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A Pinch of You

We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to…

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We blog for a million different reasons, but in the end, we’re all storytellers. Creative Writing Challenges are here to help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and writing styles.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge and include a link to this post, to generate a pingback and help others find the challenges. Please make sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed on Friday, and in our monthly newsletter.
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How does the old saying go — girls are “sugar and spice and everything nice,” and boys are “snips and snails and puppy dog tails”?

Aside from not knowing what a “snip” is, I don’t buy it; we’re much more complex than lollipops and unicorns and toy trucks and frogs. This week, we want a window into the complexity that is you. We want your best recipes.

We don’t mean we want your best recipe for fried chicken (although we’ll take that, too — a good fried chicken recipe is always handy). We want the recipe for all the bits and pieces and quirks and foibles and loves that make you you.

For example, here’s my recipe:

MAIN DISH:
2 c. introversion
6 oz. organic wit (non-homogenized)
3 heaping tbsp. curmudgeonliness
2 1970s Black Sabbath LPs, finely chopped
5 afternoon naps
3 fl. oz. Scrabble addiction
2 dashes sappiness
Pinch of Doctor Who over-analysis
Olive oil to taste

TO GARNISH:
3 tattoos
1 nose ring
2 bushels curly hair

INSTRUCTIONS:
Combine all ingredients in a claw-foot bathtub. Do not add olives, spiders, or misogyny. Stir until just combined. Let ferment for two weeks, until appropriately funky.

Serve with a grain of salt. May weep if exposed to Steel Magnolias.

You can follow this format, or take it it any direction you’d like. Remove appearance entirely, or focus on it. Create more detailed instructions. Insert photos. Include past life experiences. Heck, you can even use the metric system.

If writing about yourself isn’t something you normally do on your blog, feel free to change the focus of the recipe. Draw up a recipe for one of your kids, a significant person in your life, or even for a particular experience that’s more up your blogular alley — we’d love to read your recipes for the perfect dinner party, book club meeting, or fishing trip.

Start measuring!

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  1. Haha! Interesting and challenging! And the first 4 comments show what we can expect from the bloggers, I am excited. About both what I’ll discover when writing and reading. Challenger accepted, hell yeah!

  2. Hmmm… I’m not sure what to make of this challenge but then I guess that’s the point of them isn’t it? I’m thinking something like a technical drawing/cross section/instruction manual type thing (Haynes manual style) of life…

  3. I’m impressed that some of people already have this done! I think this is going to take me all week. Definitely a challenging one!!!

  4. Gasps laughter
    Sighs with satisfaction
    Funnest recipie ever!
    Surprising
    Delicious
    Enticeing
    Substantial
    You taste good.
    Can I taste this good?
    Goddam I just wanna cook up one half as cool, now!
    Crap and I’m not usulay one to sheepify and copy. First (supposedly) time for everything, though.

    I’ll be a winged sheepy.
    Too-da-looo

  5. Woohoo! This is the very first writing challenge I have participated! I hope I did fine! I did not take up the challenges previously for I wasn’t sure mine would be interesting, but for this, the ideas just flow freely, since the recipe is on myself. I agree that this is a really creative and fun challenge!

    1. @ Michelle (and readers)

      Believe it or not, I submitted a resume to Automattic a few hours ago. I’m just mentioning it so people will know that I’m not making false claims on my blog… especially in this post.

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