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  • Thursday, August 05, 2010

    Conferences and Deadlines and Pizza...

    As both Jayne and Susan mentioned, we're all just back from the RWA conference in Orlando. I don't know what it is about conferences, but I always come back totally exhausted and somewhat rattled--it's like my thoughts don't want to get their act together. For instance, tonight I made pizza for dinner. It's one of my favorite things to fix--I make the dough from scratch, make fresh pesto for one side, fresh tomato sauce for the other, top one with one kind of fixin's, top the other with something different. It's absolutely wonderful--unless you forget to add the yeast to the flour when you make the dough.

    I didn't even realize I'd forgotten it--my head's still spinning from the travel and the frenetic pace at the conference and the book I'm writing, and when we sat down to eat, my husband took a bite and frowned, and I took a bite and had a serious "oh...YUCK" moment. And then I glanced at the kitchen counter and noticed the little packet of rapid rise yeast was sitting there--unopened.

    It was not a stellar moment. I couldn't even eat it. Husband first gazed hopefully at me and said, "Can you fix it?" Then he manfully choked down four or five pieces--when I say "manfully," it's because I've discovered that most men, if hungry enough, will eat just about anything you put in front of them. I figure tomorrow I'll scrape the yummy toppings off and make fresh dough--with yeast, this time--and roll all the stuff up in them and make pizza pockets. Gotta do something to hide the evidence...

    I actually know what happened--I've been working on my final Wolf Tales--the deadline is looming every closer and today something happened that was so unplanned and unexpected that it threw me for a loop and sent the story in a totally new direction. Not a bad direction, just a new one, which means a lot of things I thought were going to happen probably won't. At least not in the manner I'd originally thought they would which probably sounds a bit weird, but since I write w/o any kind of plan when I start a book, it's not really that unusual. Except that I really thought I KNEW what was going on with this one. Seems I was wrong, but I was so busy trying to figure out what was going to happen next that I think I was dealing with shapeshifters and wondering how I'd ever make my deadline around the time I should have been adding the yeast.

    I've got a new book coming out in a couple of weeks--HellFire, the second book in my DemonSlayers series. This one is so much fun--I've got a Lemurian hero who's almost seven feet tall and VERY blond, and a sharp-tongued 911 operator who doesn't take anything off anyone, least of all a guy who shouldn't even exist. Ginny and Alton met in DemonFire and mixed it up from the very beginning--I really had fun writing this story and I'm hoping readers will enjoy it.

    The week after HellFire comes out, I've got another release. Nocturnal is an anthology with my story, Crystal Dreams in it. That one is also part of the DemonSlayers series, so that makes three books in three months. (Wolf Tales 10 released last month)

    No wonder I can't keep track of ingredients. But, if you click on the highlighted titles above, you can read a full first chapter of each book.

    Have you ever done something totally stupid? I mean, like when you're putting the groceries away, you stick your purse in the freezer, or carried on a conversation with a complete stranger, convinced you know who they are? And yes, I've done both those things, so if I can spill, so can you. C'mon. I need to hear I'm not alone...really. I'm not, am I?


    Anonymous Kathy Howard said...

    i remeber a time once long ago where i was paying attention and got in the wrong talk about making a fast exit.

    3:20 AM  
    Anonymous Kathy Howard said...

    mean wasn't paying attention, geesh

    3:21 AM  
    Blogger Carla Neggers said...

    Ah, yes. The yeast. LOL. But I'm impressed that you make pizza dough from scratch. A woman of many talents!

    I've done the wrong car thing, too. I even went so far as to stick my key in the ignition. :-)

    5:42 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I cost my company / manager an extra $20 in duty fees (Canada) yesterday because I rushed through the label and paperwork - put down the incorrect description and package value. That was embarrassing because I didn't remember putting that information on the label. :/

    6:32 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oops. I forgot to put my name at the end.

    Kate, I admire you for being able to make your own dough. Someday, I will try it too.

    Thanks for a great blog!

    Jennifer S.

    6:34 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Kathy, that one REALLY cracks me up! We have a white you know how many white SUVs there are in the average parking lot. I stood in front of one just the other day, clicking the electric door key and wondering why I kept hearing a beep two rows over...I have not, as of this point, crawled into the wrong car, however.

    "NYT's bestselling author, arrested for attempted car theft!" sheesh, do you gracefully extricate yourself from THAT one? I can always tell my car once I look inside--it's the one with all the trash in the passenger seat...

    Jennifer, I do stuff like that so often I hardly think of it anymore. I swear my brain and fingers are rarely attached. As far as the pizza dough--it's really easy. I'll copy the recipe and post it here. I made all our bread for years, but just don't have the time anymore. I love working with bread dough--and I don't use a machine. I love kneading it by hand. It's a very restful process...when you do it right!

    8:41 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Here's the recipe (DO NOT forget the yeast!):

    Pizza dough recipe from Kate’s Kitchen...

    3 to 3-1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 envelope RapidRise Yeast
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons mixed dried herbs (Italian blend or oregano, basil, thyme, garlic, etc)
    1 cup very warm water (120o to130oF)
    2 tablespoons olive oil


    In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved RapidRise yeast, and salt. Gradually add water and oil to flour mixture & mix thoroughly. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Sprinkle flour as needed on board so dough won’t stick. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

    Sprinkle one large or two smaller pizza pans w/cornmeal. Either roll or by hand, stretch dough to fit the pan(s) and let the dough rest for ten minutes.

    Brush dough with olive oil. Pre-bake at 400oF for 5 minutes. Remove from oven; top with desired toppings. Bake at 400oF for 20 minutes or until crust is golden. Serve warm.

    8:59 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Forget something? Me? Are you kidding? I once got called in to work early one morning to unlock the clinic because the opener was late. I drove all the way down there (5 minutes, max) and, as I walked up to the people waiting to get inside, actually "saw" the clinic key hanging on the hook by my door at home. I had to turn around and go back home to get it.
    Another time, another job, I was alone at work before hours and helped an early customer with a pickup, turned around and realized the door had shut and locked behind me. My cell phone was inside. At my age, I could tell you more, much more, but you need to get back to writing, love.

    Lynne Thomas

    9:27 AM  
    Blogger Heather B. said...

    I am the queen of stupid. I was getting a coke out of the fridge and put my cell phone on the shelf (an Iphone mind you) and left it there. Luckily, we had only backed out of the driveway when I noticed it not there.

    another time i was doing dishes and cut my finger open then later that night my hand slid across the glass top stove and my fingers came into contact with the hot burner and burned the ends of two them. BTW finger prints are over rated anyway!! :)

    10:28 AM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Lynne, m'dear. We are not going to bring age into this. It's much too frightening! (You "saw" the key, sort of like I "saw" the yeast packet...before I noticed it on the counter!)

    Oh Heather...there's stupid and then there's self-destructive! The phone thing is something we've all done, but I would like to think you could take better care of body parts...of course, with the missing fingerprints, guess that would help should you ever decide on a life of crime...

    10:43 AM  
    Anonymous mingmei yip said...

    One time I used deterget as shampoo and it actually worked!


    1:18 PM  
    Blogger Mo said...

    Hey Kate, there are so many things that I could tell but you need the space for others so I'll just talk about three. The first one (my daughter still brings up)is when I picked up the spray starch for my deodorant and sprayed it under one arm. The second is when I was at a red arrow in the left turning lane waiting and I turned off the car getting ready to get out and my grandson asked me what was I doing. The third was when I had only two kids and I used to count them to make sure that I had both of them. As my baby brother was only three or so years older than they were, he was a kid also. I was at the elevator to my apartment getting ready to get on. I, two and found out when I got to my apartment that I had left my two year old son downstairs. When I got back down he was standing there waiting for me with a look on his face to say, "mom, you know you can't think and do at the same time". This is true to this day and he is now 47yrs old. So Kate, you are not by yourself but maybe that is also why we are friends. ;>D Mo

    1:48 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Mingmei...thanks for letting me know! LOL...though I'm not sure if I want to go through the day smelling like clean socks...

    Mo, you reminded me of something I think I've tried to block out of my mind. When our daughter was about four, I got her buckled into the car and headed to the store. Got to the end of the block before I realized our six month old son was home asleep in his crib. I still cringe when I think of that!

    1:56 PM  
    Blogger Mary said...

    I've done so many things like that. One time I walked up to this guy in the grocery store who I thought I knew and put my hands over his eyes from behind. I said, "Guess who?" and he said..."Uh, my next ex'wife?" I tore my hands away because as soon as he spoke I knew it wasn't my friend and I was apologizing so much. I'm sorry, I'm so sorry, I thought you were someone else. ThankfullY he just laughed and thought it was funny.

    3:20 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Oh. My. LOL...I think I'd want to crawl in a hole! You're probably lucky he didn't deck you! (Or his wife didn't...)

    3:23 PM  
    Blogger Paula R said...

    Hey Kate, looks like you need more sleep. Um, I kinda laughed the first time you mentioned the pizza thing on FB. It was pretty funny. Kudos to Mr. Hunk that he ate it anyway. Did you make the pizza pockets. How were they?

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

    5:24 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    I do, Paula. Usually need at least six hours a night and have been going on five for way too long. And the calzone (pizza pockets) turned out delicious! Made new crust--with the yeast, this time--and used the toppings off the bad crust. Really yummy, but of course I made way too much and we'll be eating them for a week!

    6:22 PM  
    Blogger Jayne Ann Krentz said...

    Kate: Too many dumb things to recount but recently one of the most awkward was racing toward a red rental car in a parking lot in Hawaii (hey, all red rental cars look alike). Pouring rain. You know how the rain is in Hawaii. I yank open the rear door of the car and in the front seat the shocked/horrified/terrified driver and passenger turn to look at me. I felt so bad. All I could do was apologize like mad, close the door and keep running to the next red rental car. Lord, I will never forget the expression on their faces.

    7:15 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    I'm sorry...I'm laughing here. Trying to imagine what was going through YOUR mind while staring at complete strangers in YOUR car! That's awful!!! And you're SUCH a scary person. :-)

    9:13 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca Ringler said...

    Kate - I love this blog! I sure did miss it yesterday. I am very impressed w/ the pizza crust recipe because the best I've done is to make it out of the packet. Sometimes I do what my inlaws do & bake it a little first to make it crispier. I think you help all of us realize we are not so alone in our humanness. My husband has asked me before if I have early Alzheimers. I think it is more like a brain fog from being overwhelmed & trying to do too many things at once.

    12:30 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Rebecca--it's really an easy recipe and there's a lot of pleasure to be had kneading dough, and I agree with you on the brain fog. I honestly think computers are part of the problem--most of us who are online at all during the day deal with more sensory overload than our parents ever thought of. What I want is a delete key for my brain so I can get rid of the useless information in there taking up room.

    I mean, do I REALLY need to remember the licence plates of every car my parents ever owned when I was little? BRW 091, TFL 553...It's really sad.

    3:33 PM  
    Blogger Stella Cameron said...

    Have I ever done something totally stupid? You must be joking. I wouldn't know where on the list to start.

    Love, Stella

    9:34 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    Ah, Stella...maybe that's why I love you so much! Separated at birth, quite possibly? I was always a dweeb growing up, though, and merely refined the persona as I grew older...

    7:12 AM  
    Blogger LINDA MCMAKEN said...

    OK - I was at work, it was lunch time when my DH usually called me. The receptionist beeped me and said "Ken" is on the line - yes, that is DH's name. But it wasn't my "Ken" it was a client and I answered in the most raspy, sexy voice I could muster, "Hey, baby tonight you want to...."fill in the rest with a wicked romance writers imagination."

    Needless to say the embarrassment still haunts me. But on a bright note, my company got a major account!!

    4:49 PM  
    Blogger Kate Douglas said...

    OHMYGAWD! LOL...that's's hysterical, but absolutely horrible! I hope you got a raise!!! (And I really hope your husband was sympathetic when you told him about it---after he stopped laughing. Poor, not your husband. :-)

    8:49 PM  

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