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November 23rd, 2005

I made my goal!

It feels good to achieve the goals I've set for myself. I did hit the 20,000 word count yesterday. I'm tempted to say 25,000 now, but don't want to put too much pressure on myself when my five year old is home today and both of my daughters will be off from school until Monday. I'm hoping that by Monday I'll have hit the 25,000 mark, but I do have some revising to do, not to mention a mountain of laundry - plus spend special time with my baby. Can I still call a five year old my baby? She's growing so quickly! Can I freeze her at five for the next ten years or so?

Speaking of Samantha, her Pre-K class made a cookbook and my little chef gave her recipe for making turkey. It's definitely a keeper! Anyone wanting a unique cooking experience, see below:


Get a turkey from the pet store. Put it in the oven on warm. Cook it for 60 minutes. Take it out of the oven and put it on a plate. Then you cut it. Take the feathers off and make a project with them.

I still laugh every time I read it. I'm more of a baker than a cook. My brownies, which I'm making for tomorrow are about half brownie half chocolate bar. When I was in high school, one of my good friends was a chocoholic. I just kept adding more and more chocolate to my recipe. By the time my daughters were old enough to bake with me, we experimented even more - dumping in M&M's, white chocolate - we even tried marshmallows on top once, but they got hard after a little while. Once we made a batch where my daughter poured in too much chocolate syrup and they never solidified. I was visiting my step-mom, and my stepbrothers and their friends just sat around with forks eating it. Now we're a little more careful - but they're still extremely rich.

Anyway, I should be thankful my daughter knows that food can be cooked at home. One of the children in her class gave a chicken nugget recipe. He said: Order it from McDonalds. They'll even give you a toy!

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.


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