Yes. I know. It’s been a bit of a while. Since then, I have prepped four books to teach for this semester and begun teaching, and my daughter now says she’s writing a book about bears and water (she may seriously have a picture-book career.) I will just share a few things that are happening with my mystery story.
1) I learned that a haberdasher is not, in fact, a hat-maker, but anyone associated with men’s clothing. Who knew? To be honest, I think I did. I think that every few years, I wonder, “Is a haberdasher a hat-maker?” and then look it up to find that it is not. Maybe next time, I will remember.
2) I learned that the difference between Coronation and Investiture is that Coronation is religious and Investiture is for secular countries, like Holland, where Queen Beatrix, the 76-year-old monarch, recently abdicated so her son could have a hand at governing. Right on, Beatrix! And good luck present ruler, whose name I have forgotten and don’t think it would add much to include. It’s not Harald; that’s a Norwegian king of recent-ish rule, but I feel like it does add something to the proceedings to have Harold spelled with two a’s.
3) Excitingly, I have made up a new food for the invented kingdom I’m writing about. The name popped into my head: a gruntlet. I quick-quick turned on the internet (because I was in a netless hour–holla, new discipline regime) and confirmed: a gruntlet does not already exist, so I could invent one.
And what is a gruntlet? No spoilers here, but I will say that it’s like quiche, only delicious. (Couldn’t quiche so be improved upon? Couldn’t it be immeasurably better without that hard, flaky crust? Mini-quiches are often yummy, but when they go for bigger shells, they just end up tough and sad. A gruntlet, I feel certain, will be the way back into love for large-style egg-and-vegetable dishes.
4) So unrelatedly, I began watching “Orange is the New Black,” and after one okay pilot and two kind of terrible episodes, it suddenly became awesome. Which is a) awesome and b) a surprising and useful tale of how sometimes authors may lay out too much exposition but should really get into the meat of the story sooner. I mean, possibly it’s just me, but aren’t we all watching that show to see whether Piper and Alex will hop into a closet together? Episodes 4 through 7 get us closer to that, and they are harder to pull away from.
Tell me: is there a quiche recipe I should know about? Does anyone want to test-pilot a gruntlet? And do you agree with me about Piper and Alex?