Friday, May 20, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 20th May 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 20th May 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, its your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!

Frank Ifield - I Remember You

Dean Martin & Caterina Valente - One Note Samba

Summertime · Ella Fitzgerald

"I Only Want to Be with You" Dusty Springfield

Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra - Feuerfest

It's Been a Long, Long Time · Kitty Kallen · The Harry James Orchestra

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard "Pancho and Lefty"

Chariots of Fire • Main Theme • Vangelis

Mike Brant - Laisse-moi t'aimer


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Writing Corner: Making Characters that Stand Out


Character development is perhaps tedious but worth the reward when they step outside your mind to grace the pages authors fill.   If the author does not care enough about the character, the reader will pick that up.

Several tips help in different ways that authors stick to.  For example one may have a character sketch. 

These drawings may intimidate you, but please find one and print it out and list what your character is in height, age, likes, traits, and so forth. 

For me I have a character sketch for each character from the major ones down to the minor ones.  

I know their heights, their abilities, their age, whether they have magic or ordinary average Joe or Jane. What kind of hair and eyes do they have?  How do they view others?

It seems very complex but aren't we all?   One other way I recommend is a character bio summary.  Write out in two or three paragraphs what they are like, what they endured so far or why they are what they are and what they do.  

Make your characters stand out from the rest!

Of course if your character is supernatural or has powers, make out your own list how you wish.  Remember it's just you and the page and the image in your mind to bring them to life on paper.

What technique do you have that works helping your characters build character?

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Chicken Almond and Apple salad Tortilla pockets



Courtesy of Old El Paso website

Savory chicken joins sweet-tart apples and crunchy toasted almonds in a creamy dressing for a delicious combination of flavors and textures. That yummy mixture then gets tucked into a warm tortilla pocket for a can't-miss meal—no silverware required. Serve as an easy at-home meal, or bring it along to work if you want to cause some jealousy in the office!

Prep20 Minutes
Total20 Minutes


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Old El Paso™ Crema Mexicana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups cubed (1/2 inch) cooked chicken
  • 1 large apple, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1 package (8 count) Old El Paso™ Tortilla Pockets, heated as directed on package
  • 8 romaine lettuce leaves

    1. In medium bowl, beat mayonnaise, crema, lemon juice, mustard and sugar, using whisk.
    2. Add chicken, apples, almonds and parsley. Stir to coat.
    3. Stuff pockets with chicken salad and lettuce leaves.

      • We tested this recipe with a Gala apple, but you can substitute a Granny Smith green apple or any other apple you prefer.
      • This Chicken, Almond and Apple Salad Tortilla Pockets recipe can be served immediately, or the chicken salad can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator and stuffed into the tortilla pockets just before serving.
      • For cut-up cooked chicken in a hurry, pick up a rotisserie chicken in the deli section of most grocery stores.

      • Enjoy 

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