A reader’s perspective on more sense than not.
Thanks for joining in again! As promised I get to share my remaining two senses: taste and sight. That just feels so weird as if you can taste something just by reading about it, but it goes back to that showing not telling part of writing that so many of our authors do so well. The kind of writing that sinks you so far into the story that you are engaging all of your senses.
But before we begin, since this is addressing the sense of taste, I want to share the directions for one of my favorite deserts. I discovered this desert oh so many years ago when I had an opportunity to live in the South, specifically Arkansas (not sure if that is technically the south, but for a California native it was). One of my friends introduced me to this delight during one of her casual dinners and at the end of the evening I asked if I could take the leftovers home. Years later I Googled the recipe and this is what I found:
Peanut Butter Pie
1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup milk
1- 16 ounce package frozen whipped topping (thawed)
2- 9 inch prepared Oreo cookie crusts
Beat together cream cheese and confectioners sugar. Mix in peanut butter and milk. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
Spoon into two 9 inch prepared pie crusts, cover and freeze until firm.
I know just reading the list of ingredients it sounds skeptical but trust me, this is an awesome summer treat. But what sent me searching for a recipe after all those years? Reading about it in a book. Q Kelly’s Switch mentions it and as soon as I read it, my mind shot back to all those dinners and me taking the extra pie(s) home so I could sit on my couch with a fork and not have to share. Something so simple as just mentioning the desert and I was tasting the treat all over again.
Speaking of peanut butter, Jae uses it in Falling Hard except that it is a topping for a hamburger! I read that a couple of times not really believing what I had read and then started talking to friends and co-workers about it thinking it was some crazy concoction Jae had come up with! Until one of my co-workers told me exactly where I could try such a concoction. And it is GOOD! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend doing so and at the same time reading Falling Hard. It was just one of those wonderful passages in a story that made me actually start sucking the roof of my mouth as if there was peanut butter stuck there and trying to imagine the combination in my mind. Awesome!
Well that leaves me with sight. And how to capture just one story when so many have left me with visions of places that I have yet to travel and places I have been lucky enough to go? So I chose the first story I found that was based in the area I grew up. KG MacGregor’s Photographs of Claudia is set in Pacific Grove, California and with each landmark and building description I was right back there, driving the streets. I could so easily picture every scene described not only because I lived there, well there is that, but the scenery blended into the story to give it depth and allow me to create that visual experience in my mind. Claudia and Leo walking down the pier- I could add the other senses of feeling the chill from the fog that always seems to be present around the water, hearing the seagulls and the sea lions, smelling the fishy smell from all the fishing boats pulling back in, even taste the salty air. It’s what a good story does- puts you in the story and Photographs of Claudia did just that.
Our amazing LesFic authors are so good at capturing that ability to send us into the story, embracing all the senses! What are stories that have hit you sensually? I would love to hear them!