Thursday, April 5, 2007

I never thought I'd start a blog...

The quote at the top of this blog is the one I chose to open my book, a food memoir titled The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (due out from Viking/Penguin in October 2007).

I spent all of 2006 working on the book. Of course, by the time I started, I'd already spent a year at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and eight months writing the book proposal. My agent suggested that I write everyday, even Sunday, and so I did.

Although I've been a journalist most of my adult life, or at least continued to consider myself one even when I worked as the editorial head of a web site as part of a long corporate gig, I'd never written anything like a memoir. Sometimes, I felt like my soul was spilling onto the page. Other days, it was just research, verifying the origin of hamburger. (Mongolia, it seems.) And then there were days that I had to keep testing the same recipe again and again. After making eight Cornish hens in Calvados butter, I was just sick to death of the whole recipe.

At the end, as deadline approached, my husband and I worked around the clock, tag teaming on editing the final manuscript, tugging nearly 16,000 words from the overly long finished draft. The day we turned it in, I went to bed and slept for 16 hours. It was a troubled sleep, filled with anxiety dreams of all the research and writing that got cut along the way.

No one ever told me that writing a book would be like this.

As I start work on the proposal for my next book and re-enter the freelance writing game in earnest, I opted to find a place to put my thoughts along the way. Thanks for reading.


Blogger Alexandra Rogers said...

I found this during a google search of Le Cordon Bleu. I just wanted to let you know that I adored your book and found it truly inspiring.

February 3, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

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