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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thanks so much for all the suggestions about lotions/creams/potions (heh) for very dry skin--I'm going to be making a list and hitting the stores! That is, if I can stop making horrible bread dough. I've made a batch a day for the last three days and every. single. day. it hasn't risen.

I love baking but making dough is the hardest thing (at least for me). People are always talking about how "scientific" baking is and all that but basically it's just making sure you follow the recipe or, if you play around with one, you think about keeping the form (sheet cookies can be turned into round cakes pretty easy. bundt cakes? not so much. remember that disaster?)

But making bread is some sort of exercise in....something. Right now, I'm saying annoyance. Maybe tomorrow I'll say patience. But right now, here's hoping today's batch actually rises. (My mother, who actual was a research scientist before she started teaching, loves baking too but to this day will not make bread because she has the same problems with it I do. Hmmm...hereditary????)

All right, enough bread talk. (But you know, if you want to think good thoughts for me and today's dough, I'll take 'em!!)


Interesting post from Editorial Ass about publishing US books in Australia and New Zealand--though it looks like there are loopholes in the thirty day rule (check the comments), they do come w/ their own set of problems: "Once that window has passed, we can still buy the rights, but it's a riskier proposition because booksellers are then allowed to import and sell any US/UK/etc edition they choose in preference to the Australian edition."

The importance of tightening your manuscript -- has tips on how to do this as well.


Blogger Alexa said...

I like the tightening your manuscript link, thanks!

Jamie Oliver's bread works for me every time and I am a horrible cook/baker.

August 19, 2009 8:26 AM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

I hear you when it comes to the bread. It can be VERY frustrating.

My mom is an expert bread maker, we used to have homemade bread around our house on a daily basis. She says one of the most important things about making bread from scratch is when and how to put the yeast in. Are you making the bread by mixing ingredients in a bowl? or are you using a bread machine? Because depending on your method, the process is a little different.

:) -Ashley

August 19, 2009 3:08 PM  
Blogger minnie said...

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful links on writing...as an aspiring author, I really appreciate them.

August 19, 2009 7:06 PM  

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