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I write fiction, I make it all up. I tell lies for a living now. Yep, that's what I do. I used to be a more honest person. In my former career I taught school and I prided myself on my honesty. Not so anymore.

My Daddy was a consumate liar. He was famous for it. He'd tell the same lies so many times that he'd believe them himself. I guess I owe my dad for my gift of writing fiction. He taught me to tell stories. I learned  how to embellish the truth.

An idea pops into my head and I run with it. Easy as pie right? I gave up writing historicals because I didn't have time to do the research. But guess what, even writing contemporary fiction requires research, so I spend many hours gathering facts and articles, maps and pictures all to insure that my stories, while fiction, ring true.

Right now I am working on a romantic suspense set during a major snowstorm in the Atlanta area. Guess what I've been researching?

You got it, the great Snowpocalypse of 2014. I've found so many details of that event to include in my story. When I started developing this plot, I had no idea who my hero would work for, so I reached out to a retired military friend for that information. I waited a couple months for the answers to my questions because he had to get permission to give me those answers. Wow, I was impressed. Maybe he wasn't quite as retired as I thought he was.

Once while working on a story that involved agents from the GBI I called the Atlanta office and talked to an agent. He was very informative. I promised him a copy of that book, but haven't managed to sell it, so he's still waiting. Now maybe I'll pull it out and go the indie route, so I can send him his copy.

I've decided historicals might be easier after all, history doesn't change like contemporary times do. Don't even get me started about sci-fi or paranormal or fantasy. Yes, you make it all up. Yes it's fiction. But you still have to get the details right and that means research.

Don't get me wrong, I love the research. I'll waste... uh work for hours researching. Did I mention I majored in history in college? Well, I did and I love research. I love researching and digging up the little details that make my lies ring true. What about you? How do you make your lies ring true?

Most of you know I love to cook. Biscuits are a real weakness, probably because I associate them with my Grandmother. The woman could cook circles around any chef on television. I've been on a quest for the best biscuit and this is the closest I've come to matching Grams.


5 cups (Pioneer Brand) buttermilk baking mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1-1/4 cup 7-up soda
1 cube butter, divided
1 tablespoon bacon grease


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Whisk together the dry ingredients.
Add in the sour cream and buttermilk, stir.
Add 7-up a little at a time, until dough comes together and is shaggy.
Add more baking mix if needed.
Sprinkle a bit of the baking mix on the counter, turn out dough onto counter and gently pat dough into a round about 1 inch thick.
Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter or a glass dipped into flour, begin to cut out biscuits. (DO NOT TWIST THE COOKIE CUTTER)
Melt 1/2 cube butter and bacon grease in baking sheet, only until melted, use a fork to swirl butter and grease together, covering the entire bottom surface.
Place them on a hot baking sheet, sides slightly touching for soft biscuits, or about an inch apart if you like the edges more crisp.
Melt remaining butter and brush the tops.

Bake at 500 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.

If you're fond of your biscuits, I'd like to hear what you thought of trying this recipe.



 One of my quick fix solutions.

 Strangely enough it works for a while. Is it pretty? Nope! Does it let me see traffic on my right? It does for a while. 

Why haven't I repaired the mirror? I used that money to repair other things on the car.
I have heard of women who used duct tape under gowns for beauty pageants years ago. It held things(breasts, I presume) in place, they said.  

Today I suspect there are fancier garments and tapes that work well, but are they as cheap as duct tape? Do they stick better? Hurt less to remove?

Please share your experiences with duct tape! Or tell me your reactions to my uses!

Maybe we should explore the ways we use "duct tape" on our relationships! Check www.Mary Marvella.com to see if I do and add your comments.

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