Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Writers write

Writers write. That's the story. Writers write and those who don't write... read? watch tv? I think about writing a lot. I've often thought about writing THE NEXT BIG NOVEL. I'll get plot ideas and character arcs and story lines. Sometimes I even write these down. But when I sit down to write the story I get nothing. No snappy dialog. No in-depth exposition. No spine tingling intrigue.

I am very good at writing like I am now. I also think I am pretty good at writing recipes. Recipes are just instructions with lists. Those are pretty darned easy. Get this stuff, measure out this much... kind of like being a potions instructor at Hogwarts. Only without the whole Voldemort thing. Can you imagine a Verse where the Ministry of Magic is replaced by Food Network??? Guy Fieri as Defense Against the Dark Arts Instructor. Alton Brown as Dumbledore. Who would be Voldie in this scenario???

But I digress. Writers write. Bloggers blog. Debaters debate. Politicians politic. We do what we are good at. I guess my favorite part of the writing process is research. When I get an idea I will dig into it. Well... dig into it as much as an internet connection and a wikipedia article or two will let me. I'll compile the research. But writing. I'll leave that for the writers.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Throw Together Coconut Soup

So, yesterday the husband started to get the beginnings of a bad cold. We had eaten at this great little Thai place near us and had discovered the wondrous joy that is coconut soup. When he starts to get a cold, the husband craves soup. Usually we go for the hot and sour variety from our local takeout joint, but with the memory of coconut soup in his brain, we had to try and make some for ourselves.
I did a quick interweb search to find ingredients that we would need to get close to the flavor profile of the soup we had at the Thai place and found out that basic coconut soup is really easy.

1 Tbs vegetable oil
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp red curry paste
2 cups chicken broth
4 ½ tsp fish sauce
1 ½ tsp brown sugar
2 cans coconut milk
1 TBS lime juice
1 4.5 oz jar mushrooms
salt if you think you need it

How to cook it.
Once you have all the ingredients, you’re basically just heating everything up.

In a 3 quart pot, saute the powdered ginger and the curry paste in about 1 TBS of oil until fragrant.
Add everything else, stirring constantly.
Bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes until heated through.
Give it a taste and add salt if you think you need it. (the fish sauce is already salty so it depends on your taste.)
Once it’s warm, put it in a bowl and eat it. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

So I Read an Article

So... I read this article...

Well most of an article...

Actually I read all of the article, but I skimmed through a lot cause it got pretty boring there in the middle.

It was about this big city fella from New York City who moved to Texas and found out that blatant homophobia was apparently still a thing.

So now this out and proud bisexual is finding himself forced back into the closet.
He painted with some pretty broad strokes describing his situation.
I know he was trying to shine a light on how hard it is living in the closet and the problems that many people face when being gay can get you fired.
BUT as a gay southerner born and raised in the south what I got was he is trying to say that if you are LGBTQ and lived in the South, you should just move because THESOUTHHASALLTHEPHOBIAS!!!!

And I laughed.
I laughed because how he described this horrible situation made me think of how Charles's co-workers threw us a wedding shower before we got married.

They threw us a wedding shower in his office. His work is cool like that. They let coworkers use the break room for functions like that.

So. Here is a gay guy in Mobile, Alabama reading an article about a bi guy from New York City that moved to (SOMEWHEREIN) Texas and isn't liking the homophobia.

That cake Charles' co-workers got us for our wedding shower sure was tasty.