Monthly Archives: October 2013

Writing What You Somewhat Know by Eden Winters

Someone once said, “Write what you know,” to which most authors of my acquaintance say, “Hogwash!” or worse.

But… why not write what you know? Or rather, expound on something you know a little about.

At my job, I read a trade magazine’s article about pharmaceutical crimes (of which there are many). Because I found the article interesting, and the topic fascinating, before I knew it I’d done quite a bit of research. Hmm… If I found the topic interesting, maybe others would too.

And so Diversion was born, a story about a man who once played fast and loose with the law as a trafficker dealing in prescription drugs, who’s working off his sentence by sharing his criminal knowledge with the good guys. While the story is fictional, many of the situations are very, very real, such as pill mills, drug diversion, shipment hijackings, and drug shortages. In some instances, I had to apply truth with a light hand—some facts are, quite frankly, unbelievable, even to someone who deals with them daily.

The research provided the added benefit of teaching me more about my job, and stories I read on my off hours keep me up to date and informed in the office. Now, I don’t work for a narcotics bureau, and I’m not in the business of crime fighting, but by picking up a familiar thread and following it to the source, I discovered a whole new world to write about.

Are you a teacher? What if you found a textbook, and inside you found these scrawled words: “Help me!” Your education background, knowing the inner workings of the school system, could prove a valuable starting point. How did the message get in the book? Who wrote it? Why do they need help? Where is the book from? And so on.

I have friends from a variety of jobs, and all have amusing tales of their employment, so although I’m in wholehearted agreement that you don’t have to write what you know, I say, why not start there?

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What Do you Like?

So many of you guys liked the pumpkin bread recipe, I’m flattered.
Just curious, is it the chocolate or the pumpkin?
I have a white choclate cheescake recipe and a creamed pumpkin pie recipe.
Next thursday is halloween, so I want to give a family friendly recipe. I’ll probably post next week’s recipe earlier in the week so you can have it for thursday.
So which one do you want?

On another note, look out next week to learn some of Eden’s favorite halloween things and maybe I can round up some sexy (and naughty) creatures for us to play with?


White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

I just made this today and it tastes so good. It was the first time I made it from this recipe I saw online and like I always do, I started out following all the directions and half way through I just finished it my own way. There was nothing wrong with the original recipe, I just hate following directions lol.

What You’ll Need:
2 medium Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1/3 tsp. Salt
2 1/3 cups Flour
1 1/2 tbsp. Cinnamon 1 tbsp. Cinnamon seperate
1 1/2 tbsp. Nutmeg
1/4 cup Water
1 can 15oz. Puree Pumpkin
2/3 tsp. Baking Soda
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1 12oz bag White Chocolate Chips

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. grease a 9×5 loaf pan. Set aside.
2.Sift sugar, flour, 1 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add white chocolate chips and mix together so they aren’t all in one place. Add eggs, water, oil and Pumpkin Puree. Mix together well. Fold a few times to make sure all the flour is blended in and didn’t clump together. It should be resistant to stirring but not too thick. if its too cake-mixy, add flour little by little until desired consistency is achieved.
3. pour bread mix into greased (or floured) pan and smooth down the top. Sprinkle remaining tbsp. cinnamon over the top and pop it in the oven. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. if you can stick a toothpick in to the bottom and rit comes out clean, the bread is ready. let sit until it cools off and enjoy!

now, I’m going to go eat mines. oh! here’s a picture of the one I made earlier. hope you guys enjoy it!White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

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