I was watching Diners, Drive-ins & Dives the other day when it dawned on me—writing and cooking have a lot in common. Both take common ingredients, things that aren't all that surprising or enticing, and put them together in ways that make them cool and interesting. You don't have to change the entire world of writing as we know it to come up with a fresh idea. It's not about reinventing the wheel—it's about adding ingredients that maybe no one's thought of before, or putting a new twist on an old favorite. Barbeque chicken and banana peppers on your pizza? Yum! (I recommend the Wrangler at Pizza Luce.) The most important thing you can bring to anything you create is yourself. Put yourself out there, make something you truly love, and someone else will surely to love it, too.
Life's been busy lately. I've been working on my last edit of Legends, and also battling the Christmas season at work. I do graphic design and layout for a small newspaper, which means I design their ads. And at Christmas, we put out a second, complete issue that is solely comprised of—you guessed it—advertisements. I can't really complain—we're only busy a few times a year, I like what I do, and I absolutely love Christmas. I just need to find some time to wrap presents and get them under the tree, bake some cookies, and finally get a fire going in my fireplace. It's the little things that can make all the difference when it comes to having a Merry Christmas.