| Last month I was asked to be the presenter for April. I sent out a meeting reminder last Friday.
Writers' Night Out will be Monday, 4/7/2014, at 7:00 pm in The Halligan Tavern, 32 West Broadway (Main Street), Derry. Ferne and I will be the presenters.
Since we meet in a restaurant, the topic will be FOOD.
See you there.
My favorite wife, Ferne, wanted to help, so she put together some Easter baskets with goodies. I included a few writers' things which we used for fun. Here was my agenda:
I started writing my memoir Assault in 2002 and quickly realized I needed writing experience before I tackled that emotional task. So, for practice, I wrote a story called ELT which fictionalized an incident from my childhood (teenage years) about a missing aircraft search I participated in as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. That plane was not found for several years, because those were the days just prior to the introduction of ‘Emergency Location Transmitters’ in aircraft back the 1960s. I did not finish the story and put it aside to work on other things.
But, I took it out, over a month ago, intending to work on it some more. Then a week later Indonesian flight HL370 disappeared into the Indian Ocean... I set it aside again.
Another story, Tremors, I started back in 2003, was about volcanoes, geology and earthquakes. I looked at it again last week... just before L.A. had a 5.1 quake and Chile had an 8.2 quake. Tsunami warnings went up... and I set that one aside again, too.
One of my first NaNoWriMo attempts was called Wines of Winter, about how small changes in agricultural conditions has spurred development of wine grape growing regions in Southern Oregon. That story reached the ‘first draft’ stage but needs to be updated with recently announced Global Warming developments... Maybe another day.
So, tonight, I thought I’d like to avoid another weird synchronicity complication and concentrate on something simple. FOOD.
I'm doing research for a new story where food is an important component. I need some memory triggers. So, I'd like to enlist your experiences with food.
But there's a small catch. I forgot and left out one word in my announcement... And that word is "BAD."
Write a literary story (paragraph only) about a food you dislike. Not toxic or unsanitary, but a real food. Describe it: texture, taste, color, smell, presentation (customary), cost, even sounds while it’s being prepared, or where it’s served.
When you're done, you’ll read your piece aloud. Then we’ll go on to step #2. (Note: Pay close attention to the person on your left.)
For the second part of this request, I need a character sketch. So, pass your paragraph to the person on your right.
Write a character sketch about someone eating the above food and enjoying it. Use things from the first paragraph.
Read your sketch aloud.
If we have time:
Faith Durand of The Kitchn website had a great topic:
What Drink Do You Order at a Bad Bar?
As she put it:
'What do you drink at a bad bar? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, I know, but we've all been there: stuck in a tired airport lounge, or at a restaurant hundreds of miles away from an artisanal cocktail menu, eyeing a bartender who doesn't [even] look old enough to drink. What do you order when you just don't trust the bar (or the bartender)? [In other words,] What's your safety drink?'
This turned out to be a simple task... everybody agreed, ‘Anything in a bottle.’
Halligan Tavern is a great place to meet, usually not too crowded. But last night the poor bartender was all alone, running from the kitchen, to the bar, to the tables, to the cash register.
Besides the other normal patrons, there were eleven of us there for WNO (three new faces). Thank goodness Ferne brought enough extra stuff to make a few more of her baskets. We all had a great time.
Next blog I’ll compile some of the fabulous responses those super writers gave me.