I found an online article today about Agatha Christie. It was fascinating to learn how totally disorganized and chaotic her writing method was and how often, even she didn't know who the murderer was at first.
My favorite part is near the end and is something that could be put into neon lights for all writers, referring to how some unpublished short stories didn't really sound like her because she hadn't had time to rework them before her death:
She understood that in order to sound like yourself, you have to get up every day and get it all down—the trunk in the hallway, the revolving bookcase on the landing, the old children's books in the library—and then, crucially, you have to edit it as if you are someone else, working through every possibility, before finally settling on the story and telling it as if it had been that way all along.
(Read the full article in Slate.)
And now for something totally random. You may recall how my youngest (currently seven AND A HALF . . . you're not all0wed to forget the half) has long been fascinated by how the human body and other things work.
There was THIS POST about snails and how they poop. THIS video about a brain bank (and sliced pieces of brain studied by scientists) is one of her favorite things to watch online. Santa totally scored points when she got The Human Body DVD from National Geographic for Christmas. Thanks to that DVD, she knows all about how babies' cartilage turns into bones. (How many first graders can even SAY "cartilage," let alone know what it means?!) She loves watching her siblings gross-out when you see the stomach churning food.
You also probably recall that we've been doing photo shoots for my upcoming cookbook, Chocolate Never Faileth! (These two topics are connected, I promise. Read on.)
Part of a shoot featured some non-edible recipes, one of which was chocolate play dough.
After the shoot, my daughter re-discovered play dough and had a party with it. She was SO PROUD of her creations. At first she made animals and fun shapes. But she was most proud of two particular gems:
Note the stands on the bottom that support the treadmill and the complex control panel.
Then, in typical form, my anatomy-fascinated child made this:
Yes, folks. Those are chocolate play dough LUNGS.