Monday, January 23, 2017

Dog sweater/villains

It’s cold here in California! We need the rain but my poor dog is getting older and seems to feel the cold more this year. I’m making her a dog sweater using 3-color Tunisian crochet and the general dimensions of this dog sweater pattern on LionBrand.com.

On the writing front, I’m working on the 2nd book in my Lady Wynwood series and trying to figure out my villain. I find I go to movies, TV, and novels for inspiration—I think real-life “bad guys” are too complex, psychologically, for me to use as fictional inspiration. Do you have favorite villains in movies, TV, or fiction? I could use some ideas.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy New Year!

Yeah, it’s been a while since I last posted but I assure you, I am not dead. :)

I decided to jump-start my running again, and since I don’t run consistently if I’m not training for an event, I signed up for the 2017 Honolulu Marathon. It’s going to be harder this time since I’ve gained so much weight since the last time I ran (maybe 10 pounds?) and I have to take care of my ankle, which I sprained at the last marathon in 2010 and it still has a bit of scar tissue. However, I’m going to a chiropractor about that and my ankle seems to be doing well. I’m also armed with KT Tape and Rock Tape, Phiten discs, ankle wrap, and massage cream. Please send a prayer for me that I can be consistent in my training and not get (more) injured.

I’m getting The Spinster’s Christmas translated into Japanese! I was able to hire a woman from my church who is a professional translator, and she is doing about a chapter every 2 weeks. Now I have to figure out how to format an ebook in Japanese, with vertical text and running left to right.

I am also getting anime-type illustrations done for the book so it will be like a Japanese light novel. This is my first time working with an illustrator and so far the drawings have been really good. The Japanese version will be released in three volumes, so I had three covers done, and the illustrator is doing a black and white illustration for each chapter. Here’s a preview of one of the covers. Isn’t it awesome?

As for writing, I’m working on the second book in the Lady Wynwood series and hope to have that done by April or so, and then it’ll go into editing. I will also have that second book translated into Japanese. If I can, I’ll also have illustrations done for that one, too, and the illustrations will be released with the English-language version.

And for those of you wondering, I do hope to return to the Gentlemen Quartet series after I finish this book in the Lady Wynwood series. I have 3 other books (loosely) plotted for my musical Gentlemen.

If you belong to my email newsletter, you'll be sure to hear when the next book (Gentlemen Quartet or Lady Wynwood) is available.

That’s what’s up with me? How can I pray for you?

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Cayenne Pepper Chai Tea for Allergies

I had a really bad allergy attack yesterday (so did Captain Caffeine) and so I did some internet searching and found this article on cayenne pepper tea to clear sinuses from allergies or colds.

However, being a wimp about pepper and also knowing that my stomach is rather sensitive to it, I knew I couldn’t take a tea like that straight even with food, so I came up with this recipe to disguise the pepper in Chai Tea, soften it with milk, and adding extra honey. Also adding the cayenne in twice the amount of hot water (from the original recipe in the article) helped make it less painful.

The article also warns about this, but drink this tea with food. I ate some Snyder’s pretzels in between sips and that helped to keep my stomach from getting upset by the pepper. What also helped was drinking some baking soda in a glass of water. If you have problems with acid reflux, I wouldn’t suggest you try this recipe.

Also my lips were burning pretty badly from the pepper, but my throat and tongue weren’t too painful. Warning: the pepper sinks to the bottom, so either keep stirring/swirling as you drink it and/or don’t drink the last 1/4 cup.

It took at least a cup of the tea, but about 10-15 minutes after drinking it, my nose ran like a marathoner and my sinuses cleared. However, I had to drink the tea again in a few hours when they stuffed up again (darn allergies!). I’ve been looking for a way to naturally clear my sinuses when I have a sinus headache ( as opposed to taking Sudafed), so the next time I have a headache, I’ll be trying this tea.

As for the specific tea I used, I like Adagio’s Masala Chai tea because I like the flavor of the tea blend the best out of the types I tried. However, as Captain Caffeine likes to point out, I am a bit of a tea snob and have higher standards for how my tea should taste, so a cheaper Chai tea would work fine.

About Adagio: I drink a lot of Chai tea normally because I enjoy it, so I buy it from Adagio in bulk and it’s relatively inexpensive. I also like Adagio’s Jasmine tea, Genmaicha, Berry Blues (non-caffeinated), Mango Melange (non-caffeinated), and Matcha. If you’ve never tried Adagio Teas and you’d like a free $5 gift certificate, send me an email through my website (www.camytang.com) and I can have Adagio email it to you. (Make sure your email address is spelled correctly.)

Cayenne Pepper Chai Tea

1 tablespoon loose Chai Tea or teabags for 2 cups (you can also use decaf tea for decaffeinated version or see below)
honey (to preference)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup milk

Steep the tea in about 400 mL (less than 2 cups) boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea/teabags and add honey to taste (I added closer to 2 tablespoons of honey). Add cayenne pepper and stir. Add milk.

Lower caffeine version: Use more than 1 tablespoon of tea (I use 1.5 Tb). Add about 200 mL boiling water to tea, steep for 30 seconds, and throw out the hot tea. Then add 400 mL boiling water again to the wet tea and steep for 5 minutes.

Monday, May 09, 2016

How can I pray for you?

Photo credit: lalalime.blogspot.com
I asked God to make me a prayer warrior, and I realized I was missing out on the chance to pray for all of you, my online friends! So how can I pray for you? I will try to remember to post this at least once a month so I can pray for you.

Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. Also please be sure to fill out the form again to update me if you sent me a prayer request in the past. I’d love to hear how you’re doing.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Chihayafuru live action film - "Flash" by Perfume

My favorite manga right now is Chihayafuru by Suetsugu Yuki (you can watch the anime Chihayafuru for free on Crunchyroll., it’s also one of my favorite anime series). The series also got two live-action films (a part one and a part two), and I happened upon the promotional video for the movies which features the J-pop song “Flash” by Perfume. It’s a really catchy song and I love it! I bought it on iTunes. The cover art for the single was drawn by the manga artist, Suetsugu Yuki!


Flash - Single - Perfume

Here’s the PV:


I so want to see these movies! Well, subtitled, since I don’t understand Japanese. :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sword Art Online - "A Thousand Years"

This is another music video with clips from Sword Art Online, and I think it shows a different progression of scenes of Kirito and Asuna’s romance. You can watch Sword Art Online on Crunchyroll.

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