp soy sauce for approximately 2 hours. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Heat oven to 400° and spray glass baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
Mix seasoned cooked quinoa with roughly chopped spinach, roughly chopped mushrooms, diced onions, and feta cheese. Set aside.
Pound the chicken breasts to approximately 1/2 inch thickness. Mix egg, coconut milk, and lime juice. In separate dish, mix Oven Fry® and parmesan…

Audience of One Writers Retreat

As a late-comer to the wonderful(ly frustrating) world of writing, I had much to learn.

OK, truth be told, I still have much to learn. But that's another story for another time.

Like many writers at the beginning, I believed my story and my voice were worthy of being heard, that simply jotting down my brilliant insights and clever bon mots would result in droves of fawning readers, agents, and publishers beating a path to my door, demanding the I share more unfiltered thoughts so they could put them before the word-buying public where we would all get rich and famous.

With apologies to Stephen Sondheim, a funny thing happened on the way to the fortune...

I discovered that the writers I loved who made things seem so easy were liars. The finished product that I held in my hands was the result of months (and in some cases, years) of hard work, pain, sacrifice, and editing, editing, editing.

They only made it look easy because they were really, really good at their craft.

And I discov…

Independence Day: July 21, 1996

On July 21, 1996:

Bill Clinton was still in his first term as President of the United StatesThe number 1 movie in the United States was "Independence Day" with Will Smith (et al)The number 1 record in the country was 2Pac's "How Do U Want It" (A side, featuring Jodeci) / "California Love" (B side, featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)Robin Williams turned 45We were 1,878 days away from September 11, 2001My Father was still aliveI was a 34-year old college dropout and an underachieving Air Force Master Sergeant whose second marriage was circling the drain

I launched on a journey to an unknown destination, that I never wanted to take, but that has changed my life in ways I never knew needed changing.
Since July 21, 1996, I have:

Retired from the Air ForceGraduated collegeTransitioned into a satisfying, good-paying careerBecome a published writer, including a stint as an 84-year old Southern woman named Matilda Mae Sugarbottom (of the Andalusia Sugar…

Could Any Laker Start for Another Western Conference Team?

Back on July 1, after watching Jim “Fredo” Buss and Mitch Kupchak make some of the most questionable free agent decisions I’ve seen in nearly fifty years of following the Los Angeles Lakers, I tweeted the following: “Do the @Lakers have a single player on the roster who could start for anyone else in the Western Conference?”(To be fair, this was after the Mozgov announcement but before Deng.)
I was immediately called out by a Twitter friend, Le Musicien ‏(@LironDayo) who responded: “Russell, Clarkson, Randall, Mozgov....and maybe Ingram”I stewed for a few moments, wondering if someone with fewer than 1,000 followers could enter into something that would actually be called a Twitter “beef” before replying: “Meh...maybe. I'll analyze this weekend but am not convinced."So I decided to eschew my emotional response to the Lakers’ free agent activity and analyze the facts to determine who was right, me or arch-Twitter nemesis, @LironDayo.
The short answer is that I have to begrudgingly …