This Is Why I Torture My Characters

Hmm…drink or write? Drink or write?

OK, trick question: when in doubt, you always multitask.

Maybe I should clarify the question (and situation) a bit: do I go out drinking for New Year’s Eve? Or do I stay in and write?

Now, as you’ve no doubt noticed from previous posts, I am no fan of New Year’s Eve. I’ve done my share of partying and celebrating (including some nights that I still probably shouldn’t, err, talk about), so for me it’s no longer a terribly huge deal.

But…

But, I’m not home. I’m visiting family. There’s something subtly shameful about staying in with family on NYE.

Of course, my other option is to go to a local dive bar I used to visit in my younger days.  I’m not sure that is a place (mentally or physically) I particularly want to go, either…

Thank God I have an idea for a scene that came to me earlier today. We’ve covered this before: when something like that comes along, what do you do? You write it.

Of course you write it.

A bit of beer (or more than a bit, depending on your frame of reference), loud music in my earbuds and pretty-much-total quiet in the house around me? Weird mix. I miss my usual haunts right about now…this is the kind of scene that needs the atmosphere from the brewery to help me get it right.

Oh well. To quote Eastwood – and it’s never wrong to quote Eastwood – “we adapt, we overcome.”

Plus, I’ll make up for lost time when I get back home.

OK, that’s decided, then. Now I just need to start working on Connor witnessing a death he thought he wanted more than anything…

He thought wrong, I might add.

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