Successes and Hurdles

This was my April 22nd post on Kathy Temean’s website Writing and Illustrating for Children.

Writing and Illustrating

erikaphoto-45Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here with… 

A Personal Story of Successes and Hurdles

I have a story to tell this week. And while I debated about putting this up here, I have decided that there may be someone else who relates, or could learn from it, and that’s worth it!

First, I have extremely exciting news!

Remember this post from Kathy: The School and Library Market?

It really intrigued me. As a freelance writer, I’ve done a lot in the education sector from curriculum development and script writing to test passages and online self-education courses. So I started applying. I soon realized that it was much like reaching out to agents. You have a portfolio and resume instead of a manuscript, but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same. Queries. Rejection. And waiting.

But it paid off!

I have been asked to write a book on bees…

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4 Ingredient Chocolate Cookies

You guys won’t believe how easy and delicious these are.


Yup, that’s right FOUR ingredients.  And they are the PERFECT balance of chew/crisp with a fudgey center.  And yeah… did I mention there are literally FOUR ingredients???

Family Focus Blog Recipe from the Jersey Farm Scribe

Check it out and share it on Facebook, Twitter, etc!  The world needs to know!!!

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Character Interviews

Check out my post on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating for Children on:

Character Interviews

I had a BLAST with a writing friend of mine recently doing this exercise.  So much of writing can be really hard work.  Play with this one.  Have fun.  Don’t over-think it.  Making yourself laugh and just let it happen.

The results may even surprise you!

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Stoking the Fire of a New Idea

Check out my post on Kathy Temean’s website Writing and Illustrating for Children.

Today I’m talking about the parallels between a new love interest and the intensive cloud-nine feeling the surrounds a new idea.  They both have that over-the-moon excitement.  But what happens when reality sets in, you are forced to remember that writing is hard work, and how do you keep the love alive????

Stoking the Fire of a New Idea.

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Giving Your Revision Wings!

Here is my most recent post on Kathy Teamean’s site, Writing and Illustrating for Children.

Giving Your Revision Wings!

In this post I talk about how a personalized rejection from an agent because a revision, and process that both my manuscript, and my mentality, went through along the way!

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Cornbread Muffin recipe with Maple Syrup

It’s been too long!  While my posts have continued to go up weekly on other sites, I have been lax in linking to them here.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and rest assured you’ll be hearing from me again soon!


So the storm didn’t exactly turn into the life-altering event that it was threatening to be.  But around here, the preparation was the same.  Fences were double checked, animals had to be prepped, farm vehicles covered, the list went on.

Plus, Keith is helping a friend of ours this year with his commercial plowing business.  So any amount of snow still means weird hours, late night phone calls, and no time for cooking.

Ah…. the by-gone dream of cozy snow-days when everyone just curled up on the couch and called the day a wash!  Oh-well.  Every day is an adventure.

So to help with the crazy… well, life… I decided to make cornbread, a wonderfully filling and simple snack or side.  So check out my post on the Family Focus Blog website with this deliciously simple recipe and you’ll be snacking on uniquely comforting cornbread in less than 30 minutes!

Quick and Tasty Cornbread Muffins

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Keeping the Flame Alive – Erika Wassall

My post on Kathy’s site today (Writing and Illustrating for Children) is about how to keep the love strong in your relationship with the written word.

Writing is hard work, but it’s important that we keep a connection with that piece inside ourselves that is simply in love with the written word.

Here’s an article on an important part of my writing process:

Keeping the Flame Alive – Erika Wassall.

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Easy and Amazing Chicken Broth Recipe

Have you ever wondered if there is a simple way to make any soup go from good to AMAZING?

There is.  It’s this recipe.  Seriously.

Chicken Broth Recipe from the Jersey Farm Scribe

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This recipe for chicken broth will blow you away.  It’s rich, flavorful and delicious.  I drink it instead of tea in the morning sometimes.  You could throw anything in there and the soup would be amazing.  But….. I may have a soup recipe coming up soon too!  🙂

Or try this neat trick:  Freeze it in an ice cube tray, then dump them in a freezer bag the next day.  You’ll have these easy-to-use little amounts of homemade chicken broth that are perfect for cooking with.

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Dealing with Rejection by Erika Wassall

Check out my post on Kathy’s site, Writing and Illustrating for Children, where I bear my soul and tell my blow-by-blow story (literally) of dealing with rejection.

It’s a FULL DISCLOSURE tale that all started one terrifying Halloween morning!

Dealing with Rejection by Erika Wassall.

(Then come say hi on Twitter at @NJFarmScribe and let me know your personal thoughts on rejection and how you handle it.  I always love to hear from you!)

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Tomorrow: Debut with Family Focus Blog

I am a new contributor to the very successful and fantastic site:  Family Focus Blog.

It’s a really great site with articles on a wide-variety of topics, from cooking to travel tips and family activities to eco-friendly tips, DIY projects, parenting and more.  Plus they do these amazing giveaways on a regular basis.  (And I mean, serious giveaways people, good stuff!).  It’s a great site to keep on your daily-check in.

And I’m lucky enough to now be a regular contributor.  My posts will go up every Saturday and Wednesday with tomorrow being my first.  As a HUGE halloween lover, I did something spooky, my own take on Witch-Finger Cookies.


These are seriously scary.  I made them once and brought them to my friends house, thinking her kids would LOVE them (4 and 6), and they wouldn’t even come in the kitchen, let along EAT them.  LOL.  I think the ground almonds give the dough a “human” quality.  They’re super fun, and really delicious.  They come out like a light-almond shortbread.  Not too sweet.

So fair warning, bake appropriately!

And please check out the rest of the Family Focus Blog too.  Today she’s got some great ways to make your house smell like fall.  My favorite?  Pop a cut-up apple and a cinnamon stick in a pot of warm water!  How easy is that?

And look for my post tomorrow!  It will be my first one with Family Focus.  I can’t wait to really dig my fingers into this new project.  It’s genuinely a great site, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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