Friday, October 15, 2010

Explanations

Folks, I didn’t mean to drop the ball. I’ve cooked several interesting meals from the Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen over the last week but one day I realized I’d never finish writing my book if I didn’t cut back on the blogging. In the morning I’d write a blog post and if I was happy with it I’d have this swell feeling of accomplishment that eroded the motivation to write anything else and the day would be lost. I can't afford to lose any more days. Hell, I can’t afford to lose any more hours. There’s the small matter of the deadline, plus, if I don't finish the book soon, I will become mad. Writing a book is like driving all alone through a long dark tunnel that you’re not sure is ever going to end and might, in fact, never end.  By contrast, blogging is like zipping around in a convertible on a sunny day, waving to people. I can not tell you how I miss the daylight.

My last four meals have consisted of BLTs made with Ethan Stowell’s home-cured bacon and his homemade mayonnaise, which is absolutely lovely. I could eat it by the spoonful.  It turns out that two things you can’t do while you’re finishing a book -- or at least I can’t -- are diet and blog.

Back very, very soon, I hope.

11 comments:

  1. Georgia Jewel10/15/10, 3:49 PM

    Okay, Tipsy. Go finish your book so I can buy it and brag that I've been reading your stuff for years before you got rich and popular.

    You're gonna do great!

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  2. I figured out you were finishing the book. I am trying to finish the intro to mine as we speak --boring, academic stuff--, but I counted on your entries for my breaks! Now with you and other food bloggers writing books (eg. Luisa Weiss), I am forced to keep my interruptions to a minimum.

    Oz

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  3. Hooray! An excellent reason for taking a break. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Just think how great the sunlight will feel after the tunnel. Can't wait to hear about the cookbook, but even more--can't wait to hear about your book. You need to come do a reading in Philly when the time comes!

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  6. That's just the best description of book vs. blogging ever. Zipping around in a convertible waving! love it.

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  7. Maybe you need some guest bloggers, like perhaps your daughter. I'm still wondering what the final rankings were for her chocolate chip cookie contest.

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  8. Can't wait to hear about your book when its done and have you back here as well.

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  9. Okay, how about one post every week, just so we have some incentive to keep checking? :) Best, Ida

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  10. T-
    I MISS your blog posts, but am glad you're focussing on your book. I hope it is going well. The following link made me think of your daughter's quest for the best chocolate chip cookie.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/food/archive/10/11/recipe-flour-bakery-cafe-chocolate-chip-cookies/66155/
    GOOD LUCK!
    m

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