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Monday, December 08, 2008

Things not to do when making bread:

Only add half the water you're supposed to.

And the saddest part? It actually took me a minute to figure out what was wrong! At first I just assumed the dough was a little more floury than usual, which happens, but then I noticed exactly how much flour was lying around (a lot!) and realized what I'd done.

I hope the dough can be saved, but I'm not sure. I love making cakes and cookies and all that, but making bread is an exercise in suspense. Every time I make it, I never know if it will work or not--sometimes I get gorgeous, high puffs of dough. And other times I get rocks that won't rise at all. You'd think that flour, yeast, salt, water, and oil would be a can't miss kind of thing, wouldn't you?

Oh well, I guess we'll see what happens in about an hour and a half or so....

Moving along, I want to thank everyone who came by the book signing on Friday night--it was great to see you, and thanks for braving the cold! I also want to say congrats to Hilary, who won last week's contest. (And I know you're all sick of the reminders, but please, *please* if you enter a contest, make sure you leave a way for me to contact you!!)

And here's some stuff for you to read:

Caitlin Flanagan looks at the success of the Twilight series -- and on a sort of related note, is anyone else surprise that the director of the Twilight movie won't be back to make the next one?

You might already know this, but things aren't looking great for publishing right now--check out this tidy (and depressing) summary of what's going on.

John Scalzi also discusses the situation, and has some advice for how people can help. (His advice is easy to spot--look for a four word sentence. Trust me, it's hard to miss!) -- And I have to say, books do make excellent gifts. They're what I ask for every year! (Okay, every chance I get.)

Jeff Abbott has some serious dedication when it comes to writing -- the next time I feel like I don't have a second to write, I'm reading his post as a reminder that I actually do have a second. I just have to find it and use it.

It's voting time for the Children's Book Council Choice Awards for Best Books of 2008--and yay! for Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, and Perfect You, all of which are nominated, along with lots of other great books!

Finally, I leave you with this awesome law blog devoted to human resources and The Office. Check out That's What She Said -- and enjoy!


Blogger Nikki said...

I understand about the bread. I just threw away attempt number four at apricot bread, the first time I added to much salt, the next three it cooked too long. I also had dough oozzz out of the bread machine the other day, I use the machine to make the dough and then shape and bake it myself. It was a disaster and very messy.

December 08, 2008 11:13 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

Congrats on having 3 of your books nominated for the Children's Book Council Choice Awards (long name there!).

December 09, 2008 7:10 PM  
Blogger Kat Werner said...

What I find even more puzzling than the fact that the director of Twilight is not coming back, is that the director of The Golden Compass is being discussed as her replacement.

December 10, 2008 2:31 PM  
Blogger benjamintchip said...

How'd the bread turn out?

December 10, 2008 6:40 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Nikki, bread disasters are the worst, aren't they?

Juanita, thank you!! (And yes, it is quite the long award name!)

Kat, I am stunned by the news about the Twilight movies.

Benjamintchip--it worked! But then I messed up a cake :-)

December 11, 2008 11:37 AM  

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