Top Five Quotes on…Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Throughout a writers career there will be plenty of time to learn the art of patience. TRUST me, you’ll need it. One of the main ways we learn this is through waiting. We wait until our novel is scoured over before sending it to betas or crit partners.

We wait for them to return it with notes on what they hate/love/and what needs to die a slow painful death. We repeat.

Finally, we start sending that manuscript out into the query world. Anyone who has gone through the process can tell you…you wait some more.

You wait for the agent to request your work.

You wait for them to read it. In turn, when you DO secure an agent, they’ve got a bunch of waiting they have to do, too. They feel our pain. They wait for editors, publishing houses, etc.

I thought I was a fairly patient person before I really started going at writing with the intent to publish.

I was WRONG.

On the bright side, I’m almost so patient now it scares me. Well, not really.

If you’re in the waiting game, I thought I’d share some quotes to help pass the time. Enjoy!!

1.) “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Aristotle

2.) “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” — Lewis Carroll

3.) “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen

4.) “He that can have patience can have what he will.” — Benjamin Franklin

5.) “Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.” 
“I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,'” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.” — Cassandra Clare

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Little Secrets

My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond ‘Z’ and start poking around! — Dr. Seuss

Dear Dr. Seuss, aka Teddy baby:

I’ll have one of whatever it is you’re smoking, drinking, popping, having.

Smooches,

Me

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

“Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! 

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I believe in a thing called love

Alcohol & cupcakes?! Who woulda thunk it. I’d like to send a shout-out to the writers of ‘Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World’ for this kick ass recipe. I heart you ladies for taking two of my favorite things and combining them into one glorious package.

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Here’s the recipe for anyone who loves cupcakes (and/or liquor) as much as I do.

1/4 cup lime juice
1 1/2 tsp lime zest (1 lime)
1 cup soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp tequila
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Fill a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.
In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to lime mixture and stir until just combined. Divide evenly into muffin tins.
Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting

Tequila and Lime Frosting
1/4 cup nonhydrogenated shortening, softened (or butter for you non-lactards)
1 tbsp soymilk
3 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp tequila
2+ cups confectioners’ sugar
coarse sugar for “rims”

Cream together shortening, soymilk, lime juice, tequila, and 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar. Add in more sugar as needed to make frosting stiff, but spreadable.

Spread on cupcakes and roll the edges in a small amount of coarse, colored sugar. Then enjoy!!!

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This devil’s workday

“Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?”
— Marilyn Monroe

As a matter of fact, I have.

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All these things that I’ve done

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

— Roald Dahl

I believe whiskey is magical. KIDDING! (No, no I’m not.) <33333333

First Day of My Life

This is one of the sweetest songs on the planet, and I heart it. A lot. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it too. Happy Thursday! XOXO

Bright Eyes ‘First Day of My Life’