Personal Achievements (in beer) and Blogroll Update

I’ve added a few more entries to my blogroll, including:

Ava Jae’s Writability

Marina Scott’s Writing Unhooked

Michael R. Hicks’ Blog

Steve Umstead’s Blog

and

The Write Type

Give these links a click early and often!

My previous post on Scene Worksheets has generated tremendous interest. Thanks to all who stopped by to give it a read, and I do hope the information helps in your pre-writing!

And now, I would like to remove the author’s cap, and discuss my “other” avocation… beer.

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus...

I had a very fine weekend with regards to my homebrewing hobby. To fill you in, I am active in a local homebrew club, which basically administers the local county fair’s homebrew division. I entered three beers into the competition, and got my results last night. One of my beers took fourth place in its class, and another took fifth. But that’s not the most exciting part.

I am also very active in beer judging (yes, it’s a thing). I’ve been participating in beer competitions as a judge for just over a year now, and I volunteered to judge this year’s county fair. Two developments of interest transpired:

1) I was made Head Judge at my table, which is usually reserved for the senior-most judge in the category. This was a first for me.

2) I was called back to the judging venue after I had left to participate at the Best of Show table, a spot usually reserved for Master Judges and representatives of the breweries which volunteer to brew the best of show winner.

I was flattered, humbled, even verklempt. Well, maybe not exactly verklempt, but it certainly did my ego a world of good! It was an enjoyable day evaluating home crafted brews, and interacting with the BOS judges was both comfortable and informative.

In writing news, the second draft revisions of Omnipotence have begun in earnest. I am roughly 1/8 of my way through the edit already, and my speed is increasing the deeper I go into the manuscript. The closer I get to a completed second draft, the more my excitement is building. In no time at all, I’ll be looking for beta readers to kick the novel in the proverbial tires.

In the meantime, I think I’ll pour another beer and keep revising. What a fantastic way to spend an evening!

Image credit: Me… that’s my Kellerweis.

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