Monday, May 21, 2012

Good-bye, Emma

Emma, a calico of nearly seventeen years, passed away this morning. When she first showed up at our old house, she was sickly and neglected. We fed her, nourished her back to health, and were rewarded with many purrs and a litter of four kittens!

Two years later, I took her to the fair for 4-H cat judging. Not only did she win a callback for best of show, she helped me win the showmanship trophy. I think I won the trophy because she was so docile. While all the other cats were scratching and biting their owners or growling and hissing at other cats, Emma purred. And purred. I laid her out on her back along my thighs and just petted her. Emma loved her belly rubs.

Emma (short for M&M) was the type of cat that made cat haters love again. A cat hater friend of mine always inquired about how Emma was doing, and had to pet her every time she came over.

I love that cat. Emma will be sorely missed, but I believe there is place in Heaven for all pets. The Lord gives, the Lord takes away... I just hope he gives her plenty of belly rubs!


Saturday, May 19, 2012



The day after I got edits back on IAP, I sprained my foot. >.< That's why this blog has been so quiet. Sorry! I will try to get a regular schedule going as soon as I am healed, which could be up to six weeks. Meanwhile, I am editing and RICE-ing away.


Rest Ice Compress Elevate

Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday on the Links

Here are a few links that I hope will be of interest/use to you all:

Common Errors in English - Words that are often confused with other words :)

Writing Realistic Injuries - Injuries and what they're like

Beth Overmyer - My author website (such as it is)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chocolate Wednesday

Dearest, Loveliest Internet

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a man who fails to unplug the Internet must be in want of a distraction. That being said, the World Wide Web and I have been old friends these last ten years at least.

       As a young girl, we played together, and I devoted hour upon hour to my own amusement. And I fear that Twitter, Critique Circle and email have made me very, very keen to continue in my folly.

      I hate to be harsh on anyone of my profession, but here it is: writers like distractions.  

      Yet it is said that the Web, when you're in need, can be a friend indeed.

       It has been my study to avoid websites that expose my computer to viruses. So I research in places such as Google and Yahoo! Google, when your search phrase is clear, Google will always be in good use. 
      The Web, therefore, is not wholly bad. And in the end, I might not turn out to be any lazier than your average would-be writer.

Kudos to those who knew what book I was referencing ;)

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Weekend Where Nothing Happened

This past week = Crazy.

This past weekend = Zzzz

I slept the weekend away. Yes, in a very literal sense.

Since nothing of note happened Friday-Sunday, let me recap the week for you--well, on what I remember, that is:

... Hmm. Nothing is coming to me. You know that I'm going to be an aunt? Yep. You know that my middle grade book In a Pickle is coming out this December, right? Okay. It must have been crazy mentally or emotionally or something.

This is going down as the most POINTLESS blog post in the HISTORY of the BLOGOSPHERE.

I would offer you a refund on your two minutes lost, but I don't do PayPal. Tough kitty parts :-P


Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday on the Links

Here are some sites for writers, all worth checking out: Quotes About Writing - Just as the title suggests, this site gives many inspiring quotes about writing :) Random Title Generator - Want a random title? This is your place! Critique Circle - A place to discuss writing from every angle, fellowship with other writers, have your work critiqued, critique work... lots of good stuff! AND it's password protected, so you don't lose first rights. Groovy. That's all for this week. Join us again next Friday for more helpful and/or fun links. Beth

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chocolate Wednesday

A taste of fun to help you over the hump!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 C. Butter
1/2 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Brown sugar
1/2 C. PB (I use creamy)
1 Egg
1 t. Vanilla
1 C. Flour
1/2 C. Oats
1 t. Baking soda
1/4 t. Salt
1 C. Chocolate chips


In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars; beat in PB , egg and vanilla. Combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Cool one minute.
I've baked these cookies for three cookie baking contests. These won first place every time!