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Needing Comfort Food


The words were very slow coming today. Yesterday I hammered out about 1,600 words in fairly short order. Today, the production was painfully slow. After long hours at the keyboard, I managed 850 words. I have sore shoulders.

My solution? Comfort food. I found an easy Key Lime Pie recipe. I happened to have a bag of key limes and a graham cracker crust. The rest I improvised.  It’s in the oven now.

Oh–there’s the buzzer! Check Twitter, you followers. I tweeted the recipe.

Quotations to Start the New Year


Want 2013 to be a good year? Then prepare for it! Make it so!

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

–Stephen King

“It’s not the will to win that matters. Everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

–Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good, and then work to get better.”

–Paul Coffey

“Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want.”

–Brian Tracy

“Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

–Seneca

Banana Curried Cauliflower


This morning I was perusing my collection of recipes clipped in the past for use someday. Someday is tonight.

I spotted a recipe card for Banana Curried Cauliflower that I have had in my possession for more than ten years, yet never used. For the average American, this dish sounds exotic. It certainly isn’t meat and potatoes. Mention to a friend in casual conversation that dinner includes Banana Curried Cauliflower and watch for the dumbfounded look on the friend’s face.

The point is an author needs to serve up the literary equivalent of Banana Curried Cauliflower once in a while. It shakes up writing rituals and creative habits one has acquired. Further, it pushes an author’s limits outside the comfort zone.

This is what I have been doing with my sudden fiction stories (using the song prompts) on this blog. I am trying out new characters, topics,  voices, and writing styles. I want to see if any of it fits me as an author.

Tonight, after eating my interpretation of the cauliflower recipe, I may chuck the recipe card in the trash, or I will write personal remarks on the card before placing it into the permanent recipe file.  An author will act similarly with a newly concocted exotic-for-him work.

By venturing beyond the commonplace, both diner and author  expand personal experience upon which to call in the future.