Soooooo, a few weeks ago, Sanj from Feeding The Sonis, invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. She also invited Graeme from FoodistheBestShitEver.
Unbeknownst to him, but more likely because he just doesn’t read :p, she had already nominated me. So when G wrote up his acceptance post and made his nominations, I was also on his list…
Sort of like the nominee nominating a nominee who was already nominated by the same nominator as the initial nominee.
So this post is an acceptance … to both nominations.
First things, first: What is this about?
As I understand it, the Writing Process Tour was created to get a behind-the-scenes look at how and why bloggers write what they write.
Before I go on I have to give credit: I got this image from Graeme’s acceptance post. Graeme in turn got it from Laura’s acceptance post (Lauras Mess), and that’s where the image originated, so thanks Laura :).
Then there’s the rules. Like most awards in the blogger virtual atmosphere, this is a sort of chain. Where you participate and them nominate (there’s that word again) others to do so too. They accept and do a post like this and continue on with their nominations and yada, yada, yada.
That said, one must:
– Acknowledge the person(s) who nominated you
– Answer the Writing Tour questions
– Select others to participate
Alright, here we go.
STEP ONE: Acknowledge
Complete, see above.
STEP TWO: Answer
1) What am I working on?
Currently, I’m trying to figure out how to celebrate my birthday. I’m a July baby so my plan is to do something great every weekend this month because summer here is just too fucking short. Ugh! Gotta maximize when I can.
Blogwise, I’d like to do more creative and better quality shoots, so I’m working on getting a new cameraman for my style posts.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, from what I have seen so far, there aren’t that many blogs that center exclusively on homecooked food and personal style. Not saying there aren’t some well dressed women that can throw down out there, more so that I end up seeing many more life & style or beauty & fashion combinations instead.
That said, I think my work is different in that I am solely focused on creating awesome, good looking food, that is largely healthy, and showcase equally good looking style, ow! 😉
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because I really do believe I cook (and sometimes wear), some awesome shit. And awesomeness always deserves to be shared..you know that…
4) How does your writing process work?
Maaaaan, shit just comes out.
Nah, I’m kidding. I mean sometimes, shit really does just go straight from my brain into my fingertips…you can probably tell those moments :). Most times though, I filter it.
For the actual writing… sometimes I write at work (like I’m doing now because this meeting is boring as fuck…), other times, I make myself at drink, normally a Manhattan, and write at home. Every now and again though, if a thought or flow of words comes into my head, I’ll whip out my handy-dandy Blackberry, hope it doesn’t pass out and write it down as a note. Then put it together later at one of the two locations I just mentioned.
When it is in its final draft stage, some of the things I check for (besides spelling) are:
Language – Because the audience isn’t confined to my country therefore everyone may not get what I’m trying to say. So I try to use words in a universal way although every now and again, I’ll throw in the latest slang, like ‘turnt up’. Ex: “Girl! We’re gonna have a good time! We’re gonna buy shots and get TURNT UP ta-NIGHT!”
Content – I have to remember to keep the content related to what the post is about. So if I’m writing a recipe, I’m try to keep it around the food that is being spotlighted. You don’t wanna hear about my kitchen sink being plugged up or how I slept on my arm last night. No one wants to read that. That shit adds no value.
Overall Flow – At the end of the day, words have to fit together to make comprehensible sentences. Most of the time, my writing tends to have a comedic tone and almost all the time, there’s a curse or 7 in there. It is what it is. As long as I don’t curse in front of my mama.
I do have challenges though…
Like, it’s easy for me to talk about food but it is almost always harder to write style posts. I can always tell a story about the food I create because every outcome is unique or because so much is involved in the actual creation of the meal. Either way, there’s plenty of fodder. That isn’t always the case for my style.
Everyone has a personal style and that doesn’t typically vary as much as food does, you know what I mean? You’re much more prone to experimenting with new food (and would do so more frequently) than you would with your dressing habits.
For instance, at the moment my style is chic-minimalist. Which means I’m typically going to have on a top, a bottom (or a dress) and maybe a third item like a coat/jacket/sweater and most of the time, I’m going to put it together in a stylish way.
I’m not going to crowd it out with a lot of jewelry, nor am I going to put all sorts of shit in my hair and I’m not really into layering…it’s too hot for that right now anyway.
And my style may change…. afterall, style is meant to evolve and I’ve certainly seen the evolution between now and a year ago, but for the time being, this is what I’m diggin’. So that said – when it comes to writing style posts, the challenge is how to keep my writing interesting when my look is pretty effortless.
STEP THREE: Nominate
I’m seriously a huge fan of a lot of you guys and try and let you know that through my comments on your posts. That said, I’d like a behind-the-scenes look at:
Ginger & Bread: This woman is a wizard. No seriously. She made a dish native to every country that is in the 2014 World Cup.
I’m gonna go ahead and repeat that.
She made a dish NATIVE to EVERY COUNTRY that is in the World Cup this year. Yeaah…that’s straight up magic right there.
Stylishly, Elle.: Because she looks like she’s having the time of her life in every picture. Gotta love that.
Cara’s Cliche: I just admire everything this woman wears and her writing is always on point.
Sorry for the extra long acceptance post! But to my nominees, should you choose to accept, please use the comments field below to let me know when you write your acceptance. I’m verrry curious 🙂