Month: September 2008

Margie Gras.

Here’s my best guess at the drink I made up at Margie and Dave’s house on Saturday* is as follows:

Persephone’s tempation
1 1/2 shots of tequila
1/2 shot of triple sec
1/4 c pomegranate juice
Two twists of lime
2 t sugar
sugared cranberries (optional)

Add ice and stir. Doing it again, I’d probably peel a lime and add the whole thing, in chunks, so you can pick them out with your fingers later, and some pomegranate jewels would have been nice.

I get to name it, and I can be literary if I want. Neener neener.

–Luckily, Stan drank about half.

*Margie Gras is any party thrown at their house involving more booze than gaming.

Writerly Ramble.

I tell you, I am obsessed with the whole “Weird West” idea,* basically, South Dakota ghost stories. I sat down this morning to brainstorm NaNoWriMo ideas for November (since I became vehemently discouraged with the previous idea while reading The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, by Chris Wooding; it wasn’t the same plot but motivated by the same impulses, I suppose, and so f@#$%^& good some serious reconsidering will have to be done before I write my story–THAC is YA cthulu-level horror set in an infested, Sherlock-era London–recommended with a wail of despair).

After an hour spent listening to “How’s it gonna end” by Tom Waits and “Sister Rosetta” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, I ended up with a list of story elements like “Rattlesnake,” “Dust devil,” “Morrell’s opens in 1909,” “Electrical Light Plant on Sioux River,” and “Haunted houses,” I ended up with this:

An abused boy, Jacob Foreman, tries to solve the gruesome murder of his friend Marisa, who had always claimed to be a fairy changling, in 1912 Sioux Falls.

I have no idea how this will come out, but I am totally jazzed about it this morning. The writing soundtrack will be all haunted banjo, all the time.

Any ideas for a title?

*Stan–the “Three Brothers” thing is a bunch of short stories, which is too frikkin’ hard to deal with for NaNo. Besides which, I got stuck on Alien Blue this morning again, and I really wanted to brainstorm something new.

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