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Second-Serving Sunday: Instant Plot Twist – Just Add Absinthe Edition

A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere

Okay, maybe I should explain that title up there, and add a disclaimer…

I’ve never tried absinthe, and although I’ve been fascinated by it for decades, I have no current plans to. I have children, and they need me, and what I’ve read and heard from people I know who have tried it, it’s too intense for where I am in my life, especially since I indulge in alcohol of any kind less than a handful of times in a typical year…

That doesn’t mean that I’ll never try it. It won’t be that many more years before my kids are grown enough that they don’t need us in the same way…but today isn’t a ‘will she or won’t she” post.

Rather than debate, one of my characters leapt without looking at all, and the new absinthe in his life has led to all manner of new plot twists – and a LOT of words…seriously – a lot.

What about you? Have you ever tried something that seemed remarkable? Absinthe? Skydiving? Petting a tiger? Something completely different? If you’re a writer, do you throw you characters off the limb in ways the reader might not expect? Do you love seeing your character discover a new side of him/her/itself as it adjusts to the change?

Or is that my own particular brand of fun writerly madness? Drop me a line and clue me in – I promise I’ll get caught up on comments after NaNo! ;D

“Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. Courtesy Wikimedia and Google Art Project.

And now, on to the week’s goodies!

Recently at shanjeniah:

Second-Serving Sunday: NaNoWinMo Edition!

And now, last week’s features…

Coffee and Conversation:

WIPpet Wednesday:

SoCS (Stream of Consciousness Saturday):

  • Intoxication and Intimacy: In a NaNo -oriented SoCS post, a young half-Vulcan cadet named Spock learns some new ways of connecting…using the prompt “IN”, and legal intoxicants.

ROW80 Updates:

What’s Next:

My writing plan for November:

  • Complete a rough draft my NaNoWriMo project, The Earth Doth Move, another Star Trek: TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction the companion novel to my fantasy WIP,Blood and Breath. I’ve written many many words, and the story is surprising me with every scene. Into the second set of pinch points, sailing toward Act Three!
  • Complete the review I promised a fellow writer a few weeks back, so it doesn’t get lost in the NaNo madness…I drafted this last Tuesday. I will revise as needed and post it to Amazon this Tuesday. =)

And on the blog:

In the Wilds of Internet-Land:

  • My research on absinthe led me to these lovely absinthe spoons. Whether I ever balance sugar on them or not, these little masterpieces were a feast for my eyes.
  • It’s NaNo Time! At the end of the month, I’m going to treat myself to a cool NaNo poster!
  • Van Gogh was an absinthe fan. In his honor, I offer this domino tribute video!

Life Stuff:

  • Tomorrow, the kids and I are going to celebrate a bit of unseasonably warm weather by going for a swim, and maybe a walk at a park or playground.
  • Tuesday, there’s another NaNo Write-In, and Thursday, we’ll celebrate my Accomplice having the day off, and go to a local buffet restaurant, where everyone can eat what they like, since half the members of our family aren’t fans of traditional Thanksgiving fare…
  • And then, I write like a madwoman till the end of the month! BWAHAHA!

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I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

12 thoughts on “Second-Serving Sunday: Instant Plot Twist – Just Add Absinthe Edition

  1. Not sure I should admit this here, but I’ve tried absinthe twice in my life. It seems that every time I’ve tried something like that, including pot, it never quite matched whatever crazy expectation surrounded it. 😉

    1. Helen,

      This isn’t a judgmental zone. =) Actually, I’d love to hear more about your experiences. A lot of what I read backed up what you’re saying- like other things absinthe seems to have acquired a reputation it didn’t deserve.

      The ritual fascinates me. The mystery does, too. I’d probably try it myself when the kids are older…except for that anise and fennel thing…I don’t think I can get past my aversion to those tastes…

      But I might really decide to start collecting those lovely spoons, and the research has certainly led to some unexpected and more dramatic scenes in my story, so I consider that a win! =)

      1. In every case where I’ve tried things, I had already been drinking pretty heavily, so I’m thinking whatever I was “supposed” to feel was masked by the alcohol already in my system. I can tell you that absinthe severely increased it and in both cases I “lost” time. Things happened that I don’t have any recollection of. I know nothing “bad” happened, but I would be in one place and then be in another room without remembering how I got there. Things like that. Anyway, not very interesting, in fact it could sound like a lot of college parties! LOL.

        I have found that alcohol is not something that works well in my life or for my brain chemistry so I just recently gave it up completely. But I can see how these experiences and even researching others experiences could add things to our stories. 🙂

        1. Oh, those are good details, and definitely fit with the absinthe scenes I’ve written so far. There will be more, because my character becomes intensely involved with it, for reasons too complicated for a blog comment while I’m still writing the story!

          Alcohol doesn’t work well for me, either. I generally have maybe a drink or three a year, if that. My husband gave up alcohol several years before we met, so I don’t even have any in the house the majority of the time, and, when there’s been some, it usually ends up being poured out after a few months or years, when my interest in sampling it passes.

          For my character, though, it starts out as a tool of sorts. By the time he knows it’s a problem, it’s a bigger one than he can handle on his own.And the reason he used it is still there….

          Fortunately, there are people who care for him and are willing to go to great lengths to help him. So, maybe, eventually, he’ll find his way to a better place, where absinthe and several other things are concerned.

    1. They are so good togeether! Last night, my Accomplice and I caught the tail end of a Jim Parsons commercial on TV…now we NEED to see the whole thing! It was a hysterical 5 seconds or so!

      As for life- it’s full of words, and lovely chaos, and that mostly suits me fine!

    1. Yes, I would say so!

      My own personal scariest was moving from NY to take a job at the Grand Canyon, where I knew NO ONE. I spent four days traveling cross-country by train, with $50 to my name…

      I met my husband the first day I was there, so that one worked out well…

      As it seems that your Big Scary Thing did, too!

      I’ll pop over and take a look at your week, now that the kids are headed outside to enjoy a rare warm November day hanging out on the trampoline! =)

      1. It did ~ unfortunately it needed four years with a nutjob as partner and three months being homeless after leaving my ex but I got there in the end.It teaches you a lot about yourself 🙂 Have a great week!

        1. Those must have been some scary times! I’m glad you came through in one piece, And those types of experiences are rich ground for learning, for those willing to look into themselves and what brought them to that place.

          I’m glad you got out, and got stronger. I’m still coming to read your post…honest! My internet was balking on Sunday, and yesterday I took my daughter swimming, and spent some time with my Accomplice and without the laptop….

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