Daily Archives: February 1, 2015

Fun Food Friday — The Hawaiian Shrimp Truck in Your Kitchen

I am DEFINITELY going to have to give this one a try.

R. Doug Wicker — Author

Fresh off the Hawai'ian Shrimp Truck?  You would think so! Fresh off the Hawai’ian Shrimp Truck? You would think so!

Instead of Fun Photo Friday I’m going with this week’s Hawaiian food theme and presenting a Fun Food Friday. Today I’m going to show you how to make at home that divine Hawaiian Food Truck staple, Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp. You won’t believe how quick, easy, and tasty this dish is.

Ever wish you could get that true, fresh, off-the-truck Hawaiian garlic shrimp taste in the comfort of your own home? Here’s my attempt at doing just that, and it came out tasting very authentic indeed.

Ingredients Ingredients

What you’ll need:

  • 2 pounds of shrimp
  • 1 ½ heads of garlic
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ heaping tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. table salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ stick (4 tbsp.) of butter
  • 1 lemon (optional)

Peel, rinse, and pat dry the shrimp.

Prepped shrimp and peeled garlic Prepped shrimp and peeled garlic

Peel and chop…

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A is for Anywhere…

I’ve always liked the idea of being a hack.

Some folks think of the term as being derogatory – as in “He is such a cheap brainless hack. Why doesn’t he write ad copy, or political speeches, or graffiti in public washrooms?”

According to Wikipedia – (the god-site of all useful, useless and often time dubious knowledge) – a HACK WRITER is a term used to refer to a writer who is paid to write low-quality, rushed articles or books “to order”, often with a short deadline.

Or, in the case of a fiction writer, the term is used to describe writers who are paid to churn out sensational, lower-quality “pulp” fiction such as true crime novels or bodice-ripping paperbacks. So-called “hack writers” are usually paid by the number of words in their book or article; as a result, hack writing has a reputation for quantity taking precedence over quality.

And what's wrong with a little bare-knuckled pulp action, anyway?

And what’s wrong with a little bare-knuckled pulp action, anyway? Click this slightly-modified cover to take you to a collection of old-school heroic Appalachian fiction entitled HILLS OF FIRE and why don’t you grab a copy?

Me, I think about those midnight gypsy cab-drivers. Those fellows driving around the city in vehicles that have begun to resemble some sort of odd four-wheeled beetles – crawling from point A-for-Anywhere to B-is-for-Better-Get-Out-Here.

To my mind driving a hack is nothing more than another way of putting a bit of bread and beer on the table.

There is nothing wrong with that.

Another way to think about the word “hack” is thinking about the lumberjacks of old, felling mighty trees.

Like this guy!

(or maybe not…)

If you would like to read a bit more on this topic why don’t you check out indie-writer Russell Blake’s blog entry THE PHILOSOPHY OF BEING A HACK!

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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First – READ THIS!

With a tip of the hat to good buddy Robert Stanek


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Steve Vernon

If you enjoyed this blog entry or any of the others that I have posted this week – why don’t you do one of the very best things that you can do for an indie writer and pick up one of my e-books?


Steve Vernon on Kindle!

Steve Vernon on Kobo!

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 026 – Important Things To Know About eBook Publishing

All right – so it is the first of February and for many of us – especially us Canadians – our outlook is one of deep snowbanks and many, many layers of ice. Winter is a time for hibernation and massive binges of comfort food.

However, as an indy-writer I DO NOT have the time to hibernate. Winter, for me, is a time to try to push more e-books out there to more markets. It is a time for working on my marketing and promotional techniques. It is a time for research and taking the time to get my book out to a few more markets.

One of these markets that I have been neglecting to exploit is Google Play. Today I have decided to begin exploring the possibilities of selling e-books through Google Play – and it is thanks to the information in this all-encompassing Kobo Writing Life blog entry that I feel that I have the necessary confidence to begin learning about selling e-books on Google Play.

So – how about it folks?

How many of you writer-types out there sell on Google Play? How many of you do well on Google Play?

Kobo Writing Life

AuthorMarketingInstituteKobo and Kobo Writing Life have long been known for being open, social and collaborative. And this episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast is no exception. In fact, to start 2015 off on the right foot, we thought it would be useful, in our ongoing communication with authors regarding the importance of making your work available on multiple platforms, and not just on Kindle, to help with that.

This episode contains a collection of tips curated from the Author Marketing Podcast by Author Marketing Institute founder Jim Kukral covering tips and things you might not know about publishing a book to Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble), iBooks (Apple) and Google Play.

Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre sets up the various clips from Jim’s fantastic podcast. The tips that Jim shares are from the following original podcasts

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