Elmer Fudd and ROW80

My husband played Elmer Fudd the other day. As in, he went wabbit hunting. Only unlike Elmer, my DH got Bugs Bunny — three of ’em, in fact.

Which meant someone needed to figure out what to do with them. Being the more inclined toward culinary arts of the two of us, my daughter did her best. She found plenty of rabbit recipes on the Internet, but there was just one problem: our friend Google revealed very little in the way of info on how to prepare said rabbit before cooking.

This was a learning experience that gave me new respect for my characters Tony and Violet, who wound up stuck in prehistoric times in Time’s Fugitive. Because even with the benefit of 21st-century tools such as a stove, stainless steel cookware, and utensils, getting the meat off the bones proved to be quite the challenge. As one would expect, rabbit is very lean, and there was a great deal of sinew and brittle bones to deal with to get at the meat.

We ended up going out to dinner that night. (Although I did get a bite of what little there was, and it wasn’t bad at all, sort of a cross between turkey and beef.)

Photo via Vogue Patterns

Photo via Vogue Patterns

I also learned something about my limits when it comes to ROW80 and my goals: all my good intentions don’t matter if I’m tired, not feeling well, and/or just simply piled too much onto my to-do list. I’ve had one of those weeks where I’ve been tired and headachey all week, so not much has been done. Good thing it’s a new week, and a new chance to meet some more-reasonable goals!

Here’s how I did:

  • Two hours of brainstorming/prewriting my next book – partial I got maybe 1 hour in
  • Fitness activity 5x – partial, I got 4x in
  • One chapter’s exercises in the estate planning guide – I changed this to collect info for taxes; I got some of that done but not all
  • Be a good ROW80 sponsor and visit all the blogs I’m supposed to at minimum – No – I missed some that were undoubtedly entered later in the day
  • Write press release for Hangar 18: Legacy – I’m going to consider this one Done, even though I ended up writing it for Time’s Enemy instead; stop by tomorrow to see why!

ROW80Logo175I had also forgotten that I signed up for an online writing workshop that started Friday, so I have assignments to do for that. I’m also going to take ROW80 sponsor visits off my list, as I’m  doing fairly well on those overall. Finally, the best thing about ROW80 is that we can change our goals. I need to do that now, as my daughter wants me to make the prom dress of her dreams. I love to sew, so this gives me the perfect excuse – not bad at all. 🙂 So here are this week’s goals:

  • Two hours of brainstorming/prewriting my next book
  • Fitness activity 5x
  • Send out press release for Time’s Enemy
  • Assignment for writing workshop (first week’s is easy)
  • Dye fabric for prom dress, and cut one of the four fabrics in it (The one color the lace didn’t come in, is, of course, the color my daughter wants: lavender. So we’re going to dye it.)

So tell me, have you ever eaten rabbit? If you’re participating in ROW80, have you needed to adjust your goals yet? And whether or not you’re participating in ROW80, what are your plans for this week? I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Hmmm… Plans for this week? Let’s see. Finish editing/revising my current project? I can only hope. It’s not like I don’t work on it every day! But that would be my goal, I suppose. I really do want to get it done, and I have less than 20 pages, but I don’t want to rush it, either. You know??

    I also want to finish a short story I started for the next OVRWA anthology. I think I figured out where I want it to go, so I’m hoping the rest of the first draft will flow right along. Heh, heh, heh. Yeah, I’m a dreamer!

    I hope you take a picture of the dress when you’re finished. That’s a project that’s beyond my sewing skills (and patience). Looks pretty, though!

  2. Ooooh, what a beautiful dress! A couple of my friends have signed up for sewing classes at the local fabric store and I have been thinking about joining them. Being able to make my own clothes, even simple pieces, would be really useful…

    I agree, the flexibility of ROW80 is such a blessing. Even though you made partial progress on the week’s goals, it looks like you still managed to get some things done… and “some” is always better than nothing, in my book. 😀

    Have a wonderful week, Jen!

  3. Hi there, wife of Elmer, tell the great white hunter that wabbit should be dressed (prepared for cooking) in the woods when the kill is fresh. Also, since wabbit is very lean they are best stewed in a slow cooker.
    Yep, ate a lot of bunny when I was growing up. Free meat to poor folks is always welcome.
    I also can identify with being too tired to get those pesky ROW80 goals met this week. Ah well, we’ll get ’em next time. 🙂

  4. Stacy, good luck making progress on both your novel and your short story – I’m looking forward to reading them!

    Lena, I love being able to sew – it’s so cool to have clothing that not only is unique, but fits!

    Prudence, thanks for the tip! I guess I should have mentioned that DH did skin the rabbits before he came home – it’s getting the meat off the bones that was nigh-impossible! He went again today, and gave his take to another guy who knows how to prepare them. 😀

  5. Adjusting goals, definitely one of the great things about ROW80. It looks like you have a good grasp on the upcoming week and I wish you all the best. The dress is gorgeous, I love sawing but I think that would scare me away, LOL.

    Ref: rabbit
    As we HAVE a BUGS BUNNY, no eating allowed. However, we used to eat a fair amount of rabbit in the days you could actually find the meat in the market. I remember a lot of stews and pot pie type dishes.

  6. Yes, I’ve had rabbit…at a French restaurant. It tasted very gamey.

    My mother made my senior year prom dress, and I am amazed by anyone who can do that level of sewing. Bully for you!

    Your attitude seems good. Some weeks just don’t work out. You’ll conquer this week! Best wishes, Jennette.

  7. Raelyn, we wouldn’t eat turtle here for the same reason – we HAVE one!

    Julie, the bite of rabbit I had actually didn’t taste very gamey. But my husband had soaked it in brine for a couple days, which I understand takes a lot of that out. He went out again today, but this time gave his take to a friend. 🙂

  8. I have never eaten a rabbit. I’m a little too squeamish (and self-deluding) for freshly hunted meat, I think.

    It sounds like you got quite a lot done during a headachey week. Congratulations on all that! I hope this week finds you headache-free. Have a great week!

  9. Kim, my DH skinned it already, so it just looked like a darker, oddly-shaped chicken – I think that helped. 🙂 Thanks!