Thursday Thirteen: Cookies


Opening Act #1 can’t get past the outtake I wrote over two years ago. (You’ll find a better-edited version in Demo Tapes: Year 2, you know.)

1. I think the kid’s just got cookies on the brain.

2. So does our favorite fictional band.

3. It probably began with that outtake I linked to above. Mitchell grew up in a house where baking cookies was a sign of love. Or sibling rivalry. You can read that one and decide.

4. That means that when the band was young, Mitchell’s Mom, Sonya, would send them on the road with a few dozen home-made cookies. To eat on the ride.

5. She’d always tell them to save some for after the show, when they’d be hungry. They, of course, never did.

6. As ShapeShifter became more successful, Sonya would fill shoeboxes with cookies and mail them to the band’s hotel. Mitchell always made sure she knew what fake name he’d sign in with (when he needed to; even that took awhile), and those cookies would be waiting.

7. Later, after Val quit her chef’s job, she’d help Sonya fill those shoeboxes. Suddenly, the guys had more than mere Tollhouse or double-chocolate cookies.

8. They would get chocolate crackles. They’d get cookies with candy hidden inside. They got some that were so fudgy, so gooey, the guys needed their fingers licked clean by willing groupies.

9. There were always willing groupies.

10. It fell into a rhythm: Charlie would do his Tour Manager gig and check the band in to the hotel. He’d come out with room keys — and a box.

11. The guys would fight over the box, pushing, shoving, grabbing it out of each other’s hands. Eventually Mitchell would assert dominance over it and open it.

12. Trevor would be first to stick his nose in to see what they’d gotten this time.

13. No one would move for their hotel rooms until the box was empty, their stomachs were upset, and they swore they’d do better next time.



  1. Celticlibrarian

    December 2, 2009 11:56 pm


    Dang it. I need a mixer. I haven’t made cookies in years.

    Am I the only one with a craving for milk now?
    .-= Celticlibrarian´s last blog ..13 Films I’ve Been Meaning to See =-.

  2. Alice Audrey

    December 3, 2009 12:04 am

    LOL! In a bygone day I’d have been right there in the thick of them, trying to grab a cookie or two.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..13 More Pictures of Africa =-.

  3. Brenda ND

    December 3, 2009 12:17 am

    Oh, these cookie-filled shoeboxes sound yummy. I could go for some. Think Sonya would mail some my way? Happy TT!
    .-= Brenda ND´s last blog ..On Dasher, On Dancer, Onward to Christmas! 13 Quotes to Enliven Your Preparations =-.

  4. Malcolm

    December 3, 2009 12:35 am

    Ooh, chocolate crackles! What groupie wouldn’t want to lick the fingers of the Shapeshifter gang?!
    .-= Malcolm´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #77: TV Twosomes =-.

  5. Shelley Munro

    December 3, 2009 4:08 am

    I’m a cookie fan myself and totally understand the band’s behavior.
    .-= Shelley Munro´s last blog ..Things about Vampires and Vampire Slayers =-.

  6. sandy

    December 3, 2009 6:29 am

    got 5 very different ones to bake!!sandy
    .-= sandy´s last blog ..13 Vivid personal Christmas Memories- Thursday 13 !! =-.

  7. Hootin' Anni

    December 3, 2009 7:18 am

    When dear man of mine and I both go to the store together, he disappears….but I know right where to find him. He’d SO ‘fit into the band’—-yep, I find him at the cookie aisle. Every time.

    Which reminds me, I NEED to make me some homemade ones, they’re the best.

    My Thursday Thirteen is posted now…if you’d like to stop by…it’s 13 ‘plays on words’ that make you wonder….stop by if you have a chance. Click Here Then, scroll down below my Thursday Thunks Meme….Have a great day.
    .-= Hootin’ Anni´s last blog ..Just think…..thank, thunk! =-.

  8. Orneryswife

    December 3, 2009 10:06 am

    Ah, cookies. My husband’s “handle” on the CB radio was cookie monster, and in fact I snagged him at our first meeting by offering him cookies. He really has a sweet tooth. These days we bake hundreds of cookies every December and put them in goody boxes to give to friends and co-workers. They all love our cookies, and the recipes, which switch around from one year to another, almost always settle back to the few favorites–molasses sugar cookies, chocolate caramel cookies, and pineapple filled tarts. Happy Holidays, Susan Helene, and Happy TT!!
    .-= Orneryswife´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen: Things I am NOT doing this Christmas =-.

  9. Hazel

    December 3, 2009 10:52 am

    I wonder what it would have been like to understand baking cookies as a sign of sibling rivalry (if I weren’t an only child).
    .-= Hazel´s last blog ..The Russell Group =-.

  10. Penelope Anne

    December 3, 2009 11:28 am

    Oh dang the mind image you made here. And I crave some milk and cookies. Hey stranger long time no see. Hope you still have your site for advertising book giveaways, I am back in the blogging game again with a revamped book blog. I need new followers…hint. Missed ya and the gang. Drop by the Cafe for my other TT –
    .-= Penelope Anne´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #1 ~ Christmas Picture Books to Enjoy =-.

  11. CalicoCrazy

    December 3, 2009 11:36 am

    Yum, christmas cookies and rock stars, I have a sudden urge to be a groupie.
    .-= CalicoCrazy´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen #18 =-.

  12. CountryDew

    December 3, 2009 12:54 pm

    Cookies are very good things!
    .-= CountryDew´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen =-.

  13. PopArtDiva

    December 3, 2009 1:06 pm

    Home made cookies are definitely a labor of love, especially in this day and age. For me my Mom’s Ginger Snap Cookies were and still are the best cookie in the world!

    My TT this week is The Best Part of CHRISTMAS PAST
    .-= PopArtDiva´s last blog ..THE BEST PART OF CHRISTMAS PAST =-.

  14. Adelle Laudan

    December 3, 2009 1:37 pm

    Mmm we are baking cookies this weekend. Friends an family love getting a tin of cookies for Christmas. Or a tray of goodies for dessert.
    Happy T13!
    .-= Adelle Laudan´s last blog ..Christmas Magic =-.

  15. drey

    December 3, 2009 3:42 pm

    mmmmmmmmm cookies… I have to go get ingredients to bake some!
    .-= drey´s last blog ..News flash! Changes to drey’s library for 2010… =-.

  16. Nessa

    December 3, 2009 7:06 pm

    Time to bake the cookies. COOKIES!

    Name That Christmas Song
    .-= Nessa´s last blog ..Blog of the Week =-.

  17. Julia Smith

    December 3, 2009 11:54 pm

    I love the idea of the box of cookies sent ahead and waiting for them at every hotel. Like a comforting hand around their shoulders.
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Thursday Thirteen – 135 – 13 Things That Kept Me Going During NaNoWriMo =-.

  18. Jannie Funster

    December 4, 2009 2:41 pm

    Yep, nothing like a sugared-up band to rock the stage.
    Your writing is so funny and original, Susan!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Getting To Know Him… Getting To Know All About A Wonderful Blogger. =-.

  19. BeadedTail

    December 6, 2009 10:34 pm

    Mmmm cookies! Now I want some! I love reading your Thursday Thirteens!
    .-= BeadedTail´s last blog ..Sunday Stake Out =-.

  20. Wylie

    December 7, 2009 2:29 pm

    Hey thanks for putting COOKIES in my brain… a whole shoebox full! Yum 😛
    .-= Wylie´s last blog ..Wylie is writing… =-.

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