December 27th, 2016

Dead Dog Cat

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Since my last post, I've also finished Osprey New Vanguard #23: Challenger Main Battle Tank 1982 - 97, another somewhat technical discussion of a modern armored fighting vehicle made by Britain. I found it mildly interesting as opposed to others more historical.

Book 40- Will Write for Food

40. Will Write for Food, by Dianne Jacob. This was for the food memoir category. I admit this one is a bit of a stretch for this category; Jacob's book is more a guide on writing a food memoir. Or blog. Or cookbook. Or any food-related publication. Or write reviews. This is a must for anyone wanting to do any writing connected with the culinary world. This book is even a good resource for those who want to write, even if their interest is not in food (I'm about as non-foodie as you get, but even I had some good takeaways from this). Jacob falls back not only on her years of writing experience, but quotes heavily from other food writers (including Cleveland's own Laura Taxel, of Cleveland Ethnic Eats). This book is well organized and easy to follow, and while it is a how-to guide, it's never dry. Really, my only recommendations are that, if there are plans for another revised version, is to add a section on how to handle trolls, troublemakers and flame wars in blogs and social media, and how to best promote yourself via social media. Otherwise, this is quite thorough. There's plenty of recommendations for blogs, writing resources, cookbooks, how to get published, and more. There are even writing exercises throughout.


I sometimes wonder if the notorious Money Pit of Oak Island, not far from Halifax, isn't a more elaborate version of Al Capone's vault.  The History Channel's extended coverage of ongoing efforts to find what, if anything, is down there, don't do much to disabuse me of that suspicion.  (Hint:  too many breathless allusions to ancient legend, and too many trips to the conference room.)

But the legend of the pit inspired Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child to imagine something similar off the coast of Maine, and in Riptide, tonight's Book Review No. 30, they spin a yarn in which a sufficiently funded expedition gets to the treasure.  Then all washes away.  Sorry, you'll have to read the book to find out more.  I bet the opening of the real Money Pit won't be anywhere near as exciting.  I finished the reading of an evening.  I'm rather proud of myself for solving two of the puzzles before the principals twigged to it, but those puzzles disappoint.  Again, I won't give much away, apart from there being a reason "Wheel of Fortune" give the solver R S T L N E to get started, and that exponential decay is real.  It's the festive season.  Kick back, enjoy.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)