But I don’t know how to play Whist (mores the pity). So what’s a writer to do? I found a few sets of rules, bought a few bottles of wine, and invited a few friends over . . . and hilarity ensued. Whist is not an easy game, but it is a lot of fun.
Wikipedia has simple rules for what I’ll call “normal” Whist and Widows Whist (Three-handed), but the whole point was that I wanted my two characters to play a hand just the two of them. Enter Two-handed Whist!
I love games and bets and intrigues in my books. And finding Two-handed Whist gave me all kinds of ideas . . . and playing it with my friends gave me enough grounding to feel like I can write it believably. Now I just have to master chess. I mean, I know the rules (sort of) but I can't really play. It's a huge failing of mine.
So, am I crazy? Does anyone else enjoy this kind of thing. I love taking my research this far and I hope to sponsor a Whist table at the Beau Monde Chapter of RWA’s annual convention party.
What about period food? I was thinking of including period recipes in my quarterly newsletter, along information about my own attempts at recreating the recipe and how it turned out, or didn't. Does that sound like fun to anyone?