Stout Fellows

I met my friend Jane for lunch yesterday. We met at one of our favorite places: The Irish Rover. We like the Rover because 1) the food is great, 2) they have beer, ale, stout and porter and 3) they’re within staggering distance of the Java Brewing Company. There, we can get coffee drinks so packed with sugar and caffeine we put on ten pounds and jitter it off at the same time.Very dark, strong beer

Anyway, at The Rover, we split the bleu cheesecake (not sweet–it’s bleu cheese with a walnut crust, warm, served with brown bread, oh, my dear goodness) and also split a plate of fish and chips. We had The New Albanian Brewing Company (located in New Albany, Indiana) ClovenFoot Belgian Stout. Here is a picture of our glasses as they looked by the time I remembered I wanted to take a picture. It was SO excellent!

I needed the mini-vacation. I came home and whacked out 2,000 words on PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE. Anton Marsden, who appeared in my story “The Gathering” in the Southern Indiana Writers‘ anthology, Off The Rack, has come into it. I learned that his name is not really Anton Marsden. It’s really Tony Pfistermacher, but he changed it when he entered the art world.

WRITING PROMPT: Invent a character who has changed his/her name. Why?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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