I love the 101 Things I Learned series with all my heart.
I've been a huge fan since the very first book, and my devotion has only increased over the years.
But, just because I love it, why should you?
Because it will teach you stuff you need to know. And not just about cooking.
Like how to boil water (Lesson #15). And no, I'm not kidding.
I've been cooking for a while now, and I learned that you should salt boiling water AFTER it's boiling, not while it's heating up! Who knew!
And if you're cooking a lot more since the pandemic, there's good info here for you too. Like Quick Fixes for Kitchen Problems (Lesson #58) which comes in handy if you can't just dash to the market.
And the one on dating eggs (Lesson #50) will be useful to all.
To celebrate the new and improved Second Editon let's have a flash fiction contest!
The prize is a copy of the book. US mailing addresses only for prizes (but anyone can enter).
The usual rules apply:
1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.
2. Use these words in the story:
(NO Steve Forti extra prompt word this week. I have retired from the field of battle. Forti Thwarts the Shark!)
3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. The letters for the prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards.
4. Post the entry in the comment column of THIS blog post.
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again. It helps to work out your entry first, then post.
6. International entries are allowed, but prizes may vary for international addresses.
7. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title)
8. Under no circumstances should you tweet anything about your particular entry to me. Example: "Hope you like my entry about Felix Buttonweezer!" This is grounds for disqualification.
9. There are no circumstances in which it is ok to ask for feedback from ME on your contest entry. NONE.
10. It's ok to tweet about the contest generally.
Example: "I just entered the flash fiction contest on Janet's blog and I didn't even get a lousy t-shirt"
11. Please do not post anything but contest entries. (Not for example "I love Felix Buttonweezer's entry!"). Save that for the contest results post.
12. You agree that your contest entry can remain posted on the blog for the life of the blog. In other words, you can't later ask me to delete the entry and any comments about the entry at a later date.
13. The stories must be self-contained. That is: do not include links or footnotes to explain any part of the story. Those extras will not be considered part of the story.
Contest opens: Saturday, 5/23, 4:15am
Contest closes: Sunday, 5/24, 9am
If you're wondering how what time it is in NYC right now, here's the clock
If you'd like to see the entries that have won previous contests, there's an .xls spread sheet here http://www.colindsmith.com/TreasureChest/
(Thanks to Colin Smith for organizing and maintaining this!)
Questions? Tweet to me @Janet_Reid
Sorry, contest is closed!