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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Constant Cravings...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The Fall

Black Pool
Deep and dark
I looked once
And almost lost my way

Did you notice--
My fall?
When I lost my breath
And turned away?

Myself, I saved
And carried on
Balanced and stronger
Day by day

I had resisted the pull
Of that dubh linn
As it sweetly tried to steal my heart--
And on my mind, did prey

I wouldn't look
"Don’t look" I cried
Digging my heels into the sand
"Leave me not to betray"

But It was just a look
Just one look
I would never fall...
Let come what may

And then--
I fell




Into the pitch and sway

~T. Shannon
(*** dubh linn = dove lynn - means black pool in Irish)

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Solstice Night

(c) W.A. Patterson
On this winter solstice night
Light a candle
Let it burn bright

Step outside...
Into the crisp winter air
Feel the freshly fallen snow crunch beneath your feet
Watch the snowflakes flit and flutter
Dancing down from their place among the stars
Laugh at those that fall upon your nose

Look home
The hearth glows
Flickering softly through the windows
Casting shadows
Silhouettes of the love that lives within

Take it in
Close your eyes
Think of all that’s come to pass

Be thankful

Without the dark
There would be no light

Know that you will again be warmed by the fireside
Friends and family near

Your candle
Still there
Burning bright
All through this long winters night
And into the light of the dawning New Year

By: T. Shannon

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Home for Christmas

The glow from the winter moon
lights a well worn path
and the trees hum a gentle tune
that settles in my past

Homeward bound am I -
my heartstrings join the chorus
Home to find the fire warm
and the love that lights it glorious

Merry is this time of year
even though we are apart
Memories recount the days -
forever in my heart

~T. Shannon 

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

HELP WANTED - Apply Within ;)

Pickwick Publishing V. 1.0 (Beta) 
WANTED: Writers and illustrators.

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We will be selecting 6 artists and 6 illustrators.
**Please read this message before choosing to send a private message requesting further details about how you may submit your work***

Authors – we want your stories!!!
Remember we are looking for children's stories – don’t worry if you do not have illustrations to go with the story - & Women's lit (or Chicklit ;) ). We will consider some YA stories.
Those selected:
  • Will have their work published as an eBook and setup so it may be purchased via our eCommerce shop for 1 year (some rules will apply & this will be discussed during our initial consultation.) *** this will include the assignment of an ISBN to your work
  • Will have their work proofed ***we ask that you please try and edit your work as best you can prior to submission. We reserve the right to return work that has not been adequately edited prior to submission
  • Will have a profile page set-up just for you
  • Will gain assistance in marketing your work via the Pickwick website and Facebook (other forms of social media will be added to the roster in time)
  • Will be provided consultation, inspiration and follow-up to help you further improve your work and get your name out there!
***At this time only those selected will be contacted
This is a $600.00 value!!!

Artists - it's the same for you
6 illustrators will be selected and aided in the set-up of an online portfolio for 1 year.
We hope that your portfolio will help you:
  • Promote yourself and your work via an online gallery of your illustrations
  • Make new contacts with Authors (or other publishers) so you may collaborate on future work
  • Assist you with the sale of your artwork
***Only those selected will be contacted

You will be helping Pickwick set up shop and work out the bugs so to speak :)

We look forward to hearing from you!
***Please send a private message to request further details on how to submit.

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 Pickwick Publishing

Friday, 6 September 2013

Starting a business is terrifying.

Tarafied. Pun intended.

So ya. I have myself all wound up in a state and I want my Mommy. Well. I can't have her and I can't really stand whining from anyone - let alone myself.  Nor can I stand being negative or having self-doubt - what good is any of that crap. I'll tell ya how good it is - it's no good at all. Pointless.
Negativity feeds more negativity.

I don't need my Mom here to tell me to suck it up... which is exactly what she would say. She would tell me to get my shit together... literally, that's what she would say - "It's all on you now kid. Mess it up and I'm not there to save you."

I know what I need to do but it's difficult. I don't want to mess it up and that in itself is a paralyzing factor.

I need to hold my head up, be smart, be aware and - carry on.

But it's terrifying!!!

Starting a business is terrifying. There's no safety net and to top it off I can't fail. That should make me feel better... I can't fail... but I'm just telling myself that. What if I do? TERRIFYING!!!

So I'm in a state I am, I am.

It's crunch time. My ability to succeed or fail is in my hands.
I have many supporters - some really great ones - I should be happy! But no = TERRIFIED.

Maybe that's a good thing.

A little terror in your life every now and then might be good... :S It's definitely motivating... and disabilitating... omg = TERRIFIED = TARAFIED (fyi, that's me!!)

In the end though. I know I will be fine and that's the bottom line. I will make it - come hell or highwater.

And supporting me all the way... Wine. Oops, I mean my supportive man... ya that's what I meant. :S

I love you wine... I mean honey :) xo

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Joy!!! In a piece of bread :)

This might sound pretty sad but when you have been eating a gluten free diet for close to a year... biting into a yummy piece of bread that doesn't taste like cardboard with the consistency of cardboard is a pretty awesome thing.
I have bought gluten free bread that isn't so bad, it's just that it costs anywhere from $5 to $10 a loaf! I thought surely I could make it for less. Right? Wrong!
I can bake. I have made great regular bread. When it comes to making a loaf of gluten free bread I have yet to find one that works worth a damn. That is until now.
Today on a whim I found a focaccia bread recipe on Pinterest - actually it was for a focaccia bread pizza. I wasn't interested in the pizza part, I just wanted the bread to go with a pasta dish I had made. I also needed the recipe to be quick... and easy. I didn't think I was going to be in luck as all the recipes I was finding said that the dough had to rise for an hour or so because of the yeast component in the dough.
The recipe I decided on went together in minutes and baked up in 20 minutes - no rising time required. No yeast either. I was a bit skeptical at first but then it came out of the oven all puffed up and golden - and it smelled good too!
Would I do it again - you betcha! I can see that it might make a nice loaf and it would make an amazing pizza crust. For tonight though, it fit the bill as a great accompaniment to our pasta dinner :)

 Gluten Free Focaccia Bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup/ 30g coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8th teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup/ 112g grated fontina and parmesan cheese 
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Beat the eggs and yogurt in a bowl until well combined.Combine the coconut flour, baking soda, salt and cheese in medium sized bowl.
  3. Add the beaten eggs and yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture in one large or two smaller oval shapes with the back of a spoon or spatula. 
  5. bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly puffed and golden around the edges.
  6. Remove parchment from baking sheet and let cool on wire rack.
  7. Yum. Enjoy.
Here's a link to the original recipe: (and you'll get to see better photos than mine!)