"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What's Cookin?

Call me an idiot. Go ahead, I can take it. I had my first guest blog today, and I forgot to put a pointer to it from my own blog, which makes it look like it's not as big a deal as it feels to me. It's a huge deal and I'm very grateful that Amy made the offer.

I had shared a carrot cake recipe with Amy Alessio, whose blog, "Vintage Cookbooks", contains recipes that sound delicious. She asked if I would like to guest blog and, of course, I leaped forward without looking and said, "Yes!"

The thing is, Peri doesn't cook. As a matter of fact, when asked about it in one scene, she replies, "I used to think 'peel back cover and cook for three minutes' was an old family recipe." (I may have stolen that joke from Paula Poundstone... or Rosie O'Donnell... or...?) So how could I spin a guest spot on a cooking blog when my protagonist doesn't even know her cup sizes?

As usual, it came to me while I showered: write what would happen if Peri tried to make my carrot cake recipe. It turned out to be a fun exercise. You can read it here: http://vintagecookbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/author-gayle-carlines-carrot-cake.html

It's yummy and it's funny - enjoy!


4 comments:

Author Guy said...

One of my favorite Buffy lines: "My mom is making her world-famous phone call to the chinese place."

Marvin D Wilson said...

Hey thanks - I happen to LOVE carrot cake!

The Old Silly

Stephen Tremp said...

Hmmmmm, going from a dead guy in the freezer to carrot cake. What a master macabre mind. Sounds like a Kathleen Bates moment.

- Steve Tremp
http://stephentremp.blogspot.com/

K. A. Laity said...

Creative solutions are always the best!

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