Friday I went Downtown after work to check out comedy at The Last Bookstore. But the highlight of my evening ended up being dinner nearby at the Nickel Diner. I guzzled ice teas, and then ordered the smac and cheese, recommended by a very friendly waiter. I soaked up the old school diner atmosphere and wrote a few words before my food arrived. Creamy mac and cheese, a touch of heat, soft tomatoes, crunch on top.
I ate really quickly.
Then, I was presented with desert.
I settled on the homemade ding-dongs. Layers of chocolate cake, a stiff vanilla cream dipped in chocolate... then topped with the swirl!
I ate mine in delighted silence, listening to the family beside me as they oohed. I finally commented that it was a lot better than the sort with a wrapper.
So, it turns out the chef heard me. Monica May said that she loved ding dongs as a kid, especially served cold from the fridge. Her partner, Kristen Trattner, came from the back with a box of hot maple bacon donuts. "I was friends with all the fat kids in school so I would get to eat things like that," she said.
Then she offered me a donut.
In the same spirit as offering maple bacon donuts, Christina Im tagged me to do the 777 Challenge, where a writer shares their work-in-progress. Then they ask others to do the same!
Challenge: click your way to the seventh page, then start from the seventh line and cut and paste seven lines worth to share with the Internet! Then, if you have writer friends, tag them too.
I'm currently wrapping up The Hiwau and the Moon Consort, a fantasy adventure. In this excerpt, the Moon God is trying to avoid the Comet Spirit, since he broke the rules when he snatched her from outer space to live on the moon.
If I had lots of writerly bloggers, I would tag them. But while I'm not a hermit in a cave, I'm sort of haunted monastery nun-isn. Fortunately, Im has already tagged Samantha Chaffin and Lydia Albano. I'll tag Kimberly Karalius, Linna Lee, Kristen Yuki.
It's surreal to go back to the beginning of the novel I've been working on for almost a year. Flipping back to the bright days of the Moon God's relationships... So much can change over the course of a book. It's nice to be reminded of that, no matter where you are in a project.