May 11, 2010

Submission

The feeling of raw gin if you haven't had anything but water for hours.  Your mouth is extraordinarily accepting of the sensation.  The initial sting subsides to a tingle, with warmth seeping into your head.  In the meantime the scent of juniper is spreading to your nose.

I hold it there.

I've just submitted my paper.  Writing started slow, but built up to a 10 hour climax today.  I wasn't alone, which helped.  It has been a long day.   It has been a long week.  Managed to use "schism"  and "the sound and fury".  Scientific writing really shouldn't be sterile.   Aggressive writing, however, now deserves a drink.  I had too little gin for G&T, so I took it neat.  The tingle has become muted by now, less needles and pins, more of a furry warmth. 

My gin substitute is Borovička: a small bottle of Slovak juniper brandy carried back from Poprad.  It less oily than gin.  And this time I have ice.

When I finally swallow, my tongue yearns for more.

A week of awayness, dogs and Devon and things, presents me with an empty fridge.  So I wander into the night where I pick oregano and three leaves from my garlic by touch.  This joins a finely chopped clove of garlic, olive oil, salt and a squish of lime to dress a barely cooked tagliatelle.

4 comments:

Marie said...

Nice writing...

jvdh said...

Thanks - maybe exhaustion helps? :-)

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Jeanne said...

Beautiful post. Maybe the neat gin helped ;-) Schism is a favourite of mine, along with cognitive dissonance which I once slipped into a radio interview on food blogging ;-)