Betty “Crock” Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I take my cookies pretty damn seriously. They have to be soft, big and delicious. As a youngster, I LOVED Betty Crocker cookies, but as a vegan, Mrs. C’s cookies are now off the menu. Sure, there are lots of vegan cookie recipes out there, but I don’t want my cookies to taste vegan. I don’t want whole wheat…

When to Shut Up on Social Media

Many brands and organizations decide to go dark, or stop posting, on social media in the face of a national or global tragedy. Just three years ago, most brands and organizations would have come to a screeching halt on social media in response to a terrorist attack. Sadly, countless tragic school shootings and bombings have…

Book Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen)

What is this cliffhanger hell? I loved Red Queen, except for the cliffhanger. I really liked Glass Sword, except for the downright painful cliffhanger. As an aspiring author of what I hope to be a series of books, I understand the benefits to a “what happens next” ending. As a reader, it destroys my soul….

How to Use Twibbon to Promote Your Novel

I shouldn’t be sharing this tip. I should stuff it deep in my pocket and use it for the day I’m finally published (yes, I’m staying optimistic). However, the social media manager in me is dying to share this helpful tidbit. So, all you genius, over-achieving bastards can enjoy it now and hopefully it will…

Social Media Facelift: How to Create a Campaign with Fresh Eyes

When I worked for a social media agency, I managed the same brand for three years. It was challenging to always create fresh content, but it was especially challenging to develop a social media campaign through tired eyes. Your mind goes on cruise control when you have thoughts like, “We can only say things this way…

Dig a Little Deeper With Tantrums of Genius

Tantrums of Genius is a short, yet powerful compilation of poetry and writings that leave you questioning the daily grind and dare you to appreciate the ordinary. David Divine Brooks provokes you to see the everyday expected as pieces of treasures forgotten in a time of politics and corporate-minded thinking. Tantrums of Genius will have you seeing with a sharpened focus….

Recipe Review: Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Carrot cake was mostly responsible for my freshman fifteen—the other contributors being Lays and liquor. Ah, those were the days. I mean, my college cafeteria served carrot cake every damn day. How is a girl supposed to say no to carrot cake every day? She can’t. She didn’t. Since going vegan over ten years ago, I rarely…

Book Review: Outlander Outcast

Season two of Outlander is set to premier on April 9th, so I thought it would be fitting to post my original review of the first Outlander novel. I first picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon’s famous series in 2010 from my local library. I made it through about halfway through the novel before I marched it…

Superhero Social Media Tips for Authors

You can write heroes and villains with the best of them, but you’re social media is lacking that “POW!” punch. So, what’s the issue and how can you fix it? The list can be long when it comes to why your social efforts may be tanking, but I’ll concentrate on the top four most common reasons. 1. Your…

Tofu Tips

Tofu is a fickle little fucker. End of post. Kidding. Tofu can be intimidating. Even from the moment of purchase you are faced with life-altering decisions, such as sprouted, firm, soft, marinated, and organic. Choose carefully, because it can seriously ruin your tofu scramble (gasp!). Here are some tips and tricks for picking and cooking…