Leftover Food, Leftover Goals

Flickr photo by Muffet

Flickr photo by Muffet

We have so much food!

An even dozen folks were at our house for July 4th, including MSB and me, but we had enough food for three times that. Muffet’s picture at the left only partially resembles this place: We have two fridges packed, and the freezer won’t hold another thing. MSB and I seem to have only two modes–cooking for two, or cooking for an entire stadium of Texas Aggie football fans. No middle ground for us. Good news is that I don’t have to cook again for quite some time unless we want something entirely different, like vegetarian pizza or a nice tuna casserole.

I did invent a new recipe for the party, though: Brownie Dough Cobbler. It’s yummy and easy to make. Just get your favorite box brownie mix and follow the instructions for mixing and baking. When you think it’s done, pull it out of the oven and let it cool. Then, once you’ve realized the brownies are cooked on the top and raw on the bottom, call the dish a cobbler and serve it with ice cream. Give yourself brownie points if you can serve it with a straight face.

Four-year-old granddaughter had tons of fun putting ribbons in Grampie’s hair and showing him all her toys–which Very Wise Mama brought because Grammie doesn’t have diddley for little kids around here. Sweet Baby kicked up a royal fuss about leaving; she wanted to stay with us. It was a sweet, yet loudly and tearfully expressed, sentiment. She lost the argument with her parents when Very Wise Mama said, “Okay, we’ll see you later. Buh-bye!”

Once the terms were stated, we discovered Grampie just doesn’t rate among the top two of Sweet Baby’s life.

As for last week’s goals of writing my query letter and synopsis, well, I got halfway there. I like my query letter and my three most picky critters seemed to like it too; only one made some changes which turned a good letter into a great one. I’d gladly send it off right this minute if it weren’t for the synopsis.

I keep wondering: really, how hard can this be? All I have to do is compress 300+ pages into three pages and reveal the plot, subplot, conflict, issues, theme, Biblical basis, characterization, action, beginning, middle and end, while making the entire thing read like a novel. Doesn’t that sound reasonable?

What evil tormentor invented the synopsis?!

Since I’m going to Bryan this week to visit Mom, I have today and tomorrow to devote to this sanity-endangering exercise. If I can’t get it done, that’ll put me yet another week late from my goal. But what’s another week? All this was supposed to be done at the end of May, then by the end of June. That’s the thing about self-imposed deadlines. They can all be extended by the same idiot that set them in the first place.

Pray for me folks.

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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5 Responses to Leftover Food, Leftover Goals

  1. Shaddy says:

    All good things come in due time, right? Have I heard that somewhere before or did I bring it into being in a flash of genius?
    Either way, when the time is right, you’ll be ready. Now where did I hear that? Oh dear, it was in a Viagra ad.

    I think I’ll go now.


  2. Walk says:

    Sounds like you’re all prepped now for a celebration party when “Lady” hits print.


  3. pprmint777 says:

    EEEK, Shaddy! You’ve been reduced to quoting commercials! Have evil aliens stolen your brain?

    Walk, I don’t think those leftovers will last that long. But that gives me an idea. I’ll have to think of what I want for my celebration dinner!


  4. K.M. Weiland says:

    Well, at least you won’t have to cook when you get back home. And the brownie cobbler actually sounds pretty yummy!


  5. pprmint777 says:

    It is good–even if it was a baking failure!


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