Friday, November 23, 2012

Recipe for Love

by Lynn Cahoon from the November 26, 2012 issue

Tagline: Later, Mark and Cassie would tell their friends that they'd never have met had it not been for turkey leftovers--and one very persistent matchmaker!

In a Nutshell: Mark's sister signed him up for a meal prep class focusing on turkey leftovers. "Coincidentally," her friend Cassie is in the same class. While both declare they're not looking for a relationship, during they class they connect enough to warrant a dinner date afterward.

Observations: I wish I had thought of this idea for a holiday story--something revolving around the Thanksgiving leftovers! What a clever idea.

I liked Mark's honesty when he tells Cassie he's not looking for a relationship, and it shows some character growth when he gradually comes to change his mind.

I thought this part was cute:

Cassie had been right when she called the process idiot-proof, so Mark found himself making up reasons to ask her for help.

I thought the ending was cute, too.

Photo by Jeff Kubina (cc)

15 comments:

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Jody Lebel said...

Another clever twist on the 'old cooking class' scenario. Very nicely done. Lynn is 'one of ours'. Congrats, gurl!

Pat said...

I loved this story and totally see why it made the holiday cut.

Pat said...

Kate, I can see the story page here and in the original but its way too small to read. Just thought you'd like to know.

Mary Jo said...

Kate, I had already read this story, but for those who are struggling to read it on your blog, let me say,I can enlarge the print to a readable size. However, it appears that the focus on your iPhone is very blurry and the story print is illegible. Can you work on that?

Karen said...

I was just wondering if you have the author's permission to reproduce her story here. In the UK it wouldn't be allowed!

Kate Willoughby said...

Oh, I hadn't thought about that, Karen. Good point. I had actually wondered about hurting newsstands sales by posting the stories, so now that there's another reason not to, I will go back to having photos that pertain to the story, but aren't the story themselves.

Mary Jo said...

I think the story rights belong to WW for six months after publication, don't they Kate? Maybe the editor could give you permission to use a reprint on your blog. So far as I am concerned it is for the benefit of your readers who do not have access to the Woman's World magazine. It might actually increase interest in the American/Canadian market. It would have to be legible, though.

Bernadette said...

I think Karen is right - even if WW have retained First NA serial rights this doesn't give them the right to republish (first rights only) or to publish on the net (electronic rights) - unless it says differently in the contract, whcih unfortunately I haven't seen (sniff!)
So if they dont have that right then they can't pass it on.

If the author wanted to resell overseas, for example, they wouldn't be able to if it had been on the net, in any form.

Copyright is a tricky thing so its best to be on the safe side, even though it would be clear that you have the best of intentions.

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Mary Jo said...

I hadn't considered all the ramifications of copyright. Does that mean, Kate, that once you print one of your rejected stories on your blog it is no longer salable on the general market? I am really ignorant about all this.

By the way, out of curiosity I clicked on the Anonymous's WWW and it took me to a public car auction. Huh?

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Betsi said...

Ooh, I love how clever that last spammer is! Pretending to be helfpul, while slipping in his link. Mary Jo, the other Anonymous is also a spammer. I'm sure Kate will eventually delete all of these (and maybe reinstate the difficult code word!).

Mary Jo said...

Yes, Betsi, I was just looking again to see if Kate had been back to delete the spammers. These are the same kind of people who step into my front yard and pull out a landscape lamp, leaving it lying wireless and alone on the lawn. What a world!

Kate, if you do have to use code words again, I hope it won't be the kind with the impossible big black blob.

Kate Willoughby said...

I have no control over which code word thing is used. Blogger does it. I just turn it on or off. I think I have to turn it on again. Sorry. I get a bunch of spam emails that there were comments like you saw, but the comments never make it onto the blog.