Welcome, this post is the celebration of Polish-American month. To help celebrate, I have chosen writers. This is the second post in this category this month. If you would like to see the first post, click here.
Born Jozef Lewinkopf in Lodz, Poland on June 14, 1933. He survived World War II as a child in central Poland under a false identity. Jerry Kosinski, which his father gave him. A Catholic priest issued a forged baptismal certificate. The family was allowed them to survive the Holocaust due to the villagers who assisted the Polish Jews.
After the war, Jerry moved with his family to Jelenia, Gora. Graduated at age 22 with a degree in history and sociology at the University of Lodz. Then became a teaching assistant at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also studied in the Soviet Union and served as a sharpshooter in the Polish Army.
In 1957 Jerry migrated to the United States, where he created a fake foundation, which sponsored him. Later he admitted the letters were forged from the prominent communist authorities, worked odd jobs like being a truck driver while he graduated from Columbia University.
Found the lady of his life Mary Hayward Weir, an American stell heiress. Unfortunately, it only lasted four years. She died in 1968 due to brain cancer. She did not put Jerry in her will.
Became an American citizen in 1965. He also wrote The Painted Bird.
Also, he received grants from the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967 and the Ford Foundation in 1968. After the death of his wife, he wrote Blind Date, was he fictionally described his marriage to the heiress.
Jerry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters award for literature in 1970, plus he wrote Being There. This allowed him to become a lecturer at several universities, Yale, Princeton, Davenport, and Wesleyan. He was President of the American Chapter of PEN International (Poets, Essayists, and Novelists).
Suffered from multiple illnesses, one being irregular heartbeat, another was several physical and nervous exhaustion. This led Jerry to consume large amounts of alcohol and drugs, but to ensure his death, he wrapped plastic around his head, caused him to suffocate to death on May 3, 1991.
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Welcome Everyone, I want to share with you about how my first book launch went. It was an experience I won’t forget.
Plus, why is it crucial to promote your book before your launch? And not just for the sales?
Which, I share in the video here. If you want to read about the contents of the video, please see below the video.
I initially set up my book just as an eBook to get my feet wet. Since this was my first book, come to find out I had several people ask me for the information about the paperback. Yeah, though most people switched to eBooks, now I know better.
Luck enough, the platform I had chosen, Draft2Digital. I will explain why I chose them. I wanted a simple platform, basically a one-step so I could focus on other things like the contents and the book cover. Draft2Digital helps with the formatting of the books you choose the one you want from their selection. They get the ISBN for you, which makes it much more straightforward, less to worry about in the process.
Draft2Digital was starting to launch its Paperback side. I immediately signed up on the waitlist. I knew it wouldn’t launch the day my eBook did, and I was fine with that, considering I wasn’t planning to do it from the start. Now I had some information to share with the people that we’re requesting the paperback.
I was so excited to celebrate my first book published. I decided to set up a Launch Party to celebrate. Yes, it was not how I planned it at all.
The next thing I knew, I had to cancel my launch Party.
Because I got sick, like couldn’t get out of bed sick. Four days later, after my launch date, I started to feel better. Getting up, I checked my emails first to see what I had missed. It looked that all my eBooks had gone to their perspective stores, getting online, doubt-checked each store. All was well. My book had launched without me. Next, I emailed to find out about the status of my paperback. I got told they had sent me an email. I reply I didn’t get an email. They told me to find the email and follow the directions.
I search frantically through my emails, for I hadn’t seen an email from them. Boom there it was in the spam folder. Really, every other email went into my inbox only to have one of the most important ones to end up in spam. I approved the proof, and here are the results.
My Paperback Book One in the Elite Series – Dragon Fusion this is the front, then the spine, and the back. The inside has cream-colored paper for easy reading. It also has Dragon’s head at the beginning of each Chapter. A pile of rocks with a sword splits up sections.
You can go to Karen Carnahan. The front page is my books, where you can see the cover as well as about the book. There is a link to the eBook, paperback, and signed paperback for the US only. People outside the US will have to contact me via the Contact page because shipping is different due to your location.
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I hope you will all join me in this fantastic event. Sorry for the short in length as well as in notice. Things unfolded quickly, leaving a short time to prepare. I thank all in advance for taking the time to tune in with us.
My favorite time of year, yeah, I know I have said that before, but I love decorating for the holidays. We have several family traditions we do:
Decorate the Christmas Tree and the house right after Thanksgiving.
Open one present on Christmas Eve.
I love baking all sorts of goodies like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, and other delicious goods.
To ride around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas Lights.
Watch all the Christmas Specials with the little ones.
Visit with all friends and family.
Singing Christmas Songs.
Mail out Christmas Cards to all too far away to visit.
Enjoy the fun things life has to bring, the Christmas Season one of them. Yes, it can be a challenge to get presents for everyone, a financial burden at times. However, with the right frame of mind, it can be extremely joyful. Seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of the little ones how they light up with excitement.
So what are your favorite traditions? Let me know in the comments.
One of my favorite dishes to make when the weather is cooler. It doesn’t take long; it’s filling — something even the kids like to eat without any arguing.
2 C. Chicken
½ C. Celery
½ C. Carrots
½ C. Onions
1 stick butter
¼ Can Evaporate milk
1 tbsp Parsley
1 tbsp Basil
1 tbsp Creole Seasoning
2 tsp Poultry Seasoning
In a large pan boil chicken in water, I normally use leg quarters (cheaper). Now that the chicken has cooked for about an hour, I take out to cool.
Next, I cut up the celery, carrots, onion add to the broth, let them cook till they get soft.
When I have finished removing the meat from the bones, I add the meat, butter, and evaporated milk along with the spices basil, parsley, salt, pepper, creole, and poultry seasoning.
Add water if more is needed.
Stir let boil.
2 C. Flour
1 ½ Tbl. Baking Powder
Dash SaltDash Pepper
1 tsp. Basil
4 tsp. Butter
2/3 Can Evaporated Milk
In a bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, basil, butter, evaporated milk. Mix well; then, I divide it into sections. I pat out on top of my floured cutting board. I cut into small pieces; then I place it into the boiling water. (I don’t like my dumplings thick)
I let the dumplings cook for about 45 minutes.
Then I turn off the stove, letting them sit for about 15 minutes till it cools a bit before serving, makes six bowls (depending on size).
Sorry for the late update, with the holidays going it’s been a bit crazy around here. Since we are now living in a travel trailer, which I think has been one of the best decisions whenever made. We have had to make some adjustments. Like we’re to put the Christmas Tree. There is limited space. It was a challenge, but with a small tree, we made it possible.
Well, here it is in the middle of December. Yes, I did finish the second book Dragon Squad in November. It was like a writing overload. I had to take some downtime. Now it’s time to do a lot of editing. Which I have started to work on, so I can get a head start before Christmas and the New Year!
The first book Dragon Fusion due to comes back from the editor any day now, I am excited.
More people are switching to living in travel trailers either for financial reasons or because they want to travel.
I am here to tell you when I read some of the articles about all the kitchen accessories they recommend; I want to laugh. All the while, I’m wondering where in the world are they storing at the stuff they list.
When my husband started to look for our home, I had one main wish that the kitchen is a good size. I have to say he did a wonderful job. He found a used 1970 Holiday Rambler on Facebook. Yeah, we had to travel from Texas to Louisiana to pick it up, but it was well worth the time and money.
There were some modifications done to it, like the removal of the two twin beds replacing it with a queen bed in the main bedroom. It made for a bit less walking space but much better sleeping. We had to do some changes ourselves, like the removal of a cabinet that the previous owner had built to give us more room. I am happy with our home. We have been living in it for five months now.
It was a chore to decide what to bring from the 1,200 square foot to our now 320 square foot home. We mainly chose the things we use the most. We did our best to make our little home as relaxing as what our big home was. We even brought some of our pictures as well as to give it that live in feel.
At times it can be a challenge to figure out where to put everything, you will need to be flexible for things can change from one day to the next. We noticed right away that the former owner removed the air/heat unit. We got an Energy Saver Air Conditioner, then a Buddy Portable Heater, which works great. We even got the hose to connect it to a five-pound bottle (two day’s running full time), which lasts longer than the portable bottles (four hours running full time). We normally run it at night time to take the chill out of the air, then in the morning unless it’s really cold, we’ll leave it on all night. We set it on top of the counter so that it doesn’t get knocked over by a kid or the dog.
Now for anyone that loves to cook like I do, moving into a travel trailer can be a bit of a challenge trying to decide what to use for cookware. I have to say I have come to love my cast iron pans; they are great for the stovetop, oven as well as outdoor cooking (in the summertime, you will do a lot it if you want to keep your home cool). Plus, they are super easy to clean. Not to mention, you can cook almost anything in them.
The bottom line as to when it comes to your kitchen, it will be up to you to decide what is best for your kitchen, where I got blessed to have a large kitchen with a four-burner stove, microwave, nine cabinets, four drawers and a double door pantry, and the refrigerator which is not a bad size. Not everyone’s kitchen is this large. There was no television, but no worries since most parks have free wifi we watch shows on the computer, being the fact that it is portable we can watch it anywhere.
I would recommend before you take all your bakeware to measure your oven. Travel Trailer, as well as RV’s ovens, are smaller in size, not to mention some use conventional ovens built-in with their microwave.
Plus, I use my large wooden cutting board for many things; it will fit over the sink or the stove so I can use it if I need extra counter space. It’s great for making biscuits on because they don’t stick.
Now I have to say I do have the following in my kitchen that I use daily, Coffee Pot, Knife Set, Pot Holders, Large Trash Can, Kettle, Drying Mat (Dishes), Cooking Utensils, Tupperware (Limited), Plates, Cups, Glasses, Spices (One Cabinet designated we love a bit of spice), and an Extra refrigerator (hubby just had to bring with him) though I thought it took up a lot of space it has gotten a lot of use. The top became a great place for the Christmas Tree.
I also love the fact that there are three closets, two drawers, and a small storage compartment, which is great when you have a family of four living in the travel trailer.
The main fact I have to say about living in a travel trailer is organization; otherwise, you will lose your mind trying to find things, plus a place to put something. Think small, for there isn’t much room.
My recommendations for being organized:
Containers Clear (small & medium) – Great for storage (You can label)
Racks to make split shelving (Great for plates, bowls, cups, spices)
Hooks – great for hanging towels among other things
Bags that Zip – great for clothes/blankets (not being used)
Laundry Bags – Mesh with handle for easy carrying
Portable Washer – This way, you don’t have to run to laundry mat all the time. Not always do the washer and dryers work at the facilities that you stay within. Or if you are off-grid, you still have clean clothes. The only downfall is you have to hang them to dry. In which case, I recommend a foldable clothing rod. (Also saves money).
Living in a travel trailer can be a great reward; it takes some adjustment, especially if you work from home; don’t forget the key is the organization in small proportions… laugh.