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May 13, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
A dream job seemed like a fantasy. For the past few years, I’ve assumed that a job was something I had to tolerate for eight hours a day so I would have enough money to pursue the activities about which I was really passionate. I was lucky enough to land somewhere that wasn’t too bad. My co-workers were fun. The work was new. I gave up the idea of earning a paycheck from doing what I love and loving what I do (a first-world mantra that glosses over things like taxes, rent and savings accounts) and settled into a content cubicle life.
Then my dream job showed up, slapped me in the face and reminded me that you can do what you love and get paid for it.
Last week, I began working at the technology and review website CNET as a senior associate editor. I test and review ovens for a living. Seriously. I can’t make this up. A food writer landed in a job that requires boiling water, broiling burgers and baking biscuits in order to recommend which ranges are a good fit in consumers’ homes.
Y’all, I’m living the dream. Let’s pause for a praise break.
March 23, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
March 16, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
To commemorate today’s book release, here’s an excerpt AND a chance to win a book!
I’m giving away a signed copy of Louisville Diners. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post that answers the following question: What is your favorite diner and why?
You have until Saturday, March 21 at 12:01 a.m. to leave a comment. I’ll announce a winner Monday, March 23.
March 9, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The Us Weekly was enough to make my Saturday a little brighter. Then I made it up the steps with my mail in one hand, my Chinese takeout in the other, when I saw a History Press/Arcadia Publishing box at my apartment door.
I’ve spent the past few weeks handling the business side of the publication of my first-ever book entitled Louisville Diners (brace yourselves, this is the first of many mentions of the book title). The work isn’t as sexy as you’d think. Writing is easy, but I’ve learned that you also have to handle your business like a boss.
So anyhoodles, a March 16 publication date had been floating around for a few weeks, but the arrival of my first copies from the publisher and confirmation of that date put everything into place. If I hadn’t been so hungry for Chinese and celebrity gossip, I might’ve dropped everything in my arms and ripped open the box right at my threshold. There was also an 18-pound
terrorterrier waiting for me who was more worried about a potty break than my debut into the publishing world. Eventually, I ripped through the box with my car key, jumped up and down without shaking anything to the ground, and shed a couple of happy tears as Roscoe gave me the stink eye for not leashing him up fast enough. I didn’t care about his judgement — a hard copy of my first-ever book was in my hands.
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January 2, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Holy crap, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a $10 Challenge.
It began as procrastination. Then, working on the book kept me from doing much in my free time, let alone write something that wasn’t related to the manuscript. Then, when I finally did have time, I was intimidated to get back into writing the $10 Challenge because I had been gone for so long. My blogging had become sporadic in the back half of 2014, and I was scared that 1) I had lost my $10 Challenge groove, and b) no one would want to hear what I thought about restaurants in the city anymore. A few weeks away from a blog is like an eternity in internet time. How could I make up for lost time?
November 25, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I did it. I wrote a book.
Last week, I turned in the final version of my manuscript about Louisville diners to my publisher, History Press. My book is called Louisville Diners, because life is too short to dance around the point.
The past few months have been brutal. I’ve never written so many words all at once in my entire life. I also discovered the true depths of my procrastination, which runs as deep as the ocean. I’ve panicked, worried, drank a lot of wine, and eaten my weight in Trader Joe’s organic blue corn tortilla chips.
July 31, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
April 14, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
You remember that scene in Jumanji in which Robin Williams emerges from the board game after 20 some-odd years and has NO IDEA what’s going on in his hometown?
Other than the whole trapped-in-a-jungle-board-game hell, I can completely relate.
In November, I started my first semester in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at Spalding University. My concentration is creative nonfiction. I’m not gonna lie — I thought this would be relatively easy-peasy to fit into my life. I was a journalist. I have a food blog. I got this creative nonfiction thing in the bag, I thought.
Holy shiitake, was I wrong.
August 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I finally got somewhat fancy and dedicated a Gmail account to this blog.
If you want to give me a shout, just send an email to ashlee [dot] eats [at] gmail [dot] com (did I type that correctly, Internet?).
Here are some things you should send me:
- Ideas for $10 Challenges
- Restaurant news (openings, closings, upgrades, downgrades)
- Pictures of food (seriously, I’ll marvel at them)
- Blog post ideas — guest posts included!
Here are some things you should not send me:
- Naked pictures. Just throwin’ that out there. DON’T GET ANY IDEAS.
- Anything that will break my computer (viruses and the like)
- Spam (the email clutter, not the food — the food is acceptable)
July 10, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson