Evelyn Chartres Author
Evelyn Chartres – Page 53 – Author (Nom de Plume)

Overlooking the Grand

I was away on business for the past week, which is why some of my updates took a while to propagate onto Google+ and Facebook. Despite flying over endless cloud cover for most of the trip, it managed to clear up just as we reached the mountains.

Interestingly enough, this mountain chain is where I envisioned the Grand to be!  I always loved this part of the world and this was the first time where I managed to get the right mix of snow.

Another Revision of the Man and the Sea

The Man and the Sea available on:
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I have completed my third review of The Man and the Sea. This chapter introduces John Cabot, one of The Grand’s lead characters and deals with his love for the sea.

There 30 modifications made to this 2 page chapter leading to a 52% reduction in changes when compared to revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, feel free to make use of this capability.

Another Revision of One Small Step

One Small Step available on:
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I have completed my third review of One Small Step. This chapter sets the mood for The Grand.  The story revolves around the staff doing damage control after a maid ends up in the forbidden wing of the hotel.

There 111 modifications made to this 6 page chapter leading to a 45% reduction in changes when compared to revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

The End of a Cycle

I have completed my second review of The Grand Project, a story which features a hotel that caters to the needs of things that go bump in the night.  At the end of my first review, I ended up with 4039 modifications over the total of the work.  Additionally, there were 41 changes per percent based on the novels length.

This revision felt more brutal, since I did a lot of formatting work to separate out the dialogue from paragraphs.  Looking at my statistics from 28 Feb to 25 Apr 16, I ended up with the following:

  • 4630 modifications for the entire work;
  • 46 modifications per percent;
  • Ghoul Hunters had the fewest changes at 33 modifications per percent;
  • One Small Step had the most changes at 69 changes per percent; and
  • A new chapter Chariots of Thunder was added to the manuscript.

This time around I have more definitive per chapter information, since I collected them after a chapter was completed.  Given that Chariots of Thunder was not part of the initial manuscript, it will not be counted until the next revision.

Another reason for the large amount of changes is related to my reviewing method.  When I review a chapter, I note changes then transcribe them into my manuscript.  I do not re-read the chapter before moving on since that material will be covered during the next review.  Sometimes my changes were improperly transcribed or retained some of the older verses.  Its not perfect, but I prefer to keep momentum.

Ready to Serve Baked Potatoes

Featured_Ready_to_Serve_SpudsWhile not necessarily a French Canadian dish, it has been one of my go-to sides dishes for a while.  This dish combines all of the elements of baked potatoes into one dish (minus the sour cream and bacon).  The heat will melt the butter while it cooks the potatoes, onions and garlic to create this ready to eat dish.

Easy to prepare and cooks in the oven or barbecue while you work on the main dish.  You can also add in leftover chicken, pork or beef to make this a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (350 g) of potatoes
  • 2½ oz  (75 g) of minced onions
  • 2 cloves (7 g) of pressed garlic
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of Italian seasoning

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare two pieces of tin foil, approximately 12 x 15 inches (30 x 40 cm) in length.
  3. Scrub, rinse and cut up the potatoes into small cubes then place on the tin foil.
  4. Drop onions, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning atop potatoes.
  5. Top with butter and close up the first layer of tin foil.  Wrap in a second to prevent any leaks.
  6. Place in the oven and cook for 60 minutes.  Alternatively, place on an outdoor grill for the same amount of time.
  7. When done, pull from the oven, mix the contents and it is ready to serve.