Monday, October 12, 2015

A Date Night: Walrus and the Carpenter

I can't believe it's the middle of October. Really guys, where did the time go? I cannot believe the agent round of Pitch Wars is three weeks away. Excuse me a moment while I hyperventilate.

Last week, I agonized over my pitch, query, synopsis, and first 250 words of my manuscript. Honestly, I think I'm overthinking it, but that didn't stop me from having a panic attack on Friday and texting my mentor about my insecurities. Brianna, as always, was encouraging and offered to help, which really calmed me down.

That night, I hung out with my writer friend Lisa over happy hour and dinner which also helped. It's nice to talk to someone who 'gets' it, someone who's on the same (though different) journey. It also made me see just how lucky I am to get the opportunity to work with someone already in the industry (thank you Brenda Drake for creating this fabulous contest). I ended the night by hanging out with Michael and his co-workers a little calmer than I felt all week.

On Saturday morning I woke up to the first 100 pages of line-edits from Brianna. Just glimpsing at the track changes overwhelmed me. I'm a REALLY anxious person so I took the day to absorb it. The day turned out pretty awesome despite the rainstorm. Michael took me out to Walrus and the Carpenter (one of our favorite restaurants) for a date night and it was amazing. I love eating sea creatures ;)

Oysters with a beautifully paired wine = heaven. I still can't get believe that I get to spend the rest of my life with this handsome fella! My stomach does flips just thinking about all the future date nights we'll get to have.

After oysters we moved on to octopus! Sliced so thin with a zesty marinade, it was absolutely divine on the taste buds. After having it this way, I rather have my octopus sliced thinly all the time thank you very much.

This was my fave dish of the night. A savory crawfish instead of the spicy creole style crawfish is normally served in, I gobbled this up and licked my fingers with no shame. Crawfish, like quail and crab, remind me of my childhood, so dishes like these always make me happy.

I've said this many times, but I'll say it again. This maple bread pudding is the best dessert in Seattle.
After this meal, you bet I woke up the next morning and worked all day on my line-edits. Delicious food is the cure for anxiety ;) Ha! At least that's what I tell myself!
How was your weekend?


  1. I'm sorry about the track changes causing you anxiety. I always feel bad when I send back edits to a client, because I'm a huge commenter on the first and second run-throughs. I just sent back 50 comments for 4 pages of text, but hopefully you (and she) will get through it all right!

    Otherwise, dinner looks like it was tasty! (I'm allergic to oysters, but they still looked good! :) )

  2. I can't imagine a better way to get your mind off of things for awhile. And don't fret about all those track changes. Last edits always look so awful (but the things are usually pretty small). Go get them, girl!

  3. I remember when my copy editor sent back my track changes. So many! But most of them were comma changes. And that food looks soooo yummy!

  4. Yeah the track changes aren't so bad as I gradually work through them. It was more of just being overwhelmed I guess ;)

  5. The Walrus and the Carpenter is the best name for a restaurant! So glad you had a great day and woke up feeling better! ^_^