Wow. It’s already a new year – the year of the Horse. As you probably gathered from my previous posts, I’m into astrology, tarot and all sorts of winkie stuff. For Christmas, my husband gave me the We’Moon 2014 datebook, a very cool calendar chock full of fun information. It’s an astrological moon calendar and daily guide to the natural rhythms for women. 🙂
2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse, beginning on January 30th. So what can we all look forward to this year? “Horse year is a time of fast victories, unexpected adventure, and surprising romance.” This is a year of decisive action, not procrastination (Thank God for small favors. I procrastinated all of 2013). Energy will be high and there is no middle ground. On a world scale, more of the same chaos and political and economic collapse. Nothing new here.
I’d say it’s a good year for following your hunches because horses are highly intuitive animals. 2014 is very favorable for people born in the Horse years (1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014), and for people born in Tiger, Sheep and Dog years. (Baa. I’m a Sheep!)
This year, I have all sorts of projects planned. I’ll be teaching an online creativity class by summer time, re-releasing my m/f books written back in 2006, and self-publishing a m/m vampire series (book one and two are already written). I plan to be very busy, very productive and very creative.
Here’s a link to the calendar if interested! LINK
Happy New Year!
Once Viki Lyn wrote her first male/male romance, she was hooked. Now she gets to write about two sexy men as heroes instead of one. What inspires – the reality that romance between lovers is a hope more than a guarantee. Her stories are sexy, but it’s always romance that drives the story to its final happily-ever-after. Viki has worn many hats, working in corporate finance to owning her own art gallery, but writing has been a long lasting passion.
Viki Lyn: Award winning author of male/male paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.
Thou shall not kill.
For archangel Razi-el, he had no choice. He would break God’s commandment again if it were to save Uri-el from a demon’s talons. Yet even God’s most trusted archangel cannot avoid punishment. No longer Razi-el, he is now Izar, a Protector sworn to kill for the angels.
When a Protector kills an angel, Izar is summoned to work alongside Uri-el to capture the killer. Izar is shocked when his bloodlust spikes hot for the archangel. He knows better than to go after forbidden fruit. Refusing to give in to temptation, he ignores his body’s tempestuous arousal for Uri-el until a heated argument turns his blood into molten lust.
As they rush to find the killer, their passion plays into the demon’s plan. Izar will have to make a choice between life and death if he is to save Uri-el again.
I love beginning a new year. It’s full of possibilities, where dreams can come true. It’s also a time for reflection. I’m thankful for so many things, especially my supportive family and friends. I’m blessed to have so many good people in my life. As I reflect on 2012, the year wasn’t particularly stellar, professionally, nor a disaster, either. I vacillated between loving writing and hating it. Many weeks went by where I stared at my computer more than used it. I’m not a prolific writer and I don’t see that changing in 2013. But I do want to change my perspective.
I study the Tarot and this year The Hanged Man is my card. For those not familiar with the Hanged Man, he is typically shown hanging upside down with his eyes closed.
There are various interpretations for this card, but for me, the man represents my self, hanging upside. I must view things in a different way and sacrifice something in order to require something new. This means giving up old habits, ways of thinking or old tapes that no longer apply.
When I’m ready to open my eyes and stand up, I will take on a new perspective and apply it to my life. Learning experiences sometimes aren’t fun but necessary in order to break free of restraits that hold us back. I dream that this year will be a breakout year for me. In what way, who knows, but sometimes it’s just fun knowing things will change without knowing what or how!
I wish everyone a bright year ahead!
There is absolutely nothing holiday-ish about this photo. Still, when I saw him, I knew my fellow MANhandlers would appreciate his…ball. It’s clearly the focus of the photo, yes? I’m suddenly nostalgic for my days in the soccer keep. I was quite good, you know–recruited for the Miss Budweiser Ladies’ Traveling Team. But that’s another tale for another time. Ogle away while I get the recipe you need for the holidays.
So, every year we have this tradition that we do a predictable holiday meal for Christmas, but for New Year’s Eve, we do a huge Mexican food feast. It was easier to pull this off when we lived in New Mexico (the South simply doesn’t understand tamales or green chili that is not a bell pepper). We are a diligent and resourceful lot, though, and we make it work. The recipe below is ridonkulously simple, clearly unhealthy and guaranteed to taste good. We lean on the latter and ignore the middle altogether for this one night every year.
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 clove of garlic, minced (more if you’re fending off the undead)
1 white onion, chopped (less if you intend to kiss your sweetheart)
1 can chopped green chilies (use two if you’re a chili addict and don’t forget to pick out the skins)
1 large bag sharp cheddar (large means the BIG bag)
2 packages eggroll wrappers
1 bag frozen potatoes OPTIONAL (like O’Brien potatoes but without the peppers–trust me on this)
Small bowl of water
Oil for frying
Heat the oil.
Brown ground beef with garlic, onion and green chilies in a deep pan. (I add the green chilies when the meat’s almost done and use the spoon to spread it around and pick out the skins.) Drain grease off meat and put back in the pan.
Fry potatoes. Drain them well and pat excess grease off with paper towels. (Seems pointless, but trust me. Too much grease is just too much grease.) Keep grease hot.
Add the bag of cheese to the meat and turn the heat on low. Stir it in and make sure it melts well. The meat should stick together really well.
Add the potatoes and mix in.
With on corner of the eggroll wrapper facing you, add a small spoonful of the meat mix. Dip your fingers in the water and trace the edges of the wrapper. Fold the nearest point over the meat, fold the outside corners in and roll. (It’s very important to make sure you get the seams sealed, but don’t mash them. Eggroll wrappers are temperamental and tend to tear out of spite. It’s true. I swear.) Set aside. Repeat the process until you’re out of wrappers, meat or alcohol.
Fry your eggrolls until they’re golden brown. (Usually takes a minute or so.) Remove and drain on a paper towel.
Suggestion: Have someone fry while you roll. It makes things much, much easier because the eggroll wrappers tend to stick to the counter as you set them aside.
Serve with salsa and enjoy! (Really, though? They don’t need it.)
There you have it, my faithful readers — a Tompkins tradition since 1948. Okay, that’s a lie. We started this around 1995. But traditions sound better if they’re older. You’re going to thank me. Your hips will curse my name, but the belleh will be happeh.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas, happy holiday season and prosperous New Year full of wonderful new reads. And Mexican Eggrolls.