Browsing All Posts published on »August, 2011«

Tomato and Shallot Jam (Vegan)

August 29, 2011 by


I simply adore this jam. It works with uh, everything. Spaghettis and lamb chops and smoked cheese. For the adventurous, try it warm with vanilla ice cream. – 2 large organic shallots, peeled and sliced very thin – butter – about 1 cup brown sugar (to taste) – about 1 tsp salt (to taste) – […]

How to Edit Fiction – 6 – Disbelief Should be Suspended like Batman over Gotham, not like You over your Bathtub

August 28, 2011 by


You’ll need: your library, the all-powerful key to the ancient catacombs of wonder that is your library (viz., your library card), the internet When I was a little girl, I did this a lot: [Placeholder for photo of a strange man standing on the edge of a jacuzzi tub holding a beer. We hope to […]

The Perfect Words, Chosen

August 16, 2011 by


These deceptively simple words convey this narrator’s personality, his turn of phrase, his outlook on life, even his hobbies. I think the narrator here is Nash himself, given his age at the time the poem was written and the various literary and publishing references (SHRDLU, for example). Notice also Nash’s attention to rhythm and rhyme. […]

Rosemary, Gruyère and Grana Pandano Bread (Vegetarian)

August 16, 2011 by


Just look at that. That’s a work of art, that is. You’ll need a bread maker, but we got ours for $30 — that’s about 18 quid — from Newegg, and it’s been absolutely brilliant so far. In the pan of the bread maker, add, in order, without mixing or stirring: – 1 cup water – […]

How to Edit Fiction – 5 – Dot Yer Eyes, Cross Yer Teas

August 12, 2011 by


Joyous relief, dear friends! Today’s post is the very soul of brevity — and no exercises, to boot. ~~~ ~The Most Essential Thing In Copy Editing~ For heaven’s sake, turn on the editing marks when you’re editing. It makes things approximately eleventy trillion times easier. ~~~ ~Italics, Bold and CAPSLOCK~ Did you know that typing […]