I have an obsessive curiosity about what people are reading, including characters from TV and film.
“What lies on a character’s nightstand is not a random selection,” says Julia Serebrinsky. “I’d like to be a fly on the wall in writers’ rooms where such decisions are made. Are they scanning bestseller lists, digging into their own pool of literary references, or do books just call out to them when they think about what their character will read?”
A little something different for our RIFer friends, just in time for the holiday season!
This is ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas’ original recipe for the iconic Manhattan cocktail. Working as a bartender and saloon owner in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, Thomas was renowned for mixing drinks with great showmanship and is still considered the godfather of New York cocktail craft – or mixology.
Any mixologists out there? Leave a comment with your favorite festive drink (adult beverage or otherwise!).
Giada De Laurentiis fans, we have a treat for you! Downloadable recipes and tips from Giada’s newest book.
The recipes here make our mouth water! You’ll get everything you need to make Giada’s Strawberry-Mint Omelet; Turkey, Kale, and Brown Rice Soup; Sole with Lemon-Basil Pesto; and Spiced Pumpkin Raisin Cookies. They’re all delicious, easy recipes.
Giada also reveals her own Make-up Basics and shares smart tips for working moms like herself. Doable and inspiring!
National Novel Writing Month – or Nanowrimo to the initiated – is the annual writing challenge where participants pledge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.
“I’ve participated in Nanowrimo four times and won twice, but more important is what it’s taught me about myself as a writer,” says Kaite Welsh. “Early on in my Nano career, the timed writing sprints that, thanks to my deeply competitive nature, forced me to write when it was the last thing in the world I wanted to do. Knowing that if I persevere, I can write the bulk of a novel in a month means that all my previous excuses are null and void.”
After I recovered from the shock of being asked to do something so cool, I was immediately overcome by nerves.
“Book readings are relatively standard,” says Emily Ansara Baines, “the writer reads to a crowd, then they sign their books. I have many signed copies of novels, mostly with a scribbled phrase—’Thanks for reading!’ or ‘Enjoy!’ and the author’s name. I always said that if I did a signing, I’d write more than some standard phrase. Of course, this necessitated actually having people who wanted to read my books.”