Despite the title of this post, I have made a lot of progress on my writing goals in the last week — but the amounts of tomatoes, zucchinis and various spicy peppers ripening in our garden at the moment (not just jalapenos *g*) have made it necessary for me to take some longer breaks from writing in order to ensure that the harvest does not go to waste.
Some of the things I’ve done besides writing in the last week:
- 8 jars / bottles of BBQ sauce (made with fresh tomatoes and garden chillies)
- 5 jars sweet pickle relish with zucchini (turned out much better than my last attempt!)
- 7 jars jalapeno jelly (but they don’t seem to be jelling right and may need to be redone)
- frozen stewed tomatoes
- frozen tomato consomme
The last is something I highly recommend to anyone who is suffering from a glut of tomatoes. It’s a lot of work, but when you make a soup in winter from the almost clear essence of concentrated tomato, it’s like liquid summer. The taste is amazing. If anyone is interested, I will try to provide instructions in a future post.
That’s pretty much it on the harvesting front. On the writing front:
- I got Beyond the Waters of the World back from the editor today, but I haven’t had any time to go through the edits. In any case, I definitely seem to be on track for a publication date of August 31.
- Still working on the cover design for the first Alaska story, “In the Middle of Nowhere With Company” — and still not willing to share. Soon!
- Got another 5,000 words done on the new version of Chameleon in a Mirror. That might sound like a lot, but I got past the section where I needed completely new material and have found myself typing in very similar scenes to what I had in the previous version. Makes me wonder sometimes how much use this system of mine is of rewriting from scratch. OTOH, there are a number of times when the retyping inspires me to take things in a new direction, or add new details, or something else that seems to make the strategy worthwhile.
And now a storm is coming in and I have to go close windows …