For book club, we read The Omnivore’s Dilemma and had our largest turnout for book club in a while– twelve people. With such a raucous group and a pitcher of sangria, it was hard to keep everyone on topic. But it came down to this:
How much effort should we make to eat food that comes from a sustainable environment? Should we drive thirty minutes to get our egg and milk from a local farmer who has pastured chickens (the real cage free chickens) and cows and dump the “cage-free” eggs at Whole Foods that aren’t really cage-free? What’s better, organic or local? It was an interesting discussion, and I find myself grimacing at my pantry which is replete with Cascadian Farms cereal and Late July crackers. What is the relationship between my connection to these processed foods and the tornadoes that destroyed much for much of the south? We don’t have much around here in terms of CSA. There’s one, and its pick-up time is only one hour on a Friday afternoon. But is this a good enough excuse for me to not use it? Should I arrange my life differently, inconvenience myself more, to eat better, healthier, and help the planet at the same time?
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Since I commited to finishing this novel a few months back, I guessed that it would end up at about 80,000 words. I came up with 80,000 words because this is a typical figure for women’s fiction, and the shorter average for most novels. Obviously, since I haven’t finished the book, I’ve no idea what it will end up at. But given the way I’ve paced myself, the first draft should end up around 80,000 words.
Which means at 40,104 words, I’m halfway done!
Pacing myself has been challenging. I just revealed one pretty big secret. There are a few more left, but I’ve got to figure out where they go, and how they fall naturally into the plot. But I’m getting there. And it feels really good.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.