Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Anyone want a churro?



We are currently in interim housing as we wait for our house in Georgia to sell (anyone want to buy a house?) so we can buy a house here. Because of that, most of our stuff is in storage. Our apartment is quite small so we only brought what was necessary. 


Yesterday I had the bright idea to make churros. Yum. Good idea, huh?   

I didn’t have my thermometer so I had to guess on oil temperature. And I don’t have any piping tips, but shape isn’t what’s most important about churros, right? I’ll just cut a corner on a Ziploc bag and do little bite size churro poppers. 

Well, it worked. Sort of.   

Some of them were burned on the outside and raw inside. As I adjusted the temperature others came out more even, but my thoughts of little round churro poppers were way off. They looked more like funnel cakes. Which are good. And these were okay. My kids liked them. But they weren’t Churros. They weren't what I had hoped for. I don’t think I’ll be trying to make them again until we have a permanent residence with all my kitchen tools.

Sometimes, when writing, I try to make things work. I might be tempted to just patch something together or put in a sentence or two to avoid rewriting the scene, but there’s no replacing having the correct writing tools in our toolbox. Whether those tools are an understanding of characterization, of world building, grammar, determination, attention to details, or just having the proper computer or notebook. 

Those tools make things better. They help us do things right.

25 comments:

  1. Having followed your blog for some time, my impression is you have the correct writing tools. Cooking is an excellent metaphor.

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    1. Thanks, some days I wield the tools deftly, others...well, not so much.

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  2. I admit that I am definitely dependent on my writing tools to get the job done. Love the metaphor, there are some things you just can't do without the right tools in your belt.

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  3. I think cooking and what it entails is a good comparison for writing and what it entails. Best luck with your future churros, and hope your house sells soon so that you can unpack all your belongings.

    PS: I left a comment for you on my blog in response to your comment about Fado.

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    1. Thanks, I hope so too. I think I miss my kitchen more than anything. Just don't tell my books that.

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  4. Thank goodness with writing you can start from scratch with any draft rather than ending up with burn/doughy results.

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    1. So true. Starting over with cooking gets messy and expensive.

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    2. Hey, I can't comment on your most recent post, but I wanted to send my love. I know what you're going through. It was the same way when my brother passed away. I still can't write about him--even thought he has the most fabulous story to be told! It takes time, eh? Here's to one day!

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  5. Lol! If writing left as big a mess as accidents in the kitchen, I think I would have thrown in the towel long ago ;)

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    1. Well it's definitely a lot easier to delete messy writing than to clean the kitchen.

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  6. How well I know this place! I'm making my WIP work as I type. Well, maybe not right now. LOL! Good luck on the housing front, Sara!

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  7. I love how you put together your churro-making adventure and writing. LOL I have a hard time writing in the perfect state of flow when I feel lacking in the right tools. (Sometimes they're not always readily there, and it could be due to not be in the proper state-of-mind. My muse is quite finicky.)

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    1. State of mind is the best tool of all. If we're in the right state, we can write anywhere, but if we're confused or out of it the writing won't work, no matter what.

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  8. Yum! I do the cooking in my house, and my kids sometimes get the short end of the stick. I would say 80% of my meals revolve around hamburger meat, or chicken thighs. That being said I get complacent in the variety of the meals, and end up hearing spaghetti again?! My writing is the same I get busy and don't take the time to change or evolve. Great post! Thanks for the craving for a churro!

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    1. lol, sorry for making you crave churro's. I'm still kind of craving them. My makeshift 'churros' didn't quite satisfy.

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  9. You can regard your churros experience as a rough draft. It was worth a try to wing it though!

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    1. Heh, some of my rough drafts are worse than the churros!

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  10. Terrific comparison, Sara.... But with cooking/baking and writing sometimes just a bit a tweaking one can create something AMAZING....

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    1. So true, the tweaking and rewriting are what really make things shine.

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  11. I'll eat churros any way they come...mostly. ;)
    Great analogy!

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    1. Well, these were edible....Just not exactly churros.

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  12. I am so, so, so sorry about your grandfather. I know this is a different post, but I just wanted to send some caring thoughts your way. And please don't pressure yourself to write about it yet. You will, when you're ready.Sometimes I think it can actually be harder for writers when something like this happens.

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  13. Ooh, you're brave, messing with hot oil.
    {{hugs}}
    I lost my grandmother a couple of months ago. Also expected, but it's just never easy. {{hugs}}

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