Monthly Archives: August 2012

Currently, I am reading a book called “Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing” by Larry Brooks. This book is amazing in how it puts together the elements of writing a story. So far, I have learned that every story that sells is made up of these 6 Core Competencies, which are: Concept, Character, Theme, Story Structure, Scene Execution, and Writing Voice. His use of analogies throughout the book make it very […]

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, Musings on time

chocolate chip cookies
My wife really doesn’t want me to share this so that she can keep the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever, but I prevailed. This recipe makes a soft and gooey cookies, but must be followed with exactness to bring out the greatness that is chocolate. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 1 C shortening 1 C brown sugar, packed 1/2 C sugar 3 tsp. vanilla 1 capful of milk Mix above ingredients together, and then add: 2 […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies

super mom
Patty Perfect hails from Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s married and has 10 children. Even though she’s a stay at home mom, she manages to keep busy. Her typical day begins around 5:30 when she gets up and reads 9 chapters from the scriptures. After jogging 12 miles, she’s home in time to make a hearty, healthy breakfast and oversee the practicing of musical instruments by her children. Once breakfast is over, family scripture study […]

Patty Perfect and Peter Priesthood

Excerpt taken from a devotional address given by Brad Wilcox on 12 July 2011, who was serving as a member of the Sunday School General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a BYU associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the David O. McKay School of Education. Christ’s Grace Is Sufficient to Transform Us Christ’s arrangement with us is similar to a mom providing music lessons […]

Inspirational Quote – II

There are times when life gets stressful. We often over schedule ourselves with things that seemed important at the time, but now are chores. I came across this post from Ollin Morales, who offers some great insights on how to deal with the stresses of the day. While he wrote this post from the perspective of someone who may be struggling as a writer, some of his concepts are universal. The idea of meditation and […]

A Guide to Relieving Stress

limeade pie
This is one of my favorite desserts and is very easy and quick to make, Limeade Pie:   Ingredients: 1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk 1 6 oz. can frozen limeade or lemonade juice (can use 1/2 of 12 oz. can) 1 pint Cool Whip 1 graham cracker crust pie tin Mix milk, juice, and Cool Whip together. Mix in food coloring as desired. Pour ingredients into graham cracker crust pie tin. Place in […]

Limeade Pie