Oh, booze.

My novel is out in the world again, searching for a publishing house to call home. Wish it luck.

On another note, who feels like a drink?

Thanks to Shortlist.com, I got to know the drinking habits of some famous authors. If you are too lazy to click on the link (after all, you clicked on a link to get HERE), I will summarize:

1 ian fleming
Ian Fleming
-Known to polish off a bottle of gin a day
-His doctor suggested bourbon, saying it was slightly healthier
Drink of choice: Gin martini

William Faulkner
-Once said, “A man shouldn’t fool with booze until he’s fifty, and then he’s a damn fool if he doesn’t”
-Kept whiskey nearby when writing
-Jack Daniels was his label of choice; some leave bottles at his grave site in Oxford, Mississippi
Drink of choice: Mint Julep

F. Scott Fitzgerald
-Favored gin because it couldn’t be detected on the breath
-Alcohol led to his problems with wife Zelda. He famously said in a letter to her, “We ruined each other”
Drink of choice: Gin Rickey

Stephen King
-He said the late 70s and early 80s got so bad with beer, depression, cocaine, and suicidal musings that he didn’t remember writing Cujo
-After an intervention, he realized he could write sober
-He admitted, “I always drank, from when it was legal for me to drink. And there was never a time for me when the goal wasn’t to get as hammered as I could possibly afford to. I never understood social drinking, that’s always seemed to me like kissing your sister”
-He drank at home, saying, “I didn’t go out and drink in bars, because they were full of assholes like me”
Drink of choice: Beer

3 hunter thompson
Hunter S. Thompson

-It was once noted that at his first meeting with a major publisher, he downed a 20 oz glass of double Wild Turkey and then “walked out as if he’d been drinking tea”
Drink of choice: Wild Turkey Bourbon and Dry

4 capote
Truman Capote

-Drinking was definitely a part of his writing process: “As the afternoon wears on, I shift from coffee to mint tea to sherry to martinis – I don’t use a typewriter. Not in the beginning. I write my first version in longhand”
-He frequented the revolving carousel bar inside New Orlean’s Hotel Monteleone
Drink of choice: Large vodka and orange (he called it his “orange drink”)

Raymond Chandler
-He once said, “There is no bad whiskey – there are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others”
-He claimed he could only finish the screenplay for The Blue Dahlia if he was blind drunk…so he got blind drunk and finished it
Drink of choice: Gimlet

Edgar Allen Poe
-Favored brandy–a bottle at a time
-His roommate said he was “seldom without a bottle of Benny Haven’s best brandy” (Benny Haven was Poe’s local watering hole)
Drink of choice: Eggnog

Oscar Wilde
-He developed a drinking habit in Paris
-He loved absinthe
-In his final days, he eased his pain with opium, chloral, and champagne, saying morphine wasn’t enough
Drink of choice: Iced champagne

Source: Shortlist.com

In case you’re wondering, I don’t drink when I write, but I do drink. I love beer, with a special affinity for IPAs and Belgians. Red wine is a second choice. You?

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