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1.30.2011

January 30

Greetings from Book Proposal Land.



I lied. That isn’t really what Book Proposal Land looks like. Not in the winter, anyway.



(Only in the summer, from a ferry.)



It’s quiet here. The nightlife isn’t much to write home about.



Socks and slippers, mostly.



There’s not a lot of sensible eating here in Book Proposal Land. Almost no vegetables.




Just pancakes and coffee. Cereal. Girl Talk. Some John Mellencamp, when I have a sweet tooth. But last night, my friend Sam called, and then there was yellow curry and rice.




And a cocktail with Aperol, white wine, and grapefruit juice. Okay, two cocktails with Aperol, white wine, and grapefruit juice.



I’m going back in. See you in a few.

56 Comments:

Blogger Megon and Julie said...

girl talk seems to be the only thing getting me through these winter months. glad you share my passion.

6:22 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

Awwwww.... Sanuks and slippers. I heard it was a beautiful day west of the cascades!

Yeah for you!

6:36 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Hello. I'm Junita. said...

Tell us more about the Aperol when you come back up for air. A spirit made of rhubarb cannot be bad.

6:50 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Sophie said...

sounds like study vacation at college!

6:57 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous Kristine in Santa Barbara said...

Thank you for the lovely photos. Nice socks and slippers. LOVE the ingredients in the cocktail you mention. Can you share recipe, or at least proportions? Did you use white wine or prosecco? Grapefruit juice and Aperol. Yum!

6:58 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, hi!

Junita, here's a good article that talks a bit about Aperol. (Jason Wilson knows his stuff.) I really love its flavor - not too bitter, but also not too sweet.

Kristine, I wish I knew the proportions! But I didn't make it. I had it at the Walrus and the Carpenter. It was served up, in a cocktail glass, and it wasn't terribly strong, which was nice, so I could have two. (Major lightweight here.)

7:12 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous gretchen hayhurst said...

Love the photos.
I was thinking, is your neighbor out looking for slugs in his garden after dark? I know about annoying neighbors as my last one caused a huge move on my part after living in the same location for 20 years. In my Freshman English class I wrote a paper on consideration, wish I still had that paper.
Can't wait for your new book. Loved the last one.

7:21 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous molly said...

So kind of you to send a postcard. Enjoy your stay!

7:26 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous Melinda said...

Hang in there, Molly! We're rooting for you. (And thanks for sharing those blue skies, almost forgot what that can look like out here.)

9:06 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger sweet road said...

Beautiful photos! Can't wait to see more!

9:38 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous morgansmenu said...

I hope the celebration ends with a Girl Talk dance party. Also, if you are feeling a little funky (and I imagine you might be in the delirious throes of writing), try some Ludachrist.

9:47 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous Nooks and Cranberries said...

Good luck with the book proposal. As a writer working on her first novel, the future days of finding a publisher sound a bit daunting. Thanks for filling us all in on the socks, slippers, and other little wonders to be found in Book Proposal Land. Good luck!

10:02 PM, January 30, 2011  
Anonymous Adele said...

Molly, as always, you have the loveliest photos. Thanks very much. Good luck with Book Proposal Land. You'll just have to take one for the team, it seems.

10:54 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Keri said...

Man o man I love those ferry photos. There's something so evocative for west coast girls like me (and others, obviously) about that view over the crosshatched railing.
There are so many resources for writing book proposals that it boggles the mind a little. I'm struggling a little to figure out one I have up my sleeve. If you come up for air and have any words of wisdom on the subject of good resources, I'd love to hear it, along with more about Aperol.
cheers!

11:07 PM, January 30, 2011  
Blogger Benny said...

I love Aperol. Where my bf is from (North West of Italy), they drink this aperitivo with Aperol called Spritz everyday! SUUUper good!

www.beinitaly.blogspot.com

12:11 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Gemma said...

The porch swing sounds like the cocktail for me...

It's very grey here so hoping to see some blue skies soon but until then it's soup and sheepskin slippers for us.

Good luck with the rest of the proposal.

Gx

1:53 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger leedav said...

I got Sam Girl Talk tickets for Christmas. The show is in early March and I'm thinking that's what's going to get me through February this year. Hope the proposal flows!

3:32 AM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Ha, way to jump down the rabbit hole, Molly. At least you know you have tasty food (and cocktails) in there! ;)

4:23 AM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Victoria said...

Hi, Molly,

Apparently we all want to know what's in that drink.

4:50 AM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous BF said...

i like this post. especially the part about the aperol. well done, you.

6:07 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Daisy said...

i love these photos, Molly. thanks for checking in.

7:28 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Shelley said...

Hang in there. Very excited about the book to come!

7:34 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Jesse said...

i love aperol!a friend of mine introduced me to it a few months ago, what a find.

8:20 AM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous rach | buttons magee said...

obviously I need to make that drink!

9:35 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger jenmolin said...

We just got back from a cruise... lots of slippers and gourmet food .... cruises are a good "time" to meld all those perfect proposal ingredients in your brain... can't wait for the Feb breakfast menu!

10:40 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Nancy said...

That cocktail sounds tasty! I've never tried Aperol but I'll have to keep an eye out for it. Great photos, the blues in the first two shots are amazing!

11:18 AM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Claudia said...

I want to live in the first picture of Book Proposal land.

2:08 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Kerissa said...

I heart Book Proposal Land.

2:52 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Kate said...

I had a lovely drink a month ago with prosecco, aperol, and a slice of lemon.

I can't wait for your next book. I made your fresh ginger cake this weekend, but ran out of time before I got to the caramelized pears phase. So I dusted with powdered sugar and grabbed some caramel cone Haagen Dazs ice cream on the way to the dinner party. Rave reviews!

3:14 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Aku said...

Great pics as always Molly; looking forward to the next time you come back to us!

3:20 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous tri said...

I love this post. it could make a brilliant short story. hope you can come up for air soon!

3:36 PM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Amy said...

Good luck! Glad you like Girl Talk, too!

3:53 PM, January 31, 2011  
Anonymous Laura. said...

book proposal land sounds a lot like grad school application land! perhaps they are next to each other on the map. i kind of can't wait to get home (tomorrow!). can't wait to hear about the book as it materializes, so excited to hear about the addition to delancey! thanks for sharing the lovely photos, seeing them makes me want to own a better camera and take my own amazing photos.

4:53 PM, January 31, 2011  
Blogger Figs, Bay, Wine said...

It sounds like heaven. I miss working that hard on a project. I hope you're enjoying it. And that the Aperol eases the sticky bits that aren't so enjoyable.

6:07 AM, February 01, 2011  
Anonymous Christine said...

Just recently bought a bottle of Aperol for the first time, and wondering what to mix it with, so thanks for the idea!

6:38 AM, February 01, 2011  
Blogger TattooSarah said...

This sounds amazing! Girl talk is so important, I have a twin sister, who I am very cloe to. We get together at least once a week to chat. We always feel great at the end. I love her so much! Thanks for the story!

http://www.tat4life.net/cookbook/

7:54 AM, February 01, 2011  
OpenID qzrp said...

Book proposals are part of the reason I left academia! Though the surroundings that your working look gorgeous-- best of luck!

2:04 AM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Kaitlyn said...

After 6 months of blah, I found contentment while my beach-chair slowly sank into the sand, the ocean lapped over my ankles, and I read your first book. Thank you for writing!

6:03 AM, February 02, 2011  
OpenID naomemandeflores said...

Pancakes and coffee are all I need to get by!

:)

Camila F.

6:08 AM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Alison @ a la Alison said...

That first photo is breathtakingly beautiful. Highlight of my ice-rainy day. Thanks

12:04 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger Stan & Deb said...

I just wrote a comment to Bon Appetit saying I would be missing Barbara as the Editor and good luck. I've been a subscriber for over 30 yrs. I also mentioned my favorite column is by you Mollie! Where were you in January I hope you are still writing for them??? Will miss you if you're not there ...

2:34 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I'm not sure I could live without my "book club"...girl talk is a very necessary part of a creative woman's life...

BTW, my book club can drink your book club under the table...lol

2:44 PM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) said...

I love the pics. And I've been spending most nights in socks and slippers as well. Nothing wrong with that. ;)

Thank you for the lovely breakfast recipes as of late, by the way. They've been so inspiring. And I truly do believe that breakfast is the most delicious part of any day, so it's fun having lots of recipes to play with. :)

3:35 PM, February 02, 2011  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, friends!

Stan & Deb, I wish I had better news about BA, but sadly, my contract there has ended. They're making a lot of changes to the magazine, and everyone I worked with has been let go. You'll see a story by me in the April 2011 issue, but otherwise, no more.

5:56 PM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the introduction to Girl Talk!

7:20 PM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Kasey said...

Book proposal land doesn't look so bad (even in winter). I like your choice of music!

10:52 PM, February 02, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missed you in Bon Appetit!

11:53 AM, February 03, 2011  
Blogger Yella said...

This just in: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are dating! I'm a fan, too...

3:02 PM, February 04, 2011  
Anonymous Meryl said...

Just wanted to say I love your blog.

6:14 AM, February 05, 2011  
Blogger Nicole (at) Barefoot + Smitten said...

This is maybe my favorite post of yours ever. So lovely and the photographs are perfect.

8:41 AM, February 05, 2011  
Blogger stephmodo said...

What a clever post...

So happy to be living in your neck of the woods now. Delancey is a true gem in Seattle and it's so fun to finally have the chance to visit after all these years of reading about it!

Good luck in Book Proposal Land...#2, eh?

3:11 PM, February 05, 2011  
Blogger Gregory said...

love all these photographs.. if you're missing some good food in book proposal land then check out the new one on this blog... anunrefinedgentleman.blogspot.com

10:35 AM, February 06, 2011  
Blogger Linda said...

I'm reading your book "A Homemade Life". I love, love, love it! You are writing about your life and recipes and I feel as though I'm reading a John Grisham novel. I don't want to put it down and I don't want it to end. I love reading about your dad, he reminds me, in ways, of my dad who died almost 3 years ago.
This is my first time visiting your BLOG...I know I will enjoy this too. I love your spirit....
Linda in Utah

10:43 AM, February 06, 2011  
Blogger sarah said...

very excited about #2 since i'm about to finish #1 very soon. it's not your fault i'm reading this book in the dead of february in chicago, but i feel there should have been a protective sleeve/warning over the slow roasted tomatoes recipe. "a do not read unless it's tomato season" warning. july and august are very far away and that is heartbreaking. silver lining: there was a lot of heavy breathing when i came upon the custard corn bread. i will make it for my birthday dessert in a month. best wishes on #2!

8:07 PM, February 09, 2011  
Anonymous Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

Book proposal land? I'm just about to enter it for the first time ever, and I'm a little scared. But more than that, I'm excited. Very, very excited. Can not wait for Book #2!

4:51 AM, February 27, 2011  
Blogger sweeney young said...

Not a plug: I reckon you'd love a site called foodintol.com it has heaps of info about healthy eating, determining if you are allergic to anything etc.

2:28 PM, March 30, 2011  

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