Category Archives: Writings

Hurray!

It’s December!

That means that NaNoWriMo is officially over!

(FYI: The reason for the watermark below is that I don’t actually own the image, so please don’t steal/take/borrow it. Plus Arrested Development is awesome.)

I WON!!!!!! 😀

That’s right folks, I officially wrote just a hint over 50,000 words of a novel in a month!

I just wanted to write a quick little something to both inform you, oh faithful reader, and say thanks. Thank you for putting up with my lacking posts, for dealing with my constant talk about NaNoWriMo, for all of my tweets with #NaNoWriMo (for those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know what I’m talking about, but for those of you who don’t, you totally should!), and for my coffee -filled, crazy-person, writing-obsessedness that you have bravely endured over the past month.

Now that a few days have passed, I’ve been able to awake from the writing-induced coma and get back in the kitchen! Keep on stopping by to see lots of treats for the holiday season! Or, better yet: subscribe, like my Facebook page, follow me on twitter, or all of the above!

NaNoWriMo Update

Howdy all! It’s the 10th of November (one of the last binary days for a good long time) and NaNoWriMo is in full swing!

I have been busy working on my novel, among other things, and haven’t really had much time to work on a new post so I figured why not combine the two!

That being said, here’s a slight update on how NaNoWriMo is going this year:

Par word count for the day (aka how many words one should have if one does the minimum words per day): 1,667

How many words I have so far: 20,431

How many words I would like by the end of the week: 22,000

Half-way through the novel point: 25,000

Major goal for the week: 25,000

Percentage of how much my cat has helped: 0%

Percentage of how much caffeine has helped: 93%

Percentage of made up percentages: 100%

View from my house the other night:

Percentage of how much I would like to take a nap: 82.5%

Hours sitting on campus today: Let’s see….7:45am-8:50pm, well, that’s over 12!

I guess that’s all I have to share today, I’ll post again as soon as I have something more interesting to write about!

Happy Halloween/November!

November has begun and this year I have decided to challenge myself for the month. That’s right (or, write, hehe) I am participating in NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Basically the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. For more information about it, visit the site.

That being said, I will be pretty busy this month but that doesn’t mean the baking/crafting/photos/art/blogging whateverness will stop!

So, until we meet again, here are some pictures of the Halloween festivities in this neck of the woods. Among the photos are sugar cookies, house decorations, and some of a small party I went to (including a really awesome bread spider!). Enjoy!

Is it just me, or does this guy kind of look like a Simpson’s character with a mask on? Dad made him, so no one really knows what the design plan was…

Happy Halloween and let the novel writing begin!

A Homemade Life: Stories and recipes from my kitchen table

As promised, here is my review for Molly Wizenberg’s “mouthwatering memoir” A Homemade Life:


When I had first heard of this book, I didn’t remember it at all. I’m sure I had seen in on another foodie blog and passed it by, but then it appeared in a care package from home and I knew it was something I had to read right away. Sadly, I was still in school and had to focus on my studies and reading for class than what I actually wanted to be reading. So during that time I clicked on over to Orangette, Molly’s blog, and lo and behold what I found there. Nothing. Honestly, I barely read it because it didn’t interest me from a first glance. I enjoy the fun, bright blogs as can be seen by those on my list of blogs I’m addicted to, but Molly’s was very cut and dry with few embellishments, professional, but not so much fun. This worried me about the book and if it was going to be the same way, but with a huge sigh of relief I discovered I was wrong.

The book was quick, I was able to practically finish it on the flight from New York to Anchorage, so about 11 hours give or take. All I didn’t get to was the last fifteen or so pages, which were just the thing to lull me to sleep that night. Yet what I discovered within its pages was something much more than a person’s simply life story and a few recipes that I would never want to make, as I usually see in books that incorporate recipes.

Each chapter was filled with a new story or two tying food back to Molly’s life growing up at home, or in Paris, and the various memories connected to the dish. I particularly enjoyed reading about her childhood in Oklahoma and the holiday seasons and great events. I only wish I had tissues on me for the chapters concerning her father and his passing, especially because I’m sure the girl sitting next to me was getting really disturbed at the seemingly random tears dripping onto the tray table. And finally, for once in a recipe book (or one not classified as a cookbook) I have found things I want to make. I would love to try her version of french toast, the red cabbage salad that may even bring my stubborn Aunt to like cabbage, and even the classic Hoosier pie.

The book was a great success, both for my own knowledge of food and family, but also for Molly as being a published author, something that at is a large goal for many bloggers and creative writing majors, including myself. Her memoir has caused me to go back to Orangette and give it another go, while actually reading a few of the entries to see if they have the same conversational flow as the book. I am glad to report that the book is basically an extension of the blog that you can take anywhere that internet connection cannot reach. So get your own copy today, curl up on the couch with a nice cup of coffee, tea, whatever your fancy be, and spend some time absorbed in Molly’s homemade life, it is well worth it.

And I am proud to say that from now on Orangette will have its own place in my heart and on my blog, as you can access it from my Blogs I’m Addicted To list. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.