Feb 282014

I have been a fan of Alimentum for a long time. They used to be a print journal, but have since switched to an online-only format.  For any foodie, it is a fascinating site to explore. The literature ranges from short stories and poetry to essays and book reviews, but there is more: food-centered art, videos and music.

You can spend hours exploring the journal or just pop in for a few minutes to read a story or poem, although it could be difficult to choose what you want to focus on. So many things to read and see. I would suggest starting with the pieces featured on the home page and then digging into the archives. One of the pieces featured on the home page as I am writing this post is Recipe for Winter by Khristopher Flack. Part recipe, part poetry, part essay . . . a sort of literary mole` sauce with a variety of ingredients that lead to a satisfying, rich experience. The lomography (plastic camera) style photographs of Martha Clarkson and Jim Carpenter are beautiful and thought-provoking. Click on the site’s Jukebox for some interesting music to accompany your browsing. Lots of things to love, in my opinion. A very unique journal with a narrow focus that condenses it into a jewel.

Do you know of any other foodie literature sites? If so, please let me know!

This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads

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Feb 062014

Most of my recent writing has had a definite foodie theme. When fictional characters cook they need fictional kitchens to cook in. So I spend quite a bit of time mentally planning out kitchens for my stories. I have to say, I wish I had the kitchen in the culinary mystery I am currently working on. It’s the big, bright and functional cooking space of my dreams. If I can’t have it, I may as well write about it, right?

All photos by Fawn Deviney for Boston magazine

There is always Pinterest for inspiration, but recently I found a magazine column that made me go “ooh”. Boston Magazine has a column written by Leah Mennies called Kitchen Spy. As you can imagine from the Spy moniker, the posts take a peek into kitchens, poking around refrigerators, pantries and bookshelves. These aren’t spotless, model home kitchens, though. The column lets you look into the kitchens of Boston area chefs.

As expected, chefs have some interesting culinary toys and pantry items. There are photos of everything from antique meat grinders to cheese boxes and muscat jelly. The accompanying interview always has explanations of many of the photographed items and gives a nice glimpse into the life of a chef. I can’t wait to see more entries in this magazine column. Each installment is a luscious bit of culinary eye candy.

This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.

Dec 032013

JukePop Serials is a site that offers curated serial fiction. What does that mean? I’ll start with the serial part first. Stories on the site are published one chapter at a time. Think episodes in a TV series. So you can find stories that are just beginning, with only a few chapters, or complete novel-length stories that can be read on your computer or through an app for other devices. Anybody can read the first chapter of any of the posted stories, but to read further you need to sign up for an account (which is free). Then you can add all of your favorite serials to your bookshelf and be informed when new chapters are posted.

The curated aspect of the site makes it stand out, to me. All stories have to be accepted by the JukePop editors before they are published. Curated=quality. As a reward for writing well, the site pays authors. Readers can +vote for their favorite authors/serials and there is also a monthly bonus for authors in the Top 30, a ranking system based on votes. A nice incentive for authors to keep the writing quality high and their stories up to date.

There is a huge variety of genres on the site. Zombie, women’s fiction, paranormal, hard-boiled detective, post-apocalyptic, steampunk . . . something for just about everyone. The site is set up nicely, I find it visually appealing, with tabs that you can customize once you have an account. On the front page you can see which serials have new chapters, completed stories, editor’s picks and your favorite genres at a glance.

I love the site as a reader, but as you can see by the logo at the top of this post, I am also a writer there. Ready Or Not is a part of my Bartonville series featuring Micah, a minor character from Must Love Sandwiches.

What do you think of serial fiction? Does reading a story one chapter at a time appeal to you?


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Oct 162013


From the website: We got the idea for DailyLit after the New York Times serialized a few classic works in special supplements a few summers ago. We wound up reading books that we had always meant to simply by virtue of making them part of our daily routine of reading the newspaper. The only thing we do more consistently than read the paper is read email. Bingo! We put together a first version and began reading “War of the Worlds” and “Pride and Prejudice”. We showed it to friends, added more books and features at their request, and presto, DailyLit was born.

Serialized fiction has been gaining in popularity as people have less time to indulge in reading. Daily Lit has a large selection (over 1000) of classic and contemporary books that you can read in serial form. Installments can be emailed to you or subscribe to an RSS feed of installments instead. Convenient delivery in easy to digest segments. You take the time to read countless emails every day, why not enjoy a great book in the same way? Since Alice Munro just won the Nobel Prize, I plan on reading her book “Fiction“.


Oct 032013

Stories are all around us. From your first date, to your first day at work, our entire lives are filled with unique stories. We believe that an amazing story can change your life, and that every one of us is the hero of our own story. We created ReadWave to give everyone a place to share their stories. Hear an interesting story today? ReadWave it!

What is a ReadWave?

A “ReadWave” is a short piece of writing. It could be something that has happened to you, or something you heard from a friend. It could be a piece of fiction or an article on something you’re passionate about. A ReadWave is a story that you want to share with world!  

If you are a fan or writer of short stories, ReadWave is a great site to explore. You can find everything from creepy flash fiction to essays with advice on writing. Travel, Food, Opinion, Geek and Diary are just a few of the many categories listed on the bottom of the home page. Of course, you can also check out lists of Editor’s Choice, Latest and Trending ReadWaves.

To me, ReadWave is like a combination of a huge online literary journal and a social media site. Since anybody can share a story on the site, the quality of writing and subject matter is varied. It reminds me of a short story only version of the hugely popular serialized fiction site,  Wattpad. There are even some serialized stories on ReadWave. Readers can “Like” stories, leave comments and follow authors, as well as share links to the stories on Twitter, Facebook and G+. One handy feature is the estimate of how long it will take to read each piece, nice if you only have a few minutes and would rather read an entire story than have to quit in the middle.

As an author you can see how many people have viewed your story, always an exciting thing, and respond to comments. ReadWave will even send you an email when your story has reached milestones like being viewed 50 times or if it is trending. You can upload your own cover photo or pick one from the images the site provides. There are even weekly contests where an excellent story can land you on the front page. Of course, every user can set up a profile with a biography and photograph. You can find mine here.

Have you ever visited ReadWave? What do you think of the site?