Saturday was entertaining. The guys from my work came by Saturday evening for a scotch tasting and poker. I found it amusing that a couple of them brought wine along because they weren't sure they'd enjoy the scotch (neither being fans of the harder spirits). I set out a good selection of snacks (chips, dips, cheeses, summer sausage, crackers) to help take the edge off and the poker chips started flying.
We opened with a bottle of Old Pulteney Single Malt 12. Half of us enjoyed it, but the other half found it a tad harsh. So, I shifted over to the Penderyn Welsh Single Malt. That seemed to convert the hold-outs. By the time the get-together was over, the Penderyn was empty and the Old Pultneney was about 1/2 gone. Not bad for four guys. Needless to say, the bottles of wine are now in my wine cabinet waiting for another occasion. We've decided we may start having these scotch tastings once a month, rotating between houses. If they enjoyed the Welsh, I may have to introduce them to some Redbreast Irish Single Malt or the Medford New Zealand Single Malt next time.
In the interest of full disclosure . . . I did not win at poker, but I didn't come in last place either. I went all in on a flush, only to lose to another flush. *sigh* There go my dreams of Vegas.
Sunday we retrieved the daughter-unit from a friend's house where she had retreated to avoid being embarrassed by her father's carousing and basically hung out. A friend came over for dinner and then I started working on Steel on Target again. Finished Chapter Eleven, Twelve and am halfway through the rewrite of Thirteen. In fact, I think starting tomorrow night, I will actually take up actual writing again on Steel instead of the rewrite I've been doing. So, for better or for worse, the word counters will start up again. Last I noted, I was almost down to 44K on Steel from the 52K the first draft had reached to this point. It's definitely a leaner piece of writing (hopefully, it'll be lean and mean by the time I'm done pushing it around).
I realize with half a book to go, this still counts as a first draft. So, I expect to go back through this again once I hit the end and really begin whanging on it, but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at so far in the book. I've gotten a few comments back on the revised first chapter and they were quite useful. So, starting the third round of edits on Chapter One anyway.
Now, it's back to work and time to bug the IT people again about my )#(*$(*^2##!!!! computer at work. Bah!