Happy Thanksgiving from the Writing Desk (or rather, the kitchen counter)

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I’m thankful for my friends, family — and you, my readers. Thank you so much for sharing and passing the word about my novels, for leaving reviews, for contacting me with your thoughts, for your support — for being people who read! I love know ing you’re out there. You’re my peeps, for sure. I was a reader long before I was a writer.

As I write this — literally, this word “this” — I’m in the midst of preparing my specialty winter squash galette for Thanksgiving dinner. I consider the first half of today a regular writing day, so here’s what my schedule looks like:

7:30 a.m. Roll out of bed.

8:00 a.m. Coffee in hand, pets fed and my dog pee’d, de-seed delicata and butternut squash, cut them into manageable chunks, and put into the oven to roast.

Write, write, write — I’m working on edits for PATH INTO DARKNESS, which comes out in August 2017. Overhauling a scene near the beginning.

~9:00 a.m. Squash out of oven to cool, get more coffee.

Write, write, write

img_2697~10:00 a.m. De-skin the squash, a rather messy and laborious process. I’m about half-done as you see in the photo. (Taking a little blog break–an addition to my schedule today, but that’s OK.)

Write, write, write

Around noon. Shower so my hair has time to dry before I leave the house. In case you don’t know, I have curly hair–it’s best left to air dry with a little curly-hair de-frizzer product in it.

~12:30 p.m. Put together the galette. With the squash goes gorgonzola, walnuts, rosemary and butter. I use pizza dough for the galette. Roll it out, put the mixture on it, fold corners up, and bake!

Write, write, write

Galette(s) out of the oven, finish getting dressed, and out the door by ~2:00 p.m. Don’t worry about cleaning up until tonight–or probably tomorrow.

Have fun for the rest of the day! Eat and drink a little too much, and don’t think about my writing.

This is a pretty good example of how we writers get our writing in. I’ll be forgoing anything to do with Black Friday tomorrow in favor of, yes, more writing! I’m hoping I have a few leftovers to eat, so maybe I won’t even have to leave the house!

What are your special Thanksgiving traditions? For those who don’t live in the U.S. what do you do on your country’s equivalent holiday?



2 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving from the Writing Desk (or rather, the kitchen counter)

  1. Lisa,

    Glad you ended the article with a sentence about eating. I would hate to put in all the work of creating a wonderful squash galette and not get the pleasure of eating it.

    Happy Thanksgiving,


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