In case you missed it, I wrote my 2020 a to z challenge about foods, and they were all connected by occurring in the fictional Cilantro and Sage Restaurant.
While I have enjoyed every A to Z challenge I’ve participated in, this one I loved. (Thanks, Maggie and TJ for suggesting food!) I loved writing about a restaurant but not feeling obligated to include the same characters in every piece. Yet, when I wanted to revisit with them, they were there. I loved my characters of husband and wife owners, Ewan and Kate, who are not the happiest of couples as we move on, trying but thwarted semi-playboy barkeep, Alex, and earthy, friendly, waitress Laura.
And, it was fun and sometimes challenging to find dishes and recipes that matched the letters. My biggest obstacle, I thought, would be finding a recipe for X, but that was oh-so-wrong. The worst were letters like “y” where recipes were “yummy this or that.” Could you imagine a dish in a restaurant being called “Yummy Steak and Potatoes?” Ha! And another ha! for good measure.
My biggest regret of the challenge is my lack of feedback to my fellow bloggers. I could blame it on being totally befuddled during the month because of virus anxiety, because of the rain, because April is a hard month (is that a song?), but it’s been an ongoing thing so maybe I need to see a blogging therapist about it. But I want to send out a thanks to Keith at Keith’s Ramblings (if you haven’t read his writing, please do; especially his Rosey stories! Which I love and hope that he’ll make into an anthology.) and again Maggie, both of whom stuck with me and rah-rahed, although I doubt Keith knew he was rah-rahing.
If you were around in March, you know I didn’t plan anything so most of these stories were written off the cuff, or wine.
So, yep, I’m happy with this experience, much, much more than in previous years because I really looked forward to writing these stories.
If you read them and enjoyed them, I’m thankful.
Thank you so much! 💖