Category Archives: Toasted Cheese

Look what I did!

I went and made Toasted Cheese all modern + WordPressy! It took me quite a while to move everything (a little bit at a time so as not to go insane :)), but it’s going to be so much easier to maintain + update everything now. Three Cheers and a Tiger for me!

Interview with Janet Mullany at Absolute Blank

This month at Absolute Blank, I interview former TC host and prolific author, Janet Mullany — “Toasted Cheese Success Stories: Interview with Janet Mullany.” (And hey, look, I’m posting about it on the same day it’s published, not 3 weeks later. Go me.)


June Toasted Cheese!

Looking for something to read? Check out the June 2013 issue of Toasted Cheese.


A reminder that I’m still looking for contributions for an upcoming article on writing spaces. Details here.

And… we’d also like to see more writers submitting reviews. See here for details or talk to our reviews editor at the forums. Why write a review? It’s a writing credit to your c.v. (win for you) + support for a fellow writer (win for a toasty-cheesy colleague). Everyone wins!

Do you love your writing space? Tell me about it!

Writers! Tell us about your writing space.

We are working on an article about writers and their writing spaces and we need your input.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated home office with a desk and a chair? Is your “office” tucked in a corner of another room–or a closet? Do you write at your dining room table, on the sofa, or in bed? Do you prefer to write in public spaces–coffeeshop? library? outdoors?

Do you have a window with an inspiring view? Have you filled a blank wall with an inspiration board or photos? Is your space minimalist or filled with talismans? What do you love about your writing space? What would you change if you could?

Send a photo of your writing space along with a paragraph or two describing it and its influence on your writing to beaver[at] with the subject line “AB – My Writing Space.”

If there is enough interest, this may become a series.

So right! March issue of TC is up.

Actually, it’s been up since Saturday, but as you know, Bob, there tends to be a bit of a lag around here.

This is issue 13:1 of Toasted Cheese (pause for gasps), March 2013.

I have a review of Janet Mullany’s The Rules of Gentility and another Snark Zone: “Unqualified Praise Only, Please” (couldn’t believe that hadn’t been scooped as a title yet!) in it.


TC is looking for submissions of reviews. See here for details.

If a new issue goes up and no one says anything, did anyone read it?

The December 2012 issue of Toasted Cheese is up for your reading pleasure.

I have a couple things in it here and here. Didn’t plan on that, but everyone else was busy, so you get a double dose of me. Think of it like extra sriracha on your eggs, if you’re into that sort of thing.


It’s time to start scheduling for 2013, so if you’re interested in writing an article for Absolute Blank or a review for Candle-Ends, do let me know.

Keeping a Commonplace Book

I have a new article up at TC: “Keeping a Commonplace Book.”

When I was eleven, my godmother gave me a hardcover notebook. Inside the front cover, she wrote: “It can be a diary, whatever you like!” It turned into whatever I liked.

The first surviving page—there are several torn out at the beginning, evidence of false starts made before I figured out what use to put the book to—is a list of potential character names: first names on one side, last names on the other. There are also lists of Likes (cities, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, reading uncensored books), Dislikes (being serious, snow, people who borrow stuff permanently), Quotes (‘three can keep a secret as long as two of them are dead’), Vocab (made-up or repurposed words a la Urban Dictionary), amongst others. These lists weren’t created all at once, but compiled over years, added to one or two items at a time. My favorite of these is the one titled Words, a list of words I liked, often more for their sound than their meaning: eclectic, elfin, exquisite, eloquent; crinkly, quirk, corrupt, cajole; shimmery, psyche, sepulchral, sinuous. Others seem more prophetic or insightful: scribe, judicial, introspective, and provocative (twice).

keep reading

Mini-Nano Challenge – Day 30

And… my mini-nano SFD is complete. Just wrote THE END.

Mini-Nano Winner!

It really is a SFD. Amongst other things, the pacing is terrible. It was super slow until I realized I only had x days left, then I sped up so I’d get to the end in time. But! The good news is I realized where the end should be fairly early on so I did have a specific place I was aiming for—and I got there. Yay.

Final word count: 7,653 words! That’s an average of 255 words a day.

Going to continue with the 250 words a day goal for October 🙂