November 12th, 2004

buddha virgin

Eye on the Horizon Poll

Poll #383366 What Should Junglemonkee Write Next?

Which of the following projects should I concentrate on next?

A. The adult story that involves corporate gladiators, spying involving using other people's bodies and all of which depends on a large amount of conspiracy theory.
The young adult story that takes place in the enchanted house where every room is a separate world where the heroine faces challenges.

Each of these projects involves many separate stories. How should I write it?

Make a bunch of separate short stories/novellas.
Write it as one long story with a lot of chapters.

With a little extra push, I can finish the current Nano by next Friday. Should I add this to the end of my file, upping my word count and solidifying the Mighty South Bay as the Word Count Capital of the Earth?

That would be cheating, so don't do it.
That would be cheating, so absolutely do it.
Don't you have some life outside of Nano, you loser?
five chickens

Cookery Memery

Slurped from cumaeansibyl

How did you learn to cook? Who taught you? Did you teach yourself? Are you a good cook? Do you like to cook, or is it a horrible chore for you? Do you cook best in your own ethnicity, or another popular style? What's the worst or best thing you've ever cooked?

I watched my mother cook when I was very little. I participated in the jam making and bread making and the cooking of mass quantities of soups where everyone had to chop and add stuff and help fill the giant soup pot. And then, when I was 12, my parents started making us kids cook the dinner every night. We were supposed to make things that were interesting, nutritious and cheap, and the only "help" we got was the criticism of 6 siblings and our parents at the dinner table.

At this stage of the game, I'm a fabulous cook. I've spent a lot of time figuring out what goes with what and researching new and interesting combinations of flavors. I love to cook and have finally moved into a house that has a kitchen that compares favorably to a small restaurant's.

I can cook anything, but my best is Mexican (my own ethnicity). My husband makes amazing Indian food.

My best meals are simple - chicken pot pie. Hominy sweet potato soup. Corn crepes. The worst thing I've ever cooked was a batch of meatballs that had some seasoning that made them taste like a cleaning product and wouldn't stay together while I was cooking them. I ended up with a pan full of inedible mush that frustrated me so much that I literally threw them against the wall.

I make a great many meals that are unremarkable, but when pressed I can make miracles.