As a writer who has boiled pans and teakettles dry, and received both second-degree steam and contact burns, I feel I have become an expert in trying to stay alive while cooking. Since I now prepare most of my food from scratch, learning to do it safely was crucial.
When are you going to replace those old, dangerous oven mitts? Get yourself something that will actually protect your absentminded self. Oven mitts come in heavy duty, top flight silicone with washable liners, like the Mastrad A823305 silicone oven mitt with cotton lining. (I love that number–it’s like a turbocharged oven mitt.)
How Like a God by Brenda W. Clough What would it be like, to get absolute power? Would you wear a cape and fight crime? Rule the planet? Or perhaps you would be like Rob Lewis, and watch your world … Continue reading
Writer Nancy Jane Moore pursued both the law and martial arts with equal vigor, applying their lessons to many areas of her life. She found that questions of justice, fairness, and equality were extremely important to her. This led to her championing low income housing, food co-ops, and working as a legal editor. As she puts it, she didn’t become rich from the law. However, she is a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, both teaching the art and expanding her own knowledge of it. Here at Book View Cafe we suspect she is secretly a superhero.
Her approach to fiction is equally mind-bending.
(Picture from Io9’s site here.) I ‘ve been interested in Neanderthals for years. The idea that there was a previous form of human being– not quite like us but close enough to talk to– that used to live essentially next door was … Continue reading
(Subtitled: Novel plotting edition) My short story assignments haven’t come yet. This is good — it means I’ll finish the current novel before they arrive. In the meanwhile, I’ve been working on another novel as well. I’ve often said that … Continue reading
(This post was originally published at the author’s website, Hahvi.net.) So…I recently finished a very rough draft of The Red: Trials, the follow up to my near-future thriller The Red: First Light. There is A LOT of fixing up, figuring … Continue reading
I know more than one writer who has boiled kettles or saucepans dry, burned things in the oven, or cut off a fingernail chopping vegetables. As an expert at trying to injure myself, I am offering up a few suggestions in basic kitchen–and writer–survival. (Readers, I’m talking to you, too!)
By Brenda W. Clough The besetting difficulty with the trilogy form is the middle volume. Or, in the case of The Hobbit, it’s the middle film. To inclue the new reader or viewer, yet without boring the returning fan. To … Continue reading
My favorite bio in the Book View Cafe bookstore belongs to Vonda N. McIntyre. It reads (in full): Vonda N. McIntyre … writes science fiction. That’s pithy and to the point. Vonda does indeed write science fiction. Very good science … Continue reading
WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? • What … Continue reading