Today’s post is a bit of a diversion from my usual cooking and crafting goodness. The lovely Angela at Canned Time asked me to participate in a writing exercise. With my new cookbook in the final editing stages, this felt like perfect timing.
If you don’t know Angela, I encourage you to check out her site right this second. It’s beautiful, and her recipes are healthy and delicious. She’s the mastermind behind the 2014 Breakfast in Bed Fest and an all around vegan superstar. I was so honored that she asked me to participate!
So, here’s how this thing works. Below, I’m answering a few questions about my writing process, and I’m also featuring a couple writers that I love. So far I’m seeing all food writers featured, but I thought this would be a fun time to talk about some of the people that I work with! You’ll find bios below for Bonnie Getchell, one of my co-editors at Crafting a Green World, and David Striepe, my amazing husband who writes children’s poetry.
If you’re interested in what I’m working on and how I plan my writing, read on! If you’re not, I hope you’ll skip down and read about Bonnie and Dave, because they are great.
What am I working on/writing?
Right now, I’m working on the final draft of my upcoming cookbook, BOWLS! BOWLS! is a compilation of recipes that go in the very best vessel in your pantry. This will be my first print book, and it’s been more work and more gratifying than I ever could have imagined.
How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
My writing spans a few different genres: green crafts, vegan food, and general mindful lifestyle pieces. Sometimes it feels like a big umbrella, but most days those pieces fit together beautifully.
I’m a mom to a toddler with a ton of freelance and side projects, so for me time is of the essence. I think that one thing my recipes, tutorials, and tips have in common is a focus on economy of time. I love an elaborate recipe or craft project but don’t often have the free time to devote to those things. My recipes are simple, my crafts skew toward the quick and easy, and my tips are meant to save time and money in addition to conserving resources.
By no means am I slamming those more elaborate endeavors! That’s just not where I’m at right now, and I think my readers tend to be in the same place.
Why do I write what I do?
I couldn’t imagine not writing. When I quit my dayjob back in 2008, the plan was to grow my crafty business, and writing was a side-gig to pay the bills in the meantime. Over the next year and a half, I found myself taking on more clients and writing much more than I was crafting. It became pretty clear that selling aprons wasn’t my thing.
My heart wanted to write. So I do. I feel incredibly lucky that at this point it’s paying the bills.
How does my writing process work?
My process can vary a lot, depending on what I’m writing, but a lot of what I write about is solutions. So I guess you could say that my process starts with a problem. Maybe it’s needing to get supper on the table with no time to hit the store. Or maybe it’s figuring out how to keep Darrol Henry entertained.
From there, I really just brainstorm, document, and then edit. In college I used to hate editing, but now it’s a key step. My first draft tends to be just clusters of thoughts, and in the editing process I reword, cut, and paste until I have a cohesive piece.
For recipes it’s a little bit different. I tend to cook with my iPhone on the counter and use the Notes app to jot down ingredients and method. I like the Notes app, because it’s simple, and you can email notes to yourself. Then, it’s just a matter of copying, pasting, and making sure to fix anything that got weirdly autocorrected.
But enough about me, y’all! Let’s meet Bonnie and Dave!
Bonnie is one of my co-editors at Crafting a Green World, and I’m sad to say that July is her last month with us. She’s going to be working full time as the social media manager at Hodge Podge Antiques. Hodge Podge is a cute little antique store where Bonnie also sells her own refurbished furniture finds. I’m bummed that she’s leaving but glad that she’s taking what she’s learned from working with us at Important Media and using it to do something that she loves.
Bonnie is a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer living in Georgia! She writes about DIY crafts, furniture redos, craft booth tips, tips for decorating a rental home, music, and her faith on her blog, Revolutionaries. She is also a contributing writer at Crafting a Green World and Feelgood Style. Bonnie’s mission is to inspire and encourage others that they can decorate their home with furniture and decor that are beautiful without going broke. She loves to challenge herself to see what she can create with spending little to no money! Often times this means repurposing, upcycling, and rarely buying new. To keep up with all of the awesomeness, you can find Bonnie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
Dave is my husband, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner in life or daddy for Darrol Henry. I mean, this guy! I would never have written 40 Days or Green Smoothies or BOWLS! without him. He’s supportive, caring, and kind.
I talk about Dave in this space a lot, but I haven’t talked quite as much about his publishing company: Timid Futures. He started Timid Futures as a vehicle for publishing his own books of children’s poetry. We now both publish under the Timid Futures label. Team Striepe!
David Striepe lives in Atlanta, Georgia among critters, flowers and smog. He writes poetry and short stories and has published two books of poems: miniature ships and distant friends. He loves fixing things, gardening, games, and music. He is married to a crafty genius, Becky Striepe (his words! – Becky). He’s also dad to the best baby this side of babytown: Darrol Henry.