…and it’s writing.

A tipsy discussion of writing craft. Writers D.C. McNaughton and Avery Ames imbibe a few drinks while they review and revise their old (and often cringey) writing. Each episode focuses on a particular aspect of craft and features a themed cocktail pairing.

Ep 004: My Kingdom for a Critique Partner

July 11th, 2021

Everyone says you need betas and Critique Partners, but finding them sometimes feels like the proverbial needle in a haystack. So where can you actually track them down? Join us for a conversation about critique partners and betas -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Now featuring Avery's hot new single: "The Technical Issues Song" (Comcast Remix)

Books and links mentioned in this episode:

The Land of the Beautiful Dead - R. Lee Smith

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

#CPMatch on Twitter

Absolute Write Forums

(Writevents on Twitter was also mentioned in this episode, but has gone on indefinite hiatus.)

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Drink recipe: Boozy PSL

Since we met most of our Critique Partners through NaNoWriMo-related events, which is in November, we've made a fall-themed cocktail in summer... an iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.

  • 1.5 oz spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur 
  • 2.5 oz pumpkin spice syrup/puree
    • 1 c sugar
    • 1 c water
    • 1 c canned pumpkin puree (not the kind with spices, just pure pumpkin)
    • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
      • Heat all in saucepan until it blends together, let cool, strain to remove any bigger pumpkin pieces. Bottle and keep in refrigerator.
  • 3 oz milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated for garnish)
  1. Pour all except whipped cream over ice in highball or rocks glass
  2. Stir well
  3. Top with whipped cream
  4. Grate a little nutmeg on top
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