On the same day that I decided to make my famous tuna pie, I also realized that I had departed from my novelette’s beat sheet.
My shapeshifter novelette is slightly out of control. Per guidelines, the story should be between 5000-7000 words. It is now weighing in at 11000 words, and I haven’t reached the punchline. No worries. I have a plan.
Part of the reason it went off course is because my heroine is returning to her hometown after being away for 15 years. Yes, the beat sheet said 11 years, but let’s not quibble. The beat sheet didn’t specify what she did when she went away. I thought the important plot point was that she left town when she thought her boyfriend cheated on her. Midway through writing the discovery draft, I realized that what she left behind collided with what she did in the intervening years. And that took my story by the throat and shook it.
That, my friends, is why we call it a Discovery Draft.
My tuna pot pie recipe was also derived from another recipe but I “enhanced” it to make it healthier and I think tastier. Check it out …
TUNA POT PIE
Ingredients: one can tuna, 1/4 cup red onion, 1/2 cup of shiitake mushrooms, 1/4 cup peas, 1 diced carrot, 1/2 diced russet potato, portabello condensed soup (10 oz), 1/2 cup feta cheese, 1 8 oz package of refrigerated crescent rolls
Boil diced raw carrot and potato for ten minutes. In 1 quart pot, saute red onion in olive oil till translucent, adding in shiitake mushrooms during the last 30 seconds. Dump in condensed soup, tuna, peas, carrot and potato and heat for 5 minutes. Spread coconut oil on 9″ pie dish (or a small casserole pan), and add heated tuna mixture. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Unroll and separate crescent rolls, and top tuna mixture. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until rolls are a golden brown.
Last time I made the tuna pie, I deleted the cheddar cheese, and this time I used feta. Next time, I’ll try phyllo dough instead of the crescent rolls. It’s okay to try new things if it makes it better.
Changes are good in the kitchen. And in the fantasy world. The reason you don’t return home can be even more interesting than why you left.