Natasha Duncan-Drake – Author
Pseudonyms: Tasha D-Drake, Tasha Duncan
Natasha is a British author with Wittegen Press and has been publishing genre fiction since 2011. Her work includes everything from horror to young adult fantasy and she has never met a genre she didn’t like. A prolific producer of short stories and novels alike, Natasha currently has over twenty five titles in her back catalogue with further releases always imminent.
Natasha has been writing since she was a young girl ever since she read The Hobbit at Primary School. She is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror in all their forms and is a big advocate of fanfiction as a great tool for writers to polish their skills in a welcoming and supportive community.
Before establishing Wittegen Press with her twin sister, Sophie Duncan, Natasha was a database and systems consultant. She combines these skills with her writing to create and manage her career in the bold new eBook market.
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3 Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
Of course the chocolate has sugar in it, but we're not dumping in huge amounts of refined sugar at the cookie level, so it is much better for us.
- 2 large Bananas
- 1.5 cups / 135g Rolled Oats - I picked up gluten free porridge oats
- 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips (I just used a standard 100g packet of Dr Oetker 70% Extra Dark Chocolate Chunks - which is probably loads too much, but it works 😂 - use vegan chocolate chips if required)
|Waiting, waiting, waiting for them to cool!|
- For those who are metric 350F = ~180C = Gas Mark 4
- The only sweetness comes from the bananas so the riper they are the better IMHO.
- A fork is okay for squishing the bananas, but a potato masher is much faster 😂.
- Mix the oats and banana and then cover them (I bought some silicone stretch lids before Christmas and they are awesome for such things - no more cling film) and let them sit for 20mins or so, so the oats absorb the banana - gives a moister cookie and better structural integrity.
- I baked mine on the lower end at 15mins and they are moist and chewy.
- Try not to eat them all at the same time.😂😂😂
New Blog Layout!So I decided it was finally time for a change and I have a lovely new blog layout. It's still a 3 col one, but it has a new header and I've changed up some of the widgets in the sidebars too.
If you're on mobile I think the only difference you'll see is the header because, for some reason, Blogger sees fit not to include all the sidebars at the bottom in the mobile layout. I'm guessing it's because half the gadgets don't actually work on mobile. For example my blog topics page that uses a gadget doesn't show anything on mobile, so I have had to create a manual one for mobile users.
I've gone for a brighter choice of colours, or rather grey scale with a hint of browns - so it's easy on the eyes, but feels a bit more upbeat.
I have a new header banner which makes me happy too :). The background image is by Pereanu Sebastian on Unsplash, which is also the background for the featured image in this post.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the new layout as much as I do.
💖Best wishes to all 💖
The Joys of Podcasting - A BeginningSo I have been setting up and practising for recording the podcast as Virginia (my erotic fiction alter ego 😘)- which has been fun and a total headache at the same time! 😂
I am using Audition since I have the Adobe suite of applications and I have never used it before, so that's a learning curve. Nothing Adobe ever makes is intuitive, so I've been checking out all the tutorials etc, but their products are very powerful.
I recommend Audacity to those who do not have Audition - it is fabulous and free and I have used it in the past a lot. The only reason I am using Audition over it is that the Adobe suite had full support if I run into anything I or Rob can't solve.
We put up a bunch of anechoic foam above my desk, because my office is in the converted loft which has a sloping roof, so bounce back was a bit of a problem. It's surprisingly warmer in my little spot now too 😁.
Rob also kindly bought me a foam protector for the mic to prevent reflection from behind, and it keeps out ambient noise quite well too. This is what it looks like at the moment. and yes, the pop guard is held on with bluetac - we couldn't clip it anywhere safely.
Yes, that is also a cat tunnel you can see through underneath it 😂.
So far I have tried three mics:
- My old ProSound Podcasting USB microphone
- A Blue Mic Snowball ICE USB microphone that I am borrowing off my sister
- A posh mic with pre-amp, that was not USB
Tip: When connecting a USB mic, plug it straight into the motherboard, not a USB hub or anything similar - it will pick up background noise as a hiss.
Tip: Don't use really posh, sound enhancing headphones when editing - they will mask problems.
Anyone else been podcasting? How have you found it? Or do you have a favourite podcast to share?
As join me as Virginia on: Twitter | Wordpress | Blogger | Podbean | Facebook
Music from https://filmmusic.io
"Moonlight Hall" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)