I am finally tackling something I have been wanting to do for years...I am organizing all of my published "body of work" in 3 ring binders...
Since the first of my food & cooking related articles appeared in the Hamakua Times (May 1999) I had been stacking them on shelves with the idea of saving them in plastic sleeves inside binders... My first batch of articles was lost in the fire (15th anniversary tomorrow, July 23) and the publisher sent me duplicate copies later on...
It took my sister to come and visit to get me motivated, but when I did start, it was like a tornado was propelling me along..
Through the years I have shared my scribblings about food, cooking, gardening, etc... through various publications; the Hamakua Times was the first and the one to which I am still contributing these 16 years later with my 'Tropical Taste' columns...then I wrote a monthly column for the Hawaii Fishing News titled 'The aFISHionado', then weekly columns for the Hawai'i Tribune Herald with 'Hele Mai 'Aha 'Aina (Come Join the Feast)... then came The Hawai'i Island Journal with assorted material but mostly through our "Table for Two" restaurant profiles... and later came a few articles in Edible Hawaiian Islands, and now, bi-monthly articles since January-February 2012 in Ke Ola Magazine... (*)
You can imagine what my piles looked like!... and now, they're being housed here...
So nice and neat....I love it!
I am now finished (except for a couple of issues missing here and there) with all of them except I left the largest monster for last.. organizing three years' worth of weekly columns for the Tribune-Herald was bad enough...but...tackling 16 years of Hamakua Times issues is another matter...even though they're monthly columns.
The ones that turned out the prettiest are the ones holding the Edible Hawaiian Islands articles.. The one above show my friend Chef Olelo pa'a; a most delightful person to be friends with!
...and of course, those in Ke Ola Magazine...They sure make me look good!
I just started with the last of the bunch...(why do I leave the hardest two for last? because it made me think I was really getting something accomplished when I finished doing the 4 smaller batches!)
Here is what was staring me in the face last evening...
That pile in the center of the table is all issues of the Hamakua Times separated by year....and I am just starting with the second years' (2000) worth... The first three years' worth of articles from this publication resulted in my first cookbook, Tropical Taste, now in it's second printing.
but hey...with this batch started, the light at the end of the tunnel might be still a dim glimmer, but if I keep this up I will be able to get out of the tunnel...or it that a train coming...?
(*) I also worked for several years as the Farmers Market Correspondent for the Hawaii HomeGrown Food Network where I got to visit farmers markets, farms and farmers, CSA farms, health food stores and lots of other interesting places around the island.. That was a fun job!
Full speed ahead!