Remember when widget meant some hypothetical gadget or, more often, just a doohickey gizmo or a whatsis thingy?
Do check out my Carina doodad above this post!
It allows Carina to rotate titles, authors and excerpts with an automatic refresh and update, so readers can sample chapters and bios and stuff within the widget!
The widget is so avant-cool! Boggles my mind.
Something else boggles my mind.
Seems there continues to be in some quarters a confusion about the nature of Carina Press-- probably arising from the fact that Harlequin Enterprises announced their intention to launch a publishing service in association with Author Solutions within a week or two of announcing the launch of their new e-pub imprint, Carina Press.
Dell Art, as it came to be called, is pay-to-publish venture, a vanity press. Carina Press is most emphatically not.
And I hopetogeesus none of you think I am paying to have Dark and Disorderly published. The idea is, frankly, mortifying.
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Yesterday, Francis, my grinning Parcel Man, delivered to my door a box from Ello.
If you remember, I won, in her recent contest, Ello's basket of oriental treats, which promised to include such delicacies as dried squid and Monaka (two items I lusted after in particular.)
Ever since I read a passing reference to bean paste in some book or t'other I've wanted to try it. And the squid! Wouldn't you? Though this town of mine sometimes imitates Alice's Restaurant, such products for taste exploration are unavailable.
And I promised to report my sensations about each item, because, to me, everything would be new and adventuresome and exotic.
First, the Monaka - bean cake.
A package of eight round cakes of sweet red bean paste between thin rice wafers imprinted with a chrysanthemum design, individually wrapped in translucent waxed paper. The wafers taste like ice cream cone but with a more delicate flavor. The bean filling is gummy but yummy. A nice, medium sweetness. For those who care, 100 calories per cookie.
There are two left...