Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fare Thee Well, Golden Heart Entry!

Au Revoir, GH entry! Godspeed!

I just mailed my six partials, six synopsis, and full manuscript to RWA this morning. Granted, the shipping for it to get there in the next two days was astronomical. But boy was it a good feeling to have it out of here.

I like entering a contest now and again. Not often, but once a year or so, just to keep it interesting. The competition, the excitement and anxiety of it. The deadlines and how it breaks up the monotone of sloughing through a manuscript. It can be fun.

So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If nothing else, I wrote a synopsis and polished my first fifty pages. That's an accomplishment in and of itself.

Now, on to the rest of the MS. I've decided to break the book into four acts and do each one separately. So, I'm working on my second act now. My goal? To be finished with the first round of revisions by mid January and get it out for some readers. It might be until end of January, though, with the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays.... I'm on a mission to try new Christmas cookies this year. My hubby's family likes chocolate chip (who doesn't?) and snickerdoodles, so I make those every year. Terri Osburn suggested sugar cookies for my boys to decorate so I'll probably do that too, just to make a mess. I do fudge, as well. I make a pumpkin log filled with cream cheese filling. (Yum-o!). But do you have any suggestions? Links to your favorite cookies? Please share!

Happy Holidays, if I don't get back here before then! And may the new year bring you everything you need.



  1. Molasses cookies! Gingerbread! Peanut butter filled chocolate cookies! Rolo cookies! I'm thinking about Christmas baking, but I'm being dragged in too many directions already, LOL.

    We always decorated sugar cookies growing up. Loved it! Actually, my sisters at home still do.

    And best of luck with the Golden Heart! I always find announcement day a little disappointing. I mean, I've never seen my name out there . . . but then I think you probably have to enter to final. . . .

  2. I'm not a big molasses or gingerbread girl, but you've intrigued me with your talk of chocolate peanut butter and Rolos. Rolo cookies? I love some Rolos.

    Sorry you're feeling dragged all over. How's things coming with preparations to be published? (How cool is it for me to ask you that?!?!)

    Thanks for the good luck! We'll see, of course. I haven't entered since 2007, so it's been a while and I'd forgotten what a rush sending out that big packet is. LOL!!

  3. Best (and easiest) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies...ever!
    1 C Peanut Butter (I use Jif Natural)
    1C Brown sugar
    1 egg
    1 Cup Choc chips.
    Mix, bake at 350 for ten minutes, let cool on cookie sheet for 2 min. move to wire rack to finish cooling. No flour, no mess, easy to double (or triple).
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Elsie, these sound great! I'm all over this. Peanut butter and chocolate chip? That's a combo to rival my chunky wool sweater with my super worn in Uggs. Ie, a match made in heaven. :)

  5. I'm SOOO late but congrats on getting that entry in the mail. I sent mine before Thanksgiving and thankfully, I used out company account. Got a huge discount and I just have to reimburse the company. Cost less than $5!!

    I bought three packs of cookie dough tonight but didn't find peanut butter cookies. Thanks to Elsie, I now have something I can use that jar of organic PB that my daughter refuses to eat. LOL! We'll be baking those on Saturday!

    Growing up, my grandmother much have made a dozen different kinds of cookies. We'd be baking for weeks. Nut rolls, rum balls, sugar cookies, pitzells. It's a wonder we all didn't double in size by New Years.

  6. I wish I had been able to be more timely. Seriously, the shipping hurt. :(

    Good luck with your baking! I decided that I'm going to do a couple desserts instead of cookies. I don't have a lot of time to slave over them. So, I'm going to make a few bar cookies and I'm making pretzel salad and cheesecake and apple pie. I'm going to still do some cookies (I don't know if Santa likes cheesecake) but not as many.

    I haven't had nut roll since I moved to NJ. No one seems to make them here. Weird huh? And they've never heard of a gob. You grew up out by Pittsburgh, right? Have you ever had a gob?

  7. Steubenville is about 45mins west of Pittsburgh but I've never heard of a gob. Now I'm curious. What is it? LOL!

    And your menu sounds a lot more time consuming than my plan to lift ready made dough off the little piece of cardboard and onto the cookie sheet. (Yes, I consider this baking.) I haven't seen nutrolls anywhere since I moved south.

  8. http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/WhoopiePieHistory.htm

    I've heard of Whoopie Pies but not Gobs. But our people around here like to make them. Some adapted cake mix dough and buttercream frosting to hold them together. I can definitely think of worse things to cram 6-7 in my mouth at a time. :)