Dragon Wine and Old English Lit Thesis Suggestions

I’ve got this bottle of Chaucer’s Mead aging in the wine rack. There will come a day…probably the day Choices Meant for All is released, when I’ll pop that baby open and sip away. Overall, I enjoy a glass of wine on occasion to savor the sweetness. Reislings are my friends. Ice wine is a newfound joy. The experts aren’t kidding when they tell you it’s made with sweet grapes. Sweet frozen grapes, that is.

Like a good dragon, I drink my wine at home so I don’t have to drive afterward. I used to be so much more tolerant of alcohol in my system, but the “stuff” I’m dealing with health-wise actually lowers one’s tolerance. Go figure! It’s a symptom.

My random wine-drinking reminds me of the beer commercial with the World’s Most Interesting Man. The announcer goes to all this trouble to convince you this guy is “all that,” and then shows the dude in a shadowy bar (and aren’t they all?) with a beer bottle. Yeah, THAT’S interesting. Boring! So they had to give the guy lines. “I doDragon Winen’t always drink beer, but when I do, I drink [this stuff right here].” I’m purposefully leaving the name out because, really, do I want to advertise beer on my blog? No. No, I do not.

Dragons don’t drink beer.

In fact, I bet dragons get tummy-aches after eating warriors who’ve been drinking copious amounts of beer. It may be why you see so many tragic scenes of drunken, dead warriors who haven’t been eaten by dragons…merely slashed and killed.

There’s a thesis for an Old English Literature student right there. What beverages make a warrior more palatable to dragons?

Whatever your views on dragons eating warriors, I share a toast with you. May the wine of which you partake this evening be sweet enough to entice dragons to join you in your repast, and not to encourage them to munch on you…

“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”

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Let’s Set Goals

Call them resolutions. Call them goals. We set them around the first of the new year in an attempt to better ourselves, improve our lives, move our careers forward, etcetera. I’ve got a set of goals in mind that I’d like to share for the sake of just putting them out there for the universe and everybody to see. My hope is that sharing these goals will help me keep them in the forefront of my mind as the year progresses. Here we go.

My first resolution for 2011 is to perform at least some act of promotion or marketing for the furtherance of my book publishing career each and every day of 2011. (For instance, Saturday, Jan. 1, I posted a free read on Smashwords. Sunday, Jan. 2, I sent updates to my website, including two advance excerpts for Choices Meant for All, to my web gal. Tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 3, I’ll post a scene from What Choices We Made Vol II on the Brenda Williamson Romance Party list. I have a variety of blog appearances and speaking engagements already lined up for the spring in addition to postings and whatnot. It’s going to be a full year!)

My second resolution for 2011 is to complete eleven (11) books of novel or novella length. I anticipate there will be a couple of short stories in there, but I have a list of books that are on the roster. Almost ready, you might say. Choices Meant for All is the first comin’ out of the chute. I’ve got the follow-up to Problems on Eldora Prime (Problems Above Pangaea Moon) waiting in the wings. Then there’s a holiday ditty that needs some polishing. I also have my NaNoWriMo piece to finish and edit. There are more. I’ll report back as we dive into March, April, etcetera.

My third resolution is to read more. I started with a mystery novel that tried my patience Saturday. Ugh. But, hey, what can you do? I also read a short fantasy story called The Gauntlet that was delightful. Now, I don’t know that I’m going to take time to write reviews for these things…

I think that’s enough for one person with a day-job.

Have you made resolutions? Goals? A wish-list? I wish you not just a happy, safe, and healthy 2011, but I also wish you much success with the goals you’ve set for yourself. Check in from time to time and let us cheer each other on.

“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”