Michaeline: Gordon Ramsay Crossover Writing Lessons, Part One

Gordon Ramsay with a lamb around his neck and shoulders.

Gordon Ramsay took this little lamb to school. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

WARNING: Profanity. (It involves Gordon Ramsay. What did you fucking expect?)

To a certain extent, art is art is art. Still, I was surprised how applicable some of the lessons Gordon Ramsay taught his restauranteurs were to the art of writing.

Here’s the deal: I’ve avoided Kitchen Nightmares and that kind of reality show because I heard there’s a lot of yelling, and humiliation just isn’t my jam. But I was feeling depressed, spending entirely too much time on YouTube, and the only interesting thing in my recommended feed was a clip from such a show. I’d seen Gordon Ramsay on things like Jimmy Fallon, so I decided three minutes of my time was not too big of a loss.

Dear Readers, three minutes turned into hours and hours of binge-watching over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, I’ve seen British Kitchen Nightmares, American Kitchen Nightmares, clips and full episodes, and an assorted chocolate box of Gordon Ramsay all over the modern media. And I regret nothing.

Yes, there’s yelling and sometimes humiliation. But there’s also a combination of mystery Continue reading

Elizabeth: Blank Slate

img_0996After reading Jilly’s ambitious writing plan for the rest of the year and Nancy’s recent set of posts on creating and executing a writing plan, I’m starting to feel like I need to do a little planning of my own.

In all honesty, I’m also feeling a little envious.

While I spent a large swath of the past several months taking pretty pictures, studying Victorian literature, staring off into space, and turning myself into the economic impact analysis guru at my day job, many of the other Eight Ladies were busy putting words on the page.

Lots of words.

“I’m going to submit this manuscript to this year’s Golden Heart Contest” amounts of words.

That’s a lot of words. Continue reading