Evelyn Chartres Author
Evelyn Chartres – Page 51 – Author (Nom de Plume)

Confitures a l’Oignon

Sweet Red Onion Jam

Red-Onion-JamJams are usually made from pulp and juice of fruits or vegetable. Good jam has a soft even consistency without distinct pieces, a bright colour, a good flavour and a semi-jellied texture that is easy to spread but has no free liquid.  This makes an excellent hors d’oeuvre when served with strong cheese and crackers or on a toasted bagel.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz (700-720 g*) of minced red onions (approximately 3 large)
  • 3½ oz (100-105 g*) of butter
  • 5 oz (150 g) of sugar
  • ½ cup (100-120 ml*) of red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (40-45 ml*) of blackcurrant liqueur**
  • 1 cup (200-235 ml*) of red wine
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Set stove to low to melt butter in a deep pan.
  2. Place onions in pan and allow onions to sweat.
  3. Add salt, pepper and sugar to the pan then stir until you have a consistent mixture.
  4. Moisten with red wine vinegar and blackcurrant liqueur.
  5. Add in red wine.
  6. Cook slowly while stirring to reduce liquid to the desired consistency.***
  7. Let cool then place contents in the fridge until ready to serve.

*Original measurements were made in metric.  Ranges for ingredients indicate the original measurement followed by one which best translates to imperial.
** Also known as Creme de Cassis, if unavailable use Port Wine as a substitute.
*** This step takes several hours to achieve.

A Brief Reprieve

In the week since the initial review of The Grand Project was completed, I finished reading The Martian and caught up on some television.  In other words, I have spare cycles until the review process begins anew.

My review began on 16 August 15 and was finished 14 January 16.  This process took six months to accomplish and 4039 corrections were logged.  This means there were 1132 additional corrections made after the 71% mark was noted in Slow and Steady on 17 November 15.

At that time, there were 41 modifications done for each percent of the manuscript reviewed.  The last 29% saw that number drop to 39 corrections while the global average settled in at 40 corrections.  Overall, the number remained consistent and that is not a bad thing.

If my progress on The Grand Project follows a similar path to the The Portrait then I expect numbers to drop for the next revision.  My final review of The Portrait yielded less than 50 changes for the entire manuscript.

During my next review process, I will keep statistics for every chapter.  That should yield some very interesting results!  For now, there are a few more readings on my to-do list to accomplish before I start again!

Slow and Steady

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Speedy Typing Kills Student Essays: Study on ottawasun.com

A recent study has determined that typing with both hands reduces the quality of responses and grammar.  An article on The Ottawa Sun titled Speedy Typing Kills Student Essays states that typing at speed permits someone to input at a faster rate than the mind takes to form coherent thoughts.

Two notable excerpts from the article follows:

Typing can be too fluent or too fast, and can actually impair the writing process.

The result of slowing down was a richer vocabulary in the one-handed writing. This allows a better expression of complex ideas.

I often found that my review process on chapters that were quickly produced were more tedious and painful.  Apparently switching to one-handed typing or imposing another handicap may generate higher quality works.

That or it would make my writing more flowery and eloquent.  That may work well for Victorian-era literature but not be necessarily suited for today!

The Ghoul Hunter’s Review

Ghoul Hunters, a coda to The Grand Project has been revised and updated on both Google Docs and Wattpad.  This is the first major revision of this chapter since they were consolidated into one work for an overall review.  The Google Docs version allows for both comments and change proposals so readers are encouraged to use these capabilities.

The Grand is a Gothic Horror novel with a Grand Hotel as a backdrop during the Roaring Twenties and focuses on victims of the hotel’s guests.  Ever wondered what would happen in a hotel that caters to Things That Go Bump in the Night?

Taglines and Layer Styles

Dressing up the Cover – Part 5

This is Part 5 of the Dressing up the Cover tutorial and previously we covered Borders and Text.

Make use of the Pick Tool from the Tools Bar to reduce the size of Lady Shade until she fits within the confines of the borders. Take your time to ensure that the resize operation is done using one of the Corners to maintain Aspect Ratio.

Note

Sometimes the Pick Tool will not Resize. Attempts to modify will instead alter the Perspective which is not the desired behaviour. To correct this behaviour change the Mode to Scale.

After completing your adjustments Lady Shade should look roughly like below.

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Now is the time to add a Tagline, a sentence or short paragraph which is used to grab a reader. Since we not use complex Layer Styles for this section we can go ahead and create it one layer.

The Liberation Sans Font was used for the tagline. The Font Size was set to 72 Points so we can work on it later. Note that Bold or Italics in the Font Styles were not selected.

To match our example the following line was used:

A vision from the

past becomes a

writer’s deadly

obsession

Once the text is inserted, resized then moved the appropriate location (shown below) the image should resemble the following.

21-Tagline-Inserted.png

Next make use of Layer Styles to finish up the Text Lines and Borders.  From the Layers Panel, select one of your Author’s Name Layer’s then click on the Layer Styles icon.

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The Layer Properties window will open and feature effects applicable to layers. As seen below, operations range from Reflection and Drop Shadow effects.

23-Layer-Styles-Window.png

For the Title and Author we want to make use of the Emboss style, use the settings above then click on OK to set the Layer Style. This process must be repeated for each layer, so save these settings to use as pre-sets. This will ensure consistency throughout all of the elements.

24-Layer-Styles-Window-Tagline.png

Now for the Tagline Layer, we will adjust Drop Shadow. You can copy the settings found above, to provide a subtle shadow effect to create the illusion the tagline floating over-top the Lady Shade Layer.

Use Layer Styles to Emboss the Borders as well. Once complete the cover should appear as it does below.

In Part 6, we will talk about Notes and Variants.