Oops, there it ain’t. Looks like I dropped the ball on my post-a-week promise. Damn. Apologies all around.
So, did anyone try the fudge recipe? It’s good right out of the freezer, but I found the way I like it best is after it’s been sitting in my lunch bag for about 8 hours. It melts as soon as it touches your tongue. Mmm-mm-m. Not very fudge-like, but oh-so-tasty. I know I mentioned I might share the non-cheese cheesecake recipe, but I didn’t get around to making it again until last night and I just threw things together without following an actual recipe.
Which, coincidentally enough, is how I tend to write. I start out with a few main ingredients and some idea of what I’d like the final product to taste like, throw stuff in a bowl, and POOF!
Of course, the final result isn’t always what I’m after, but I just make adjustments and try again. Or I decide it really is a complete fail and it goes in the dumpster, never to be resurrected.
I sometimes envy those writers who have a concrete recipe and stick to it right to the end. Times like now, for instance, when I’m struggling a bit with a rewrite to the end of my anthology submission. The editor liked it well enough the way it stood, but felt it could be better with a bit more tension in the last third and a couple other minor changes. I couldn’t argue his points, so set about tweaking while still trying to keep it a short story.
I’ve mentioned how terrible I am at these, right?
Yeah. A time or ten.
Anyhow, about last week… outside of Life on the Farm and a couple unexpected projects, I found myself floundering on the edge of a funk. Once again, it is of my own making. It’s that too-many-irons-in-the-fire thing, and then feeling overwhelmed, and then getting pissed because I’m accomplishing nothing as I flit from thing to thing, and then feeling like running screaming into traffic just because.
It’s okay. I know what I need to do in these instances. I need to make a list (which is usually accomplished in an old school manner by the guy in my head), prioritize it, then tackle one item at a time with all my focus instead of SQUIRREL!
Oops… ah… sorry. Where was I? List… prioritize… finish things. Ah. Yes. Like that.
Off I go, to attempt just that. Hopefully you’re all having a better Monday than mine, which started off a bit rocky with a panic-attack because I thought I missed an important deadline which I didn’t realize was actually not until next week until I almost made myself late for the dayjob. I followed that up with a minor altercation between a cup of walnut milk and the microwave. And topped off that illustrious start by arriving at work with hay in my hair from morning chores. At least I didn’t have a meeting.
Have a great week! I figure mine can only go up from here.