Books In Print & Gluten Free Bread

Hello all!

How are things going? Enjoying the weather? How are the kids? Oh, did you hear that ***insert political or news thing here***? That’s so awful, I just can’t believe it!

Just letting you all know, I finally got around to setting up the paperback version of Beyond Freedom on amazon, as well as the paperback version of Malicious. So if you were wanting those, they are available now.

Originally, the reason I didn’t set up the paperback version of Beyond Freedom when I released the ebook was because I was using Createspace for my paperbacks back then, and Amazon bought them out. There was a timeframe when they were switching everything over from Createspace’s site to the KDP site, so I couldn’t do it right then. As for Malicious, I just plain forgot to do it.

I’m so terrible.

But don’t you just love holding a paper book in your hands? I know, I love ebooks too! I listen to audiobooks. Books in all forms are wonderful, but there are times when you just want the physical copy in your hands. In an ebook or audiobook you can’t easily flip back a dozen pages and find the name of that guy the main character bumped into on the corner.

And there is just something about a physical book that sucks you in more, too. Plus, how many times have you started reading an ebook and kind of forgotten the story title, what the cover looked like, or details like that? Especially if you read it over a period of several days.

There is a discoverability bonus with physical copies, as well. I don’t know about you all, but I reread books sometimes. I’ll see it on the shelf and be reminded of it and want to flip through it again. That doesn’t happen as much with ebooks. They aren’t there, physically staring you in the face. They don’t have the “pick me up and open me” vibe that a physical copy does.

At least that’s my feeling on things.

So we got the breadmaker, and I’ve been trying to make bread with it. I even tried the recipe that came with it, though I had to substitute to different gluten free flour.

The recipe it came with did not turn out well at all. To top that all off, the mild allergy I have to yeast turned out to be a fairly strong allergy, which didn’t help matters. Let’s just say I didn’t really enjoy that bread as much as I thought I would. I’ve never noticed an allergic reaction to yeast before, even though I did test mildly allergic. So now I know I really need to avoid yeast, which is one good thing that came from that first loaf.

My second loaf also didn’t turn out as well as I hoped. I tried making it without yeast, but it was kind of flavorless and did not rise at all. I’ve made yeastless breads before, and they will rise a little. Not this one.

Having learned from the first two attempts, my third attempt is much better. More water, more sweetener, and I added some vanilla. It did rise some, tastes a lot better, and actually did okay in the toaster. I’m getting close.

So yeah, you were all wondering, I know. So fascinating, right?

Everyone have a great weekend!