Today is National Chocolate Cake Day.

  I'm stretching the fact just a touch.  It's actually only National Chocolate Cake Day in the United States, but c'mon...!  It's chocolate cake.  Do you need a better excuse than someone, somewhere made a national day out of it? And to celebrate the day, I'm posting here my mother-in-law's chocolate cake recipe, which is simple

2019-01-23T13:50:37+00:00Sunday, January 27, 2019|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

Australia Day 2019

I'm ironically aware that as this post goes live, Australia Day in Australia is all over and done with, thanks to the International Date Line. But it's Australia Day where I am, so I'm doing the salute, sans the tinny. 'on yer, mate. ________________________

2019-01-23T13:42:08+00:00Saturday, January 26, 2019|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , |

A Gift Idea for the Impossible-to-Buy-For Person In Your Life

Original artwork by Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs When I first started writing for Ellora’s Cave, way back when, the covers they gave me for my books sucked like a vacuum. I’m not being mean. They really did suck.  In those days, the new electronic publishing industry didn’t understand how critical covers were for

2018-10-24T14:20:44+00:00Friday, October 26, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

Western Australia Day

Another anniversary date I didn't want to omit acknowledging. Western Australia Day was called Foundation Day when I was a kid, and we always had special assemblies on the day.  The name was changed to Western Australian day in the 1990s, after I left Australia, as the old name had come to be considered insensitive

2018-06-02T14:40:18+00:00Monday, June 4, 2018|Categories: Interesting Settings, Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

You THINK You Know Someone…

  This weird little factoid made me pause: Abraham Lincoln is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, because he only lost once in over 300 matches. Wow. Commenting as a non-American, I have to say that is not the usual image of Abraham Lincoln that seeps across the national borders.  The man clearly had

2018-03-06T07:10:12+00:00Wednesday, March 7, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , , , |

A New Skill Set to Make Life Interesting.

I love cracking open a new program and getting to know it.  Playing around with the buttons and menus and figuring out how to get the program to do what I want is enormous fun.  It scratches my curiousity bump and taps my creativity in completely different ways from story-telling. Most people I know can

2018-02-22T16:34:00+00:00Saturday, February 24, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic, My Life|Tags: , , |

Do You Avoid Books With Certain Covers?

Author Catherine McKenzie ranted a few days ago about covers on books, in her post "Why Do Books Written by Women Get Such Audience-Limiting Covers?".  The post was written primarily for authors, and in it she proposes that, as the title suggests, women authors' book covers are designed in such a way that tags them

2016-10-03T17:56:16+00:00Tuesday, October 18, 2016|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |