I have no idea at what point the Fabulous Bake-A-Boy Challenge turned into the Fabulous Bake-the-entire-cast-of-Blake’s-7 Challenge, but I suspect Heidi from GIRL MEETS CAKE would approve. And they are rather adorable…
Clockwise from the left: Cally, Avon, Vila, Jenna, Servalan, Gan, with Blake in the middle. Before hordes of fellow nerds beat me over the head – yes, I know Servalan isn’t actually one of the 7, but Gingerbread Orac was beyond even my skills. Vila is a bit rubbish, alas, but I am terribly proud of Blake – and Gan was sort of accidental, but actually the resemblance is uncanny. (Here’s the real Team Blake demonstrating what sleeves will be like in The Future: personally, I can’t wait.) I still have a few distressingly naked gingerbread men left in the kitchen, so I may have to make Tarrant and Dayna and Soolin. Or possibly a nice crickety Fifth Doctor…?
And yes, this is a perfectly sensible way to spend one’s time. Ahem. Feel free to join in, anyway: the Bake-a-Boy gallery needs more gingerbready lovemuppets!
I’ve just finished Luisa Plaja’s brand-spanking-new Extreme Kissing, which I’m happy to report is every bit as sweet, funny and clever as Split By A Kiss. Bethany and Carlota are best friends, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have secrets from each other. Bets is terrified she might be pregnant, while Carlota’s not quite the girl everyone assumes – and their day of ‘Extreme Travelling’ (every move dictated by the random pages of a magazine) isn’t the escape from their troubles they’d hoped for. The story whizzes along, alternately narrated by ‘good girl’ Bets and ‘wild child’ Lots, and even if you have a sneaking suspicion you’ve worked out Carlota’s secret, there might just be another one underneath… This is Plaja’s real gift: there’s a sense of absolute authenticity about her characters, whose lives (family, school, friends, boyfriends, past relationships, future hopes and fears) are so convincingly fleshed out that you really do end up caring about their multiple worries – and their triumphs too. And of course, the whole thing feels effortlessly witty: Carlota’s ‘Reverse Goth’ fashion crusade, her tendency to knit under stress, the numerous moments where the girls completely misunderstand one another. Perfect for Louise Rennison fans who like a little angst in with their teenage escapades!
It’s publication day! Girl Meets Cake is properly out in UK shops. I’m celebrating by eating leftover cake from yesterday’s tea party while writing notes for The Becky Book (which isn’t called The Becky Book at all, obviously, but it’ll do for the minute). Nom nom *pause for typing* nom.
baking, baking, looking at pictures of Blake’s 7 costumes, baking… 😀