Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy (day after) Thanksgiving!

by Meredith Cole

So we all gathered yesterday to celebrate Thanksgiving. If your house is anything like mine, you're still full--and the fridge is still packed with turkey and other goodies.

My protagonist, Lydia McKenzie, has plenty to be thankful for. A rent stabilized apartment above the flood line in New York, a job and great friends. Her parents are often unavailable during the holidays since they sold their house and bought an RV, so Lydia usually ends up an "orphan" on Thanksgiving. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, she's grateful not to have to travel anywhere.

So what would she bring to a holiday celebration with friends? Honestly, she's not much of a cook. She's in her twenties and lives in an apartment with a tiny kitchen. But she would never show up empty handed at a celebration. She might whip up some pumpkin martinis to bring, or buy an amazing pie at a local bakery to contribute to the festivities.

Lydia's friends really aren't great cooks either. The turkey will be either under or over cooked, and the side dishes will probably be mostly purchased pre-made. But by the time dinner is set out on the table, they'll probably all be full of holiday cheer (and pumpkin martinis) and it will all taste delicious to them!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you're attempting to wade into any Black Friday shopping experiences--stay safe! I will be staying home today, feeling grateful and writing.


Catriona McPherson said...

See now I was feeling all assimiliated after yesterday but pumpkin martinis???? Happy "it's still November and the next holiday isn't until the end of December that makes two months' writing time" Day. (Author arithmetic.)

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Meredith Cole said...

Too funny! I like your author arithmetic... My goal is definitely to finish my next draft by Christmas (oh, yeah--and do all those Christmas-y things on my list, too...)

lil Gluckstern said...

Happy writing. Is it a new Lydia book?

Meredith Cole said...

It's a stand alone! So no Lydia this time (but the door is still open to come back to her!).