Writing a book

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”   ~Steven Wright

“Write drunk; edit sober.”   ~Ernest Hemingway

Nothing fancy. I am a lot of things, but a proper author is probably not one of them. But, I love food. And photography. Cookbooks, too.

In fact, I have a bit of a cookbook buying problem. There are almost 9 linear feet of shelves in my dining room lined with cookbooks. Those are the ones that are neatly put away. There is usually a pile about 14 inches high in my kitchen with tabbed pages of “active” recipes. It is no wonder my husband asks why we can’t have the same thing twice. Simple answer would be,”I can’t find the recipe for a second appearance!”

Then I borrow cookbooks from the library. Add to all that, the loose sheets of recipes printed from the internet. There are neat piles of those all over my house.

As luck would have it, I have a reasonably good memory for food. It is a bit strange really. I can remember exact dates, who attended a particular business meeting, for example, because I relate it to a meal we shared at a great restaurant.

It is time to start making sense of all these bits and pieces. Some favourite food moments, recipes, photo’s and habits. The way we eat. If nothing else, I’d like to organize it all.

I turned to the internet for a quick, easy and free way to compile everything. A 3-ring binder would be the cheapest, but something that looks like a real book would be better. I found what I was looking for in a program called blurb. It is iPhoto meets comic life with great built-in templates. So far, I am loving it. I have 3 pages done in a test book.

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Now, I run around taking pictures of all sorts of things. The guy re-stocking carrots at the market the other day probably thought I was a bit off. But they did look great.

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The trick will be to condense the book into the most important pages, or it will be $100 per copy. But, for my purposes, the ultimate cookbook with page after page of my favourites, my thoughts and memories is easily worth that price.

Stay tuned.

The Good Life List

This morning my husband and I were discussing my blog. It was a lazy Sunday morning and neither of us had anywhere to go or anything to do. We were snacking on breakfast and sipping coffee. I finally had his undivided attention to ask all the questions I wanted.

But it is not that easy. I can ask all kind of technical questions, but when he gives me the answers, it is like he is speaking a different language. What is the difference between a domain name and a URL? How do I get my own domain name and what should it be? When my husband patiently explains the differences, using my computer and his iPad as the example, my only response is another question. And then he says, “OK so you don’t really understand.”

That was where we started 2 years ago when I started this blog. He promised to help me get it up and running. But when the time came, he claimed to be busy and encouraged me by saying, “you can do it.”

Well, I did figure out most of the basic word press features for myself. My Mom, who operates her own blog, (As I Age) was a better resource. But I am only dipping my toe into the world of word press and what it could do for me. That is a bit of a shame, really.

So today, I jumped into the deep end, (with my husband’s step by step instructions). I got my own domain name and I am running the “pro” version where no advertising should appear. The blog itself has not changed, but I think the line at the top should read http://thegoodlifelist.com

That’s a pretty big deal, because it takes me one step closer to making this blog a reflection of what interests me most. So the timing was perfect. The sun was shinning. The future looks bright.

Look for more tweaks as Spring turns into Summer, and Fall and possibly Winter. It all takes time, of which I am in short supply.