Author: L. Stevens

Maintaining A Creative Output During The Holidays

Originally posted on K.M. Allan:
The holidays are a time for relaxing and taking a break, even Stephen King doesn’t write on Christmas day! But writers like to make ourselves feel guilty if we aren’t penning down words, even when it’s time for a well-earned break, so here are some tips for maintaining a creative output during the holidays. Make A To-Do List Even Santa makes a list at Christmas. You don’t need to check yours twice, but at least have something to look at that’ll keep you on track. There are a million things to think of and do this time of year, so list writing tasks and non-writing tasks, work out a plan for getting them all achieved, and then tick off each task. It’ll keep you motivated, organized, and get things done. That might sound like a lot for one little list to do, but hey, it’s Christmas, the season of miracles. Balance Things Avoid an all-or-nothing approach. Trying to do all writing or all other things usually doesn’t work and…

Hubbard Glacier

When I first saw the Hubbard Glacier from a distance, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that it is larger than the state of Rhode Island. As the cruise ship I was traveling on drifted closer, the thin stripe at the end of the bay transformed into a stunning expanse of ice. Once we were as close as we could be, the boat came to a stop. I took in all of the gorgeous tones of blue in the ice and water, the quiet occasionally broken by the calving of ice, and exclamations of awe.

How to Make Orange Slice Christmas Ornaments

After posting a shot of my handmade orange slice ornaments yesterday, Jeff Cann pointed out that I left everyone hanging without a how-to for making your own. So here it is! You can also use this method on lemons, the come out amazing shades of red. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Wash and dry oranges throughly Slice oranges thin, about 1/4 – 1/8 thick Place on baking racks or roasting pan without touching Bake for 4-6 hours. If you don’t have a rack to put your slices on, you should flip them about every hour The oranges will be ready when the rind is dry and no longer shiny, and the slices do not feel sticky or tacky. Once the oranges are dry you can make a small slit with a knife tip or scissors, and tie string in a loop so you can hang them. You can also set some aside for a homemade wreath (how- to coming soon!) Jeff also wanted to know if my dogs try to eat them, and my beagle …