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Giving it a Go
snickerdoodle

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. 

Ingredients

• 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

Directions

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. 

Jessica 

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It's a Good Go

And I've gone and went to your blog.

Yes, do try the cookies.  They are good for election years crises.

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Jenniferkate--

What took you so long to plug your webpage?! I'm there after Jessica's podcast.

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Uh-Oh, Jessica

We are beginning to read one another's minds! I was going to make a request for a podcast because after listening to Ericka Lutz's terrific podcasts, I wanted to hear your voice!! And I was just going to ask. Well, I'm going to make my bed, wash my face, get dressed, make myself a mug of green tea and buckle up and listen. Can't wait.

Snickerdoodles were my first attempt at baking in seventh grade.  I've not baked in a decade.  I think I might make this recipe since one has to be a moron to really mess up snickerdoodles.  And I am a bake-moron of the first degree.  My guinea pig is my dad.

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I'm nervous . . .

My podcasting needs coaching, and I've been getting some!  And I flubbed, as I wrote.  But thanks for listening!

Snickerdoodles are such a 7th grade home ec thing to do. But I do love them.  In school, though, we made them with this gross crisco stuff that didn't quite do it.

:)

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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East/West

I think my problem was always with the baking soda. I added too much and my baked goods, especially the muffins, became little volcanos that tasted like *&^%*+@. My poor dad's eyes nearly popped out.

You see, if you are from Asia, you don't grow up with baked goods. My ovens are storage for Ramen and brown paperbags. The baking process is "exotic" to recently-arrived Asians. All the cool tools in the West when we essentially just have a wok, chopsticks and a spatula.

Those great Christmas cookies my friend's family would make was sheer magic of elves.

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We could do a class....

Maybe invite Erika and make gingerbread and snickerdoodles.

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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I'm about to put up MY next podcast...

... and it is based on a recipe! I'm so inspired by you. I'll listen to your chapter later today, Jessica.

I LOVE the idea of food and podcasts. I'm in.

 

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When can we meet?

Let's have a party.  Food and podcasts.

Can we have wine, too?

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Can I just say...

...that it would be extremely difficult, as homepage editor, for me not to feature a podcast of the three of you baking and chatting?

Huntington Sharp, Red Room

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Don't You Think It Should be a Movie?

Huntington, now that would be the way to go!

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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Having broadcast my

Having broadcast my manifesto about not reading friends' books. I want to buy this book when it's out and not just stash it away but read. I would like to follow this book from your silent creation to it's publication to it's travel into the world.

I listened twice and I laughed each time at the same spots. The characters ring true and the dialogue touching, humorous, real life. I know that professor--the one who thinks he is still angry and slightly sexy. That guy was my ex-beau. The butter brown knees of your friends--the way you describe it, you feel as if you want to eat those knees. "I've long wanted to become a Congolese"!! ROFL. And the way you read it is good. You sound like Bec, slightly exasparated with herself. One suggestion: if you could modulate her best friends' voice even more than you do so that we hear the differences in the two women's voice. The details are really cool--like the Peeps. Who makes Peeps? Readers will really get Rebecca Muchmore when they come to the Peeps. Great name, Rebecca Muchmore. I will still be thinking on all of this as I work on my graphic novel today.

Thank you for the treat.

PS--I've read your blogs about the Monterey Pines so the inclusion here was a window to your musings and how you put that detail into the actual book.

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Thank You So

Wow, thank you.  Thank you.  I was so nervous about this as I don't do this thing well or at all except when someone else tapes me.  So I appreciate your lovely comments.

Yes, about Dez.  She is always in the story, and I will search for her character diction markers.  I appreciate so much hearing that, and this weekend when I tape the end of Chapter One, I will figure her out.  But there's mom, too, who will be hard.

Man!  And you will buy this book!  I am truly honored.

Thank you Belle.

Now can we have the food, pdocast, wine party?

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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I forgot to say

I liked the way you ended this particular podcast about "change." We want to know how Rebecca will go about changing.

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Trust me--she does

And I think that's my favorite part.

The changing, that is.  It's always so hopeful to me.

I told Huntington we should make a movie!  Baking and chatting!

Or we should just have wine.

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com

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I really loved this!

You really capture Becca's voice -- I like her SO much. Great character, and a strong premise. I want to sit and eat sweet things and sip coffee and listen to you tell me the story.  

Re: podcasting-- you have a wonderful reading voice. Don't worry about your small stumbles. But just FYI, I'm using Garage Band which lets you stop and rerecord when you flub up (something I do frequently) and you can't tell that you've stopped and restarted. Does your program let you do that?

 

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Thank you, Erika!

I appreciate your feedback on this--and yes, I believe that audacity allows you to do the stop and start thing.  I just haven't quite figured that out, yet:)  I kept trying to do the whole thing perfectly.Which is a mistake!

Okay, I will learn.

Now can we have wine?

:)

J

Jessica Barksdale Inclan www.jessicabarksdaleinclan.com