But why am I excited?
I MADE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE LISA EKUS GROUP'S SIGN ME SAL COMPETITION!!
If I can make it through the next two rounds, I will basically win a literary agent for my book, who will help me flesh out my proposal and pitch it to publishing houses. Basically, it would be a huge step in accomplishing my dream of publishing a book.
My idea: well, basically the idea for this blog. Life advice and foodoir (food memoir) about making it through your 20s in one piece. How to survive the "quarter life crisis" with food, and I don't mean binging on Ben and Jerry's. What to cook for a first date, what to cook when you get laid of from work, homemade ice cream for breakups, the best party hors d'ovres whether you want to host a drunken rager or a classy dinner party like the adult you are, cheap meals when your boyfriend has just broken up with you and you spent your last $10 on emergency wine... with some fun and quirky memoirs from yours truly.
|Quirky anecdotes because I am quirky even though that word is SO last season|
and SO Zooey Deschanel
Writing a book would be a dream come true. Since the time I learned to read and write I've had a pen in my hand and ideas in my brain. Sadly, my writing has taken a backseat to more "grown-up" things like a job or whatever. To be able to have the opportunity to publish a book? To see my name in print on a hardcover at Barnes & Noble? I would probably faint. And cry. I don't even care if it ends up in the dollar bin in a week (oh please, no though), it would be my greatest accomplishment.
At age 6 I won the annual Jane Yolen Writing Contest at my elementary school for my story about a magical flower the size of a house. I was hand-picked by a famous author to win a prize! My little-kid brain was hooked--I AM GOOD AT THIS! it screamed, and I was a gonner. I filled composition notebooks with stories based on my Lisa Frank stickers (Marky the Unicorn deserved a novel!), Animorphs books (fanfiction much?), and the antics of my friends and fantasies of how our lives would turn out.
|At this age I was writing about unicorns|
|High School graduation|
|Love of cooking and fashionable aprons|
I love writing fiction, but I also love this blog. These past few years, since graduating, this blog has been my saving grace. Despite working in a field that offers little creativity in the written word, I've been able to come here and escape. To put my words out into the world and see what people think. To develop a love of cooking I never knew I had, a love and passion that would save my sanity countless times as I realized your 20s are not always smooth sailing. The opportunity to turn this blog into something physical, a real book that could help or at least empathize with other lost 20-somethings, and share my "secret" to surviving it all by messing up my kitchen?
And on a career note... publishing a book could help me become the writer I've always wanted to be. I know it's not the cure-all for a struggling writer's bank account, and it's likely any advance I'd get would be small, but it would be something. Perhaps enough to pay off a little of this "expensive writing degree" I grumble about paying for so much. Or maybe enough to jump start my dreams of moving to California. Who knows. But it really could change my life, and that is both a terrifying and thrilling idea.
|If you're going to be lost, the apple orchard MIGHT just be the best place|
What's making me nervous is the fact that I seem to really be the underdog here--my competitors all have HUGE followings on Twitter, as well as their blogs. I love my blog and I love my followers, but I've never gained a very huge following. It's never really been important to me. If I have a few favorite blogs that I regularly interact with, a few blog friends that matter to me, that's what I want. However, that doesn't convince publishers you could hold a book deal. This is where you, my lovely readers, come in.
|Books behind me = Image of a Writer, yes?|
New Here? Want to know more about me? Why not check out my About Me page, 100th Post Favorite Recipes, My Review of Icelandic Cuisine or Bahamian Cuisine, How I Got Over a Really Dumb Dumping, That Time I Got a Cat And Boyfriend in the Same Week, Admitting I Like Fall in the Valley, Posts About My Dad/Grief, How I Lost My Gallbladder (on ashleyblom.com), My Love of Theater, and the Best Meatballs You'll Ever Eat.