Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Waning Moon
Snowy and cold

Come visit with Janet Lee Walters, a writer who moves between genres with ease and charm, and is today’s guest on A BIBLIO PARADISE. She brings up some excellent points about the versatility in writing for e-publishers.

I am tired. I baked my first batch of small space cakes – and they stuck to the pan, in spite of the pans being greased thoroughly. So they were all destroyed. Instead of crying, I crumbled the bits, put them in a tin, and I’ll make trifle with them, layering cake with fruit and whipped cream. When in doubt, make trifle, right?

Anyway, I figured out a way to grease the pans (which are, by the way, “no-stick” pans – yeah, tell me another fairy tale, only make this one GOOD, okay?). Gotta love PAM – it still works the best. The day was interspersed with three trips to the grocery store, but by the end of the day, I had makes 12 more small spice cakes, two batches of brownies, a batch of rolled sugar cookies, and a batch of tollhouse cookies.

Today, I make the glaze for the cakes, put the platters together, and I’d like to get them OUT, although, due to the weather, I have a feeling I’ll put it off until tomorrow.

More packages of goodies arrived, so it’s filling up around the tree and the fridge is about to pop open, which is just the way I like it.

I finished the cards last night. I have to hunt down a few addresses, but I’ll get out everything I can today. I’ve got a couple of packages to still get out, one large spice cake to bake and decorate, and I am DONE.

Which means I can concentrate on the writing that was back-burnered for the last few days.

I’d like to sleep for about a week, but that’s not an option.

Back to the page. The column is written in my head, but now I have to get it down on paper. And I’ve still got an article to get done this week, and I wanted to finish the revisions on OFDW before the holidays.

Didn’t I vow last December to make sure I had no deadlines THIS December? Didn’t work out so well, did it?

To answer ellix’s question about finding work, I go out there and hunt it down. I research companies with whom I think I’d be a good match, or which interest me, and send them proposals. I get to know local businesses and know their needs, and create pitches. I do my homework, my groundwork, and I come up with inventive ways to convince companies they can’t live without me. Companies who use bidding sites, in my opinion, are more interested in keeping costs down than getting the best writer. I’m interested in working for companies that respect my skills and will pay appropriately. I’m not going to find that on a listing site, even a legitimate one. I’m going to find those by doing the legwork myself.


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  1. I bet it smells WONDERFUL at your house!

  2. Wow! All your stuff sounds so yummy! I don’t know if I’ll bake anymore for Christmas or not. I tend to eat lots of what I bake instead of giving it away. 😉

  3. That’s a lot of baking! I bet it does smell yummy there. I just didn’t have the energy to bake as much as I wanted to this year.

  4. We’re baking this weekend! And I need to make a gingerbread house for the kids to decorate!
    Love this time of the year. It’s a mixture of busy and relaxing and taking a forced break.

  5. Oh! Yummmmn!!!! Spice cake was my favorite dessert when I was a kid. My mother used to make it with Caramel icing. Sometimes she’d top it off with a warm gingerbread topping.

    Have a wonderful day, Devon

    Blessings, Laura

  6. Oh, and check your email for: Why Your Printer Doesn’t Work. It’s quite funny.

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  7. I bet your home smells wonderful! What did the kitties think of all your baking?
    I hope your day goes well!

  8. Yea, trifle or parfaits. Either one works!

    Amen on how to find work. You have to put a bit of time into the search, not just go out willy nilly. That would be like stabbing at a balloon with a plastic knife from about 20 feet away. Narrow the focus, concentrate on who you’d like to be working for.

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