I’m not as severe as I look. XD LOL!

I’m Cleo, I’m from Brooklyn, NY. I love reading, writing, baking and classic films, and after almost a half dozen blogs, I decided to start this blog because I have interests in a wide range of topics, so, you know, I wanted to keep things simple.

My favorite genre is fiction, preferably subversive, classic novels, short stories, and historically-based novels. My favorite books are Snuff by Chuck Palahniuck, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by JT Leroy (aka Laura Albert), Factotum by Charles Bukowski , Tropic of Cancer  by Henry Miller, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.

My favorite short stories are A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor,  White Nights by Dostoyevsky, Man In The Middle of The Ocean by Daniel Fuchs, and The Girl on The Plane by Mary Gaitskill. I also love the plays of Sam Shepard such as Buried Child and The Curse of The Starving Class.

I got into baking by watching and helping my grandfather bake cakes and pies as a kid. He would normally bake on special occasions, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Christmas. He wasn’t very good at it! But, I loved to observe own focused and at ease he was when he baked, and it was always fun to help. I started to bake more often once I began living on my own. I remember getting excited about buying bake wear the way most women do shoes and purses! I bought my first baking book on sale form Barnes and Noble, The Cookie Bible it was called and trying out as many recipes as I could in one weekend. I find that baking helps me untangle my thoughts, especially when I am feeling stuck on a piece of writing. Baking and writing go hand-in-hand in my creative life. If I am not writing, I am baking and vice versa. It’s like meditation for me, if I feel down or anxious, I’ll go to the kitchen an prepare something really complicated like a pastry dish, yeast bread or a pie, the longer it takes to prepare, the better I feel! The funny thing is, I’m not a big sweets person!

My blog is pretty much about books, recipes, the arts, and ramblings about life. I guess it’s part journal, part cookbook, with a little bit of commentary thrown in. For me, it’s a good way to keep writing, to keep my mind fresh and active, and mostly, to keep away from browsing Reddit most of the day!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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