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Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

Meatball Sandwich … to share

Jack came through the door in a hurry, whipped around and slammed it closed.
“Wine.”
“The red, or the white?”
Jill looked at the pots on the stove. Silver pots. Boiling water. Simmering sauce.
“The red. No, wait … bring ’em both.”
“Where’s the screw?”
“Check the drawer.”
“Not here. Where did we leave it last?”
“Anywhere. The food’s done. What’ll we do?”

Writing for context gives you a lot of wiggle room when using dialogue. The characters shall give away their presence of mind with just the right words, and delivered the pace with established context. Let your audience figure some things out to share their presence with the story. Give them a place, and that one extra image to establish connection.

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Vegetable “Toasts” in hollowed-out bun-tops

“This is my new creation. It’s called ‘Toast’ … a countable noun, as in, ‘I’m making mushroom & onion toasts tonight.’ Do you understand? It’s an idiolect of food. Remember that, please, if nothing else but the intense flavor of onion and tomato.”
“Can we eat now?”
“I don’t know. Can you?”
“Just serve the food, Chef Boyardee.”
“With pleasure.”

What do you characters say when they talk about food? They must have some opinion about food, their diet, fast-food vs. fine dining, diners vs. take-out Chinese/Indian/Pizza … even if this is a negative opinion about food in general. Either way — or somewhere in between — food and eating is a character trait just like any other “thing” that can be shown of a fictional person.

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Game Food

“So what’s with the headless hare?” “Bleed ’em out. The meat tastes sweeter.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Buttered Bread

“Pete, I ate the last of the soup.” … “Get out. Or make some more. I don’t care which. No, make the soup, and then get out.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Zwei Biere, bitte …

“I read somewheres-about where beer is a food. I ‘tink it has to do wid’da hops.”
“Just drink the fucking thing, would ‘ya?”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Walnuts from the Castle Gardens at Český Krumlov

“The first strike on my head felt like an errant golf ball shot from the nearby course. When I found this was food attacking me, I had one full-proof act of revenge.”

 

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Olives (w/Martini, of course)

“He took his martini wet, with olives. Stirred, never shaken.”

 

Okay … for this inaugural “Food for Thought” post, an explanation. Characters must eat in stories, just as humans eat in life. What your characters eat (and drink) can say a lot about them. Sometimes, everything a reader needs to know. What do they like to eat for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? … how about SNACKS? How do they see their food (as a visual stimulant, but also as its effect on their emotions, and life)?

There are so many aspects of food — and diet — that a character can have to make a particular impression (that the writer wants to make, in a way no other part of his/her character’s life can make) on the audience, that to discount food, its imagery, and what it tastes like, can ruin a story. Not every story, but the best of stories.

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What Beauty was published in 2012. It’s a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.