I don't know where I first heard the expression "giving it a go." Maybe it was in a movie or in a book. It certainly sounds British, but I never bothered to google it. It just seemed to work for me. I like to give things a go, to see what works and what doesn't. Smaller things, of course, are easier. What about an oyster? Fine, I'll give it a go. Have you ever been to Mexico City? Well, why not? I'll give it a go. Why don't you change your entire life? Why don't you move out of your house and leave your husband? Umm . . . ummm. Can I think about it for a while, maybe a couple of years? Shouldn't I go back to therapy for a few months? Wait until I cry myself a river. Do I have--okay, I'll give it a go. Twice.
In my novel in progress, my main character gives something a go, something big, even though it is quite unlike her to give anything a go. She's been stuck in her life because of her reaction to her life situation. I think that's pretty true for most of us. Shit happens and we stay in it. It's easier that way, really, less painful at least on the outset and safer.
Here's what I gave a go recently--recording myself. It seems all the rage. I was feeling left out and behind the times, so I did my research and bought myself a microphone. It's a good one, but I am still fiddling with my voice recording software. For those of you wanting to give podcasting a go, there are some champs on this site with great sound quality, so my only recommendation is to find audacity online for free. It currently (in my naive state) seems to work well. My microphone is a Samson, and I feel now that I am sitting at mission control, ready to warn off planes in an instant. Or that I am ready to give announcing a go. "Welcome to AM Jessica."
So a portion of Sift, Mix, Add, Stir: A Fairytale of Food and Love is currently ready for your listening pleasure (gulp) on this site. I have made a vow to improve my skills with the next one. I mean, podcasting is HARD. I flubbed three lines, and I'm not quite sure how to correct things (erase, replace, yikes!). I also called SF State a college! Anyway, I hope you will give it a go.
The portion I've included invokes snickerdoodles, and to that end, I include below my character's secret recipe. Next time you get the sugar jones, I hope you will give it a go:
Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
On the desert island I find myself on someday, I want a never-ending supply of snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal cookies.
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
• 1 large egg
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 cup sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, and stir in remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
Combine the 4 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Place balls of dough 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are beautifully golden. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
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