New West Test Kitchen: Chocolate Cake

First of all, welcome to the new, updated website. We're still working out a few things, but we're getting our feet under us, and hope to be done by next week. For now, we've got a New West Test Kitchen post coming up because it is FRIDAY! Today, I wanted to do something that we all know and love. Chocolate [...]

Signing Books and Hearing Reviews

Saturday was my very first book-signing event. We'd held a release party at my house in January, so I had a little experience having to talk about my book, but it was in the comfort of my own home, and not really open to the public. The Country Bookshelf, where the event was held, is a local bookstore, owned by [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Wedding Punch

We've all had this punch, right? The kind you watch someone putting together and you think... did they just buy a bunch of crap at the grocery store and pour it into a big bowl, yet it tastes awesome? This wedding punch we've all had is sort of the beverage equivalent of Dump Cake (which we'll also be doing). This [...]

The View From Here: Sprinting

As part of Project: Re-Brand, the early-week post here at rlsyme.com will be called "The View From Here" and will mostly be about my writing life and what's going on at my desk. This week, because I've just completed a particularly interesting project, I'm going to talk about sprinting. Not running. Sprinting, to writers, means something very different than it [...]

NWTK: Tater Tot Hotdish

Who among us doesn't remember the gluey lunchroom hotdish specialties of our public school days? (I will admit, my Lustre compatriots know nothing of it, because they had hand-made restaurant-quality lunches their whole life. I know because I had them too when I went to school there. We did not have tater-tot hotdish at Lustre.) Nevertheless, and while I did [...]

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