Thursday, September 12, 2013

Why Shouldn't I Demand Perfection?

by Chef Jordan Richards of BATTERED TO DEATH by Amanda Lee

Whine, whine, whine! People exhaust me with their petty gripes. "You're too critical, Chef Richards!" or "Why are you so demanding?" or, my personal favorite, "You're meaner than Gordon Ramsey!"

Am I mean for demanding perfection of my students and of everyone around me? I give perfection, and so I expect perfection in return. How is that mean?

At a cake competition a couple months ago--at which, I was the presiding judge--a ten-year old boy threw a complete fit when I accused him of having an adult help with his cake. It was this complicated haunted house with lights and sound! No ten-year-old child could have rigged that up by himself!

The boy turned over the table on which his cake and two others were sitting. It was a mess. It didn't matter that much, though, as neither of the other two cakes were prize-contenders and I'd already disqualified the child's cake.

I later heard that the boy had some sort of high-functioning form of autism or something. Someone also mentioned that the boy's mother had a video which proved that he did the work himself. Excuse me, but we all have our issues. We all have our problems. We all have our conditions. I'd have heard the boy out had he addressed me maturely and stated his case rather than having  a tantrum and turning the table over. He chose the latter action. How is that my fault? Don't you hate when people don't take responsibility for their own actions?

And, while I'm at it, what's you're take on perfectionism? Excuse me. [Looks away.] Who are you and what are you doing with that cake stand? Uh-oh....

See the trailer for BATTERED TO DEATH at http://www.gayletrent.com. The book will be released on September 24. Please comment below to be entered to win either a Kindle copy or a signed paperback. (I must give international winners the Kindle version.) Please leave an email address where I can reach you if you win. On the 24th, I'll put the number of comments into the random number generator (Random.org) and have it choose a winner. Thank you and good luck!

23 comments:

  1. Very cute premise for a story. I like cozies and this looks like a fun read!

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  2. Sorry, email is : duffygal777@mail.com
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  3. I'm not really a perfectionist, although I have my moments. I think in striving to be the best we can be, we all are perfectionists at times. Then realize perfection isn't everything!

    I'd love an autographed book!

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  4. Hmm.. I picture a male version of Kerry Vincent.

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  5. I think you would drive yourself crazy if you tried to be perfect all of the time.

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  6. Oh I think Chef Jordan is asking for it and about to get it! And deservedly so.

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  7. I already have this on my amazon wishlist. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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  8. Sounds like a great cozy mystery. Can wait to read it.
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  9. I love the cover! Great post. :)

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  10. I agree-a great cover.

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  11. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

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  12. I realized that I could never achieve perfection and neither could anyone else. Close counts! bobbipad@gmail.com

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  13. This was fun to read through thank you.

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  14. Love the cover - can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  15. What a clever title!!

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  16. I love your series - Cake Mystery as well as your Amanda Lee - Embroidery Mystery. Heck I got a kick out of your Myrtle Crumb Mysteries!! Right now I can't decide which of your current series I like best. OK, to be be perfectly honest, it seems to have to do with series as a new mystery out...what can I say, a bit fickle? I do love the covers! Thanks for giveaway chance. tennisace50(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I am looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  18. Chef Jordan is not going to be a very likable character I fear. I'm anxious to read this book.
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  19. These are my favorite kind of cozies. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the contest. monstercreed@yahoo.com

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  20. I'd love to win the book in paperback. I've read the others in the series. I just found out that it'll be a mass-market paperback and not a trade paperback like the others.

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