Lately, I have been exploring other peoples’ blogs and getting more readers. (Thanks new readers!) One of them reminded me that the title of my blog is all about procrastination. Procrastination is something I do every day, so I thought from time to time I might start sharing what it is I am avoiding working on. I avoid writing in many genres — humorous essay, memoir, children’s literature, and screenwriting.
Today, I am avoiding working on a script. This script is the culmination of over ten years of screenwriting workshops, development meetings, traumatic Hollywood experiences (that’s another blog), and soul searching. It’s a comedy that is also sad which is my favorite kind of film. And of course, I’m stuck on the second act. Syd Field, who wrote my favorite book on screenwriting (now out of print) called How to Write an Action Movie (he has lots more books though that aren’t out of print, see one at left), is one of many to point out that the second act is the tricky part of the script. That’s the moment where you have to twist things around and surprise the audience by going in a completely different direction to propel them through to the end. Also, I may have been going around telling people that this script is the funniest thing I have ever written. Inflated expectations much?
So breakfast. Maybe this isn’t exactly what the Mayans meant by the end of the world but I discovered I am out of Grits! Instead, I prepared my usual recipe for fake, vegan “cheese” Grits but used Cream of Wheat instead. Why is it that I have two different kinds of Cream of Wheat (quick and quickest) and no Grits? Bad. My apologies to Wichita Sims though, who gags when she even thinks about Grits. Must be a Civil War thing.
4 cups of boiling water (it will boil faster if you salt it first)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 of cup of any kind of Cream of Wheat or Grits (I don’t think the various times on the box are meaningful — you’ll know when it’s ready)
2 or 3 slices of Vegan American-style cheese (I used Veggie slices — since American cheese “food” isn’t technically cheese either, the vegan version doesn’t taste too different)
2 tablespoons of Earth Balance (though not necessary)
1 teaspoon of paprika
Add your cereal to the boiling, salted water. Reduce to a simmer. Wait a minute or two and add fake cheese slices, paprika, and Earth Balance. Cook until soft and graciously orange, about 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with a dollop of lactose-free yogurt. Makes enough for 2 or 3 people or leftovers for the next day.