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For the week of Monday, 01/11/2021

All events are free except for one small, 12 dollar fee for the yearly, fund-raising chicken festival. If you’re looking for a cozy experience, check out “Starting a writing project.” The presenter is personable and the content is doable.


Monday

1/11/2021

9 AM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!

4 PM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!


Tuesday

1/12/2021

9 AM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!

4 PM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!


Wednesday

1/13/2021

9 AM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!

4 PM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!

Wednesday 6:30 PM Starting a Writing Project

Start your writing project by diving deep into creative inspiration and learn tricks to prevent writer’s block. Then discover tools to help you set realistic goals and stay on track.


Thursday

THURSDAY 1/14/2021

9:30 AM Weekday Word Sprint

Most jobs require writing. Sometimes it’s hard to start. Come join us on Thursday morning for a 65 minute session with two 25 minute sprints.

4 PM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!


Friday

FRIDAY 1/15/2021

9 AM Virtual Writing Event

Nothing like writing to chase the COVID-gloom away! Let’s get together for an online writing sesh and put our newfound free time to good use!

6:30 PM Leawood Creative Writing Meetup

This virtual meetup will give space for getting to know other authors in your area, we will have a schedule with free writing time, we’ll work through the book Writing Fiction (Gothan Writers’ Workshop) and share out what samples of our writing if we want to share with the group what you’re writing.


Saturday

1/16/2021

8 AM 8K Weekend

Write eight thousand words by meeting at the eights (8 AM and 8 PM Central Saturday and Sunday). Meet four times, writing two thousand words each. Come for 6 Weekends and you have yourself a novel-length bit of writing to work with. You do the math.

Saturday Chicken Festival $$$12$$$

While normally these events are free, this is the only event they charge for which funds their programs all year. Everyone is welcome to sign up to tell a story.

8 PM 8K Weekend

Write eight thousand words by meeting at the eights (8 AM and 8 PM Central Saturday and Sunday). Meet four times, writing two thousand words each. Come for 6 Weekends and you have yourself a novel-length bit of writing to work with. You do the math.


Sunday

1/17/2021

8 AM 8K Weekend

Write eight thousand words by meeting at the eights (8 AM and 8 PM Central Saturday and Sunday). Meet four times, writing two thousand words each. Come for 6 Weekends and you have yourself a novel-length bit of writing to work with. You do the math.

8 PM 8K Weekend

Write eight thousand words by meeting at the eights (8 AM and 8 PM Central Saturday and Sunday). Meet four times, writing two thousand words each. Come for 6 Weekends and you have yourself a novel-length bit of writing to work with. You do the math.


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English Muffins

A. Ferment

  1. Warm 2 cups of milk to 110 degrees.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of honey (or agave nectar)
  3. Add 2 1/4 tsp yeast.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Let sit and foam (10)m.

B. Dry Ingredients

  1. Add 5 cups of flour.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp salt.

C. Wet Ingredients

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter and add it to the sauce pan.
  2. Beat 1 egg and add it to the sauce pan.
  3. Mix.

D. Baking sheets

  1. Cover two sheets with parchment paper
  2. Sprinkle cornmeal on the surface.

E. Standing mixer

  1. Pour fermented mixture into the standing mixer (with the flour and salt).
  2. The dough will combine and pick itself up off of the inside of the mixer.
  3. At this “picking up point,” you can leave it in for another three minutes, or you can take it out and knead it like bread.

F. Bulk Rise

  1. Let rise, covered, in a large oiled bowl until it doubles an hour.
  2. Punch down in the center and divide into 12 equal balls.

G. Rest

  1. Squish those into discs about 4” wide.
  2. Place those discs onto cornmeal and sprinkle more on top.
  3. Set aside in a warm place and allow to rise (40m).

H. Fry

  1. “Fry” the English muffins in a greased skillet for 7-10 minutes per side until golden brown. I used bacon grease and a cast iron pan about low medium. You know you’re done it right if you can hear it sizzle on the pan, but not burn. Cast iron cooks hot. Regular pans will probably be best on medium.
  2. Split them with a fork.
  3. Eat them within 3 days or you will have to freeze them.

Markdown Tables

Table Contents

What I typed

| Row # of Markdown  |  Contents |
|:--- |---|
|  1 |  headers |
| 2  |  alignment |
|  3 |  content |
|  4 |  content |

What you see

Row # of MarkdownContents
1headers
2alignment
3content
4content

Alignment

What I typed

|  row     |  alignment    |  markdown     |
|  :---     |  :-:          |  ---: |
|  1     |  left     |  --:  |
|  2     |  center   |:-:    |
|  3     |  right    |  --:  |

What you see

| row | alignment | markdown |
| :— | :-: | —: |
| 1 | left | –: |
| 2 | center |:-: |
| 3 | right | –: |


Try using the Markdown Tables Generator.

Cabbage Soup

Is your pandemic bulking phase coming to an end?

Now is the time to drop a few thirty pounds for bikini season. For your reading and culinary “pleasure,” here is the infamous cabbage soup recipe from the fad you’ve all heard about, the Cabbage Soup Diet.

The Cabbage Soup diet was wielded against unwanted pounds by flabby women in their 40’s in the 1970’s and 1980’s with great success. And now, for a limited time only, the Cabbage Soup Diet can now be utilized post-pandemic for all of your self-deprecating dietary needs.

It’s not tasty, it’s not great, but it sure beats fasting.

Ingredients

ingredient amount measurement
3 cups nonfat vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chopped cabbage
1⁄2 whole yellow onion
1⁄2 cup chopped carrot
1⁄2 teaspoon basil
1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
to taste x salt & pepper

Here are things that she says you can add, but I never have this stuff, and I hate zuccini.

ingredient amount measurement
1⁄2 cup green beans
1⁄2 cup chopped zucchini

Instructions

I’m too lazy to write my own instructions, so here is someone else’s.

Just to recap, if you’re feeling like you need to drop a few pounds, or you’re feeling like the top one percent owns everything on God’s green earth including all of the edible food, you’ll be relieved to know that the Cabbage Soup Diet has also been used during the Great Depression by your Grandma and/or Great Grandma.

Relive the #GreatDepression, by eating #CabbageSoup. #Restrict your calories like the #ProAnna solopsistic asshole that you are with this easy-to-follow recipe[^8] for #CabbageSoup. Not to worry, this soup has so few calories, you won’t even have to throw it up afterwards.

Bon Appetit

Point of View

Brainstorming and freewriting about your character have proven to provide better writing if done before outlining. This exercise has been modified from the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.


Write from the POV of this character (either first, second, or third person), which means the character’s consciousness will inform the description.

Falling in love

A. 5 m

YOUR TURN: Think about a character who is going about the mundane job of cleaning his or her home. List different places they touch, how they will clean.

B. 5 m Let it linger

The character has just recently fallen in love, and you should let this emotion color the description without being directly stated.

YOUR TURN: Take a break and make yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or just do a little cleaning, letting your character linger in your mind while you do something mundane. Imagine how your character feels about the things they touch, and how that colors the description.

C. 20 m Freewrite

Keep in mind that there is no editing aloud in freewriting. It’s like doodling for the writer. No rereading, no spellcheck.

YOUR TURN: Freewrite a scene about this character going about this mundane task. Remember that there is no editing. Freewriting is like doodling for the writer. Don’t use your eraser, don’t worry if you’re writing the right thing… just write.

*Write from the POV of this character (either first, second, or third person), which means the character’s consciousness will inform the description.

Breakup

A. 5 m Brainstorm: List

YOUR TURN: Think about a character who is going about the mundane job of cleaning his or her home. List different places they touch, how they will clean.

B. 5 m Let it linger

The character has just recently gone through a breakup, and you should let this emotion color the description without being directly stated.

YOUR TURN: Take a break and make yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or just do a little cleaning, letting your character linger in your mind while you do something mundane. Imagine how your character feels about the things they touch, and how that colors the description now that they are no longer in love.

C. 20 m Freewrite

Keep in mind that there is no editing aloud in freewriting. It’s like doodling for the writer. No rereading, no spellcheck.

YOUR TURN: Rewrite the passage, knowing this character, the same character, has gone through a breakup. You’ll see how different the world looks depending on how people feel.

1. If you’re having trouble picking a name.2. If you’re really stuck… try these questions….

Dialogue Workshop

What interesting EVENTS happened this week? Do any of the events jump out at you? Do any of the events have a backstory? List the events, as many as you can, for 5 minutes, then choose one event to work with today.


List and Choose

Write down everything you remember that was said.

Dialogue

Now, write down what happened, but without people speaking.

Summary

Now that you have a collection of an event, dialogue, and events, collect them and put them in order.

What happened, step-by-step?

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Waffles

First… make your pancake mix.

  • 10 oz (or 2c) flour For the love that is all holy, please sift your flour.
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbs sugar

Then follow this recipe…

But… um… keep in mind that I forgot the vanilla and I don’t know when to put it in or how much.

Recipe

Then turn them into delightful waffles!

I didn’t use vanilla and they were still amazing.
The waffle iron will tell you when they’re done.

The Republic by Plato

This book is in the public domain. A group of volunteers put it together and uploaded it to the kindle store for zero dollars.


If you like this kind of content, please, for the love of all that is holy, bookmark this page and submit free books when you find them. I’m collecting these for high school kids and teachers who cannot afford to purchase books for the classroom library. Use the form below to enter your findings so that I can easily use your entry as a “todo” in my list.