My writing energy lately has been focused on my book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. It’s an expansion of the Boozy Lifestyle blog that includes stories of life and family integrated with wine, cocktails, and food. A story about a place we visited leads to an easy food recipe. Mixology experiments with spirits such as cognac and tequila result in favorite and often-repeated cocktail recipes. How my love of all things booze evolved from beer to wine, and the myriad of flavorful alcoholic spirits that fill the shelves of our local liquor store.
Drinking and eating are activities that are best enjoyed when they are shared. My cast of characters includes friends, family, and my primary drinking buddy, husband, Mike. The scenes are set traveling to romantic wine country, sharing holiday meals with the in-laws, and cooking and partying with friends. You may notice the genetic boozy lifestyle tendencies as I describe my parents and even my grandparents on my mother’s side. (My father’s mother swore an oath of temperance before Prohibition and, sadly, never touched a drop.)
When writing about family in particular, I feel the Jean Sheppard influence. In the mid-1970s, I found my mom listening and laughing along with Jean Shepherd on WOR radio broadcast from New York City. Although my adolescent mind was too underdeveloped to truly appreciate Shep, I caught a glimpse of his story-telling ability to capture and elevate the mundane. An early TV movie, Phantom of the Open Hearth, left me craving more of his Americana gone awry, and by the time A Christmas Story was released as a major motion picture, I was hooked. I love the way he layers a wholesome, family anecdote with dark, cynical undertones. The nostalgic, perfect 1950’s family is fraught with futility, absurdity, and disenchantment.
When I was telling a friend about my book, she told me she had a friend who wrote a book about surviving the chaos of growing up in a very dysfunctional family. If I were to write that book it would be a work of fiction. My life, as reflected in my writing, is generally positive with a bit of irreverence. I don’t intend to be disrespectful or cynical, it’s just my humorous way of lodging a complaint. A bad experience such as selling our house and moving, became a darkly funny memory in hindsight. In situations such as these throughout decades of living, I’ve adopted a philosophy of not taking things (or myself) too seriously.
Now that it’s September, my November release date is just around the corner. I’m excited (and nervous) to publish my first book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse on Amazon. It has been a labor of love that I hope will resonate with you, my readers. Thank you for following my blog and encouraging me to pursue this new creative outlet.