On Writing. (On “I Stole That Title From Stephen King Because He Hasn’t Adopted Me, Yet.”)

I’ve been absent. I know, you’re sad. I’m sad, too. Alas, I was getting used to my new life. Alas, I have a new superfood sushi with spicy sauce recipe for you–and some bitching, so, gird yer loins.

So, I’m kind of a big deal.

Just kidding! I’ve just taken a position as a staff writer at Romper.com. So, while I’ve been getting comfy in that role, I haven’t been on here as much. Also, I’ve been not-so diligently working on a book series that I have alternately worked furiously on, deleted, worked on again, and wanted to toss in the bin forever. But, because I’ve put so many hours in it, I simply can’t. So I’ve been agonizing over it. I’ve walked or ran for MILES trying to figure out my plot holes and tension issues. (Instant love via magical bond? HOW? NO. GO BACK. RE-WORK. BUT THEY’VE BEEN FRIENDS. NO, CAT. STOP. ) My brain is constantly fucking with me.

I love writing. I’ve a decent hand at it as well. I mean, you’re not likely to be hired to do so if you do not. Also, you scamps read this blog right here, so you must be at least nominally entertained.

And I have written SO much academic stuff. Multiple thesis, journal articles, proofs. All of it. And those have been generally well-received, but fiction is terrifying.

You know how people say that having your children is like having your heart walk around outside of your body? That’s kind of what writing fiction is like. Just like you have to develop a skin that allows you to NOT kill anyone who says a harsh word to your children, you have to develop a similar skin to deal with critics. You cannot take it personally, and it feels almost impossible.

And the process? Woosh. It is very fun, but it is also emotionally draining, time consuming, and labor intensive. My book deals with mythical gods and beasts from all over the world. There are wars I have to research, clothing I need to mimic, hair, weapons, technology, societal questions. IT IS A LOT OF SHIT.

But that being said, I fucking LOVE it. I love the research and the gutting myself over my laptop. I love planning what happens next for my characters. It’s all fantastically interesting and fun. It’s just that this series is more gutting less glory. Sometimes I feel like it’s going to all come crashing down around my ears in a heap of ruin. Sometimes I feel like I’ve written gold. It’s exactly as polarizing as that sounds.

So I’ve made a handy organizational chart for you in case you feel the need to write a book.

A helpful organizational flow chart to help determine if you're ready to write a book. Click To Tweet

You’ll need to enlarge it. It’s lengthy. Just like my books. I really think this chart should be on NaNoWriMo.

So, are you ready?

Of course you are. You scamps are pessimistic Penelopes just like me.

Now for that superfood sushi with spicy sauce I was talking about. You have to feed your brain in order for it to work. Foods rich in minerals and antioxidants do JUST that.

Vegan Superfood Sushi for a super yum time! Click To Tweet

Vegan Superfood Sushi with Spicy Sauce
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What Goes In?

  • 1 cup forbidden rice
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 15 nori sheets
  • 2 purple sweet potatoes, baked, cooled, and cut into 1/4" square sticks
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 3 avocados, sliced into long sticks
  • 2 mangos, cut into sticks roughly the size and shape of the sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup washed and dried watercress
  • 1 cup scallions, chopped
  • English cucumber cut into the same shape as mango and sweet potato
  • +for the sauce+
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp chipotle pepper
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp Bragg's aminos

Avengers, Assemble!

  1. Forbidden rice is 1 part rice to 1.5 part water brought to a boil, uncovered, then set to low, cover, simmer 25 minutes
  2. white rice is 1 part rice to 2 parts water, brought to a boil, uncovered, then set to low, covered, simmer 20 minutes
  3. assemble rolls, being careful with the delicate avocado and potato
  4. here is a good primer on how to roll sushi
  5. +for the sauce+
  6. whisk it all together

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