Blog Tour: Everything You Want (or Don’t Want) to Know About My Writing

A little late to the blog tour, but better late than never, as the old cliché goes!  Thank you to Tiffany Dailey for involving me in the project.  Check her out; she’s awesome:  http://trdailey.blogspot.com

Also, thank you to Kelley Harvey and the Blog Tour for the great opportunity! Check Kelley out here: http://www.kelleyharveywrites.blogspot.com/

For those who are finding your way to my blog for the first time, welcome to Pour Me Another Novel! A writer by heart and soul, I was raised in rural northern New Jersey and have been a purveyor of the arts since a young age. In high school I cultivated a passion for writing. The realization that books and stories could not only change my world, but the world around me, lead me to study literature in college. My first novel, My Song, debuted in May 2012 and is currently available on amazon.com and lulu.com. When I’m not writing I can be found singing, reading, traveling, and/or drinking wine.

Currently I am working on two projects. The first and most important is my second novel, The Year of the Butterfly. I’m not sharing too much about it yet, as I’m still enjoying the beginning phase of getting to know my characters and their emotions. But trust me, it’s going to be a good one. I feel it deep within my bones. My second project is enhancing and expanding my blog, Pour Me Another Novel, which is a recent project. The premise is simple: I talk about the books I read and pair them with an awesome wine! Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper with Harvest Moon wine from Warwick Valley Winery (deep in the heart of the black dirt region of NY state), and The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand with Woodbridge White Zinfindel. This blog combines my love of reading and my love of wine into one perfect package. I mean, really, what is better than reading a good book with a glass of delicious wine? Not much, if you ask me!

While my blog may be light, fun, and filled with wine, my fiction writing goes a lot deeper.When I’m writing my novels and short stories, I definitely key in on my characters emotions.  I focus heavily on how and why my characters feel the way they do. I think there is more conflict deep within ourselves than with outside forces. The journey from beginning to end shows how they deal with themselves and their environment. I find that my writing is deeply affected by emotion and my plots are heavily driven by what my characters feel, their morals, and their conscience. My books and short stories tend to be an emotional immersion.

I write the books and stories I do because I fell in love with writing as a way to deal with my own emotions. I find that there is healing in writing from the heart and putting feelings on paper. There is vulnerability in writing and how I feel and I honestly, I think it has made me a better person. Writing is therapy and my sincerest hope is to touch readers on a personal level, to tug at their heart strings.

My writing process is a bit scattered (in my experience, most writers’ processes are!). Usually, inspiration hits while I’m driving, when I have no ability to physically write anything down. That’s when Siri and I become best friends and I tell her to take a note of my idea. And she does with minimal grammatical errors that I decode when I am finally behind my desk and not the wheel. I have journal that is brown with the word COURAGE stamped across the front. It’s more important to me than any of my possessions. I use it to write scenes, ideas, stories, and letters. When I need inspiration, I need only to ready past entries. And usually a glass of good wine helps me relax and get the creative (grape) juices flowing. I type a lot of first drafts on my trusty computer and don’t think about editing until I’ve finished a scene or chapter. Then I like to go back and tighten the language and make sure all necessary, powerful emotion is present. I find inspiration wherever I go, whether I’m traveling, visiting vineyards for my blog, or just talking with friends or strangers. Parts of me and my life are always prevalent in my writing. Even if it’s the smallest detail, like a dog-eared page of a book I didn’t finish because I had looked up and met someone who changed my life forever at that moment. The details are important to me because they say so much in their simplicity. I am a person who has been profoundly impacted by those around me – the good and the bad. I continue to learn and grow and I leave that page dog-eared to remind me of a life changing moment, that I will never forget, but continues to influence everything I do, everything I’ve become, and most importantly, everything I write.

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Getting Lost with Lost Lake and Ceci Bella Wine

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Recently I read Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.  She is one of my favorite authors.

Because of Allen’s magical ability to let her readers taste the food and drinks she writes about, I knew I had to find a flavorful wine to pair with her latest novel.  Picking a wine for this book was an easy decision.  I knew I had to drink Ceci Bella Acai Raspberry Cabernet Sauvignon by Cava Winery, a local New Jersey winery.

Usually I am not a red wine enthusiast, but I absolutely ADORE Ceci Bella Acai Raspberry Cabernet Sauvignon.  I think I may even go as far as to say that this is my favorite wine. Ever.  That’s how delicious it is.  The taste is smooth, fruity, a little tart, and full of amazing, sweet, robust flavors.  I like to drink my Ceci Bella cold (unlike most red wine).

It was the perfect wine to drink with Lost Lake, because the wine is quirky and different, much like Allen’s characters.  I have read every one of her books, and each has an absolute mystical quality.  It’s easy to relate to her characters, but they usually have some strange magical quality, which I find intriguing.  What I loved most about Lost Lake was its focus on each character becoming stronger within their own self.  It was a search for meaning and a life lesson that it’s OK to be lost sometimes.

I thought it was appropriate that I finished Lost Lake on the beach of Lake George over Memorial Day weekend!

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This is the perfect summer read.  So chill your favorite fruity wine, and grab Lost Lake because you’re not going to want to put the book or your glass down!

Check out Lost Lake here!

You’re Making Me Blush!

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Well it’s not even midweek and I’m more than half way through a bottle of Make Me Blush from Wagonhouse Winery.  It’s delicious, but very sweet.  I’ve made a spritzer using club soda to lessen the overwhelming sweetness.  I prefer my wine on the drier side, but I still recommend checking out Wagonhouse and Make Me Blush!  Sometimes you just need to pair a good wine with a couple of hours of quiet and relaxation!  A book isn’t always required.

I wanted to share an exciting event that I am participating in this summer.  I will be experiencing a YOGA WINE TRAIL!  How awesome is that?  I’m a big fan of yoga.  Meditating, yoga, and wine help me de-stress after a long week.  What better way to unwind than with a 60 minute yoga class in the vineyard, followed by wine tasting at a local New Jersey winery?!  Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve never heard of these events before!  I’m really excited.

In preparation, I’m brushing up on my yoga poses with A Morning Cup of Yoga by Jane Goad Trechsel.  It’s a 15 minute daily yoga routine in a cute little book!  It includes 23 stretches to awaken your mind a body every day.  Glass of wine after your routine is optional!

Check out yoga wine trails in your area!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

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In keeping with this week’s “Classics” theme, I’m toasting Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a glass of Chardonnay!

Instead of music as background noise today at work, I listened tons of incredible lectures on Shakespeare’s life and works throughout the day in celebration.  Once a literature nerd, always a literature nerd!

For the past 8 weeks, I have been taking a massive open online course (MOOC) on Shakespeare and his world, through the University of Warwick in England in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust at Stratford-Upon-Avon.  It’s fascinating and I’m enjoying this online course more than any of my undergraduate Shakespeare courses.  Futurelearn is the course provider. It connects learners with universities all over the globe…FOR FREE.  It doesn’t get any better than that!  I encourage you to check out their open courses.  I’m really enjoying the experience.

This week’s play is Antony and Cleopatra.  And of course I read the assigned scenes with a glass of wine!  Definitely not light reading, though!  It’s not my favorite Shakespeare play, however, I’ll read anything with a glass of wine!

How did you celebrate?

 

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Chardonnay and Pride & Prejudice

Happy belated Easter to all those who celebrate!  I hope everyone enjoyed a wine filled weekend!  

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Photo credit to Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery’s Facebook page.

I still have a little under 40% left in Pride & Prejudice (or so my Kindle says!).  I will be finishing it this week.  But like a good wine, I’m really enjoying savoring my favorite (thus far) Jane Austen novel.  

This past week I’ve paired my novel reading with Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay.  I’ve tasted quite a few variations of Chardonnay, but this one is my particular favorite.  I mean, just the website’s description of its flavor will make you salivate! 

When I think of a classy glass of wine, I think of Chardonnay.  What better type of book to pair it with, than a classic by Jane Austen! There are many things that I enjoy about Pride & Prejudice.  The drama and gossip between the sisters is like a soap opera.  I find it so fun and humorous at times, yet extremely poignant and brilliant.  Elizabeth Bennet is the crowning jewel.  She is such a strong female character.  I find myself admiring her wit, energy, and determination.  She stands above the other the female characters in Austen’s novel.  She’s poised, yet incredibly stubborn.  And so is Darcy.  Even though he’s arrogant, he’s multidimensional.  I love complex characters.  Austen does an amazing job unfolding this complicated, yet lovingly honest relationship between Darcy and Bennet.  All relationships are complicated. Most of the time, couples don’t fall in love immediately.  It’s a journey.  Much like finding a favorite wine!

One of the reasons I love Chardonnay is because your taste buds experience a variety of flavors, very much like Pride & Prejudice. It’s dry, yet sweet, rich, yet light, with a hint of citrus sourness.  I like it best chilled.  I find that the citrus really pulls through when the wine is cold.

It was the perfect treat while reading about Elizabeth’s travels through London and her run-ins with Mr. Darcy. 

I think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet would definitely share a glass of Chardonnay on the grounds of Pemberley, don’t you?

 

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Welcome to Pour Me Another Novel!

There are few things I love more than settling in with a good book and a delicious glass of wine.  In fact, I am enjoying a glass of Beringer White Merlot as I type.  Literature and libations = a perfect combination.

I read a lot and drink a lot of wine.  It’s as simple as that.

Through Pour Me Another Novel I want to share the books I read and the awesome drinks I drink (alcoholic or not!).  I believe that a good book and the right beverage can make a perfect pair, just like wine and cheese!

Each week I will be discussing books, drinks, and everything in between.

Currently I’m re-reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Classic books are the comfort food of literature!  I find the best beverage pair with Jane Austen is a glass of white wine or a cup of tea.  Both warm the soul, just like Jane Austen.

Stay tuned Monday for my first book post!