1. Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and begin reading articles on the obscure detail of your novel that woke you up.
2. Brainstorm with dear husband about the detail of your mystery that wakes you up at 4:20 a.m.
3. Work on plot points for the novel. Things are still sticking in your craw despite your husband's excellent suggestions. This is like a song stuck in your head. See Pseudowife for explanation.
4. Plan menu for family dinner tomorrow night - it's a sort of birthday dinner for your beloved SIL and you want her to like the foods, even though you know she'll just be happy to be seeing everyone.
5. Menu: almond/fig mix and olives for appetizers, grilled chicken with lemon balm pesto, roasted green beans with pine nuts and parmesan, pickled carrots, sliced tomatoes and rosemary-cornbread for the main course, apple-cherry-ginger cake for dessert.
6. Make apple cake today. Roast green beans today. Chop apples, mix flours, mince ginger, add the wet, blend, pour into the baking pan.
7. What detectives do you know? Can you interview them? Would any of your Russian connections know mafiosi? (Probably not).
8. Taste the pickled carrots that you put together last night. The vinegar is too strong. More honey? Will the dill fix it?
9. Can you call the guy at U. of M. to find out about sports betting? Is sports betting viable?
10. Would a terrorist be better?
11. You prep the green beans as the cake bakes. Smells of apples and ginger permeate the house.
12. Do exercises in the Hallie Ephron book. These are more useful than expected. All the exercises have been useful - unusual for this type of book. File away for future reference.
13. Take the cake out. Turn the oven to "roast." Toss the green beans with olive oil and roast. The salty aroma of the roasting beans supplants the earlier cake smell. But it's all good.
14. Write prompt. 15 minutes of energy bursting onto the page. WC - 500. About the norm.
15. Take beans out of the oven. Save files. The dinner will be ready on time. The novel will take some more time.