2018: Day 69 the one where some new hot sauce arrived
Word count 156,652 + 1,006 or 157,658 of 1,000,000
Today was going to be the day that I caught back up. It was a weekend day. Saturday could have been the day that catching up happened. I mean it has to happen at some point and today very well could have been that point. Right now it is 19:36 hours and writing just started happening. That is probably a sign that today is not the day that I will catch back up. My goal here for next week or maybe just for tomorrow is to write enough words to regain my 24 hour buffer. It might not seem like much, but is the key to being able to think about or review what is written each day. Right now I’m just writing off the cuff and hitting publish right before the writing deadline for the day. You can imagine that is not the best method for writing world class prose on a daily basis. Sure it is probably how things will end up toward the end of the year.
This morning involved a car ride to the museum. During that car ride it seemed like a good idea to listen to a Bob Dylan album. Today it happened to be the “Blood on the tracks album” from 1975. It is one of those albums where you really want to listen to the lyrics and they all tell a story. A lot of modern albums do not focus on telling a story in the same way. Sometimes a car ride just gets better with a great soundtrack. For some reason traveling always makes me want to listen to Bob Dylan albums or maybe something from Tears for Fears. My smartphone is full of albums and ready to travel at this point. One thing I do not travel with is hot sauces…
Earlier today three new bottles of hot sauce arrived. My fascination with hot sauces has been growing in intensity throughout the last year. Building a collection of hot sauces was an interesting thing to start doing. Sure the freezer is full of vegan wings and some very hot sauces. A couple times a week I end up making a few wings and they get dipped in a variety of hot sauces. Some of them are seriously hot sauces. Today bottles of Karma Sauce Extreme Karma, Queen Majesty Scotch Bonnet & Ginger, and Hot Ones The Last Dab Carolina Reaper Edition arrived. I’m kind of curious to see what the Karma Sauce will taste like next week. Some of my favorite hot sauces of all time are made by Queen Majesty hot sauce. I think my favorite one of all time is the scotch bonnet and ginger sauce. You have not know that anything with the Carolina reaper pepper in it is going to be hot. That pepper is not joke on the scoville scale. I’m pretty sure that will one of the hottest sauces that will ever be in my fridge.
Now would probably be the right time to break out into a short story writing session. That is probably the way things should wrap up tonight, but I’m not sure if things are going to break that way. Nothing at the moment is really jumping out to me. The last short story idea that I have been kicking around for a bit is about a road trip between California and Kansas. One of the topics I think could be explored in more detail are the roadtrips people take to get out and explore this country. Sometimes we focus on the destination instead of thinking about the journey. A good solid road trip is all about the journey. Most of the time the destination is going to be right back where you started in the end. People rarely just pick up from one location and wholesale move to another one. That type of story is another narrative thread that should probably be pulled on at some point this year. Maybe those two themes together would be enough to help me power through a few short stories.
For some reason I have not really wanted to write any fiction this week. I still find it a little mind boggling that this is day 69 of the big year writing extravaganza. It has probably been more than a decade since the last time that I published this many blog posts on consecutive days. I’m not exactly sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it is for sure a difference in writing trends. I need to pick some substantive topics and just dig into them and write about every detail of the topic until I reach the point of intellectual exhaustion. Right now all I want to do is login to YouTube TV and watch the end of the Big 12 Championship basketball game. The University of Kansas Jayhawks and Coach Bill Self were victorious, but I did not get to see the end of the game. I’m pretty sure that YouTube TV saved it for me. The other show I need to watch at some point is the season finale of Top Chef.
Ok —- I setup YouTube TV on my Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone to play the last 5 minutes of the game. Right now I’m tying on my Chromebook with the game on next to me. I’m going to work on grinding out the rest of this blog post and watching the end of the game. That should be an exciting way to wrap up the night. This may not have been the best idea in terms of writing productivity. I’m watching the game and knocking out a few words very slowly. The game is almost over and maybe that will help speed up my writing effort. This game does appear to have been a highly contested game up until the end.
Dr. Nels Lindahl
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