Hey, folks! It’s time for What’s Up Wednesday again! In case you’re new to WUW, it’s a blog hop created by my sister Jaime and me, intended to help writers keep in touch with one another. If you’d like to participate, please sign up on the linky below, and be sure to spread some writerly encouragement around to at least a few other people taking part. Because my sister is awesome, and she’s apparently a button factory, she made a lovely new autumn themed button for us. Please help yourself to it!
What I’m Reading:
I’m still reading Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, but I only have a few chapters left. Seriously, if I didn’t have so many other things to do, I could easily have devoured this book in one sitting.
What I’m Writing:
Plotting, plotting, and more plotting. Every time I think I have my plot details sorted out, I find some wrinkle in my plans. It’s not so much the details themselves as how they all need to fit together seamlessly. That’s okay though, because while I mull these things over, usually some juicy new details work their way into the mix. Eventually (meaning hopefully this week) I’ll figure out how to arrange it so all those scenes play out like a nice, smooth line of dominoes falling over.
What Inspires Me Right Now:
Wind and rain and tree branches beating against the house at night while I write. The way our yard looks like Rivendell with a constant shower of yellow leaves falling. Season premieres of TV shows with horrible, unbelievably shoddy writing that make me determined to create better stories. Pumpkins.
What Else I’ve Been Up To:
For whatever reason, I always seem to mention beverages in my posts. I suppose that’s because many writing sessions, relaxing moments, or fun times are accompanied by something good to drink, so…
When my son decided to go play bocce with his grandparents this weekend, the husband and I had an impromptu date at Winston’s English Pub. I’ve mentioned their Guinness beef stew in a bread bowl before, but this time I included a picture. Call me boring, but I ordered it again because it was just so freaking good. And the concept of a bread bowl just appeals to my practical side. And my stomach. The Cobblestone stout I ordered was much to my liking, but my husband’s Rogue chocolate stout may have been one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Absolutely amazing.
And at the risk of sounding like all we do is drink beer, we then went home and made a batch of PUMPKIN stout, which should be ready on time for Halloween. How fun is that?! Mostly I sat on the kitchen floor and read Crown of Midnight while my husband (who has his system all worked out) did the important steps, but I pitched in when he needed a hand. We’re calling this latest homebrew “Monster Mash,” a little play on words seeing as the soaking grains used to make beer are referred to as “mash.” If I have time, I might even design a fun label for the bottles. We’ll see.
Oh yes. One other thing I've been doing is taking pictures of pumpkins. You probably caught that though. I couldn't resist, especially since one of them met a sad (but hopefully noble) end in the pumpkin stout and deserved to be immortalized before drank.