Monday, November 4, 2013

Jenn Musing Finale

Well, bloggy friends, it's been real.  It's been fun.  And it's been real fun.  But I think I've known for a while my heart wasn't in this blog anymore.  My heart really isn't into writing anymore.  I haven't even read a YA book since....well I can't even remember when.

I think I'll get back into writing at some point, but my heart is for my children right now, for working with my son who has a neurological disorder called apraxia and needs a lot of extra time and love.  And so, that means it's time to stop blogging here at Jenn Musing.

Whether I know you in real life, or only in the blogosphere, I have truly appreciated you following.  Thank you for the friendships, the conversations, the encouragement.  I'll still be on twitter, tweeting about Christian stuff and apraxia.  I'll still be blogging, but about my family and apraxia.  Gotta blog what you know, you know?  Gotta blog what you love, right bloggy friends?

Hope we still get to stay in touch!
Jenn

Friday, August 23, 2013

Cheesecake and Writing Organically

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Cheesecake Cupcakes: Writing Organically


Good ol' Wikipedia taught me the history of cheesecake.  Cheesecake has been around for about 4,000 years.  It was originally made using flour, wheat, cheese and honey.  It was believed to have made its debut at the first Olympic games and became such a favorite that it was served at Greek weddings.  Over the centuries, the recipe has been changed, using different varieties of cheese and adding different ingredients, such as eggs and butter.  In 1872, an American farmer was trying to reproduce his own version of a French cheese for his cheesecake and ended up making his own version of cream cheese.  He then decided to start selling the product in foil wrappers, much like we use today, which became the staple for cheesecakes sold in America.

When I hear the story about the origin and changes of one of my favorite cakes, I must admit it reminds me of my own manuscript.  I had a dream one night that inspired my story.  I wrote out the scene of my dream and planned the story around it.  But as the story took shape, characters began to do things differently then they did in my mind and my plans.  And as I revised the story, I realized more and more that the scene that had inspired the entire idea didn't even fit anymore.  I sadly had to cut it out.

We can brainstorm and plot and outline for a long time, but somehow, as we start writing and the words appear on the page, they seem to veer off in a different direction then we originally planned.  I think this is a good thing.  Organic.  It makes the story and the characters seem alive.  

Whether it was intentional or not, I'm glad for the changes to the recipe that helped cheesecake become the dessert we know and love.  I admire the farmer who tried to make a French cheese and ended up with something different.  Instead of tossing it out as a failure, he realized the value in it and made a new and improved product out of it.  It went on to become a bestseller.

Monday, August 12, 2013

First Birthday Fun!

Big brother E helps decorate the cupcakes.  Yes, no party is complete without cupcakes. :)

The decor.
The crazy family photo.

The presents.  Little A had fun crawling across them.  E did his big brotherly job of helping unwrap and play with the presents.

The cupcake.  Or what was left of it.
And just for fun comparison sake: E on left, A on right, both at age 1.