#Blogtoberfest Day 9: Epcot Food & Wine, Chocolate Art, and Coco’s Musical Story

Yesterday we made our third trip to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival –  this time with brother Bob. Little did we know that it also happened to be Columbus Day and the park was packed, especially for a weekday. Ugh!

Still, we had a blast sharing some of our favorite booths with family – the last time was back in 2010.

We started off with the Festival Center, tracking down the Chocolate display, including scenes from Coco, made entirely with chocolate. It was quite impressive!

Then we moved on to France for our favorite beignet with Hazelnut Creme with a glass of champagne – fabulous way to start the day.

Of course, we had to introduce Bob to the Ireland booth, then we chose the paella from Spain, Belgium, and Bob chose some items at India and Africa. We then finished up with my favorite Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles in China – amazing! Rich got a Kung Fu Punch, and while refreshing, was too sweet for me.

On our last stop for the day, we entered the Mexico Pavilion for some much-needed air-conditioning and to see the Dia de Los Muertos exhibit from Cocol One of the exhibits showed time passing, lighting up the scene and then returning to darkness, revealing the dead family members reunited with their family. Really cool!

It was hot and crowded by then and Bob had some plans of his own to do some park hopping before returning to Epcot for some evening noshing, so we called it a day and let Bob continue on his way.

We’ve had such fun playing tourist with family but now it’s time to get back to work. Let’s see what I’m inspired to work on most – my music or my writing.

Chocolate Art


Don’t Let Yourself Be Defeated

Downton Abbey is a favorite show we continue to rewatch. What stood out for me last night was when Carson said to Lady Mary, “You’re letting yourself be defeated, my Lady. I’m sorry it’s a lapse to say so, but someone has to.” (The original post attributed this line to White Christmas – oops!)

I’d been doing exactly that – letting myself be defeated. With romance publishers publishing more and more stuff that looks nothing like what I write, I was about to give up on writing. It seems the hot stories in demand are the hot social topics of the moment – same/sex romances, erotica, incest, and better yet, if it’s part of a series. And, don’t forget the “tropes.” As Sir Anthony said in Downton Abbey, “Good Gawd!”

Actually, I had given up on writing. But the desire to write is still there. Songwriting can’t replace telling a full story through fiction. So instead of letting myself be defeated, trying to squeeze myself into the box of the moment, I’m doing what it is I always do – what I must do – write the stories I want to write and if they can’t find a home in today’s world, I’m empowered to publish as an Indie. It’s worked for me in the past so why can’t it work for me in the future?

I also highly recommend reading this book, Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner. I’m getting absolutely nothing by recommending it but pure joy for sharing something of value for me as a writer.

Happy Writing!