My Newsletter is About to Debut

One of the goals I had outlined at the beginning of 2017 (see post Happy 2017) was to start a newsletter.

Serendipitously, the February Writing Show put on by James River Writers was about — newsletters! Not only were each of the panelists informative and inspiring, Continue reading “My Newsletter is About to Debut”

A Preview of the New Website Theme

I am hard at work on this site right here. A little restructuring, improving the visibility of some items, and house-cleaning in preparation for a new theme.

For instance, I’ve put the Working Title podcasts on the home page sidebar. More to come! Also, a “Sponsor” was added to the sidebar.

Below is a mock-up of what the home page might look like with dummy text. I am hoping to finalize the theme and have it ready in time for the conference. Not likely, as I don’t want to rush myself.

Screenshot of website mockup for JPCane.com.
A mockup of the new theme I’m working on for this site.

What do you think?

Moderating at the 2015 JRW Conference

I had to triple-check that my name does in fact appear on the list of panels for the 2015 James River Writers conference. It’s an honor to be moderated, er, to be a moderator.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie – 2014

It’s that time of year again. Rhubarb is in season. Saw those lush red stalks waving at me in the grocery aisle the other day and got to work.

And work it is. I still have such frustration with rolling out the dough. This year, got a new pin, silicone !, and still the result is the same – the further out from the center, the more the dough cracks. I think between now and next year, I’ll need to just practice rolling dough.

Any tips, bakers out there? Pastry chefs – what say you?

Fortunately, despite my rolling ineptness, the finished pie turns out great. Delicious balance of tart and sweet, nice thick, flaky, buttery crust and very satisfied friends.

Strawberry-rhubarb pie
This year’s pie. The crust tastes better than it appears.