Notes from Crew Quarters–Writing Recipes

by Ben Kinney on April 22, 2016

in Announcements, Blog, Notes from Crew Quarters

Stir Fry

Photo by Petterl Sulonen

This week, we asked our editors: What recipe best describes your current writing project?

John LaPine
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Ishpeming, Michigan

Stir fry.

Sara Ryan
Associate Editor, Poetry
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cheese and crackers. Mostly because I’m still trying to figure my shit out and I don’t have time to make myself a proper meal (or poem or whatever). But it’s sustenance/nutrition anyway.

Sarah David
Associate Editor, Fiction
Minocqua, Wisconsin

A recipe my husband invented called the “whatever” when you just throw a bunch of random tasty ingredients into a pan and hope they tastes good together…mainly because I have a lot of ideas at the moment and I’m not sure yet if they’re going to mesh well in the end.

Ashely Adams
Associate Editor, Creative Nonfiction
Watervliet, Michigan

Step 1: Grab some freshly diced monster kids and a smoked unnecessary research (everyone likes reading about Venusian orbital variation right?)
Step 2: Throw into quesadilla shell. Add cheese
Step 3: Throw into the microwave for about 3 minutes
Step 4: Pull out storydilla. Scream at it for the next three hours
Repeat for next ten years

Jacque Boucher

Spoken Word Poetry
Juneau, Alaska

Right now, my thesis is “So You Committed to Throwing a Dinner Party 6 Months Ago. Now What?”

1. Read the entire Write Bloody library and draft an elaborate plan for a five-course meal. Tell EVERYONE. Invite all your friends. Really ham it up.
2. Let marinate for 3-4 months while you read more and watch a lot of horror movies and cartoons for “research.”
3. Wake up from a stress dream where you serve your friends hackneyed haiku and Saltine crackers. Briefly consider hiring a caterer or moving someplace where no one’s ever heard of this dinner party.
4. Choose instead to double down on the showmanship. Become intolerable.



Patricia Killelea
Poetry Editor
Alameda, California

Assemble ingredients: Emotional/Experiential/Linguistic.

Toss everything into a bowl that’s too small and stir. Gather what’s displaced and save it for another recipe.

Now set the mixture to music, then play that mixture backwards. Let rest for one season, preferably in silence.

Return when only the bones remain. Listen for the song in the marrow.

Take the utmost care in plating, and leave the dish somewhere hungry.

Learn to ignore the sound of people chewing whatever it is you’ve made, and set your hand once more to the great work.

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