Okay, last night I attempted to turn my new favorite cookie recipe
into a cake. Everything went well at first--when I took it out of the oven, it looked gorgeous, but then I turned it over and put it on a cooling rack (I'd baked it in bundt pan*) the middle fell out.
Yep, that's right. I lost half my cake JUST BY TURNING IT OVER. Not one of my better attempts. Still, I salvaged what I could, baked it a while longer, and then took out what was left (and it came out in pieces) and put it in a pan. My husband came into "help" and once I managed to get him to stop eating, I had a piece myself and you know what? Disaster that it is--and it really isn't a cake, it's just a collection of cake pieces in a cake pan--it's really REALLY good. Next time I'm going to try baking it in cake tins, so hopefully it will cook more evenly.
(*No, I don't know why I did this either. If you're turning a cookie into a cake, wouldn't you want to try baking it in something nice and flat? At least this wasn't anywhere near as bad as the first time I made bread, where I followed the instructions and ended up with....a rock of dough. Seriously, that thing could have been a door stopper.)
I admit, I have always, ALWAYS wanted someone to create a facebook/goodreads/myspace/etc group for my books. It's--well, okay, it's amazingly flattering and also I love seeing people get together on groups/communities/etc for other authors and talking about their books. And so imagine my surprise (and the happy squeaking noises I made) when I saw that the fabtastic Katy had created the goodreads Elizabeth Scott Fans group
. In a admittedly shameless attempt to get people to join, if membership hits 25 people by the beginning of next week (and it's so easy to join--you just have to click here
!), I will totally post something totally top secret and just for the group. (I said it was shameless! But for real, I will do it. So if you want a sneak peak at one of my 2010 books, you should join
The Sarah Dessen Diarist
is having a month long celebration
of Sarah Dessen, her books, and her birthday! Loads of YA bloggers and authors are participating, and the very first entry is up here
. So go, and celebrate the works and general awesomeness of Sarah Dessen!
A really interesting article about one of James Patterson's collaborators
--I admit, I haven't read anything by James Patterson, but if he's earning royalties on one out of every fifteen hardcovers published in the United States, um, WOW.
Tess Gerritsen on not taking advice
--be sure to check out the comments too--lots of thoughts about her post (which I think is dead on--persistence is good and necessary, but you also have to realize that "even though writing may be a solitary profession, the business of publishing is not.
And don't forget that you have until midnight est tonight to ask me a question
--and maybe win one of ten free books
! (And yes, you can enter if you live overseas)