Wednesday links: H.E.A.R.T. and comps

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: Pretty Girl-13, by Liz Coley

Sometimes, I read a book’s summary and I find myself intrigued.

Now, I don’t mean the usual “Huh, this sounds interesting” kind of intrigued that usually leads me to read a book. I’m referring more to the type of intrigued that’s a little harder to nail down–the type that makes a book stick in my mind and not leave me alone until I read it.

That’s the type of intrigued I felt when I read the summary for Pretty Girl-13, by Liz Coley. I came across the summary quite a while ago, and bought the novel itself within the past month or so. I didn’t have a chance to read it until last week, but it had been in the back of my mind ever since I had first come across it.

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Wednesday links: Earning out, Harry Potter, and newbie writer mistakes

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book recommendation: All Fall Down, by John Saul

I know, I know–I’m behind on my book recommendations. Unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time to read lately as I would have liked.

But, I did recently finish a novel I’d like to tell you about. All Fall Down was one of John Saul’s earliest novels. It was originally published back in 1982 under the name The God Project, and is a cross between science fiction and horror.

As with my last recommendation, I need to warn you ahead of time that this post does have some very slight spoilers in it. I don’t give away anything specific, though, so I definitely encourage you to read on.

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Recipe review: AllYou’s Individual Apple Crisps

AllYou's Individual Apple Crisps

I have an odd rabbit.

…That’s a weird way to start a recipe review, isn’t it? But I promise it’s relevant.

Anyway, I have an odd rabbit. I’ve been trying to find out what fruits and vegetables she really likes, so that I know what I can give her as treats. So far, I’ve found one thing she loves (carrots), a few things she likes enough to eat, and a whole bunch of things she won’t even touch.

That in itself isn’t necessarily what makes her odd — it’s that she won’t touch any type of fruit. From what I understand, most rabbits love fruit, which is why so many people use it as treats. But Cookie? Nope. I’ve tried giving her about five or six different types of fruit now, but she hasn’t eaten a bit of any of it.

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Wednesday links: Round characters, em dashes, and ferrets vs. writers

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few.

Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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A possible solution to my mayonnaise problem

Do you remember when I told you about my failure to make mayonnaise back in March? I haven’t had a chance to try making it again, but I think, after finding this tip, I may have to.

Last week, The Kitchn posted a recipe for making mayonnaise using an immersion blender. It looks like a pretty good recipe, one that shouldn’t be too difficult to make. And having the option of making the mayonnaise right in a jar should eliminate the problems I was having while using bigger bowls.

So, my plan is to give this recipe a try sometime soon–hopefully next weekend. I’ll come back and let you know how it goes once I’ve tested it.

For anybody who has tried this method before–do you have any tips for me? Or do you have a method that works better?