Back to the Grindstone

 

School starts tomorrow. Medical Microbiology, Organic Chemistry II, Physics II, and more: I can feel the avalanche coming.

But it’s alright, because even though it will probably be painful, I’m praying that it will be worth it. And what’s more, it’s okay because I had a really great break.  Here are just a few of the things I’ve been up to lately:

I put 3 eBooks up on Kindle.

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It all started with the eBook on how to make meringues. I had always struggled with making meringues. In Jr. high and high school, I really enjoyed eating them, so I had tried to make them on several occasions, but I had failed on nearly all attempts. Frustrated, I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong, but very few of the recipes I found explained any “why”s at all.  They didn’t explain why to add salt, or cream of tarter, etc. and they were pretty vague.  However, after taking a couple semesters of chemistry and biology, I finally was able to understand why. So, I decided to write a tutorial on how to make meringues, and not only how, but “why.” Don’t worry! It isn’t crazy and all scientific–the goal was to make it accessible and easy to understand and follow. Another goal was to teach people how to take one basic stock recipe and modify it to make any flavor of meringue they so desired. I mean, if you know what you’re doing, then you’ll also know what you’ll need to do to change it, so I think this theory makes sense. Anyway, for $0.99 on Amazon, you can find out for yourself.

I also did two others on how to make modeling chocolate flowers and how to make chocolate bars from scratch.  Click on the images for links.

Also, I finally got around to getting business cards for my book. Pretty cool, right?

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I made cronuts with my friends.

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What exactly ARE cronuts?  That’s a pretty fair question.  Essentially, they are donuts made out of crosaint dough. We used a recipe from Sorted.  They turned out well, but the cronuts were really rich from all of the extra butter in the dough and the lemon icing was very lemony. However, if we omitted the lemon icing and subbed in something a little more subtle, I’m sure they would have been fantastic.

I read Divergent.

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I actually really loved it and thought that it was very well written. Veronica Roth has a very crisp and vivid style of writing. She doesn’t abuse filler words, and none of the words she does utilize are wasted.  She doesn’t harp trite expressions, but cleverly invents new ways of describing things. All in all, I found her style refreshing.  I don’t know if I would let my (hypothetical) child read it, though. There comes a point when the two main characters openly talk about sleeping together, even though nothing happens.  The ending is also pretty violent.  Still, I thought that, overall, it was a well-written and very enjoyable book. Looking forward to the movie!

This past weekend, my college had a campus-wide flag football tournament. I’m not that fantastic at football, but I played, and my dorm’s team won the championship, which was really cool.

Mystery, my eighth cat, is still hanging around, but he is having trouble adjusting to having so many other cats in such close proximity.

Aside from that, I’ve been exploring LA with friends, going on late night runs for burgers and frozen yogurt, and playing midnight games of football on the beach–a last grand hurrah before the scholarly chaos begins again.

As for my book, people have been asking how it is doing.  I asked my publisher about it, and they told me “Well.”  How well? Well, I really have no idea.  Amazon only reports sales every so often, so I’m not sure my publisher knows exactly how well either. But, apparently, it is doing “well.”

Also, I’ve been getting asked pretty frequently when it’s coming out in paperback.  The answer: I don’t really know. Only my publisher knows that right now, but I’m hoping it will be soon.  I promise I’ll post something as soon as I know!!

School tomorrow. Bring it on.

<3 Hannah

 

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One Response to Back to the Grindstone

  1. Alan Jordan says:

    Hannah,
    I received your web page in an email. Being very low-tech, I am not sure how I received it. It work is remarkable! You are very articulate and do follow rules, as necessary. As you can see, I am still working on my grammar and punctuation.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your pieces and look forward to reading more.
    A newbie,
    alanj

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