by Jenn (eating bender) on February 20, 2012

I’ve got a mind trick for you. Try to say the color of the ink instead of what is actually written.

Tough, isn’t it? You’re tempted to say red for the first one, when it’s actually blue, etc. Mind blowing. :)

Today’s #FebPhotoADay is handwriting. As you can see, I’m not a big fan of cursive. How about you?

On the eats front, Mama Bender was a whiz in the kitchen today. For lunch, she made a big batch of miso soup. Her secret to making it extra delicious was adding a tablespoon of sour cream and plenty of sliced mushrooms.

Dinner called for Decio pasta: artichoke, spinach and red bell pepper with butter and Parmesan cheese.

It’s an incredibly easy meal to make. When Bobby and I made it last week, I got a great question from Kate as to where these pastas are sold. Currently they are only available online or at retail in Arizona. Shipping is fairly reasonable, so if you’re intrigued enough I recommend giving them a try!

Hard to believe it’s my last night at home! These trips always go by way too fast.

Read of the day –> Start Your Story: a post from TBA Intern Y

A great post about how to grip potential agents and editors from page one of your book.

What do you love/hate most about your handwriting?

I always used to hate how big my letters were because I would run out of room on a form without fail. Now I appreciate the fact that even though I write big, my message is loud and clear. 😉


1 Erica February 21, 2012 at 5:28 am

Mm sour cream has a way of really finishing off a dish! I write like a little boy and so does josh. Sometimes its hard to tell our handwriting apart!

2 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I completely agree! So funny that you and Josh have similar handwriting. :)

3 Lauren February 21, 2012 at 5:41 am

That is crazy. I definitely said red!

4 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It’s called the “Stroop Effect!” I learned about it in psych class, haha! Definitely crazy. :)

5 Cindy Berry February 21, 2012 at 7:34 am

This is random, but I love your mom’s dish pattern. Any details available?

6 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

Great question, Cindy! They are Studio Nova brand and the specific variety is “Palm Desert.” My mom doesn’t think they are in stores anymore, but I did find a link to them on Replacement, Ltd.: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/SNOPAD.htm. Hope that helps!

7 Erin February 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

No way Jenn! I cannot believe! I give that as a standardized test several times a month to patients to assess three domains: word reading with speed, color reading with speed, and interference (ability to inhibit responses, which is what you showed). It is a classic old test in cognitive psychology called the Stroop Color and Word! Interesting patterns of scores can emerge from that thing! How fun to see it used in everyday life

8 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Ha! I love it – I knew I had learned about it in a psych class from college but couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called. The Stroop Effect! How awesome that you use it often and that it produces such interesting results!

9 Megan (Braise The Roof) February 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

I don’t like writing in cursive either. I was happy when that stopped being mandatory in school. (Although that’s probably a testament to how lazy our generation has gotten, right?) Enjoy the rest of your time at home!

10 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Haha! It very well could be. I wonder what people will write like 50 years from now…

11 Christina February 21, 2012 at 11:10 am

I’ve seen that test before… it is crazy how the brain wants to associate things. I like my hand writing when using a certain kind of pen(that sounds crazy) but other times I just think it looks messy… especially cursive. I tend to make up my own translation of cursive that includes part-cursive, part-print together.

I love your print writing though!

12 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I totally understand what you mean! I like my writing best in ball point over ink pens. :) And I do the same thing with cursive!

13 BroccoliHut February 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Hah! We always had to do the Stroop test in both my psychology classes and the experiments in which we were required to participate. I got better at after several repetitions.
I like that my handwriting is pretty distinctive. I can always pick out my test from a pile of papers because my handwriting stands out from the rest!

14 Jenn (eating bender) February 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

It definitely takes practice – that’s for sure! Love what you said about your handwriting. I could always pick mine out of a test pile, too!

15 Monica February 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

Awesome “read of the day”. Thanks for sharing!

Have you heard of “Cinder?” My sister bought it after hearing people talk about it at the Writer’s Digest conference. Apparently the author had an awesome query letter that pretty much allowed her to handpick which publisher she wanted and landed her a nice six figure deal. Here’s a guest blog she wrote on it:

I’ve heard the book is really good, too :)

16 Jenn (eating bender) February 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Glad you liked it! I had heard of Cinder and that it was supposed to be good, but didn’t know the real story behind it. Oh my – I just read that guest post and am so intrigued! Her query letter was amazing – and inspiring, too. I think I’m going to have to add the book to my “to purchase” list. :) Thanks for sharing!

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