Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Delores Goodrick Beggs

Cooking Up a New Story

            I think many cooks have a specialty they receive joy from selecting the ingredients, putting it all together, and then savoring the sharing of the results of their creation. I have felt that way myself many times when coking breakfast for my family, when a new story idea pops into my relaxed mind demanding to take over the kitchen for a while.
            The gathering of story ingredients continues while I attempt to concentrate on the bacon and eggs to no avail; finally I grab pen and paper and jot a few notes on the countertop beside the sizzling frying pan until a whiff of scorch wafts from the electric range and then I hurry to turn the over-crisp strips and add some fresh ones to the mix, my mind still playing with the new story.
            Then I am quickly back at the pen and paper adding new notes to those already there, and the conclusion comes to mind just as breakfast is ready, if a mite overdone.
            But I feel good and now I have a new plot to flesh out and finish cooking up. Most of the time it works - there's something relaxing about cooking breakfast that gets my story juices flowing - but once I a while I have to toss the notes with the burned bacon and start over.
            One example of a breakfast story that worked is my "Preserves," which was published May 1988 in the New York magazine Z Miscellaneous, Vol. 2, No. 3; I especially remember that one because I was cooking up blueberry muffins that morning but I got so engrossed in writing down the story that jumped into my mind the muffins became brown rocks and  breakfast became cold cereal that morning.

April 10, 2012


  1. I wonder what genre of publication the next literary breakfast will be part of?

  2. Congratulations, Delores. You have a good start. I'm still working on mine. I'll follow you if you'll return the favor.
    Janis Lane

  3. Great post. Congratulations on starting your blog. I'm in the process of setting one up. Keep up the good work.

  4. It's good to have a theme for your blog-I like that the blog is "your world." It took me a year to finally realize how my blog should be to work for me. Now, it's what I enjoy most in my on-line day. I don't post every day though--I learned right away that I am a bit lazy.
    Good luck!!!

  5. Awesome start on your blog. I've had mine for some time, and still don't seem to mesh with it. I kind of hit and miss with posts. and I certainly don't post every day either, I don't think my poor mind could handle it. And I don't want to be making hockey puck muffins like others I've read about... ;-)

  6. Delores, it's amazing what inspires us, isn't it? I hate to admit I don't get much inspiration from cooking, most of the time it's a chore, but I always try to find something to bake with my boys because I don't want them ignorant when it comes to cooking.

    Congrats on stepping into the blogosphere. Looking forward to more of your posts.

  7. I know I'm going to love your blog. I do love to cook and have also done a lot of cake decorating. Usually I don't think about my stories while I am in the kitchen, I just try to get it done so I can head back downstairs to my computer.

    Good luck with your new blog.