My writing process usually involves the smoke detector.Image 1

I don’t smoke. But when I’m working on a new manuscript, our oven tends to.

You’d think I’d be more careful. I’ve had a slight case of Oven Phobia (especially Toaster Oven Phobia) since I saw the chunk of Evil scene in Time Bandits.

Yet once I enter my Writing Cave, I go into an Oblivious-To-All-Things-Around-Me-Except-The-Kid trance.

It’s like my brain’s on fire.

Only once the electronic wailing starts do I realize that food is on fire, too.


ME: “This meatloaf doesn’t look like meatloaf.”

THE KID: “It looks like Han Solo in carbonite.”

ME: “Agreed. You get the crackers. I’ll get the peanut butter.”


So, many of our meals don’t go as planned.

But often, those are the most fun of all. ‘Cause once you’ve:

  • ignited (“Whoa! It’s like a fossil!”)
  • incited (“Would you dogs please stop howling?!”)
  • contrite-ed (“Sorry, neighbors! False alarm. Yeah, again.”)
    any remaining mealtime formality is pretty much tossed out the open-so-everyone-can-breathe window.

And sometimes, an extra helping of frivolity is just you need to get inspired.

So, who’s up for a simultaneous peanut butter cracker eating and karaoke contest?

Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.

And I hope you do.

Prompt #15: Put a favorite character in an unexpected/awkward/disastrous/funny mealtime situation. (Bonus points if you incorporate, “Han Solo.” But that didn’t even need to be said, did it?) How does your character react?


blogger bio iconA Bit About Ame

Ame is probably reading or writing while burning a meal right now. She’s the author of:

  • BOY + BOT, ill. by Dan Yaccarino (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012).
  • TEA PARTY RULES, ill. by K. G. Campbell (Viking Children’s, 2013).
  • WOLFIE THE BUNNY, ill. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown; Spring, 2015).
  • HORRIBLE BEAR, ill. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown; Spring, 2016).

You can follow Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman), where she Tweets picture book reviews and just about everything that pops into her head or you can click here to learn a little more about this sometimes-blue haired maven.  

boy and bottea party rules

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