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On Reading and Writing – 3 Book Reviews & My Draft

»Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Books and Writing | 3 comments

On Reading and Writing – 3 Book Reviews & My Draft

My favorite book on writing is On Writing by the master, Stephen King. Printed on the dust jacket on the inside flap is a quote from the book “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” I often abbreviate this is as “You’re not writing if you’re not reading.” When my wife gives me that wordless look that says “why are you reading when you could be writing”, I explain with even greater brevity. “Reading is writing.” I read King’s book in 2000 when it was published, then again in 2005 when I decided for the dozenth time that Dammit, I am a writer and I am going to prove it! There’s a lot more to it than that, but I’ll save that story...

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10 Reasons Why This Year’s Harvest Failed

»Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Wine Making at Quiggle Vineyards | 0 comments

10 Reasons Why This Year’s Harvest Failed

This is my first post in this category so I will make a few brief statements here about Quiggle Vineyards. In 2002 I got the grand idea to raise a few grape varietals and from them make wine. I read a book called “From Vines to Wines” by Jeff Cox to educate myself. I recruited a group of friends to help me build the trellis system. I planted about 75 vines in my first year with my own muscle, sweat and blisters. Originally, there was Muscat of Alexandria, Zinfandel, and Merlot. Later I added Catawba. Someday I will write about (and share) the experience of building and nurturing my small vineyard. Today I am jumping into the present. Amazon.com Widgets You are looking at a picture (Left) of the five lonely gallons of wine that will come out of Quiggle...

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A Story of Modding in Civilization V – Part I

»Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Cool Queue Studios, Games Development & Reviews, SRQ Blogs | 1 comment

A Story of Modding in Civilization V – Part I

Count this as my first post in SRQBlog in the games category and in being the first, I will take a moment to define “modding” as well as discuss where my “position” in this underworld is. Modding is a slang expression for modifying hardware or software to do something different than the designer’s published version intended. I consider myself an old-timer. I have dabbled in modding games since I re-wrote half of Tuesday Morning Quarterback for the Apple IIe to play and record  NFL formula generated schedules, regular and post seasons, display statistics,  and give all-star caliber players bonuses. That was a long time ago and I’ve edited and modded many games since then. I never hang around in any one game, or even genre, long enough to become an expert. I play...

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Steelhead and Tomato Stew (Low-Carb)

»Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Food | 0 comments

Steelhead and Tomato Stew (Low-Carb)

A conundrum produced this recipe. How do I create a delicious dish that (1) keeps me in ketosis, (2)satisfies my craving for seafood, and (3)provides my family with an opportunity to enjoy fish by integrating it as a component flavor instead of the main feature of a dish?

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Plum & Coconut Cream Tart

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Food, SRQ Blogs | 2 comments

Plum & Coconut Cream Tart

About three years ago my wife came home with three fruit trees and gave me the look that means “the rest is up to you.” One was a peach tree, the second was a pear tree, and the third tree was a plum tree. I planted the peach and pear in the back and the plum tree on the side of the house. I am happy to report that today they are all healthy and growing. However, pear tree only produces one or two pears per “season” and those have split open before ripening. The peach tree has never produced a single fruit (though I check and re-check the tag every once in a while and it always says self-pollinating). The plum tree produced a handful of plums on each bloom for the first couple years, but this year, it went nuts. Or fruity, I guess. My kids are eating a couple of...

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