Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Survey Says...

You remember back in the day, when everyone was sending out these dumb little surveys? Someone e-mailed me one last week, so I'm posting it here.

1. Do you have any pets? Two dogs - Mindy and Wallace, two cats - Lollypop and Tina Jean.

2. Top ten tv shows on today: Supernatural, Lucifer, The Orville, The Walking Dead, Preacher, Game of Thrones, Rick and Morty, Gotham, MasterChef, American Horror Story.

3. Favorite color: I like them all. Taste the rainbow, bitch.

4. Favorite drink: Pepsi, southern sweet tea, or most sweet boozy drinks.

5. What do you collect? Besides dust? Moose, mice, doll house items, sock monkeys, odd salt and pepper shakers, antique bottles, Star Trek items, Supernatural items, elephant Christmas ornaments.

6. Favorite book? My all time favorite is "The Island of Doctor Moreau" by HG Wells - I've read it hundreds of times.

7. Favorite writer? Besides myself? LOL

8. Favorite actor and actress: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins... basically all the men from Supernatural, Oliver Platt,

9. Top ten movies: OMG only ten?? Moonstruck, Lake Placid, The Sound of Music, Galaxy Quest, Spaceballs, Serenity, Finding Nemo, The Island of Doctor Moreau, 300, Tropic Thunder

10. Cabin, beach, or townhouse? It all depends on the circumstances. I could be happy in any.

11. Hobbies? Photography, long drives, nature walks, home improvement, and my doll house.

12. What kind of car do you drive? I don't.

13. Top ten tv shows on in your childhood: OMFG you've got to be kidding! ONLY 10?? ::sigh:: The A-Team, Hawaii 5-0, Simon and Simon, Beauty and the Beast, Hunter, CHiPS, The Smurfs, Jake and the Fat Man, Designing Women, Murphy Brown.

14. Favorite childhood toy: I didn't really play with toys. I just read and wrote a lot.

15. What did you want to be when you grew up? A writer.

16. Any regrets? Moving my mother to NYS, losing touch with Danny, losing touch with Alex.

17. One odd fact about you is? Every fact about me is odd. Um...I don't like to have my feet dirty. I guess that's odd.

18. Favorite food? SOUTHERN FOOD!!! OMG none of these yankees know how to cook!!

19. Pet peeve? People who are oblivious to the world around them, and who lack the gumption to better themselves.

20. Favorite quote: "You're not a man 'til you've pulled a tooth out with a pair of pliers." ~ Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia Marie.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

15 Movies

The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen films you've seen that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

My favorites are in no particular order. They are truly the first 15 that came to mind.

1. Lake Placid

2. The Sound of Music

3. Slither

4. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

5. Sommersby

6. Hellraiser

7. Spaceballs

8. Flowers for Algernon

9. Medicine Man

10. Kinky Boots

11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

12. Pulp Fiction

13. Batman (the original)

14. Nim's Island

15. The Island of Dr. Moreau (Marlon Brando version)

Monday, October 2, 2017

20 Random Questions

1. What is your favorite period of history of your country of origin? I'm of Scottish descent, and let's face it, there's no bad time to be a Scott, even when it sucked there.

2. What is your favorite object to collect?
Spiders, rats/mice, rosaries, moose, sock monkeys, and weird salt and pepper shakers.

3. What colour is your vehicle and why did you choose it? I don't currently have one.

4. What is your favorite non-religious 'holiday'? My only favorite holiday is Halloween.

5. Would you ever join a cult, or are you more likely to start one? Does my Star Trek fan club count? Or Gishwhes? I'm pretty sure Gishwhes counts.

6. What does your treehouse look like? I don't care for being up in trees.

7. Finish the following sentence: “If I could help anyone in the world, it would be…” Anyone who needs it.

8. Fill in the blanks: I was raised [Southern Baptist], but now I am [athiest].

9. Please confess one criminal act for which you were never caught committing: I stole food for my kids when I didn't have any money.

10. What is your greatest personal achievement to date? I survived my childhood.

11. What are three goals you have had since you were five years old? To be a writer, to be a good spouse, and to have a house that is cold enough in the summer to wear a sweater, and hot enough in the winter to wear a tank top. I have achieved all three. :-)

12. Would you tattoo someones name on or around your genitals? Ouch!! No.

13. Would you ever work on a ranch or farm? I was raised on a farm and no, I never would again. I'm allergic to 99% of things that are outdoors. Unless I could be a receptionist or something.

14. Have you ever touched an exotic (to you) animal? I've touched camels, elephants, owls, snakes, armadillos - all kinds of things.

15. What is your hobby, or a short list of hobbies? Photography, home improvement, nature walks, and my doll house.

16. What is your favorite musical composition and why? I listen to everything, from Gregorian Chant to Heavy Metal, and I don't have a favorite.

17. A homeless person asks you for some spare change. You have three dollar bills in your pocket, some loose change, and a selection of ones, fives, and a ten in your wallet, together totaling 21 dollars. Your response to their request? I'd buy them some food and bring it back to them

18. Would you kill someone if you had to? For example, saving another persons life? Yes. Without hesitation.

19. What is your favorite t-shirt?  All my "Always Keep Fighting" campaign ones, my NASA one, my "Hello, Dean" one, and my Negan one.

20. Do you possess anything you consider lucky? I have a rune of travel I carry in my wallet. So far I've never had a bad traffic accident.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back in the Saddle

::strolls in:: ::looks around:: ::wipes dust off::

Well, here we are again, almost a year later. I can honestly say I've been so busy with "real life" that I didn't even realize how much time had passed since my last post.

You'll be happy - hopefully? - to hear that I'm getting back into the writing arena. I've submitted my last three works - the Alpha/omega works - to a new publisher. Well, new to the stories, not new to me. I've submitted them out to MLR Press. I have a couple things with them currently - my m/m angel story "On God's Honor," and my m/m mpreg "Nothing to Forgive." They've always been nice to me there at MLR, and I'm hopeful that they'll want the A/o series. If not, I suppose there's always self publication.

I'm working on a brand new WIP. Now, when I say "new," what I really mean is "y'all have never seen this one" because I've been working on it for right about a year now, so it's hardly "new." But it's a monster. It started out as a relatively short story, like most of my works, and is now over 50K words. I have no idea how that happened. It's the story of Graham, who lives with his Aspie brother Quinn. Graham and Quinn have a very regimented, scheduled life in the tiny town of Duncan Creek, NY, and they like it that way. Enter Zim, the owner of Brew-Ha-Ha, the cafe on main street. Graham and Zim have been having eye sex for the past two years - just ask Quinn. Zim finally makes a move as a New Year's Resolution, and asks Graham out. What follows is a series of ups and downs, misunderstandings, breakdowns, and breakthroughs.

I'd say I'm 3/4 of the way done. I know the entire plot, and how the story is going to go - what scenes go where, etc. I want to have it done by January. I originally planned to have it to an editor by this past April, but that was before life decided to grab me by the ankle, string me up, and shake me until every last penny fell out of my pockets. Damn, Life - you're expensive!

Otherwise, I've started posting my little fan fiction drabbles to my AO3 account. If you haven't heard of AO3 and you love fan fiction, you need to check it out. Run, don't walk. My username is DCJuris. Go check it out! :-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recipe: Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuff you need:

Crockpot - (I have a 6 quart)

6 boxes of Campbells / V8 Sweet Red Pepper soup (yes, just like wine, soup comes in boxes too!)
1 package of Uncle Ben's 90 second white rice
1 package of Uncle Ben's 90 second wild and long grain rice
2 lbs of ground turkey, chicken, beef, or pork (I used turkey)
2 packages of taco seasoning, any brand
1 can of Hunts Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic
1 can Glory Foods Field Peas & Snaps (any brand would do - I use this one b/c it's southern seasoned and I'm southern)

garlic salt*
red pepper flakes***
paprika****
black pepper
minced onion flakes (or dice up an onion - I don't like to, because they really irritate my eyes.)

What you do with it:
1.  Brown the meat.  Once it's how you like it, add the taco seasoning packets.  Stir it up till it's all combined and the seasoning isn't powdery anymore. 
2.  Microwave the rice by following package directions.  (Don't try to microwave both packets at once - trust me)
3.  Dump meat, rice, tomatoes, and peas in crock pot and stir it up. Make sure you break up any rice lumps.  (Add the chunky stuff first - it's easier to stir this way.)
4.  Add all boxes of sweet red pepper soup.  (You may need less or more of them, depending on crock pot size)
5.  Add garlic salt, red pepper flakes, onion, paprika, and black pepper to taste.  Or just do what I did and shake a bunch of each into the pot and call it good. LOL

Crock pot it for 4 hours on high, then either eat or stick in fridge.  It's already cooked, but crock potting it makes it all combine and plus the house smells yummy.  The consistancy comes out pretty thick - it's more like a chili than a soup with broth. 

* I normally don't like garlic salt, but I discovered I was out of garlic at midnight and had no desire to go out and get more.  There's garlic in the tomatoes, but I like my stuff really garlicy.
*** Maybe it's just me, but I've found that I can't taste the heat from these when I first put them in the mix, so don't taste it, think it's not there, and then go crazy dumping it in unless you like a lot of fire in your food.  I do, so I put maybe four tablespoons in.  But a little goes a long way, so keep tasting it over the 4 hours and add as needed.   
****I have no idea why I included this - it was in the cupboard and it seemed like a good idea. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Torquere Press

Hey y'all!

I know some of you have heard about the problems at Torquere Press. I have kept quiet for some time now, out of (misplaced, it seems) loyalty to the current owners.

I have not been paid for 2nd quarter 2016 royalties. I have not received a statement of royalties for 3rd quarter 2016.

I am one of many authors who have not been paid, some going back to 2015.

As of today, I have requested my rights back to the books I have published with Torquere, based on breech of contract.

As such, I am requesting that you NOT purchase any of the following titles, as I am receiving NO money for them.

Those titles are:

137 Owens Street
A Good Bargain (stand alone and contained in the Time of Your Life Anthology)
Alone Together
Alpha's Redemption
Bad Moon Rising
Best Laid Plans
Betrayed
Broken Alpha
Buried Treasure
Devoted Alpha
Special Delivery (stand alone and contained in the Love in Uniform Anthology)
No Place Like Home
Omarati
On Solid Ground
Orion's Way
Raine Fall
Relearning the Ropes
Star's Embrace
The Sky People Trilogy
Torn Apart (stand alone and contained in the Theory of Love Anthology)
Who Better Than Canyon

I have several other titles published with other presses. If you would like information on those, please let me know!

Thank you!
DC Juris / Marci

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Recipe: Cheddar Broccoli Corn Chicken Chowder

Cheddar Broccoli Corn Chicken Chowder

What you need:

Crock pot (I have a 6 qt)

1 bag Bear Creek Cheddar Broccoli Soup Mix (or any brand, if you can't find that one)
1 bag Uncle Bens Long Grain and Wild Ready Rice
1 bag Uncle Bens regular Ready Rice
1 can chicken (or fresh chicken, shredded)
1 smallish head of broccoli
1 can white and gold corn
onion powder
black pepper

What you do with it:

(IF you're using fresh chicken, cook and prepare that first)

1. In crock pot, prepare soup mix as directed on bag. (It works better if you use hot water because the soup tends not to mix up in cold).

2. Prepare rice per instructions on bags, and then add to crock pot.

3. Add corn.

4. Add chicken.

4. Cut heads off broccoli and either chop or tear them up into smaller pieces and add to crock pot.

5. Add onion powder and black pepper to taste.

6. Cook on high 4 hours.

It comes out a little on the unsalted side, so you'll need to add that to taste.