The New Years’ holiday, with its duality of backwards-reflection and forwards-resolve, is a perfect symbol for what we historical fiction writers do all the time. We have one foot in the past and the other in the present. We research and write, look into the social customs and private lives of early era people, establish imaginary friendships with kings and industrial magnates, and ask the what-if questions about folks dead long ago.
But our future goals and plans are important, too. Which – finally! – brings me to spatchcocking.
It’s a cooking method for large birds like chicken and turkey, where you snip out the backbone and flatten the entire thing to cook in the pan. It looks weird, I know, but apparently everything cooks much more evenly, without the breast meat drying out. (I have yet to try this). For full instructions, check out the video below:
You’re still wondering how the heck spatchcocking is connected to my future plans, right? Ok, I’ve kept you waiting long enough.
I’m going pro, folks, and if that doesn’t make a newbie author feel flayed and splayed – aka spatchcocked – I don’t know what will.
I’ve now written two books in the Concordia Wells mystery series, so I’m preparing the first, Dangerous and Unseemly, for publication in the next few weeks. It’s a mystery set in 1890s Hartford, Connecticut, at a fictitious women’s college, modeled after the Seven Sisters colleges of the time.
The cover artist and copy editor are hard at work now on the project, and the formatter is ready to go once the editor is finished. Squee!
I also have a makeover planned for this website, to go from pure blogging to something more author-centered. I’ll still be blogging regularly because I love hanging out with you guys, but the new site will also have all sorts of goody pages about the world of my protagonist, Professor Concordia Wells, and the college where she teaches. There will be info about the Progressive Era, the city of Hartford during that time, and current museum exhibits dedicated to the time period. There will be links and books galore, Pinterest boards, and sample chapters.
Website developer Laird Sapir has been instrumental in putting this together, and she did a fabulous job! Once I have a cover and a date for the book, the new site will go up.
Stay tuned, and thanks for all of your support!
Do you have big goals for 2013? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,
P.S. – Special thanks to fellow blogger and fab cyber friend Gloria Richard for issuing the challenge to write a blog post using the word “spatchcock”!