…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 011: Scary Queries

November 1st, 2021

In our first Halloween episode, we talk about the horror of queries! We chat a little about the query experience, and go over some key dos and don'ts when crafting your query letter. We also revise a spooooky query about a star-crossed ghost and the real estate agent trying to sell his haunted house.

Books mentioned in this episode:

  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  • A Dowry of Blood, by S.T. Gibson


Drink Recipe: Spiced Dai-query

  • 3.5oz light rum
  • 1.5oz lime juice
  • 2oz agave syrup
  • 2-4 slices of jalapeno to taste (can remove seeds if you want milder, leave the seeds in if you want it hotter)
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Add ice to blender.
  2. In a separate mixing glass, muddle jalapeno in agave syrup, then pour the syrup through mesh strainer into the blender. Discard leftover jalapeno bits.
  3. Add the rum and lime juice to the blender.
  4. Blend.
  5. Pour into a daiquiri or wine glass, garnish with a lime wheel.
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