Once Depak Chopra said something that truly caught my attention. Actually, I read it first, in one of his books, and then I heard him say it aloud at a lecture. He said that we should not share our truest goals and ideas about our work with those who are not intimately attached to us or those who do not do what we are doing. So if I were a computer programmer, I shouldn't wax poetic about my database language unless talking with a person writing said database language, too. Otherwise, the ignorant person might trample on the dream with said ignorance. My dream bubble about languages might pop with that person's questions and, perhaps, apathy.
Another teacher (the one of said writing trauma in my blog a couple of days ago) said, "If you were a doctor, would you walk into a party and hold up a x-ray and ask for a diagnosis from the party goers?" I suppose you could if you hung out with radiologists, but I got her point then and I get her point now. Sometimes you need a person close to you and to the kind of work you do to give you a valid response, to show you the way in or out or through.
I am about to send my novel to my dear reader Kris. This novel is about a 28 year old girl who actually ends up meeting herself. But herself is not a nice person. Actually, herself embodies many of the characteristics that my main character has never developed at all, including the fire in the belly and the force within to reach for what she wants. The two of these characters are together daily, and a great deal goes on in this story--much is about baking, as my character bakes for a living.
So as it is Sunday morning and as I feel I can share with you my work as this is a writing blog, I am providing you with my top secret gingerbread cake recipe. I know it's not winter, but this smells so delicious and wonderful that you will truly enjoy.
Old Fashioned Gingerbread
I could eat this cake with a fork and a glass of milk, from the pan, the whole thing. Stay out of my way.
¾ c firmly packed brown sugar
¾ c light or dark molasses
¾ c melted butter
2 ½ c flour
2 t baking soda
½ t baking powder
2 t ground ginger
1 ½ t cinnamon
½ t ground cloves
½ t nutmeg
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs with sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses and butter. Mix well. Stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices. Add to molasses mixture. Mix well. Stir in boiling water. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until tests done. Cool. Serve with whipped cream.
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