Redirecting Websites via DreamHost Instructions

I had no idea how difficult and time-consuming it would be to redirect one website and three sub-sites. My guru and DreamHost have been trying to help me. It’s so much more detailed than I imagined or just so many steps that you duplicate for each website. If I get one sub-site done then I will be able to do all of them and hopefully, the main site will work after I do the exact same things to it. 

Done, finally. The branding should be consistent and the redirection is seamless.

Thank you Joshua David Baker for your help in completing this task. I was also happy with the techs at DreamHost.

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Tales from a Rocky Coast – Volume One

Our book is almost ready for publication. We are editing our second proof and I’m surprised by the edits–the number and the tiny things that people catch. It gets exponentially more complicated when you add a second, third and in this case a fourth writer in one book. 

My hope is that we will only need one more proof and that it will be published in January or February 2018. I’m ready to be done and we still need to move on to marketing. 

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We are merging our eleven year old website, Kritique Kritics with the original name of our group, Friday Night Writers’ Group for consistent branding reasons. This website has such a long history and I don’t want to loss the goodwill by dumping the name Kritique Kritics.

I need to think about how best to do this. I want our site to be easily found by new followers and not so different or difficult to find by old followers. 

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Warrior Cat Book Series

Originally published in September 2011.

I just started my second book in the Warriors saga, by Erin Hunter which is a pen name for three authors. I started reading the first one to help me write a book about my cat and give him a voice. The second one, I have to admit

I absolutely love the books. Just call me a child at heart. They are better than “The Cat Who…” series. What’s delightful about the books?

The cat names:  Tigerclaw, Yellowfang, Mousefur and Fireheart to name a few.

The rituals: naming of the cats, meetings between the clans and the clan structure.

Funny or insulting lines: “Sounds like a pawful”, “I’ll have the other clans shaking in their flea-bitten skins”, “Excitement tingled in his paws”, “What’s a kittypet like you doing out in the woods?” and “Just a two-legged pet”.

Buy it for a child and read it yourself when no one is looking Tell yourself you’re buying it to read to a child—just try one book and you will be hooked.

I wish I’d know about these books when I was reading to my nephew, Kyle.  He loves cats and he liked me to read to him before he went to bed.


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Winning Story

Originally publish in November, 2008.

I got a phone call from Ann Schroeder inviting me to read my Center Coast Writer’s Conference winning story, A Full Circle, at the next SLONightWriters’ meeting. Then I got an email from NightWriters’ president, Susan Tuttle, with the same invitation.

I was thrilled, not as thrilled as winning first place, but very proud just the same. 

There is just one problem—I have speech anxiety. I’m terrified and the meeting is in nineteen minutes. Why did I agree to do this? Are all writers this nervous? I feel sick!

Gotta go and do a great job or embarrass myself.

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Debra’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Published previously on this site.

 Bowl One

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 ½ Cup Sugar

1 Stick Butter

½ Cup Crisco or 1 more stick of Butter

2 teaspoons Vanilla

3 Eggs

Bowl Two

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Oatmeal (1 minute)

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves

½ Teaspoon Ginger, Nutmeg

 1-12oz bag of Semi-Sweet chocolate chips or whatever kind you prefer.

 Preheat oven to 325 o – 375 o 

Mix bowl 2 and set aside.

Mix bowl 1, except eggs by hand or with blender until creamy.  Add eggs, mix.  Add contends of bowl 2 a little at a time, until gone.  Add chips.

Bake at 325-375 degrees for 10-14 minutes.  I like crunchy cookies so I bake mine for 14 minutes at 350o

 I have tweaked this recipe off and on for too long and I finally think it’s just about perfect. It started years when I accidentally doubled the sugars in a batch and it tasted wonderful. The next push was when my friend, Carol Poling, made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies about 25 years ago and I never forgot the taste.  I had to be able to make Carol’s cookies or something just as good so I’ve been experimenting on the oatmeal and spices for only five-ten years and finally we have the recipe.

Don’t tell my husband, but I’ve had this recipe for a while. He thinks I’ve been experimenting all these years. But, I just love to bake cookies. It’s our little secret.

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