Hodge Podge No. 9: Moose and Eagles, Tolkien, ROW80, WRiTE Club, Baking and Knitting

Hodge Podge again!

First, the webcams, which are so interesting and soothing:

The moose migration in Sweden!
It's over for this year, but happens annually.

The eagles in Decorah!
Now in its tenth year!

The Tolkien Society has been hosting weekly quizzes, which are like mini-cryptic crosswords. Here's the latest one:
A bit tricky...

ROW80: I've changed up my goals a bit, as I'm not getting any editing or research done on captive of the Sea. Instead, I'm writing a piece in the style of National Geographic for school, and completing the 500-word short story exercise at thelitforum.com!

WRiTE Club is on! Drop by DL Hammons' blog to vote in the bouts!

"How about a little WRiTE CLUB history? The virtual contest started off as a modest competition loosely derived from the movie FIGHT CLUB, and from there it has grown into a writing community sensation. There are other versions (usually LIVE face-to-face events), but they are nothing like how we do it here. What sets it apart is the reader participation and the anonymous submissions. The contest embodies simple, good-natured competition, with lots and lots of fun sprinkled on top.
And how are the winners of each bout determined? By you and other WRiTE CLUB readers! Anyone who visits my blog during the contest can vote for the writing sample that resonates with them the most in a bout. All I ask is that you leave a brief critique of each piece to help the contestants improve their craft."

Baking and Knitting: I haven't been keeping track of all my baking as I have with my knitting. I've made lots of different cookies, cakes, cupcakes, scones, and brownies, plus mantı and etli ekmek

Two different cookies at once!

Cheese scones, with apricot jam homemade by a friend!

And the latest knitting:
A gift of leg warmers (not mailed yet!)

Starting a baby blanket (a surprise gift!)

Here is the Twitter-sized version of the recipe I use for cocoa cookies: 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter; 1 cup flour + 1/2tsp each baking soda, powder, sea salt; 1/3 cup + 2 tbsps cocoa; 1/2 cup choc chips: 350° 12 minutes!

Have you been baking?
Please share recipes!


Hi Deniz - you're always busy ... lots going on ... and much of which will amuse the children and feed them up. The quiz no doubt is a great resource for puzzlers ... Write Club - I must go back and read some entries ... all the best - Hilary
I'll be over soon to help you eat all that food.
Your baking looks so good, especially the cheese scones. Good for you for being productive during the lockdown. It's been hard to motivate myself to work when I have to stay home all day.
Deniz Bevan said…
You're all welcome to come over! I think it's the old adage of being busy makes you do more -- between work and my school and the kids' school, I feel like any time snatched for reading or baking or knitting (let alone writing!) is a plus!