Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Honey & Balsamic Salad Dressing (Vegetarian)

May 23, 2011 by


We’ve been trying to save money recently. There are some lovely, cheap restaurants around here, but it still doesn’t count as “saving money” to spend $5.00 on a burger and fries, even if that burger is freshly cooked, made with good ingredients, and is really quite nice. So we went to a box store, bought […]

A Celebration! On the Completion of my First Draft

May 17, 2011 by


A facebook conversation between the Love of my Life and me. (Please note: I am not attached to Tamil film star Rajnikanth. LofL’s facebook currently sports an image of Rajni from the film “Endhiran” as its profile picture.) Wishing you all a happy First Draft Day! May yours be as rewarding as mine.

Fantasy, bildungsromane, and liminality

May 17, 2011 by


Oogs again. Here to talk about the common use of younger (teenage) characters in epic fantasy, study the downsides and upsides of this approach, and look at characters on the threshold of one thing or another. 1. Hazards of Mixing Genres I’ve run across a few epic fantasies lately that were bildungsromane, which leads me […]

Alice’s Dad’s Nummy Bison Burgers

May 15, 2011 by


For Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds. My dad made these with sirloin he ground himself. They’re really nice with Weissbier. He left out the butter (anti-fat crusader) and didn’t use rocket. I occasionally wish to marry the tastiness of bison with the juiciness that comes from grilling away fat, so I add butter. It drips away […]

Steak Tacos

May 13, 2011 by


The smallest steak I can get in a restaurant around here is 8 oz. I can fit that in my stomach quite happily (at first) but considering the recommended size for a meal is half that and considering how full I am afterwards, I really shouldn’t. But I love steak and salad dinners, and I […]

Childhood’s Books

May 11, 2011 by


Hey all! I’m The Oogle or Oogs, sometimes “Writing Machine”—whatever. I’m a friend of Alice’s from our writing group, and she’s kindly invited me to be a guest contributor here, talking about…whatever it is I have to say, I guess. And I don’t promise it’ll be interesting. Anyway. Today I’m going to talk about the […]