by Madeline Iva
Sometimes you need to retreat, huddle up, hunker down, and regroup. For introverts like me, this is actually our natural state of being. The thing is–you gotta have a plan.
I love the part in BOURNE LEGACY, where Jeremy Renner (yum!) needs some information from Rachel Weisz who is sputtering over her suddenly-everyone-wants-to-kill-me reality. Jeremy Renner cuts through her confusion and says, “Now I’ve got a plan, and it’s just not that complicated. What I’m going to do is wait for the next person to come and kill you. Maybe they can help me.” Well, I’ve got a plan, Lady Smut readers, and it’s just not that complicated.
- There’s a romance plot spinning in my brain.
- I’m going to binge write all weekend long and get as much of it out of my head and splatted onto the page as I can.
That’s the good kind of binge, of course.
Then there are the other kinds of binging. Hey, let’s face it, I’m a binge-y kind of woman. If a little is good, a lot is better. My favorite types of binges: TV, movies, food, and romance novels. But first, I will be productive. I will lay down five thousand words a day (eek!) and only then will I reach out to find other forms of comfort.
TV Series to Binge:
- The Crown
- Luke Cage
At the movie theatre:
- DR. STRANGE
- FANTASTIC BEASTS
- MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is next week. We’re making two pies: cherry and sour-cream apple pie. Well, it’s vegan sour cream apple pie, but it’s still completely awesome.
Along with the usual suspects: garlic green beans with toasted almonds, mashed potatoes, and homemade stuffing, (though my grandmother always called it ‘dressing’) we’re in the midst of deciding what the main dish will be. You might think as vegans we’d be terribly limited for options. Not so, my friends. Here are the candidates:
- chickpea crepes with cauliflower & shiitake mushroom filling
- panko crusted sweet potato cakes with mushroom ragout
- black bean & acorn squash empanadas
- pumpkin gnocchi
- three-sisters savory pie–with corn, beans, and pumpkin
Finally, I’ve been reading Patrick Rothfuss’s NAME OF THE WIND, (so good!) but I’m almost done. There’s a whole world of fantasy goodness by new authors on my kindle just waiting for me to dive on in and check them out.
- THE BELTANE KISS by Denise D. Young
- A DRAGON’S DESTINY by Tina Glasneck
- WATCHER by Shawnee Small
- THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
And an advanced copy of Cara McKenna’s BRUTAL GAME is in there as well — Think of it as a kind of sexy, contemporary palate cleanser for all the fantasy.
So that’s the plan. This afternoon, I’m piling on the sweaters and slippers over the pj’s and sinking into the primordial stew of my creative subconscious.
When I emerge after the holiday, the anxious stew in my brain will be quiet. I will be ready to be fed–both literally and metaphorically. At that point, I think I’ll be fit to rejoin the world again.
See you on the other side.