Priorities, Focus, and Accomplishments (AKA Crazy Avoidance)

I seriously looked like this for a few days…

Just over a year ago I was nearly ready to publish my recipe book … when my not-backed-up hard drive CRASHED.  I researched getting the information on my hard drive recovered through a number of data recovery companies but that proved prohibitive — I was going to have to start over!  Fortunately I found an old back-up on one of my other computers — to my relief I did not lose any of my recipes, which is of course the most important part — but for all the rest of my work … I was going to have to start over.  What did I learn from all this?

That’s right…


Writers — need an AWESOME editor — ask for Linda…

So, using the partial back-up I found following the crash, I restarted my book during June 2017 and I have been working on it since — I even got a SUPER COOL editor by accidental fortune and dhum luck …. er, I mean, dumb luck.  I am here to say that things have been going well and I’m nearly done!  Again.

Like this from the 2013 tour but this time with more hair.

This past holiday season, despite my preferences, I had to take a bit of a break from this work — I needed to prioritize on things other than my book. I was working my day-job, baking a ton of cookies as gifts for friends (that’s kinda my thing), I was preparing for time with my family, and my truck let me know it needed a number of repairs.  I had even been asked once again to contribute to the annual Celtic-rock Christmas tour by the esteemed fiddler, Geoffrey Castle — and given my previous music experiences with Geoff, that was an opportunity was I was NOT about to miss!

So now it’s January 2017 … I mean 2018, and I am back to work — on my book, on my day-job, on my truck, on my music, on … on … on … TOO MUCH!  Out of necessity, I prioritized during the holidays to get things done, so why not now?  That occurred to me last week, and it’s left me thinking….

This looks a little different than my truck

I need my truck for coming events.  I want and need my book to be done because … well … both with trials & tribulations the project has been going for a prolonged period, and I want to enjoy the next stage of it — having it published and connecting with people about baking and good food.

So it makes sense to put everything else aside and focus on these, right?  I think so!

I’m sizing things up — I’m considering this temporary shift.  If I do it, I see it as being possible that I could be done with my book in a matter of weeks, my truck too!  By doing this I would reduce the directions I’m stretched in and attempt to keep my sanity (/CHORTLE), and then be better able to focus on both the work that remains and the work ahead.  This could also better allow me to promote my coming book — which has been a challenge with everything already happening.

So there’s my thought, maybe my Plan Of Action — we’ll all know soon enough — wish me LUCK!

All the Best ~ Don

Linda at

Geoff at and Wikipedia

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a small business owner … it’s being both of these kids … and you have to wear the costume.
Yes, in front of Everyone.

Star Wars Cookbook II

If you’re like me, grinning from ear-to-ear having seen the latest Star Wars installment “The Last Jedi“!  In anticipation of the film, I looked on my library’s website for what material from the cannon they had available.  As it turned out, they had LOADS!

Star Wars films, Star Wars soundtracks, Star Wars books, Star Wars audio books, William Shakespeare‘s Star Wars books — AND THIS — The Star Wars Cookbook II -Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes by Frankie Frankeny &‎ Wesley Martin.

Being into sci-fi, and soon to publish my own first baking/cooking book, I’ve started to look at recipe books with a different eye, and when it came to this Star Wars cookbook … I Simply Had To Check This Out!

Geared toward kids, over the course of its 60 wipe-clean pages it features hilarious photographs and fun Star Wars themed recipes.  This second installment of The Star Wars Cookbook series even includes a washable plastic stencil of Darth Maul’s iconic face to help decorate culinary creations.  This book doesn’t teach kids to play with their food but instead to get creative with cooking — while helping to bring them into the kitchen to learn to cook without the use of Jedi mind-control tricks.  Adults as well as kids will have a great time with this book.

The Star Wars Cookbook II -Darth Malt and More @
ISBN-10: 0811828034
ISBN-13: 978-0811828031

The Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes @ Wookieepedia

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