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November December 2015 www.pilcrowdagger.com Editor LeeAnn Rhoden Pilcrow & Dagger November December 2015 volume 1 No. 8 ISSN 2378-3125 (Print) ISSN 2378-3133 (Online) Editor A. Marie Silver Subscription Services Subscriptions orders can be made at www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions or by mail Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Include your address with all inquiries allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Graphic Artists Sue Hymel Sarah Smith Advisory Board Christopher L. Silver Mack Rhoden Featured Authors Sandra Axelrod Rebeca Barroso Jane Craske Jenny Davies GiGi Dubois Alejandro Escud Laurie Harriton Rita Heikenfeld Lynn Huntley Paul Jackson Noreen Lace Alison LaFortune Miranda Luby Gina Passantino Roberta Roberti Annie Sageer Brittany Santos Roger Schumacher Leigh Suznovich Catherine Tripp Lisa VanWilliams Advertising Information Direct all advertising questions for Pilcrow & Dagger to info pilcrowdagger.com or download the Media Kit www.pilcrowdagger.com about advertising Letters & Correspondence Please send all letters correspondence and feedback to info pilcrowdagger.com or Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Cover Art A. Marie Silver Special Feature Interview with Angela Ackerman Printed By Create Space Editors Note This is the holiday season Thanksgiving Christmas Hanukah Kwanza Boxing Day and New Year s Eve. It is a time to celebrate all those people and things in our lives for which we are grateful. A time to ring out the past year and plan for the next. There is a sense of joy happiness and hopefulness in the air. LeeAnn and A. Marie are thankful to spend time with our families and friends (even though we re both hiding in a closet with a bottle of wine). But we are most thankful to you our readers writers and subscribers. We re thankful for the amazing submissions we ve received. We re thankful to our families and friends for their love and support as LeeAnn and A. Marie traveled out of our comfort zones building this magazine our labor of love. And we are also thankful for our understanding husbands for forgiving the eternal leftovers and late-dinner nights as we pushed hard to make deadlines. For this issue writers from far and wide share their favorite holiday traditions and celebrations any holiday. As usual their contributions did not disappoint sharing stories about the Day of the Dead (How to Celebrate the Day of the Dead) sharing memories of holidays spent far away from the safety of home (Wildfire Christmas) and eerie reminders that for some cultures there is no such thing as a sacrifice too big (Call of the Wild). We ve even included a section of tasty recipes and food stories because we like food and the holidays are all about the food. In addition to the traditional Turkey Day festivities LeeAnn and A. Marie have something else special to celebrate. We are celebrating the end of our first successful year as publishers. This issue marks the release of the eighth magazine of the year. With 2016 right around the corner LeeAnn and A. Marie are eagerly awaiting the adventures yet to come. But for today all we want to do - whether or not you are celebrating is to wish you an amazing holiday season. Pilcrow and Dagger will be back in 2016 and we can t wait to read all about your adventures. - A. Marie and LeeAnn Editors Table of Contents Short Stories Fiction Call of the Wild By Miranda Luby Page............................................................13 Understanding By Roger Schumacher Page............................................................28 Short Stories Non-Fiction No Money Christmas By Laurie Harriton Page..............................................................9 Wildfire at Christmas By Paul Jackson Page............................................................21 How to Celebrate Day of the Dead By Rebeca Barroso Page............................................................34 Poetry Grandma s Tour By Noreen Lace Page...............................................................12 While the Snow Came Down By Alejandro Escund Page...............................................................20 The City By Catherine Tripp Page...............................................................33 Table of Contents Special Feature A Writer Who Helps Writers An Interview with Angela Ackerman Page............................................................24 Food and Stories Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................37 Pork Tenderloin Board Meeting By Jenny Davies Page...............................................................39 Lebanese Pastry By Leigh Suznovich Page...............................................................43 The Farm By Lisa VanWilliams Page...............................................................45 Baklava A Lebanese Christmas Tradition By Rita Heikenfeld Page...............................................................47 Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Vegetables By Alison LaFortune Page...............................................................51 Pizza Gain My Italian Family Tradition By Brittany Santos Page...............................................................53 Ottawa Valley Chili Sauce By Jane Craske Page...............................................................55 Room for Two Cranberries By Roberta Roberti Page...............................................................56 Table of Contents Mouth-Watering Recipes Sweet Potato Bisque By Sandra Axelrod Page...............................................................59 Healthy Oreo Cookies By GiGi Dubois Page...............................................................60 Brown Rice Medley Blueberry and Chicken Stuffed Squash By Lynn Huntley Page...............................................................61 Roasted Butternut Squash with Spinach By Gina Passantino Page...............................................................62 Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie in Crocks By Lisa VanWilliams Page...............................................................63 Italian-Style Bean Salad By Roberta Roberti Page...............................................................64 Bourbon-Coconut-Pumpkin Cake with Bourbon Icing By Roberta Roberti Page...............................................................65 Table of Contents More Mouth-Watering Recipes Broccoli-Gruy re Cr pes By Roberta Roberti Page...............................................................66 Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter & Sage By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................67 Caramelized Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque with Cinnamon Croutons By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................68 Cranberry Pecan Cracker Spread By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................69 Apple Pie Moonshine By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................69 Pumpkin & Nutmeg Fritters with Vanilla Cream By Annie Sageer Page...............................................................70 Miscellany Miscellany (mis-uh-ley-nee) n. 1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items. 2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors dealing with various topics assembled in a volume or book. Miscellany is a feature in our magazine. It offers a miscellany of tidbits and whatnot that you ll find interesting. Don t miss out Issue Release Dates January 11 2016 February 25 2016 April 11 2016 May 26 2016 July 11 2016 August 25 2016 October 10 2016 November 23 2016 Be sure to get every issue Subscribe today at www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions No Money Christmas By Laurie Harriton Our uncle David our cousin s dad always topped off a pine tree from the woods and set it in the brightest corner of the living room he was always finishing. It had a huge fireplace of giant stones room for two grand pianos a wild assortment of living room furniture and massive space for children s play. Best of all the 20 foot front and side walls were all glass This was his project his love he did it himself slowly with what money he had. Of course he had also pulled down their four boxes of lights and broken Christmas ornaments. Soon we were hard at work connecting and draping the old strings of lights repairing ornaments with paper clips and unfolding and pulling old icicles off ratty tattered garlands. Decorations had to be placed artistically. First the lights then the garlands then the ornaments and finally the one new thing a box of icicles. This was no joke. We had standards. Laurie Harriton s nonfiction story No Money Christmas is a sweet memoir of childhood days and how the innocence of children and love of family make the holiday special. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Call of the Wild By Miranda Luby Khan kept the engine at full throttle soaring over bumps until they emerged into a flat open expanse that stretched for miles rice fields sewn together with more ruddy ditches and they slowed down. Shifting clouds exposed the gold medallion of a moon which set the landscape softly aglow. Miranda Luby s story is an exciting story of a journey into the realm of the wild and the darkness of some celebrations. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Wildfire at Christmas By Paul Jackson I was officially off duty for thirty-six hours but I knew that would probably never happen. There was just no such thing as really being off duty on a forward and isolated firebase. Oh well -- it was a nice thought and was pleasant as long as it did last. I would just try to relax and let someone else fight the war as long as I could. When the star cluster first lit up the sky I was on top of my hooch nursing a canteen cup partially filled with lukewarm chicken soup. It is 1971 I am twenty years old and this is how I am spending my Christmas Eve. Paul Jackson s nonfiction story is about a young man in the perils of war at a time when there should be peace on earth and how the comradery of friends can make the season. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. How to Celebrate Day of the Dead By Rebeca Barroso I guess you could compare it to Thanksgiving dinner. It s a once-a-year dinner party you prepare all day long. You cook the most splendid feast with particular care to include the favorite dish of every one of your loved ones. You bring out the nice linens set the table with colorful flowers light a few candles and bring out your guests usual drinks. Your visitors will be traveling all day to get there. You haven t seen them in a long while and the anticipation grows as the set hour approaches. Only in this dinner your guests are all dead. Rebeca Barroso shares a nonfiction story about a holiday celebrated in half the world and completely unknown in the other half. Perhaps a holiday we should adopt. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Understanding By Roger Schumacher A light snowfall began to cover the landscape. White patches hung over the grassy plains and partially covered trees and their limbs. It was late December by the calendar of their old world. The annual holidays were approaching and their influence traveled to all the borders of the wood. Those in this land knew and embraced the significance of this special time. In each issue of Pilcrow & Dagger one story is chosen to be read as a podcast. In this issue we chose Understanding by Roger Schumacher. This story is a tale of knightly honor and tradition. Be sure to take a few minutes to listen and enjoy. To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. To listen go to www.pilcrowdagger.com podcasts. Submissions We Accept Fiction Non-fiction Creative Non-fiction Mainstream Horror Humor Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult Themes Pilcrow & Dagger is a thematic literary magazine. Be sure to check the theme before making a submission for publication. October Halloween and Horror Stories November December Holiday Stories January 2016 Fantasy Fairy Tales and Sci-Fi www.pilcrowdagger.com themes We Don t Accept Stream-of-Consciousness Fan Fiction Erotica Children s Literature Anything overly religious or political www.pilcrowdagger.com submissions Be sure to check the guideline specifics for proper formatting and delivery. We accept submissions from around the globe. If your submission is selected for publication you will be notified 2-4 weeks prior to publication. We do not notify you if your piece was not selected. We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions and if published we hold nonexclusive rights to your work. Be sure to check out the upcoming issues for special author interviews Who will be next Hmmm... Don t miss out. Get your subscription today. Although we are thematic we are open to and accept ALL submissions. Angela Ackerman Angela Ackerman is a writing coach international speaker and co-author of the bestselling resource The Emotion Thesaurus a Writer s Guide to Character Expression as well as the bestselling duo The Positive Trait Thesaurus a Writer s Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus a Writer s Guide to Character Flaws. A proud indie author her books are available in five languages are sourced by US universities and are used by novelists screenwriters editors and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers as well as One Stop For Writers an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling. A Writer Who Helps Writers P&D How long have you been writing Angela I decided to get serious about writing in 2007 and wrote mostly short stories for children s magazines along with some really bad picture books. P&D How did you meet your business partner Becca Puglisi Angela Becca and I met at an online critique site called The Critique Circle which was a haven for me as I had no real life writers to connect with. We started critiquing one another s stories (she also wrote children s fiction at that time) and built a friendship as we learned the art of writing together. P&D What inspired the Emotion Thesaurus Angela While at The Critique Circle Becca myself and a few other writers all found we struggled with the same thing how to show emotion. We kept reusing the same gestures (smiling shrugging feet shuffling etc.) and all wished for some sort of list that had all of the different ways a person expresses themselves. Becca had already started a list so we built on it first at the Critique Circle then at our debut blog The Bookshelf Muse (now Writers Helping Writers.) P&D How many other books have you written Angela Becca and I have two other books on character building--The Positive Trait Thesaurus A Writer s Guide to Character Attributes and The Negative Trait Thesaurus A Writer s Guide to Character Flaws. We also have a free ebook called Emotion Amplifiers which is a companion booklet to The Emotion Thesaurus. P&D What was the hardest challenge to overcome when writing your collection of thesauri To read more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. So Much More Don t miss out on the poetry A number of works guaranteed to entertain Noreen Lace Alejandro Escud Catherine Tripp To see more go to www.pilcrowdagger.com subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Food Section Food plays a big role during the holidays parties dinners feasts breakfasts and so forth. So what better way to ring in the holiday cheer than by offering recipes that you can eat while you read our wonderful stories or write during your quiet time We asked food bloggers to submit their stories and recipes we re sure you ll enjoy. Author Information Sandra Axelrod Website http www.foodandfondmemories.com Cook Book - Affairs to Remember http www.amazon.com s ref nb_sb_ss_i_1_11 url searchalias%3Dstripbooks&fieldkeywords affairs to remember by sandy axel rod&sprefix affairs to %2Caps%2C151 Rebeca Barroso Blog http beqstravelogue.blogspot.com Jane Craske Twitter advntrsindinner Instagram janesadventuresindinner Facebook https www.facebook.com Adventures-in-Dinner Pinterest https www.pinterest.com AdvntrsinDinner Website http www.janesadventuresindinner.com Jenny Davies Blog http jennyeatwellsrhubarbginger.blogspot.co.uk GiGi Dubois Blog http gigieatscelebrities.com Twitter dubagee YouTube http youtube.com gigieatscelebrities Facebook http facebook.com gigieatscelebrities Instagram http instagram.com gigieats Alejandro Escud Website alejandroescude.com Rita Heikenfeld Website http www.Abouteating.com Lynn Huntley Website http www.turnips2tangerines.com This information can also be found on http www.PilcrowDagger.com Author Information Noreen Lace Website www.NoreenLace.com Facebook www.facebook.com noreenlace1 Instagram www.instagram.com noreenlace Twitter noreenlace Alison LaFortune Blog http www.lifealittlebrighter.com Miranda Luby Website mirandaluby.writersresidence.com Gina Passantino Website http www.dairyfreegina.com Roberta Roberti Blog www.MizChef.com Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com MizChefCooks Facebook Personal www.facebook.com roberta.roberti.948 Twitter Mizchefcooks LinkedIn Roberta Roberti Linterest http pinterest.com mizchefcooks Cook Book - Vegetarian Italian Traditions Amazon http www.amazon.com Vegetarian-Italian-TraditionsRobertaRoberti dp 1939562341 ref sr_1_1 s books&ie UTF8&q id 1397393662&sr 1-1&keywords roberti vegetarian italian Barnes & Nobel http www.barnesandnoble.com w vegetarianitalian-roberta-roberti 1119074937 ean 9781939562340 Annie Sageer Website http www.ciaochowbambina.com Brittany Santos Website Vegasfoodnerd.com Website KHNEnterprises.com This information can also be found on http www.PilcrowDagger.com Author Information Leigh Suznovich Website http jeanieandluluskitchen.com Facebook https www.facebook.com jeanieandluluskitchen Twitter LeighSuznovich Catherine Tripp Website http www.vrbo.com 244431 Lisa VanWilliams Blog http thevanwilliamsway.blogspot.com Facebook https www.facebook.com Vanwilliams-Health-LifestyleManagement-469098403145830 refhl Twitter lisamicko langen Angela Ackerman Website http writershelpingwriters.net Amazon Author Page http www.amazon.com AngelaAckerman e B0081BBQ7Q ref sr_tc_2_0 qid 1448039659&sr 1-2-ent One Stop For Writers https onestopforwriters.com This information can also be found on http www.PilcrowDagger.com Listen to the Podcast www.pilcrowdagger.com podcasts Produced by Christopher L. 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