“So here’s the thing,” Arnold said. “We need a recipe book, and it has to be ready by Christmas. I’m thinking ice cube recipes.”

“Thinking?” Brenda asked. “Really?” (More)

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Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include Back to School and The Blyssyfyx Ad. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


“Sounds like a short book,” Charlene agreed. “Pour water in tray. Put tray in freezer. Wait until frozen.”

“Exactly,” Dianne said. “I know we’re desperate for Christmas books, but I don’t think our readers will buy a one-pager on how to make ice cubes.”

Arnold shrugged. “Of course they wouldn’t. It would be silly to print an entire book on how to make ice cubes. What we want are recipes that include ice cubes.”

“Like iced water,” Charlene said. “Put ice in glass. Add water. Umm, I’m not seeing a major breakthrough in ‘Ideas by Women, for Women.’ That is still our motto, right?”

Arnold nodded. He was the founder of O-Plus Books, and liked to think of the company as a “niche publisher.” It sounded better than “our best seller sold almost two hundred copies.”

“No,” he said, “I haven’t changed our motto. As for this book, I see it as an opportunity to think out of the box. To give our readers–”

“–All twenty-three of them,” Brenda muttered, looking at the latest sales figures.

“–our readers a different kind of Christmas recipe book,” Arnold concluded.

“Where were you thinking of marketing this?” Charlene asked.

“We’re reaching out to local bookstores,” he said.

“Umm-hmm,” Charlene said. “Local bookstores. Here, where the temperature in December will be minus a bazillion. You want to sell a Christmas recipe book … featuring ice cubes.”

Arnold shifted in his chair. “There would be plenty of fresh ingredients.”


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