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Menu Planning: February 2-8

A much more productive week was has this go round:

  • Continue brainstorming recipe ideas, nail down the most likely candidates.
  • Test 2 recipes.
  • Write a treatment for the 5th story.
  • Script introduction comic.
  • Work on character sketches for 3 main characters.
  • Make a list of techniques that need to be illustrated.

And now some notes:

The brainstorming is going well! The next step is to evaluate the lists to make sure there’s a good balance between meat and veggie items, textures, temperatures, skill levels and other criteria. I’ve set up a spreadsheet for just that purpose and will be filling in any remaining blanks this week if all goes as well as I hope.

A really good mix of spices was assembled and tested for this weekend’s roasted red potatoes and a spicy corn pudding make their way onto the short list for included side dishes. It’s always nice when things work on the first go-round! The secret, of course, is to start with a known entity–maybe another recipe, maybe just a good idea–and elaborate from there. Substitutions and improvisations on a theme can yield all sorts of yummy results.

Originally there were going to be 5 comic sections in the book but I decided that rather than spend valuable panels setting up characters in the first story, separating the introduction and conclusion made more sense and left the chapters for the more concentrated story efforts. Hence, 7 comic sections there will be. The intro clocks in at 6 pages, which let’s us meet our main characters but doesn’t get too heavy into their back-stories.

Speaking of characters, preliminary sketches are making me happy–much more so than the first round of Ami and Jud from Fall. Of course, I neglected to scan them tonight before shutting down Minnie (my Mac mini, of course) and she’s hooked up to the scanner, so those will go up tomorrow.

About the only thing that didn’t see much work (not none, just not much) was the technique list. I knew I was forgetting something! Oh, well, it’s always good to carry one thing over to the next week, right? It’s like stopping writing in the middle of a scene so you can get right back into it the next day. Or so I’ve been told…

  • Make a list of techniques to be illustrated.
  • Evaluated intended recipe list on spreadsheet and fill any holes/balance out the offerings.
  • Test 2 more recipes (this time main dishes).
  • Script the Chapter 1 comic story.
  • Plan first fundraiser.

Okay! Look for the sketches to go live tomorrow night (the 2nd)! Starting next week I’ll also be introducing a new fun feature to make this blog a bit more than just my weekly to-do list!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? I welcome them all in the comments!

  • Continue brainstorming recipe ideas, nail down the most likely candidates.
  • Test 2 recipes.
  • Write a treatment for the 5th story.
  • Script introduction comic.
  • Work on character sketches for 3 main characters.
  • Make a list of techniques that need to be illustrated.
  • Continue brainstorming recipe ideas, nail down the most likely candidates.
  • Test 2 recipes.
  • Write a treatment for the 5th story.
  • Script introduction comic.
  • Work on character sketches for 3 main characters.
  • Make a list of techniques that need to be illustrated.
  • Continue brainstorming recipe ideas, nail down the most likely candidates.
  • Test 2 recipes.
  • Write a treatment for the 5th story.
  • Script introduction comic.
  • Work on character sketches for 3 main characters.
  • Make a list of techniques that need to be illustrated.

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