Taste sketches were a challenge to create but writing a scene that involves them seems like it would be easier. I hope that's the case when you read my offering for today. One of my favorite posts in an IG writing challenge asked us to put our characters in a cooking show of our choice. It was so much fun! :) I got to incorporate a dish from my rough draft into the challenge and make up a couple others that I may be able to insert into the story somewhere along the way. Towering Floryl seems like it would be the most challenging to make but I'd love to give it a try. It's not in the story yet but it appeared when I accepted that long-ago challenge.
Anyway, read on to see my responses to the current challenges...
#writingthesenseschallenge Day 17 - Tastes: Sketches to Details
Liha paused to take a bit of her geshiju, a berry pudding baked in a crust. She savored every bite. It was one of her favorite dishes. “Remind me to tell the cook the geshiju is delicious today.” She swallowed a gulp of khaf’ket imported from the Ikhel-dur. The thick, creamy brew shared its warmth with her, doing even more to improve her spirits. “He talks about some of the places he’s visited sometimes. But he doesn’t say much more about Genzet, at least, nothing that seems important.”
This is so short compared to the other pieces but my taste descriptions are all spread out. This was the most descriptive snippet and I have to admit, it's sadly lacking. More to work with next week! :)
fantasywipjanuary Day 17 - MC's Rival (Other Than An Antagonist)
Liha doesn't really have any rivals other than a couple of snarky pilgrims at Gild'n Mountain Shrine. Zec has a rival he doesn't even know about, though. Hyo is a physical combat instructor at Gild'n who meets Liha and approaches her with a request for her to consider him as a life-mate. In Genzetti culture, it is the male who must request a life-mating but it is always up to the female who she chooses to spend her life with. Parents may express their wishes but in the end, it's still the female's decision.
Hyo is dark red, which is why I edited this photo as I did. I don't know who the model is but his lines scream "Lieutenant" or "Captain" to me, which means military in the end. Thank you Pexels and Pexels contributors, yet again! :) You might want to know that Hyo is actually a pretty good guy. For a time, I toyed with the idea of Liha accepting him as a suitor. It hasn't happened yet, though. It may before the final manuscript is complete...but that would change so many things... Not sure I want to go there.
This week has gone so much better than last week did, as far as revisions are concerned. Even though, as I'm typing this, it's Tuesday and I'm not even halfway through the week yet, I feel more focused. That's already a victory. Fighting my normal night-owl tendencies has paid off this week, for sure.
If you're playing along for the challenge, how did you jot those details down for tastes in your novel? I'd love to see your progress. If you share on social media, be sure to use the hashtag (#writingthesenseschallenge) so I can check out your posts. :)
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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