2014: Cue the Polar Vortex


2014 has arrived and with it these crazy cold temperatures with a fancy name!  No, the Polar Vortex is not a new menthol light extra slim ladies’ cigarette or a frozen drink you have too many of and end up karaoking Heart’s “What About Love” standing on top of the bar.  I feel 80′s hair coming on.

No, the Polar Vortex has frozen most of the U.S., hopefully gotten you indoors, snuggled with cozy slippers and a steaming mug of hot cocoa (extra marshmallows, please!) perusing the Internet, and somehow, gratefully, reaching me!


For those of you who don’t know me, I am a writer based in South Florida (it is cold for us here, too, although I won’t reveal specific temperatures, you’ll either hate me or call me a wimp, or both.)  I’ve been writing about food on my blog, Culinary Compulsion, since 2006, take a peek- it’s that link over there under my picture… Fun and tasty stuff.  And easy.  I’m a low-maintanance gal through and through:  short hair, lip gloss, Crocs.  You get it.  The cooking is the same.  But I’m a bit of a food snob, if you’re okay with that.  Which is code for I like stuff to taste good.  So, it’s a match made in heaven, really- low maintenance food snobs are great friends to have around, especially if we give out recipes, which I do!  I promise it’s all good. Deliriously wonderful.  Give it a try, let me know what you think.

For the past eight months I’ve been working on my first book.  Yes!  A book!  Juicy, fabulous stuff!  I’m on edit #2 zillion.  Almost done.  Really, truly.  The good news is that I’ve re-read it so many times during my editing process and each time I like it more and more!  So I hope you will too!  Then it’s off to getting it published.  Here’s the kicker and I’m putting it out there for all of you to chime in on:  self-publish or go the traditional route?  I’m wondering out loud.  I go back and forth on this one, you see.  Lots of pros and cons wherever you look.

Thoughts?  Insight?  Let me know!  I would love to hear!




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2 Responses to 2014: Cue the Polar Vortex

  1. Judyth Hill says:

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW, Alona !!!! Gorgeous!!!!! Just tooooooooo Fab: YOU are a cure for Polar Vortex! Sizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzling HOT!~~!! Welcome to the Big Time!!!!
    All Blessings on this.com, and the BOOK! Brava!!!

  2. Peggy says:

    Wishing you all the best with this blog, Alona!!!

    Regarding the book publishing, I recommend trying to find a publishing house and/or agent, because they offer so much more than just printing. But, if you do decide to self-publish, don’t rush to make physical books. If you sell an ebook, then all your funds can go into marketing, not paper, and you don’t have to worry about storage, distribution, etc. Now, I HATE marketing, both giving and receiving it, so I can’t offer any advice there, but I know that the publishing industry as we know it is dying and therefore leery about trying new authors. So don’t get discouraged. I, for one, am really looking forward to reading your book!

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