Charlie was like, “Why did you do this?” And I was like, “I just wanted to.” And he was like, “Okay.”
The secret to a happy marriage: Know when to say, “Okay.”
I was staying with Mom while she recovered from pneumonia and from the upper respiratory infection she picked up at rehab, and I wanted to COOK SOMETHING. So I made crackadoos (known to most as crackers).
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1/4 cup cold vegan margarine
- 1/3-ish cold water
Mix flour and margarine until all the flour is incorporated but not all the margarine lumps are smoothed out. Add the water a bit at a time until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough out VERY THIN. Cut the dough into squares or rectangles or any damn shape you please. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet. If you like, brush the top with butter and sprinkle with salt. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake at 400F for about 15 minutes. Take the crackers off the sheet and cool them on a rack.
Here’s an even easier recipe from Little House Living that I might try next time. Then again, these were so yummy, I might stick with this recipe.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character makes something cheap to buy and readily available and easily done without. Why? What do others think of this? Does your character care?
I’m doing the A-to-Z April Blogging Challenge again this year. Sometimes I do a theme, and sometimes a theme just grows as I goes. We were supposed to do our theme reveal yesterday, but I was waffling and it was Writerly Day, and I ran out of gas and my car broke down and I didn’t have money to call and the dog ate the blog post.
ANYWAY, here’s my theme reveal only one day late. My theme this year is going to be Characters In Voice. Each day (except Caturday and Sample Sunday) a character from one of my books will blog for me. I’m pretty sure the cats would object to my taking their blogging day away from them, and Sundays are exempt from the challenge, so I’ll use Sundays to post a sample of my work, as usual.
I hope you enjoy my April theme. If you have a favorite character of mine you’d like to hear more from, speak up and I might swap out the one I have scheduled for the one you prefer.
I’m posting at Fatal Foodies today about a cocktail I invented and indrinkted.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character loses a job they thought was a certainty.
I’ve said that you don’t want to overwhelm your reader with extraneous detail jumbled all over the foreground of your book. I’ve said that detail woven unobtrusively into the background can enrich the reader’s experience.
Now Imma tell you about unimportant details that aren’t – or weren’t – actually vital to the story but have been used to brilliant effect.
Good Duck #1 Anne’s red hair
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES‘ heroine was an orphan with red hair. That could have stayed in the background, referenced in passing now and then just to remind the reader. Instead, Anne’s red hair is used almost as a symbol of her status as an orphan; it’s not just a detail, but is part of who she is. She’s morbidly sensitive about it, and Gilbert’s calling her “Carrots” is a major event in the book and in their lives.
Good Duck #2 Mma Ramotswe’s size, beverage, transportation
In THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY, we meet Precious Ramotswe. She’s “traditionally built” (large), drinks red bush tea, and drives a tiny white van. None of these are necessarily important but, again, they become symbols of who Mma is. Mma is traditional in many ways, even though she has followed her father’s advice and sold her legacy cows to open a business usually dominated by men. Red bush tea is not just African, it’s local. Her loyalty to her tiny white van, just big enough and no bigger, brings her together with the man she eventually marries. It also serves to highlight a positive trait that doubles as a flaw: an unthinking loyalty to the past that can turn into an unwillingness to change for the better.
Good Duck #3 Piggy’s specs
In LORD OF THE FLIES, one of the main boys, Piggy, wears spectacles. They didn’t need to be anything but a tag to (along with his overweight, his asthma, and his dull ordinariness) differentiate him from the others. But Golding makes them a symbol of technology, useful for starting a fire for cooking and signaling for help. Their loss is devastating, and their destruction signals a willful descent into sub-human barbarism.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Pick a random detail in your work in progress and think about how you could make it important. I’m not challenging you to DO anything about it, just play with the idea.