Okay. So this isn’t a chocolate post. This isn’t a cookie post, and I’m sorry for that. This isn’t even a no-bake vegan salted chocolate chunk oat bars made from heaven post, though my hand is crammed into a bowl of them as I type.
This is a writing post and I am dancing a little jig around my computer because I love lurve love talking about writing. It may be one of my favorite things in the world
after eating peanut butter from the jar with a spoon while binge watching Sailor Moon episodes like I’ve been doing for the past two weeks.
What is the Writing Process Blog Tour?
It’s basically a knee-slappin’ good excuse for me–a blogger–to share how I write (duh) what I write (duh) and why I write it (triple duh!).
Ever wonder what my food of choice is when I’m toiling away over a midnight post?
Ever consider the fact that I’m naturally a lot fonder of writing than I ever was of baking? (Don’t worry, I’ll explain!)
Ever ask yourself, What in the name of holy huckleberries does that girl put in her brownies, because her last post was so wacked out, she must be on something!
Yeah, welcome to my life 🙂
This is an especial treat for me because as you may know, I have always been a writer first and baker second, so any excuse to share a little piece of my dark writing corner with all of you is good enough for me! I was nominated by the uber, ultra-talented and super-sweet Kelly from Life Made Sweeter. Thanks, girl! And you can read her own Writing Process Blog Tour Post here.
So sit back, relax, enjoy the food porn I’m including for funsies, and read on!
1. What am I working on?
Oh, oodles of things! At the moment, my biggest venture is my brand new Etsy shop, where I’ve started selling my favorite, most popular snacks to readers, friends, & anyone living in the US. (Sorry, my international friends!) Thankfully, I have been just busy enough with orders to keep me on my toes without going bat crazy–and I am (of course) in the kitchen most days testing new, never-before-shared recipes that I will introduce to the store on the 1st of each month. If you’re interested in receiving updates about my new monthly/seasonal items, you can always favorite my shop here!
Aside from that, I’ve been spending a lot more time lately working with some exciting brands and companies I’ll be introducing in the coming months: working out contracts, getting free samples, taste-testing delicious food, trying out new ingredients–the works. It’s a tough life, being a food blogger, and don’t you know it.
My third project is long-term: WG has experienced some amazing growth in the past 4 months alone (since I started getting a handle on updating social media daily, publishing regular blog posts, joining #SundaySuppers, and growing comfortable with my blogging voice, which is far from stellar but is exactly what it would be like if you suddenly found yourself standing in a room next to me). These days, I’m continually reaching out to new bloggers and establishing awesome friendships along the way, so say hi–I promise I won’t bite! (Unless you happen to be holding a fudgy chocolate cupcake in your hand, in which case…tough cookies.)
Finally, I am working on developing willpower. Willpower around food, willpower around my baked treats, willpower around Sailor Moon, willpower around life.
It is not working.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
In a weird way, my readers come for the recipes and stay for the writing. Not necessarily typical of food blogging, is it?
I am strangely unconcerned with consistency when it comes to talking about my food. Any reader looking for an over-the-top description of the amazing recipe I’m about to share, laden with phrases like “gooey” and “delicious” and “the best cookie I’ve ever made” and “IT’S LIKE THE FREAKIN’ HUNGER GAMES BUT IN MY MOUTH,” is in for a colossal disappointment. That kind of writing doesn’t take center stage in my posts because frankly, I find it a bit redundant, yawn-worthy, whatever. (Well, maybe that last phrase about the Hunger Games, because I do write that way pretty often. #sorrynotsorry)
My motto pretty much sums it up: “Half-baked thoughts on grad student life, served with a side of fully-baked recipes.” My mission in blogging is to spread smiles, get you giggling, charm some chuckles, and serve up a damned good recipe in the process. And if it takes some really random ranting about the obnoxious grunting men who lift 220-pound barbells at the gym--you know the ones–then yeah, I’ll probably share it with you, even if it has zero connection with the fudgy brownies I’ve just photographed.
So my “work” differs because it’s basically one huge pile of TMI and word vomit in the guise of a baking blog, and I love my mutated blog baby all the more for it.
Also, just in case you started worrying after reading all that, the recipes I share are tested like crazy and anything I decide to share on here is the shiz. So yeah–I like that, too!
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because keeping a diary got really lonely after a while? “Dear Diary, So I hope nobody 200 years from now finds this absolutely private piece of written artifact and publishes it in a history textbook, but let me tell you about this embarrassing thing that happened today with this guy…”
Just kidding–I blog because it really does keep me sane to write about grad school worries, baking discoveries, funny encounters, and everything else anyone might ever bother wanting (or not wanting) to read about. It also keeps my creative side sharp and my friends’ tummies happy, so that’s an added plus.
Also, smiles make global warming go away. Wiki it, I’m pretty sure that’s a true statement 🙂
4. How does my writing process work?
Maybe 4 years ago, when I was in my creative writing heyday and completely obsessed with publishing the next Great American Novel, I would read all the writing how-to’s books and try every trick that would boost me to writing fame. 6 AM writing stints, daily freewriting exercises, and a plethora of fanfiction stories with a pretty substantial fan following.
These days, with a highly regimented timetable based on my work, research, and teaching as a grad student, the “process” is squeezing in every crumb and sentence I can before dawn peeks through my window, on late nights when I’m not desperately trying to finish writing a paper or grading. Case in point, it’s 2:10 AM and I’m typing this up because a) I finished my teaching for the week this afternoon, and b) I’m like a demon possessed when it comes to writing. And usually I’ll be wielding a spoon loaded with a giant dollop of peanut butter, which I’ll stuff into my mouth every 10 seconds or so when I need to free up both hands to type.
But yes, the process is a myth. I bake, re-bake, photograph, write, share on social media–sometimes in that order, and sometimes while cursing my neighbors next door who are blasting Blink 182, and sometimes while playing the entire Frozen soundtrack on repeat on my computer. The only thing that stays the same about my writing process is that I actually truly and ridiculously love it every time, so when I’m done editing photos and messing up my kitchen, usually I turn on my computer and do a little jig before I start typing.
And now, to pass along the metaphoric baton of this tour…I’m nominating:
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked: Have you met this girl yet? She is WONDERWOMAN, except a whole lot nicer and a probably damned better writer by a mile and a half. I am dying to see what she would have to say about her writing process, because she’d probably have a lot more interesting things to say than I did. Ha!
Cynthia from Two Red Bowls: She’s a darn busy girl with a whole lot of blog achievements under her belt, so this blog tour might take back-burner for her, but she deserves a shout-out for being one of the bloggers whose writing I admire most. I’m usually so immersed in reading her posts, I’ll forget to do normal people stuff like blink and breathe. It’s kind of a problem, actually, but a wonderful problem that I know I’d love to hear more about.
Uru from Go Bake Yourself: This. Girl. Is. Insane. I have actually fallen off my chair laughing at the kinds of stuff she writes about–and let me tell you now, she writes about everything in this crazy unique style that reminds you of Virginia Woolf’s stream of consciousness but with a heckuva lot more attitude and finesse! It makes absolutely 100% sense to nominate her here!
Okay, it’s been a long day filled with lesson planning and teaching and swimming and then writing this post, so I’m done for now (and it’s only 2:30 AM? Precious me). Want to know something else about my writing process that I didn’t cover here today? Ask me in the comments! (Seriously, I love talking about it…in case you haven’t noticed.)