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Macaroni and Cheese is a Blessing, not a Curse

not MY mac and cheese, but I don't have a camera currently

not MY mac and cheese, but I don’t have a camera currently

I posted the other day about my son refusing to eat his dinner:

I have the only kid in the world (who has no good reason anyway) who hates homemade mac and cheese… Or at least, so he claims…

It generated quite a bit of discussion among my friends and family, who either were vying for the kid’s portion that was not eaten or declaring their utter animosity about the stuff.

Now, I’ve been making mac and cheese for some years now and I take quite a bit of pride in it. My complaint about my kid not eating it is purely in the realm of he-has-never-taken-a-bite-of-it-so-he-can’t-tell-me-he-doesn’t-like-it. I tried to explain this by responding to my friends who also said they didn’t like it:

[Y]ou are an adult. You are allowed to form your own opinions, likes and dislikes. A 5 year old is required to try it until I have decided he can not like it

And before anyone gets up in arms about me forcing food on my kids, the exact amount a 5-year old is “required” to try is precisely one bite of a size I designate. I am not going to torture the kid. Far from it. That said, I’m not fond of making four dinners per night, especially when the only claim the child has about not liking it is purely imaginary.

Anyway – so that’s a bit of a rant about mac and cheese.

Shifting gears a bit, I read Chicken Little to my youngest again today. It has probably been a few years since I read it, but he got so excited as we were going through, I figured I would mention it. What can I say? He likes to say “BONK!”

You’ll notice there’s not so much about my writing in there… yeah… that’s probably slightly part of the problem with my last few days. I really haven’t gotten much writing done and therefore I’m definitely not going to be making my imaginary deadline of the end of the month. I am sad about it, but I’m still moving on with it anyway.

I took a bit of a larger look at the story today. I’ve got about 10,000 words of the original story left to rewrite, but I also know there are a few additional chapters that need to be worked in. Since I have the software for it, I spent some time storyboarding what else I’ll need to write for it. This is to address my initial reader’s concerns that the Jacoby Figurine “disappears” in the middle of the story and to provide the needed depth into the characters that the reader needs in order to get emotionally involved with these people.

I have yet to rewrite the chapter with “Bo” – which is my initial reader’s favorite character:

Love Bo!  How he waddles and how he would look rugged if not for the fact that he can’t walk through his own shop without sweating

Looking back, even though he is a minor character, I provided him an apparently memorable image in her mind. I hope to achieve that depth (or more!) with the other characters and I keep going back to that line in her comments to remind me that these characters need to live on the page.

Anyway – that’s it for now. Keep writing!

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