Pumpkins are a FRUIT


I was hoping to have a new Halloween Cooking Adventure up for you all today. Unfortunately, today happens to be the day that a swift and random migraine has fallen upon me. So here is a Throwback Thursday: a much loved Cooking Adventure for pumpkin croissants. Enjoy!

Originally posted on The Monstrum Chronicles:

COOKING ADVENTURE #36: Mini Pumpkin Croissants

Pumpkin is probably one of my top ten favorite foods. In my research for this Cooking Adventure, I came across a startling discovery. Pumpkin is actually a fruit. A FRUIT. I knew about avacados and tomatoes, but not this. My mind was officially blown. But, I’ve got to say yum. Yummy num num. These things were delicious. I say ‘were’ because I’ve nearly eaten all of them. But I plan on making more very soon… probably within the next day or so. And once again, I had little to no trouble making these scrumptious treats. They were easy, required very few ingredients and yielded a batch of thirty-two, count ‘em, THIRTY-TWO mini croissants. Wait… so when I said “I ate them all,” I may have been exaggerating. I gave some to my parents. I didn’t eat all of them… but I could have…

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Inspiration Through Music: Neverending Nightmares Soundtrack

Neverending Nightmares Soundtrack cover art

Greetings! It’s been a while since I came out with another Inspiration Through Music, but this Halloween season I’ve found more than a few incredible pieces of music to share with you. The first and foremost will be the soundtrack from indie horror game “Neverending Nightmares” created by Matt Gilgenbach. I had seen a trailer for this game sometime ago and instantly fell in love with the Edward Gorey-esque artwork, dark plot, and ambient music. For those of you that have been following these music blogs for a while, you’ll know that I have a particular affinity for ambient music and definitely video game soundtracks. Neverending Nightmares never disappoints with its mixture of low melodic tunes, spine-tingling children’s cries, and haunted music box lullabies.

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Updates, SON!

My apologies for not having a Cooking Adventure up sooner. It really is due to my dumb decision last week to make a crostata that involves a fruit that is seen even less than the Abominable Snowman. Pluots? Seriously, what was I thinking. Haven’t been able to find any anywhere. So, I’ve decided to change this week’s recipe up and do a grand Chicken and Spinach Lasagna instead! How do you like them apples pluots? Huh? I’ll try to have this up for you folks tomorrow.

In other news, work on Book 3 is going very well! I threw down another 10 pages as of Thursday and hope to get at least another ten done this weekend. Might be a bit tight in between doing the Cooking Adventure and tomorrow’s Inspiration Through Music but…I put myself in that position. So, I’ve got to do it!

Also coming up this week is my presentation at Oceanside High School! Looking forward to that this Wednesday!

Stay tuned for more updates soon!


Posts coming late…

Apologies, guys. While I should have been writing my Inspiration Through Music this week, I ended up writing a ton on Memento Mori: Book 3 of the Monstrum Chronicles, which needed to happen. All kinds of twists and turns ahead for the 5 protagonists in that story and I’m having a fun time making them all connect. Normally, I’d also have a Cooking Adventure up for you this evening as well. However, due to an insufferable migraine, I won’t be keeping that promise. Sorry, folks. I hope to have it up for you tomorrow evening. The Inspiration Through Music won’t be up until Monday as I have a reading/book-signing event on Sunday at the Albert Church Memorial Library in China, ME. I’m looking forward to it very much!

Until then,


Inspiration Through Music: Jaws Soundtrack


My 2nd Shark Week cooking adventure will be up tomorrow. In the mean time, why don’t you kick back and check out this Inspiration Through Music post that I wrote for the Jaws Soundtrack last year.

Originally posted on The Monstrum Chronicles:

Though most recognize Jaws as a terrifying film made by the exceptional Steven Spielberg in 1975, it was first a novel written by Peter Benchley. This man could write! He pinpointed a story that hadn’t been utilized by anyone else at the time, recognized the terror imminent in it, and wrote it wonderfully. The premise: what happens when a shark comes to the town/city you call home and doesn’t go away?

When the book was turned into a motion picture, one of the greatest successes was John Williams score for the film. Out of it, he created one of the most signature pieces of horror music ever using just two notes. The theme from this movie is something that still induces heart-pounding fear, even to those who haven’t seen the film! Along with the shark’s theme, there are several other haunting tracks and adventurous themes reminiscent of old pirate movies…

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Cooking No-Nos

I used to think that my cooking was really bad. There was a point when everything I made seemed to turn out wrong and my “cooking adventures” frequently stemmed from me totally fudging a recipe that was usually easy to do. But then, I happened upon this list from buzzfeed and was reminded that there are more hopeless people out there than I. The cupcake photos just astound me. Apparently common sense doesn’t apply to these people when they start cooking in the kitchen. Check these out!


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