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Sunday, August 01, 2004

Sunday August 1, 2004. The Kitchen Window had a Beer Can Chicken Roaster. I'd vaguely heard of this recipe, but I hadn't realized anything specifically for that recipe was being manufactured.

Lunds Supermarket had a display which included a Beer Can Chicken cookbook (also with other grilling recipes). And, from Blue River Gourmet, special Beer Can Chicken seasoning. ("Always hand prepared.")

I'd vaguely heard of Beer Can Chicken; but I assumed it was an "I'm a beer-drinking redneck" recipe.
Writing: daily exercise -- Done, and I'll quote it here:

Imagine reading stories written by elves about us; by people of the future about us. With the usual cliches, of course.

I've been thinking about an anthology series, with stories purporting to be of this kind. (That is, actually written by people of our time and place who are pretending to be outsiders.)

Volume 1: Fantasy stories from Elfland; some about our world, some about humans living in Elfland. They would have some of the same cliches and stereotypes as most of the fantasy seen here; but there would be a few unfamiliar ones. Different writers would come up with different versions, of course.

Volume 2: Historical romances set in our time. There would be the usual distortions associated with "It was a simpler, gentler time...." And there would be the things which need explaining, like "At that time, there were still people who remembered British pre-decimal currency". But just what needed explaining and what the writer got wrong would give hints about that future.

Volume 3: Straight historical fiction.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- I got one scene rewritten, with protagonist rather than narrator in the leading role. And with the Canadian Civil War reenactors added back in.

"They Might Be Windmills" --
"History Line" --
"Port Useless" --
Why Boston's plants bloom earlier now than 100 years ago
The city's average temperature increased 1.5 degrees Celsius over the past century. By Christa Case
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