December 1, 2006
I’m finally settled into my little house in Patzcuaro.
Today I hung some colorful fabrics on the bare walls (borrowed
them from Molly, a neighbor, who buys them on e-bay.) I’ll
be here working on that story/cookbook until March first.
I am not going to even try
to study Spanish or hang out with the locals. This is a working
visit. Maria (who is sharing the work on the book) found me
the house. It’s tucked into
an area called Gringolandia, at the top of a hill, a comfortable
walk to the center of town. There are several of us here, working
on books, studying, or just enjoying retirement….nearly
all ex-pat Americans; so there is community, even if it’s
About that story/cookbook.
To those of you who sent me a submission: if you’ve
changed your e-mail, please let me know (asap) your current address.
Or….even better, if you sent me a submission, write to
let me know you are still out there. Remind me of the story/recipe
that you sent so I can contact you when we are ready to chose,
revise, or reject. I have a special address exclusively for cookbook
Everything we received is
interesting….but some entries
read a bit too much like travelogues. Others have no “plot.” Remember
that we are looking for stories that deal with some kind of “connecting;” and
they have to have a beginning, middle, and ending.
Maria and I have been rereading
everything and we’ve discovered
that most of the stories involve some kind of risk….talking
to strangers, taking off for someplace interesting, joining the
Peace Corps, following whims, testing your limits. There are
all levels and kinds of risks, and we’re hoping that reading
these stories will inspire everyone to step into the unknown…..even
if it’s just to talk to the person standing next to you
in an elevator.
The recipes too will encourage
you to take some risks. I never saw a measuring spoon in Thailand
or Bali or Tanzania….or
a cookbook for that matter. Maria and I are hoping to get you
to take some kitchen-risks via the recipes. We will probably
put measurements in some of the recipes, but we’re hoping
you’ll fool around with tastes and proportions. Yeah,
you might mess up……..but you’ll have fun
I have no idea when the
book will be ready, but we will be reading, editing, and cooking
for the next three months……..and
We’re accepting entries
(see below) until the end of December.
Another call for
nomadic women. I’m
still interested in putting together a bunch of women who
are doing something similar to what I’m doing. My e-mails
tell me that there are thousands of women who would love to know
that there is another way to live life………if
they knew more about how fulfilling and exciting it can be. Once
I have enough like-living souls, I will try to find a way to
get us onto a TV talk show to spread the word. I think it would
be interesting and inspiring…….and different. If
Oprah doesn’t want us, there are plenty of others who might.
I have a few people from my last search, but not enough.
TALES OF A FEMALE NOMAD
is still selling. Word of mouth is keeping it alive….and so are book clubs. And I’m happily
still living my very inexpensive life mostly in developing countries.
I will be 70 in July, slower, and more forgetful than when I
took off 20 years ago, but I’m not ready to quit yet.
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