“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London
I came across this quote this morning while looking for something in my phone. In the midst of writing my thesis last spring, I searched for quotes to put around my library cubicle so every time I looked up from my computer, I was bombarded with neon-colored sticky notes with inspirational quotes reassuring me that yes, I can, and yes, I will, do this.
This quote by Jack London resonates with me a whole lot right now because although I am working on a 50-page culmination of my English career, I am looking to get inspired in my new lifestyle out here in California. It has been a weird transition, and still doesn’t really seem permanent. Maybe I am moving past the honeymoon phase of culture shock and into the negotiation phase. Whatever it is, I have been completely uninspired lately.
Especially by food.
That is a sacrilegious thing for a foodie to say. Me! Uninspired by food! What the hell is wrong with me?
Food is a passion of mine: from celebrating to socializing to snacking, food has been the central focus in my family’s life. I blog about food. I eat food. I dream about food. I spend a whole lot of time stalking other food bloggers. What gives?
Well, the truth is, I do not have an answer to that largely because I do not have an excuse to be uninspired, and this is why…
1) I have the time, resources, and kitchen utensils to experiment with all kinds of new recipes.
2) I am in an entirely new city with all kinds of culinary opportunities.
3) Most of my day on the computer is spent on Epicurious.com, Bonappetit.com, or other food websites of the sort.
4) I have taken countless pictures of food that I could recreate or explain here (like the banner picture on the top of this page)
5) November is National Novel Writing Month, and I should therefore be cooking and baking AND writing.
So I am going to try to do any and all of the above and attempt to become moved again by food. Godspeed.