Sunday, December 18, 2005

A Snowball's Chance

One of my dearest friends has the crappiest luck when it comes to publishing. She’s had editors collapse before her eyes and have to be taken to the hospital just before their meeting can be concluded. She’s had dozens of manuscripts “lost” by the dears. Requests for her material followed by an immediate form rejection, as if they’d never heard of her. And now…the capper. Her Christmas book that was to be out December 2 has been moved to right before Christmas, and the publisher’s warehouse is closed for distribution until the 20th. Considering Saturday is the 24th and most businesses are closed on Christmas Eve as well as on Saturdays, this doesn’t bode well for the promises the writer has made potential customers.

So this Snowball Fight from the movie “Elf” is for her. Hope she pictures her not-so-professional editor’s face and fires away. But…for you others wanting to take a couple of shots, don’t hit Santa or he’ll swear at you (plus you lose the game after you hit Santa 3X).

My writer friend is one of the sweetest, most caring, give-you-the-shirt-from-her-back people you’d ever meet, and this is a Christian publishing house that has screwed her so unmercifully. The only advice I could muster for her was not to submit to them again. Any thoughts from the rest of you, other than submit her seasonal material for summer publication?

#1 Son is sick with a miserable cold. I’ve looked everywhere for my homemade cough syrup medicine recipe from A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook and can’t find it. Kewl cookbook for those of you seeking the unusual. Lots of information included about wiccan culture, herbal cures and medicines, holistic remedies, and their holiday celebrations.

I did find a place online that has various homemade cough & cold remedies. Not all of us will have on hand things like slippery elm powder, pleurisy root, or wild cherry bark, but…it might be fun to try at some other time. This one has ingredients in it that more of us are likely to have on hand. Then there’s always the hot toddy, of which there are several recipes…ones with tea, and ones with mainly liquor and water. For the rest of us, there’s NyQuil, rest, and comfort foods. What’s your favorite comfort food when you have a sore throat?

Just had confirmation from one of my editors that she’s recommending the Egyptian time travel I submitted on Sunday night to the publisher and that she’s confident they’ll buy it. That makes a total of six manuscripts I’ve sold this year since April (yeah, I submitted it on April Fool’s Day – so don’t get superstitious, people – sometimes it’s good to break rules).



At 10:14 PM, Blogger Merry said...

Cold Remedy to clear sinuses:

1 saucepan half full of water
1 menthol/eucalyptus cough drop (Hall's cherry flavor works well)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sage
1 large bath towel

Bring to a full rolling boil. Remove from heat, place on hot pad on table. Place towel over your head, then over the pan of water. Do not bring your face too close, the steam WILL BURN you.

Steam for 20 minutes. This will kill the cold virus, although you'll have the after-effects for a couple days.

You can do this many times through-out the day, too. Refresh the cough drop in the boiling water if needed.

When finished, dry off your face and touch it gently...the steam will have a softening effect on your skin, too!

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Oh, bless you - I have looked for this one!!! He'll go to the doctor 1st chance tomorrow. This will help till then.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Merry said...

Actually, in a pinch, simply boiling water and steaming without the other stuff will clear sinuses, but the effect isn't as long lasting.

The steam carries the menthol/eucalyptus and the anti-bacterial qualities of the lemon and sage down into the throat and bronchial passages. It soothes these areas to stop coughing and soreness, too.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Shesawriter said...


Go and get him some Airborne. It works wonders. You can find it in any drug store. It was developed by a grade school teacher who got tired of getting sick. You drop a tablet in some water (it fizzes like Alka Seltzer) and drink. It tastes fruity. They have a children's version.


At 3:46 PM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Here's my matzah ball soup recipe, Lyn. Guaranteed to pick you up. (I made the matzah background pattern all by myself ;o)

At 5:12 AM, Blogger Sam said...

sore throat recipes:

chicken broth - very hot
lemon juice

beef broth
red wine

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Sasha White said...

Wow, I'm copying these recipes! LOL

I'm just delurking to say Merry Christmas, and I hope everyone in your house feels healthy soon!

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Lyn Cash said...

You guys are wonderful - THANK YOU for the recipes and suggestions and Christmas wishes. (big warm grin here)

Will have a new blog up in a day or two. #1 Son is home for a 3-day weekend, and we share the computer. Plus it's "movie time". This year we have Season Four of "24", "The Possession of Emily Rose" (plus he got me a chick flick..."Must Love Dogs") and a couple of others.

See you soon...


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