Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I didn’t get some things done, but made good progress on others. I still need to create a couple of shticks for Lisa’s radio show, and I have one more to schedule. That one is weeks out, but the author requested a specific date and I want to accommodate her. I know how I feel when making plans. I would want to know it’s a done deal. It is a done deal, I just need to get on with it.

I dedicated my time to my own fiction. It came to around 3000 words. I don’t have a complete count, but somewhere around that mark. My main character has to cover up one eye, because the townsfolk decided it’s the evil eye. I also created four tiny monsters with more to come. They haven’t even taken to sea yet, and that’s one of my biggest obstacles here. Act one involves the guy trying to live up to his father’s reputation. He will decide to take his own path, and that’s the part that occurs at sea.

Doesn’t sound like a problem, until you think of promoting it as a pirate story. Will people stick with it long enough to get to the parts I advertise? It may be something that sorts itself out in the second or third pass. Right now I have to draft the damned thing.

I might carry those flighty readers along with some symbolism, and an eye patch could be part of that. His eye is fine, but it’s now permanently red. That scares the general population.

I’m also dealing with travels and conversations. This is touchy, because I want to do some world building and have some of these conversations. However, too many campfires and such might irritate some folks. Like I said, this is the draft process

I’d like to work on it tomorrow, but I need to keep up with the promises I made others. I may need to have a Lisa Burton Radio day and be happy about it.

In other news, my bread rose for about 30 hours and turned out awesome. (Awesomely? Is that a word?) Old What’s Her Face bought me a banneton, also called a brotform, for Christmas. This is a special basket for raising free-standing loaves of bread. I’ve never used it before. It helps the loaf retain its shape on the final rise. It also adds a cool spiral shape to the top crust.

Today was the day. I also used my peel and baking stone for this one. Here’s how it turned out, and it was great with our corned beef.

You can see the spirals the basket made before I added the expansion slices. To use the peel, also in the photo, I added some corn meal to it and the baking stone. This isn’t for flavor, it’s to keep things from sticking. My only mistake was taking the bread from the brotform while the oven reached temperature. This gave it time to spread and I should have done it at the last second. Next time: Dump, slice, bake in about five seconds.

It already has a wonderful sour flavor, and that’s the result of the long rise. My bread usually doesn’t develop that until the next day. No idea why.

I’m skipping the Irish whisky tonight. Old What’s Her Face bought me some cool Irish stout from a small brewery. Beer is very Irish too, so I’m not disappointed.

Hope all of you who are celebrating do it with care. We’re staying home and may rent Justice League on TV. Maybe.


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34 responses to “Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Looks delicious. With the pirate story, it makes me think of how Treasure Island worker uo to the voyage. Black Sails had a lot of land action too. Part of it is because sea voyages have a very restrictive setting and level of action.

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  2. I hope you find yourself blessed this St. Patrick’s day.

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  3. Happy belated Paddy’s day!

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  4. The bread is beautiful. Hope you enjoyed the holiday. I bought a six-pack of Guinness for the stew, and as I didn’t use all six to cook with, I had some to toast with. As promised, raised my glass to you. 🙂

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  5. Irish stout is the best in world – but they keep the best stuff to themselves, the feckers! 😀

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  6. Glad the bread turned out well. I haven’t made bread myself in a while. Our local bakery does a great job though. 😉

    I don’t think most people would be too bothered, as long as there is at least one scene that takes place at sea. As for those who will be… Well, you can’t please everyone anyhow, and it’s pointless trying. Just worry about doing what’s right for the story.

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  7. Tasty! Had the CB last evening & having a Reuben tonight! 🙂 ♥

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  8. Wow! The bread is beautiful! Love the ideas of the new story and the red eye would certainly put “normal” folks off. Sounds like this new creation is coming right along.

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  9. The bread is gorgeous! Awesomely IS a word 🙂
    Why wasn’t this post in my email? What tomfoolery is happening?

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  11. Looks delicious – my stomach is grumbling just from the picture.

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  12. It appears your story needs time to develop just as your bread did. By the way, it looks very beautiful and tasty.

    I celebrated with my favorite Irish beverage, Guinness.

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