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I am almost sad that we’re at Day 23 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I can’t believe we’re at W today and have just three letters to go!

Today, I am super-excited to have one of my favorite bloggers, writer par excellence, someone who does everything with passion, someone I love more than 300 peacocks dancing in the rain, someone who tugs at my heart-strings with every word she writes, someone who never misses a blog post here. I met her back in July 2011 and was fascinated, first by her blog name and then, totally enthralled with her writing. She is fun, loving, generous and gorgeous. She’s a strong voice against domestic violence. She’s Kim Sisto Robinson of My Inner Chick. She’s a rockstar blogger.

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With open arms and an open heart, I am honored to have Kim here today!

Welcome, Kim! ♥

My dearest Vidya, thank you for asking me to Guest Post on your lovely blog. I am thrilled to be in Bangalore, India discussing how the writing process is similar to the baking process. What? You didn’t know that? I love you more than lemon tulips swaying in the gold sun in June.

How Making S’mores Is like Writing

• You begin with nothing …But that nothing can become Quite Something—even life changing.

• Place whole graham crackers over lightly greased cake pan…Just as you place words, metaphor, & dialogue in the first phase of your monkey mind.

• Stir brownie mix together—then pour evenly over crackers…Precisely as you might combine & create additional syllables into your poem, essay or story.

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• Bake about 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean…The vowels need to heat up inside your brain until they are ready to awaken.

• Sprinkle milk chocolate chips or Hershey bars over the top of brownies…This is what the writer must do with her words to make them more delicious and delectable for her readers.

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• Spread 3 cups of marshmallows over the chocolate evenly…What? Did you assume you were done? No. The writing is never done. Never complete. Never cooked entirely thru. There is always a better word, a better description, a better way to write something.

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• Set in the oven ONLY until marshmallows are golden brown…The writer needs to know when to stop, when to say, “no more!”— but the writer also recognizes that when she writes her last word, it is never truly the end.

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• Cut a slice of your creation & savor upon your tongue. The bar will be abundantly gooey and amazingly devourable….This is what the writer does when she is finished writing. She swallows her syllables and similes; she consumes her ink and dialogue. She sighs with gratitude. And she is satisfied.

4 Ingredient S’mores Bars

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• Graham crackers (I use one package)
• Brownie Mix (Make as directed on package)
• Chocolate chips or Bars ( I use 3 cups or 2 bars)
• Marshmallows ( 3 cups or to your own taste)
• I crush MORE graham crackers over the top of my marshmallows after baking.

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Thank you, Kim!

Kim’s family will have the 4th annual Kay Marie Sisto Walk To End Domestic Violence on May 31st, 2014. Details are here: http://www.theduluthmodel.org/events.html

I have a confession to make – I had a tough time formatting this post. At almost 12 midnight – I am sure Kim heard my tummy rumbling all the way in Duluth. Drool!

My Mom compared writing and relationships to cooking, too.

What would you compare Writing to? Please share in the comments!

Today, let’s go meet

Shesha Chaturvedi at Elixired

Ananya at Ananya Tales

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163 Comments

  • Reply
    My Inner Chick
    April 26, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Vidya,
    How many ways can I say “I Love You?”

    I do! I do!

    When we meet one day, I shall hug you tight and long…

    I shall declare, “you are a prayer in the universe!”

    You are! You are!

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx OOOO
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I know I will meet you one day soon, Kim! I love you, too! ♥ You are a gift!

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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    April 26, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Kim,
    Loved reading your guest post! And I love s’mores!! I need to get over to your blog more often. I always enjoy whatever you write!
    Cheers to you and to Vidya!!
    xoxo
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

      ♥ Such an honor to have Kim here, Betsy! Glad you stopped by. I am loving the fabulous connections I’ve made through blogging. You included! We should Skype soon!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Betsy, if you love s’mores, you will really LOVE these. I’m into EASY & this recipe is simple and my co-workers confessed, “The best bars in the world!”
      xxx LOVE to you.
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    Tia
    April 26, 2014 at 5:59 am

    You are amazing Kim, Love You!

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    Elephant's Child
    April 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Vidya, thank you for inviting one of my heroes over to visit.
    She is so very precious, and her words and her heart make the stars pale into insignificance.
    And that treat looks pretty special too – a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips special.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:28 am

      🙂 I just realized that it feels like you and I are already friends, because I am so used to seeing your comments over at Kim’s blog. I am enchanted by your blog. Rather than lurk, I’ll let you know I was there 🙂 Kim is indeed precious – and I consider her one of the biggest gifts in my blogging experience. I am so very happy to see you here today, Elephant’s Child.♥

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Dearest S,
      did you know that you are one of my Heroes, as well?! xxx I wish I could send you some bars!
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    Proactive Indian
    April 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Kim, your wonderful post made me think about this for the first time.

    I would compare writing to a clay pot being produced by a potter the traditional way.

    The raw material is a lump of clay. The finished product is an exquisite pot! The difference between the two is the potter.

    To the onlooker, it looks easy. It is easy for the potter, but what the onlooker doesn’t see, what many onlookers don’t even know, is that it took training and a lot of practice to reach that level of skill and creativity.

    Vidya, thanks for hosting Kim today!
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Pro, I am so happy Kim’s here. We’ve been friends for years and I am in love with her and her writing. Yes, writing evolves like a clay pot. Thank you for your wonderful comment!

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        My Inner Chick
        April 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

        Yes, Proactive!
        I can see how making a clay pot is completely relatable to the writing process!
        The molding, smoothing, shaping, painting!
        YEsssssssssS. xx
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    WriterlySam
    April 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Oh, wow, chocolate dipped, marshmallow smothered words–my favorite kind! Add a hot cup of coffee to that and it’s a perfect meal *coffee being the reward of words well wrought* Nice to meet you, Kim! You’re welcome to bring any leftovers to my site:)

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

      Coffee. Yes.Yes. 🙂 Sam, so lovely to see you here. I drooled all over my keyboard uploading Kim’s post. She’s the best. I suppose I’ll have to let go of the leftovers now. Sigh. Hugs!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Leftovers are on the way, Sam. I just need your address!! xxx
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    Sreeja Praveen
    April 26, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Thanks for hosting Kim here, Vidya 🙂

    Well, Kim, you gave us a wonderful recipe for writing 🙂 Lovely , delicious comparison, that was !! Something that prompts us to write better and cook better , of course 😀
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Isn’t she gorgeous, Sreeja? I am totally in love with Kim! 🙂
      And you.
      Thank you for being here today!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Sreeja, I suppose one can compare almost anything to the writing process, but for me, I see CHOCOLATE melting when I write!! xx
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    obsessivemom
    April 26, 2014 at 8:34 am

    What a delicious post that was. Loved watching it happen. Writing to me is a bit like bringing up kids.. you conceive it, nurture it, temper it and then turn it over to the world where it takes on it’s own life and becomes its own person. What say?
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

      That has creativity written all over it, Tulika! Yes, it is quite like birthing and nurturing with love. Hugs and thank you!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Obsessivemom,
      YES, Nurturing a child! And we are NEVER truly done, are we? We will nurture and love them ALWAYS…until the end of time. xx
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    Rachna
    April 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

    This was such a delicious post loaded with meaning. For me writing is comparable to being a parent!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

      😀 Delicious post is apt, Rachna! Yes! Writing is a lot like parenting. Thank you for your presence here today!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Rachna,
      thank you for reading. I’m honored to be on Vidya’s blog today! WOW. I love being in India. xx
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    Melanie
    April 26, 2014 at 8:49 am

    This is delicious! Kim, I am coming to your house next time I am in Duluth! I am up in Ashland, WI regularly, so the hour trip over should be just fine. I will expect some S’mores though 🙂
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    Shailaja V
    April 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Kim, this was a beautiful post. How appropriate of you to liken it with another passion 🙂 I can almost taste the smores now, just as I can feel the words leaving my mind and finding their way onto the page. Thank you for this lovely start to my day, Kim <3

    Vidya, thank you for having Kim over 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      🙂 I know how you feel, Shailaja! I love the idea of chocolate covered words! Thank you for commenting!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Shailaja,
      Yesssssss, I can taste the mixture of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham cracker as if they were metaphors, verses, and syllables! xx
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    April 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Miss Vidya, what a wonderful choice to guest star on your post. She did a wonderful job. I always enjoy reading her but I also enjoy your comments on her site. They are always so interesting!
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      nan @ lbddiaries
      April 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Oh wait – you asked a question. I liken writing to giving birth – sometimes a long time coming, often very painful to birth but once you behold that finished product, you forget all the pain and enjoy the fruit of labor!!
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        Vidya Sury
        April 26, 2014 at 10:34 am

        I am loving how the maternal instinct appears when we create something! The desire to nurture. Thank you Nan! You are absolutely right!

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        My Inner Chick
        April 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

        Dearest, Nan,
        I am SO happy that you connected with Vidya. You will both love each other just as I love both of you!! xxx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Nan, when I visit Kim’s blog, I always feel that everyone who comments is my friend. I’ve seen you all around for so long! 🙂 I am very glad you are here today! Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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    Eli
    April 26, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Aaaahhh – drooling over those pictures now (and I just read this other blog about W for Willpower… Help me someone!)Great post – love the comparison – and espeicially how it all starts with Nothing – but can be Something (big). You write lovely and funny Kim. Thanks Vidya for introducing us to Kim – and yeah wow – only 3 more days to go… 🙂 Best:-)
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      🙂 Eli, it was me for Will-power last night as I played with these photos! Hugs! Loved your W post today! Writing is just a joyful thing!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Eli,
      loved meeting you, dear! x
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    Beloo Mehra
    April 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Those are mouth-watering indeed 🙂 And what a delicious post this is! A creative analogy. I have often thought of writing as a very organic process – something like gardening done in a somewhat fast forward manner. The seed doesn’t germinate and becomes a plant until all the conditions are right – same goes for writing. Thanks Kim for giving me one more way to think of writing, a much sweeter way 🙂 And thanks Vidya for having her on your blog today for this delightful post.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      You know, Beloo, anything that needs nurturing can be likened to writing, no? 🙂 Gardening is such a beautiful analogy!Thank you so much for your comment!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Gardening! I Loooooooove!
      The seed. The digging. The pulling UNWANTED weeds.
      The petals, flower, blooming, inhaling the scent of Lilac!!!
      Thanks for reading, Beloo. xx
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    anna@herding cats & burning soup
    April 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Oh yum! That looks so good!
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    monicastangledweb
    April 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

    This looks so good and easy, too! Thanks Kim, for the recipe. I’m going to a picnic tomorrow and needed to bring the dessert. This is perfect!

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    vishalbheeroo
    April 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    That looks Yum and taste even yummier. I am a huge fan of Chocolates and can’t live without them:)
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      🙂 I can imagine, Vishal! Even if I am not a fan of chocolates, I doubt if I can resist this one! Thank you for your comment.
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Hello!
      I agree. Chocolate is, well, I crave it, devour it, savor it! xx
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    jann
    April 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Hello Vidya and Kim,

    It’s very exciting to go to India today!! I love your country, Vidya, having once been in Kerala…

    Kim, you make writing look so delicious that I almost tempted to get back to work on that mess of a manuscript in the back of my computer closet.
    Hugs to you both. xxxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Wow! Jann, Kerala is a beautiful place, much like the rest of India!

      Oh, I do hope you’ll bring out that manuscript and work on it! *Sending you a tray of s’mores bars!* Thank you so much for your presence here today!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Jann,
      love and s’mores flowing to you in Sicily. xxxxxx
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    Hotly Spiced
    April 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I so agree, Kim. There’s always another revision, another draft, another edit with everything we eat/write. Great post. I’ve never eaten s’mores as we can’t buy them in Oz but this does look like a gorgeous dessert/snack xx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Charlie! 🙂 What wouldn’t I give to holiday at the Oakville homestead now with a tray of Kim’s s’mores! I’ve never eaten them either. I remember the first time I tasted a marshmallow – I was 33 years old and my nephew gifted me a pack. 🙂
      Thank you for coming by, Charlie!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Charlie,
      you cannot buy, but perhaps, you can make.

      I mean, you are the BAKING DIVA!! XXXXXXXXXX
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    vanita
    April 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    well heck Kim you are rocking the cooking and the writing girlfriend! I love seeing you here on Vidya’s blog. Two awesome writers in one spot, can’t beat that! The revision process…that always kills me. Sometimes I just can’t stop revising!

    And Vidya, my sis, ya know i’m not much of a writer but if I ever find that talent as being a 2nd nature as you and Kim have, I’ll be sure to let you know.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      You not much of a writer, Vani? Ha! Tell me another, sis! 😀 I think you rock the writing more than I do. ♥ So happy to see you here. I am in love with Kim’s post!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Vanita,
      you are much too humble, My Dearest. xxxxx
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    Rajlakshmi
    April 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    this is just brilliant. Loved the creative way of mixing recipe and writing. Yup they are not that different 🙂 Happy to meet you Kim 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      🙂 Thanks for your comment, Rajlakshmi! Isn’t it fun how we can create what we want with our minds!
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    debbie
    April 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Kim and Vidya…..I feel like I know both of you! I’ve seen many of your comments on Kim’s blog Vidya so you are a familiar face to me! Kim, I always look forward to your posts…always. Your words either hit my heart or recipes hit my tummy!!!! Love, love this recipe because it is sweet and simple! Have a great weekend ladies!

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      I know, right, Debbie! I feel the same way too. ♥ I adore how Kim envelops us with her huge heart. Thank you for coming over!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Debbie,
      I hope you make this SIMPLE, Delish, semi-homemade recipe. It rocksssssssss. xxxx
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    Prasanna
    April 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    What? Ok I was far more distracted by the baking. Seriously I love how you have compared the baking process with the writing and at the end of both we have a delectable piece that is sure to enthrall. That is if I had the baking and writing done correctly. Loved this piece 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      😀 I took long enough, gazing at the photos before I actually read the post. But then I already know that Kim weaves magic with her words. Delectable just about sums it up! Thank you Prasanna! 😀

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Prasanna,
      My goal is that people read my writing & taste the words inside their mouths! Yeah, sort of like s’mores bars! xx
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    Alisno
    April 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Baking and writing – my favorite things. And Kim, one of my favorite people in the world. Can this be any more perfect?
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Alison! Great question. And I have the easy answer – guess not! 🙂 I am so thrilled Kim’s here today! Thank you for coming by!

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        My Inner Chick
        April 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        Mama Alison,
        and you are one of my all time favorite bloggers in the Universe! I’ve learned much from you. xxx
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    Sulekha
    April 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    It was an amazing experience reading the words while watching the article take shape along with the S’mores 🙂 Writing to me is like making a house of cards, the balance has to be perfect the angles too, and we have to know when to stop building it before it collapses. The just-right moment is the high I get while writing.Thanks Kim and Vidya…

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Sulekha,
      —-superb symbolism.
      I love the concept of seeing words as a house of cards & angles!xx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Love your take on writing, Sulekha! <3 I can see it in the way you weave your words! Hugs! So glad you are here today!
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    elizabeth
    April 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    After 12 days of eating hospital food, I tried to eat my screen!!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      don’t worry, Elizabeth,
      I will bake for you, sweets. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      I hope you’re feeling better now, Elizabeth! 🙂 Thank you for visiting!
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    KP
    April 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    This is something different and the novelty lends a special flavor to the yummy post on writing(hope the adjective is in keeping with the theme!)
    Vidya always springs surprises and this was something pleasantly unexpected.
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    Gary
    April 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Hey Vidya,

    Yes, I know, where is that amazing Gary? Hello, I have arrived. Gosh and golly 🙂

    I see you have noted one of my adoring fans. Kim is real sweet with a poignant, serious message. What’s not to love about Kim, or you, dear Vidya.

    Your recipe is certainly food for thought. Write on and eat, methinks.

    As for the A to Z Challenge! Argggghhhhh!!!! Phew, I feel better 🙂

    Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, dear Vidya.

    Gary
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    Ellen M. Gregg
    April 26, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Kim! Did you know Graham crackers are vegan? Don’t think I’m not going to walk away from this post without figuring out how to make it within my vegan framework! 😉

    I’d say my writing is like old-fashioned Johnny cakes. At first glance, they look like pancakes (except they’re golden in color). At first taste, they might seem simple to the point of being bland (except the flavor unfolds as you delve deeper). At first assessment, they might seem an “okay” equivalent to a buttermilk pancake (except from a nutritional standpoint, there’s a lot more going for the humble Johnny cake).

    Thanks to Vidya for hosting. I love that I’ve traveled to India this morning. 🙂

    Love you, dearie! Peace. ~Ellen

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Ellen,
      Johnny Cakes!!
      SUPERB analogy. You are soooooooo DOGGONE smart and insightful and interesting and delicious. LOVE U. xx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Oh, Ellen, love the Johnny Cake analogy. Quite like a wonderful relationships that unfolds beautifully! Thank you for your lovely comment!So happy to meet you!
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    Corinne Rodrigues
    April 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Oh Kim! We need ‘smore’ of your writing! What a lovely comparison. Delicious writing. ♥
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    lisa thomson-The Great Escape...
    April 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, Yummmmmmmy!! I love the comparison of writing to s’mores…you’ve written such a beautiful explanation for how these two things are the same! I compare writing to standing naked on the street. You’re putting it out there for everyone to see right into your heart. It’s nice to meet you Vidya! I just love Kim too so we’re off to a great friendship 🙂
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    lisa thomson-The Great Escape...
    April 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Yummmmmmm. S’mores and writing? What a beautiful combination and you write it so wonderfully. Kim, your writing makes my mouth water (and my eyes) without the calories. I compare writing to standing naked in a crowd. Your inner thoughts are out there for the world to see! It’s great to meet you Vidya and find your lovely website! What a great message you share. I’ve already found you on Twitter and Pinterest…any friend of Kim’s is someone I want to get to know better 🙂
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    Birgit
    April 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    What a unique and wonderful way to describe writing and now I am craving a smore!
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    Carolyn Hughes
    April 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Vidya dnd Kim, How lovely to see you both together! Couldn’t resist reading a post about two of my favourite things – food and writing. My daughters love making Smores and they turn out differently every time but are always delicious. That’s what I love about both your blogs- they feed my mind in different ways, but are always good.
    Lots of love 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      April 27, 2014 at 12:49 am

      —-Carolyn,
      And you, my dear, feed my mind & soul. xx kISS
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Kim’s post certainly feeds the mind and the soul, Carolyn! So happy to see you here. I love that we are all connected!
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    lisa
    April 27, 2014 at 1:35 am

    OMGoodness, sooooo yummy!
    Love you sweet friend! xo.

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    Joan Peterson
    April 27, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Dear Vidya,

    Thank you for being another blogger and for letting Kim guest blog for you. As always, she is wonderful and the recipe is sweet and amazing, just like Kim. I will be walking with Kim on May 31st. She is an inspiration to us all.

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    Urthwild
    April 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Your a powerhouse, I am so far behind in the blog challenge. I have not even written “T” yet. Trying to catch up now.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Shhh! 😀 I bravely signed up with two blogs and I am only able to keep up with this one, posting on time, thanks to the support of my friends! On my health blog, I am still behind. All in good time, though, eh? I am still at P there and hope to catch up to speed by the time we reach the end of A to Z! 🙂 Life does intervene, doesn’t it?

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    Ananya Kiran
    April 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Vidya ! Its a huge thing for me to be recommended by someone whom I look up to.. Thanks again for your love and support !
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      Vidya Sury
      April 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Thank YOU, Ananya! My pleasure.

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    Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com
    April 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Hi Vidya and Kim! Okay i have to confess that it is almost 10:00 p.m. in California when I am reading this and I am seriously thinking of going to the store and buying all this stuff to make these yummy looking things! Hopefully I will have the self control to stay put and let the feeling pass. Great references to writing and I so agree, “The writer needs to know when to stop, when to say, “no more!”— but the writer also recognizes that when she writes her last word, it is never truly the end!” ~Kathy
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    Rita @ The Crafty Expat
    April 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love, love, love this post! How clever is to compare writing to baking and, so true! Kim you are amazing! “she consumes her ink and dialogue” Yes, yes, yes!
    And, Vidya, I’m glad I just discovered your blog!
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    Vinodini Iyer
    April 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Never come across a more endearing and delicious post on the love for writing…so much warmth and passion! This has left me truly inspired.Dropping by from A to Z.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      🙂 Thank you Vinodini! The creative process of writing has so many analogies! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed Kim’s post!

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      My Inner Chick
      April 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Hello, Vinodini,
      Vidya is ALWAYS delicious! xx
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    Dan Brusca
    April 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Love the analogy. So spot on.
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    Lady Fi
    April 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Oh, I loved the metaphor of making smores and writing! The end result is always delicious.

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      My Inner Chick
      April 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      ——-Lady Fi,
      I brought these bars for my co-workers a few weeks ago and they went CRaaaaAZY. I was SO VERY happy to see them devour these gooey sins.
      xxxx Love to you & Oscar!
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Kim’s words are always delicious, eh, Lady Fi! I just hope I get to taste them for real some day! Thank you so much for visiting!
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    Debbie
    April 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    What a delicious analogy! 🙂 Totally agree with this:
    “There is always a better word, a better description, a better way to write something.” Self-editing can be so frustrating! LOL
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      My Inner Chick
      April 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Hi, Debbie,
      –somebody asked me recently what my favorite thing about writing was. I said, “Deleting unwanted words!” xx thanks for reading.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Ahh, Debbie, I know that feeling. Thanks to the A to Z Challenge, I now have plenty of unfinished drafts! That’s the beauty of creating with words – always a better way…thank heavens! Thank you, Debbie!
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    Shesha Chaturvedi
    April 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Woah! I have never imagined blog writing can be so delicious and tempting!!! Amazing! And each and every word is true here. Blog writing is the game of patience- how things start with nothing and turn into something worth the effort and hard work! I have never read something like this before. Amazingly creative, Kim!

    Thank you so much Vidya mam for recommending my blog ***heartShapedEyes) 😀
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    Jeri
    April 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Great analogy! Plus, that recipe is something I gotta try. I’m pinning it for later reference 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      April 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Jeri,
      let me know what you think of these bars. They were a GREAT hit w/ my family and co-workers. xx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Thank you for your presence here today, Jeri! So glad to meet you!
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    Chris Carter
    April 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

    And I have found, that when you cook your delicious well prepared delight too long… it becomes dry and tasteless… if heated too long- left in the fire, it loses it’s very essence of flavor.

    Sometimes I cook it too long. And then I must discard it all and start again.

    Woe to the writer when this is done.

    But when it is cooked perfectly and comes out of the oven with that sweet smelling aroma?

    Ah….

    GLORIOUS!

    LOVE this. LOVE you. LOVE the connection you have made with Vidya.

    Hello dear Vidya! You must be wonderful. SO lovely to meet you!! 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      April 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Chris,
      you make me smile whenever I read your sweet words.

      LOVE! Love! Love! xxxx
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Dear Chris! I am so happy you are here. I just read your “sidelines of blogging” post and want to give you one huge hug! ♥
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    Pheno Menon
    April 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    ooh have bookmarked this page for the smores.. let smore more and then snore eh !!!

    PhenoMenon

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    Michelle Wallace
    April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    “300 peacocks dancing in the rain”… what a vivid image Vidya! 🙂 It conjures all sorts of wonderful writing ideas… *mind goes into overdrive*
    … and I love Kim’s equally creative response: “…lemon tulips swaying in the gold sun in June.”
    Both are wonderful writing prompts…
    Kim sounds like a wonderful and upbeat person!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 28, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      ~~~~Michelle,
      Just so you know, Vidya is a colorful peacock dancing in the rain and sun of my life! x
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Michelle, what can I say? Kim is an angel from heaven. ♥
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    Debbie
    April 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Kim, this is so delicious — both the recipe and the comparison to writing. Yes, sometimes a bit of this and a pinch of that — for cooking as well as for writing — are all that’s necessary.
    Vidya, thank you for hosting darling Kim today. Always nice to “meet” the friend of a friend. Now I’m going to have to browse through some of your other posts to learn a bit more about you!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 29, 2014 at 1:18 am

      HI! Debbie,
      a little bit of this…a little bit of that makes something wonderfully delicious! xx LOVE to you, my friend.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Awww, thank you Debbie! It is entirely my privilege to have Kim here. I am loving seeing names that are familiar from her blog. It is a pleasure to meet you. ♥
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    Jodi @ Heal Now
    April 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    BIG HUGE YUM! xo
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    Kimberly
    April 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    It is all about connecting the dots so that you can connect with whoever is listening. I know that you write with your soul and for you but there is always that something special that must be added to keep your readers wanting more, learning more, feeling more…
    You’re a doll and that picture is absolutely gorgeous. Love and love youxoxo
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      My Inner Chick
      April 30, 2014 at 1:29 am

      And you, my dear, write with your blood.

      xxxxxxxxxx LOVE!
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        Vidya Sury
        April 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

        Kimberloo! Bear hugs to you. Planning a trip next year and this time, I wont wait for you to come meet me 😀 ♥
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    julie gardner
    April 30, 2014 at 3:05 am

    The most delicious analogy I’ve read in a while.
    And true.

    Especially the parts about A. there always being a better word and B. still knowing when to stop.

    That’s the hardest part for me. When is it DONE?
    The writing I mean.

    The baking isn’t done until I’ve finished the whole pan.
    Myself.

    Great post, Kim and nice to see you, Vidya!

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      My Inner Chick
      May 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Julie,
      so nice to see you, dear.
      You know what? For me, the writing is never done. I look back at some of my work and exclaim “NO, that’s the WRONG word or that’s that sentence is ALL wrong!” Never truly done. xxx KISS
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    Carrie Rubin
    April 30, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Oh, wow, these look beyond delicious! And to have corresponding writing metaphors with each of the steps? Brilliant! And now I want one. Or two…
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    Phil
    May 1, 2014 at 3:44 am

    Kim – you put together the sweet recipe on how to construct a writing, but in the process you just killed any chance of me eating a healthy dinner! I’m going out for dessert!
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      My Inner Chick
      May 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Phil,
      by the look of you, I have a feeling you would work those s’mores off at the gym to hell and back! xxx
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    Sandra
    May 1, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Vidya it is a pleasure to meet you and thank you so much for having Kim over here. She is one of the coolest chicks on the planet! Love this post Kim and this yummy, sinful dessert will appear on my counter soon.

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      My Inner Chick
      May 1, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Sandra,
      let me know how you like these sins. I think you will add an entirely new twist to them, you baking Diva! xx
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    Amy Tong
    May 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Wonderful post. I’m visiting from Kim’s site. 🙂 I never thought of Cooking Is like Writing…until now. I have to agree they do have many similarities…while I still think writing is a LOT harder than cooking though!
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    Susan Casey
    May 2, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Kim, you know I’m new to your blog and you have become my new favorite to follow. I LOVE this post…so deliciously creative and so true… how I want to reach my hand in through the computer and eat one of these while I try to think of something to cook up on the page! xo

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    Dawn
    May 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Yum! You are so right, though I never thought about the similarities between cooking and writing. I’m going to have to make these. I’m confused about the gram crackers though…are yours chocolate covered?

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      My Inner Chick
      May 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Dawn,
      I used chocolate graham crackers, but the PLAIN ones are better. Use those instead and let me know how they turn out! xxx

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    Dawn
    May 4, 2014 at 7:03 am

    PS: I’m not sure I smiled today, until I had to check the box to post the comment. Then I for sure smiled. Thanks.
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      Vidya Sury
      May 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

      🙂 Hugs, Dawn! I am glad you are here! Love!

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    Dana
    May 5, 2014 at 4:04 am

    This analogy is perfect, although I will say I prefer writing to baking. Now eating the baked goods is another story! There definitely is an art to knowing when your writing is done (for now, anyway). I’m still learning that one.
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      My Inner Chick
      May 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

      –Dana,
      when I look back at some of my published work, I think- “OHHHH NOOOOO, that is not right!”

      Thanks for popping over to India. Vidya Rocks. Xx
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    Alice
    May 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Looks like a lot of gooey love & goodness. Therefore, it must be mighty tasty too!
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