Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Nutella Rule

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The Nutella Rule is simple.

You never, ever throw out the jar until someone scrapes down the inside.

Someone always puts the jar in the pantry with about two licks left, but they won't recycle the container. No, no! Someone has to get the last bit of chocolate goodness out. It just wasn't destined to be the person who put it in the pantry last. (Sometimes that person is me)

It's hard work making sure every ounce, or gram, is extracted. You have to get in the spot just under the rim and down in the bottom grooves. You can get a whole nother sandwich out of just those two places. You have to be patient and get some chocolate on your knuckles. Somebody has to do it. (Sometimes that person is me)

Everyone in the house has an eyeball on the last Nutella sandwich. But I'm the Little Red Hen. Paws off my sandwich! (Sometimes I'll give you half)

My manuscript is kind of like the Nutella jar. I put it in the drawer over the summer so I could "see it more clearly". Read: I wanted someone else (agent/editor) to help polish it. Except it needs me to get in there and find that extra bit of goodness. Maybe then agents will want more. (Maybe I'll give them 15%)

(You know most of the world's hazelnuts come from Turkey, right? This year the harvest was horrible. Expect the prices to go up. Pretend you're a squirrel and GO HOARD SOME NUTELLA!)


Sarah said...

Love this post, Carolyn! Keep extracting that awesomeness from your ms! (psst! You've got some adverbs smeared on your knuckles.)

Old Kitty said...

I love nutella sandwiches!! More nutella means a happier, saner and lovelier old kitty!! Yes - please someone get rid of rims and hard to get places in nutella jars!!!

Good luck with your ms!! Take care

Carolyn V said...

Aw man! I'm allergic to certain nuts and can't have Nutella. Most of my friends love the stuff.

Connie Keller said...

I love the Nutella-manuscript analogy.

Time to buy some jars and start hoarding.

Sarah said...

Ooer, my kids love Nutella, we get through tons of the stuff. I'd better start buying it up too, although I don't really have the space...

LTM said...

ahh... I LOVE the nutella analogy! Oddly, though, I've never been a fan of the real thing. But I'll liken it to that dark chocolate peanut butter that's out there... yep. You gotta get the knuckles dirty, and I admire your persistence so much. It's going to pay off. ((squeezes)) :o) <3

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

a delicious analogy and sage advice.

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Love this post! I hadn't realised the harvest was bad, I'd definitely better stock up on some Nutella. said...

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